James Woods was born on April 18, 1947. He is best known as an actor but he has also performed on stage and various TV shows, including the TV legal drama series Shark.
Woods spent his early life in Warwick, Rhode Island. He majored in political science at MIT. It was there that he first got into acting through stage plays in which he participated and directed. Woods’ decision to become an actor was due to the influence of Tim Affleck, father of actor Ben Affleck. Tim Affleck was the stage manager at MIT.
Wood started his career in 1970 in the Lyceum Theater. He also did work at Broadway and the Arena Stage. Following his stint in the theaters, Woods began focusing on his film career. One of his best known roles was that of a killer in the 1979 film The Onion Field.
His intense portrayal has earned him a couple of Academy Award nominations. His first nomination was for Best Actor in the 1987 film Salvador. In 1996 he received his second Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the film Ghosts of Mississippi.
The actor has also received critical acclaim for his voice over chore in Disney’s Hercules. However, Woods has stated his favorite portrayal is Max in Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America (1984).
Other notable roles include the role of H.R. Haldema in Oliver Stone’s film Nixon. He also played a memorable role in the Martin Scorsese movie Casino. His other film and TV roles include The General’s Daughter (1999), Scary Movie 2 (2001), John Q (2002) and Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (2003).
Woods also starred in the 2006 film End Game. He has appeared in the HBO series Entourage and played Max Toreno in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
James Woods Charity Works
Woods supports various groups that support cancer research including Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Susan G. Komen for the Cure is one of the leading cancer research groups in the United States. Woods is also a supporter of other groups that perform cancer research.
Woods is also a regular player in the World Poker Tour in the Hollywood Home games on behalf of the American Stroke Association charity.
Woods was one of the most outspoken supporters of the US led invasion of Iraq. However, he has also stated in interviews that he has liberal views on certain issues too. Wood has also been outspoken in his support for former New York Rudy Giuliani.
He was also one of the celebrities whose name was included in the 17 August 2006 LA Times ad supporting Israel during the Israel-Lebanon conflict.
Aside from movies and TV appearances, James Woods has done voice over work on TV. These include the animated series Family Guy and Justice League: Crisis of Two Earths. He has also done voice work in the animated film Recess: School’s Out and the animated movie “Ark”.