James Woods

Actor, Voice actor, Producer
The poster child for "intense actor," James Woods made an indelible impression on moviegoers with his no-holds-barred performances as fast-talking, hard-nosed, often violent men. Possessing a keen intellect and ... Read more »
Born: 04/18/1947 in Vernal, Utah, USA

Filmography

Actor (162)

Bling 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jamesy Boy 2014 (Movie)

Lt. Falton (Actor)

Coma 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Mary and Martha 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Officer Down 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

White House Down 2013 (Movie)

Walker (Actor)

jOBS 2013 (Movie)

Jack Dudman (Actor)

Mia and the Migoo 2011 (Movie)

Jojo-la-Frite (Voice)

Straw Dogs 2011 (Movie)

Tom Heddon (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years...AFI's 10 Top 10 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Carol 2008 (Movie)

Agent Grosslight (Actor)

Shark 2006 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Surf's Up 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Reggie (Actor)

The 64th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

End Game 2006 (Movie)

Vaughn Stevens (Actor)

Entourage 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Be Cool 2005 (Movie)

Tommy Athens (Actor)

Family Guy 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Guest

Pretty Persuasion 2005 (Movie)

Hank Joyce (Actor)

This Girl's Life 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Easter Egg Adventure 2004 (Movie)

Grab Takit (Voice)

World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

7th Annual Prism Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

Levity 2003 (Movie)

Young Roundabout (Actor)

Moments in Time 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

Northfork 2003 (Movie)

Walter O'Brien (Actor)

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

Digging For the Truth: Archaeology and the Bible 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Disney's House of Mouse 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Founding Brothers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

Doctor Raymond Turner (Actor)

Race To Space 2002 (Movie)

Dr Wilhelm Von Huber (Actor)

Stuart Little 2 2002 (Movie)

of Falcon (Voice)

Final Fantasy: the Spirits Within 2001 (Movie)

of General Hein (Voice)

Palm Beach: Money, Power and Privilege 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Recess: School's Out 2001 (Movie)

of Benedict (Voice)

Riding in Cars With Boys 2001 (Movie)

Mr Donofrio (Actor)

Scary Movie 2 2001 (Movie)

Father McFeeley (Actor)

The 2001 ESPY Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cheating Las Vegas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 26th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Road to Rapture 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Virgin Suicides 2000 (Movie)

Mr Lisbon (Actor)

World's Deadliest Earthquakes 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

Doctor Harvey Mandrake (Actor)

Masters of Fantasy: John Carpenter 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Play It to the Bone 1999 (Movie)

Himself--Ringside Fan (Actor)

The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The General's Daughter 1999 (Movie)

Colonel Moore (Actor)

The Triumph of Evil 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

True Crime 1999 (Movie)

Alan Mann (Actor)

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

America's Endangered Species: Don't Say Good-bye 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Another Day in Paradise 1998 (Movie)

Mel (Actor)

John Carpenter's Vampires 1998 (Movie)

Jack Crow (Actor)

Contact 1997 (Movie)

Michael Kitz (Actor)

Hercules 1997 (Movie)

of Hades (Voice)

Inside the Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Kicked in the Head 1997 (Movie)

Uncle Sam (Actor)

Movie Surfers: Go Inside Disney's "Hercules" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

Byron de la Beckwith (Actor)

Killer: A Journal of Murder 1996 (Movie)

Carl Panzram (Actor)

Casino 1995 (Movie)

Lester Diamond (Actor)

Curse of the Starving Class 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

For Better Or Worse 1995 (Movie)

Reggie (Actor)

Indictment: the Mcmartin Trial 1995 (Movie)

Danny Davis (Actor)

Next Door 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

H R Haldeman (Actor)

The Getaway 1994 (Movie)

Jack Benyon (Actor)

The Specialist 1994 (Movie)

Ned Trent (Actor)

Great Television Moments: What We Watched 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

Lawyer Scott (Actor)

Diggstown 1992 (Movie)

Gabriel Caine (Actor)

Mobs and Mobsters 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

Jack Russell (Actor)

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Grammy Legends Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry King TNT Extra (04/29/91) 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual ACE Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Host

The Hard Way 1991 (Movie)

John Moss (Actor)

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd International Rock Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Crimes of Passion 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Immediate Family 1989 (Movie)

Michael Spector (Actor)

My Name Is Bill W. 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

True Believer 1989 (Movie)

Eddie Dodd (Actor)

Cop 1988 (Movie)

Lloyd Hopkins (Actor)

Funny, You Don't Look 200 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boost 1988 (Movie)

Lenny Brown (Actor)

Best Seller 1987 (Movie)

Cleve (Actor)

CBS' Happy New Year America 1986 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

In Love and War 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Salvador 1986 (Movie)

Richard Boyle (Actor)

Joshua Then and Now 1985 (Movie)

Joshua Shapiro (Actor)

Stephen King's Cat's Eye 1985 (Movie)

Morrison (Actor)

Against All Odds 1984 (Movie)

Jake Wise (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In America 1984 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Videodrome 1983 (Movie)

Max Renn (Actor)

Split Image 1982 (Movie)

Pratt (Actor)

Eyewitness 1981 (Movie)

Aldo (Actor)

Fast Walking 1981 (Movie)

Fast-Walking Miniver (Actor)

The Black Marble 1980 (Movie)

Fiddler (Actor)

Young Maverick 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gift of Love 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Onion Field 1979 (Movie)

Gregory Powell (Actor)

Holocaust -- The Story of the Family Weiss 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Choirboys 1976 (Movie)

Harold Bloomguard (Actor)

Alex & the Gypsy 1975 (Movie)

Crainpool (Actor)

Night Moves 1975 (Movie)

Quentin (Actor)

Distance 1974 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

The Gambler 1973 (Movie)

Bank Officer (Actor)

The Way We Were 1973 (Movie)

Frankie McVeigh (Actor)

All the Way Home 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Hickey and Boggs 1972 (Movie)

Lieutenant Wyatt (Actor)

The Visitors 1972 (Movie)

Bill Schmidt (Actor)

A Great American Tragedy (TV Show)

Actor

And Your Name Is Jonah (TV Show)

Actor

Badge of the Assassin (TV Show)

Actor

Citizen Cohn (TV Show)

Actor

Daria: Is It Fall Yet? (TV Show)

Voice

Dirty Pictures (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Footsteps (TV Show)

Actor

Foster and Laurie (TV Show)

Actor

Founding Fathers (TV Show)

Voice

Jane's House (TV Show)

Actor

Next Door (Movie)

Matt Coler (Actor)

Promise (TV Show)

Actor

Raid on Entebbe (TV Show)

Actor

Sensational Cities: New York (TV Show)

Narrator

The Boys (TV Show)

Actor

The Disappearance of Aimee (TV Show)

Actor

The Summer of Ben Tyler (TV Show)

Actor

Too Big to Fail (TV Show)

Actor

Wildfire (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Northfork 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Another Day in Paradise 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cop 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

The poster child for "intense actor," James Woods made an indelible impression on moviegoers with his no-holds-barred performances as fast-talking, hard-nosed, often violent men. Possessing a keen intellect and formidable IQ, Woods initially studied political science before turning to theater fulltime in 1969. He turned in impressive performances on the stages of Broadway, followed by small roles in film and on television before gaining notoriety alongside Meryl Streep in the miniseries "Holocaust" (NBC, 1978). His uncompromising performance as an unrepentant killer in "The Onion Field" (1979) only solidified his growing reputation as one of the most incendiary young actors on the scene. Throughout the 1980s, Woods turned in one riveting performance after the other in projects that included "Videodrome" (1983), "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984), "Salvador" (1986), and "True Believer" (1989). He continued into the next decade with films such as "Citizen Cohn" (HBO, 1992), "Casino" (1995), "Ghosts of Mississippi" (1996), and "Another Day in Paradise" (1998). On television, Woods briefly starred in his own legal drama series, "Shark" (CBS, 2006-08), and made recurring appearances as an animated version of his over-the-top self in the cartoon sitcom "Family Guy" (Fox, 1999- ). Over the years, Woods had built a career that encompassed film, television and video games, as well as established him firmly at the upper-echelon of great contemporary American actors.

Relationships

Missy Crider Actor

Companion
Met when she played his daughter in the TV movie Jane's House (CBS, 1994) Became engaged April 1997 Separated, then reunited and renewed engagement in early 2000; separated again in spring 2000; reunited by late summer 2000 No longer together

Martha Dixon

Mother
Operated a preschool following her husband's death

Heather Graham Actor

Companion
Dated for six-months after they met on the set of "Diggstown" (1992) No longer together

Kathryn Morrison Costume Designer

Wife
Married Aug. 31, 1980 Divorced Sept. 20, 1983 Morrison created costumes for several of Woods' films including "Salvador" (1986) and "Another Day in Paradise" (1998)

Sarah Owen Actor

Wife
Married June 2, 1989 in Beverly Hills, CA Legally separated on Nov. 30, 1989 Divorced in 1990 On Nov. 14, 1991, Owen alleged on TV show "Hard Copy" that Woods held a loaded shotgun to her head and also beat her; Woods denied the allegations

Nicollette Sheridan

Companion
Dated briefly in 1995-96

Julie Tesh

Companion

Michael Jeffrey Woods Actor

Brother
Born Jan. 7, 1957 Appeared with brother in several films including "The Hard Way" (1991) and "Another Day in Paradise" (1998); ran for mayor of Warwick, RI in 2000 and 2004 but didn't get elected Died of a heart attack on July 26, 2006

Gail Woods

Father
Died in 1960 following routine surgery

Sean Young Actor

Companion
Had brief relationship during and after filming of "The Boost" (1988)

EDUCATION

Pilgrim High School

Warwick , Rhode Island

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge , Massachusetts
received full scholarship, but dropped out in 1968 two months prior to graduating to pursue acting career

Milestones

2012

Played a mysterious hospital's chief of staff in A&E miniseries "Coma," based on 1978 film

2011

Co-starred in Rod Lurie's remake of "Straw Dogs"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie

2011

Portrayed Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers in HBO's "Too Big to Fail"

2007

Voiced surf promoter Reggie Belafonte in animated feature "Surf's Up"

2006

Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series for "ER"

2006

Played an infamous defense lawyer who becomes a prosecutor on CBS legal drama "Shark"

2005

Portrayed the father of a teen (Evan Rachel Wood) who accuses her English teacher of sexual harassment in "Pretty Persuasion"

2003

Starred as the Republican bulldog and former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani in "Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story" (USA Network)

2001

Replaced an ailing Marlon Brando in a cameo role as a priest performing an exorcism in "Scary Movie 2"

2001

Lent voice to animated sci-fi adventure feature "Final Fantasy: The Movie"

2000

Contributed voice to animated series "Clerks: The Cartoon" (ABC)

2000

Played father of five girls in Sofia Coppola's feature directorial debut "The Virgin Suicides"

2000

Portrayed Dennis Barrie, who as director of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center booked an exhibit of images by the controversial photographer Robert Maplethorpe in "Dirty Pictures" (Showtime)

1999

Reteamed with Oliver Stone for the football-themed "Any Given Sunday"

1999

Portrayed the disarmingly insightful and manipulative Colonel Moore in summer military thriller "The General's Daughter"

1998

Honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (October 15)

1998

Starred as a vampire hunter in "John Carpenter's Vampires"

1998

Reteamed with Melanie Griffith as a drug dealing, thieving couple in "Another Day in Paradise"; also produced

1997

Voiced the character of Hades in Disney's animated feature "Hercules" and the subsequent ABC spin-off series

1996

Turned in a remarkably nuanced portrait of a jailed murderer in the overlooked "Killer: A Journal of Murder"

1996

Received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination portraying Byron de la Beckwith, the killer of Civil Rights activist Medgar Evans, in the earnest "Ghosts of Mississippi"

1995

Co-starred in Showtime special "Curse of the Starving Class," adapted from Sam Shepard's play

1995

Starred in the acclaimed HBO movie "Indictment: The McMartin Trial"

1995

Portrayed H.R. Haldeman in Stone's "Nixon"

1992

Starred as Roy Cohn in HBO biopic "Citizen Cohn"

1992

Played romantic lead opposite Dolly Parton in "Straight Talk"

1989

Played Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson in ABC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "My Name Is Bill W."

1989

Essayed real-life lawyer Eddie Dodd in "True Believer"

1988

Produced first film "Cop"; also starred

1987

Portrayed Vietnam POW James Stockdale in NBC biography "In Love and War"

1986

Played James Garner's younger schizophenic brother in "Promise," a CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" special

1986

Won critical and audience attention for Oliver Stone's "Salvador"

1984

Offered a fine villainous turn in "Against All Odds" as rival with Jeff Bridges for Rachel Ward

1982

Starred in David Cronenberg's "Videodrome"

1979

Landed breakthrough role as unrepentant villain in "The Onion Field"

1978

Made TV miniseries debut in "Holocaust" (NBC)

1977

Acted in the ensemble of the comedy-drama "The Choirboys"

1975

Made first screen collaboration with Melanie Griffith in "Night Moves," directed by Arthur Penn

1973

Cast in small role as a pal of Barbra Streisand's in "The Way We Were"

1972

Landed feature film debut in Elia Kazan's "The Visitors"

1970

Made TV-movie debut in "All the Way Home"; aired as part of NBC's "Hallmark Hall of Fame"

1969

Made Broadway debut in "Borstal Boy"

Acted in numerous plays at Harvard, MIT, and with the Theater Company of Boston before moving to New York City

Family settled in Warwick, Rhode Island

Moved frequently as a child due to father's military career

SIMILAR ARTICLES

Next >