Elijah Wood
American actor
Elijah Wood
Elijah Jordan Wood is an American actor. He made his film debut with a minor part in Back to the Future Part II (1989), then landed a succession of larger roles that made him a critically acclaimed child actor by age 9, being nominated for several Young Artist Awards. He is best known for his high-profile role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's critically acclaimed The Lord of the Rings trilogy and its upcoming prequels The Hobbit films.
Biography
Elijah Wood's personal information overview.
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'Lord of the Rings' Castmates Reunite
ABC News - 28 days
Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom had a fun guys' night out.
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A 'Venerable Human Being': Celebrities Pay Heartfelt Tribute To John Hurt
Huffington Post - about 1 month
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Saturday's TV Highlights and weekend talk shows: 'Batman v Superman' and more
LATimes - 3 months
  SERIES Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency This surreal mystery-comedy inspired by Douglas Adams’ books continues with an episode that promises to connect several of the series’ seemingly random subplots; Samuel Barnett and Elijah Wood star. 9 p.m. BBC America SPECIALS Robbie the Reindeer...
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Conan And Elijah Wood Completely Trash 'Final Fantasy XV'
Huffington Post - 3 months
This wasn’t the fantasy these game developers had in mind. Conan O’Brien and Elijah Wood are the epitome of clueless gamers while playing “Final Fantasy XV.”  Unfortunately, missions that involve looking at a wedding dress and spending three full, real days defeating a monster just doesn’t do it for the TV host and his guest. O’Brien and Wood spend most of the segment lamenting how boring the game is. Conan’s game expert, Aaron Bleyaert, does his best to defend the gameplay, but that doesn’t stop Conan from declaring it an “epic blue-balls waste of time.” After that, Conan learns the people who made the game are in the next room, watching. Oh, and he has to walk right by them to leave. Awkwardness ensues ... -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency' on BBC America
LATimes - 4 months
SERIES Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Todd (Elijah Wood) finds himself dragged further (and against his will) into Dirk’s (Samuel Barnett) case as they learn more about who kidnapped Patrick Spring’s daughter (Alison Thornton). Hannah Marks, Richard Schiff and Jade Eshete also star. 9...
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The 'un-peggable' Elijah Wood returns to TV in 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency'
LATimes - 4 months
When Elijah Wood took on the role of the hobbit Frodo Baggins in the famed “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, he was plunged into the world of Middle-earth where he had to contend with dragons, Orcs, Ents and a Gollum. Wood’s new project, BBC America’s “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency,” finds...
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Orlando Bloom Throws It Back To That Time The 'Lord Of The Rings' Cast Got Matching Tattoos
Huffington Post - 5 months
Orlando Bloom is nostalgic for the good old days. The ones when the world was unaware of his preferred paddleboarding regalia, his ears were pointy, and his hair was more majestic than Katy Perry’s ever will be.  That’s why Bloom threw it back to the time he spent filming the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy on Thursday, with an Instagram of his co-stars and their matching Elvish tattoos.  Filming a fantasy epic for more than a year straight and reuniting every year for weeks of additional filming apparently bonds a cast for life. To commemorate the experience, Bloom and other members of the “fellowship,” including Sir Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd, got tattoos of the Elvish number nine.  “tbt to when we all got tats cos we loved so much,” he captioned the photo where they all look like LITERAL BABIES. tbt to when we all got tats cos we loved so much A photo posted by orlandobloom (@orlandobloom) on Oct 13, 2016 at 1 ...
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Elijah Wood clarifies pedophilia comments
CNN - 9 months
Former child star Elijah Wood has clarified some comments he reportedly made about Hollywood and pedophilia.
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Elijah Wood: Hollywood’s child sex abuse comparable to Jimmy Savile case
Guardian (UK) - 9 months
Lord of the Rings star draws parallels between attacks carried out by British TV personality and paedophile rings in Los Angeles Elijah Wood, the actor who took his first film role aged eight before starring in the Lord of the Rings movies, has said that organised sexual abuse of children in Hollywood is rife. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Wood said that although he had been protected as a child – mainly through the efforts of his mother, who stopped him going to parties – many of his peers were regularly “preyed upon”. Continue reading...
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Review: Cops in ‘The Trust’ Spice Up Deadly Dull Jobs
NYTimes - 10 months
Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood play police-department partners who deal with boredom, social invisibility and pent-up rage by planning a heist.
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The Fellowship Of The Film
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The team behind the movie "The Greasy Strangler" came up with a brilliant marketing scheme. Speckled throughout the Sundance Film Festival were bright pink "Greasy" hats emblazoned with the iconic, bubbly letters featured in the title of the hit 1978 movie-musical, "Grease." The cast and crew members may or may not have known "Grease: Live" would be airing a week later, but hey, the head gear got a lot of attention, as did their movie.  This bizarre comedy probably never would've been made if it wasn't for SpectreVision, a production company run by filmmakers Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller. The group's goal is to tell "heartfelt, character driven stories tackling real emotional and social issues that test the boundaries of the genre space," and boy, do they do that. From "Cooties" and "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" to "Open Windows," SpectreVision has produced an array of films, with "The Greasy Strangler" premiering in the midnight section at Sundance.  The fi ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Elijah Wood
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 35
    Wood is an outspoken supporter of 2016 Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Twitter.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2010
    Age 29
    On April 23, 2010, in a charitable gesture, Wood visited the town of Curepto, Chile, one of the hardest hit by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile on February 27, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details He made personal visits to many of the victims and was accompanied by the first lady of Chile, Cecilia Morel.
    in 2010 Wood starred in the web series by RoosterTeeth "Red vs Blue" as the A.I. fragment Sigma.
    More Details Hide Details Elijah Wood is an older brother of actress Hannah Wood and younger brother of Zachariah Nathaniel Wood, who is a video game producer at Sony. In an interview about Everything Is Illuminated, director Liev Schreiber commented that Wood has a "generosity of spirit" and a "sincere goodness as a human being." He supported campaigns for charity as Keep a Child Alive or ALDO/YouthAIDS. Wood is a music lover, owning a collection of roughly 4,000 vinyl records and CDs. He is quoted as citing his favorite band as The Smashing Pumpkins. Wood has a tattoo of the word "nine" written in the Sindarin language, which uses the Tengwar script, and in the English language (rather than Quenya as is widely believed); it is located below his waist on the right side. It refers to his character as one of the Fellowship of the Ring. It is a coincidence that he later starred in 9. The other actors of "The Fellowship" got the same tattoo, with the exception of John Rhys-Davies. Rhys-Davies's stunt double from the film got the tattoo instead.
    In 2010, Wood, together with Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, founded The Woodshed, a production company that promotes horror films.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, the company was re-branded as SpectreVision. Wood also stars in the TV show Wilfred and voiced Shay, one of two main characters in the adventure game Broken Age. in 2014 Wood provided the voice of Wirt in Over the Garden Wall, a miniseries on Cartoon Network.
  • 2009
    Age 28
    On April 25, 2009, Wood was honored with the Midnight Award by the San Francisco International Film Festival as an American actor who "has made outstanding contributions to independent and Hollywood cinema, and who brings striking intelligence, exemplary talent and extraordinary depth of character to his roles".
    More Details Hide Details Wood also starred in an episode of Yo Gabba Gabba!, entitled "Eat," where he danced and "went crazy" alongside the rest of the Yo Gabba Gabba! cast. Wood can be seen in a short film on stepthroughtheportal.com. The site is an interactive website created by Simian Records artists The Apples in Stereo, promoting their upcoming album, Travelers in Space and Time. In addition to producing and acting, Wood has become a well-known DJ. With his friend Zach Cowie, he performs as "Wooden Wisdom a.k.a. DJ Frodo." The duo has spun at events such as the Bushmills Live 2012 festival at the Old Bushmills Distillery and at the pre-Emmy party at The London West Hollywood hotel. Wood has signed up to co-produce and also star in the film Black Wings Has My Angel, based on the noir novel of the same name, with Anthony Moody and Rob Malkani of Indalo Productions. Wood, alongside Tom Hiddleston and Anna Paquin, started shooting in late 2012.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    On April 11, 2008, Wood was the guest host of Channel 4's Friday Night Project.
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  • 2007
    Age 26
    On January 4, 2007, Wood joined Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg to announce the nominees for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
    More Details Hide Details In The Oxford Murders, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Guillermo Martínez, Wood plays a graduate student who investigates a series of bizarre, mathematically based murders in Oxford. It was released in Spain on January 18, 2008. Wood also voiced the lead in the animated feature film version of the short film 9. A project in which Wood was set to star, a biographical film about singer Iggy Pop, putatively named The Passenger, has not come to fruition after years in development.
    Day Zero, a drama about the draft in the United States, had its debut at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Wood portrays draftee Aaron Feller.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    In 2006, Wood was also in Season 2 Episode 6 of American Dad.
    More Details Hide Details He was the voice of Ethan, a college student and Haley's crush, who listens to Professor Baxter's (Roger) advice about following your heart and doing something new. Ethan takes this the wrong way and stabs his father 38 times (not shown) and becomes very crazy. Roger admits to being a fake, and he and Hayley leave, saying that the police are coming. This suggests that Ethan gets arrested, and is out of the show. Wood does not appear again. Wood has also provided voiceovers for video games, providing the voice for Spyro the Dragon in the Legend of Spyro game trilogy, as well as reprising Mumble in the game version of Happy Feet. He also contributed his talents to fellow Lord of the Rings star Viggo Mortensen's album Pandemoniumfromamerica, singing and playing various instruments on the album.
    On September 19, 2006, Wood announced that Simian had signed The Apples in Stereo as their first band, with their new album New Magnetic Wonder released in February 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In addition he also directed the music video for "Energy". The other band signed to Simian thus far is Heloise and the Savoir Faire.
    In 2006, Wood hosted the special Saving a Species: The Great Penguin Rescue for Discovery Kids Channel; he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of acting in a children/youth/family special.
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    In 2006, he was part of the ensemble cast of Emilio Estevez's Bobby, in which his character marries Lindsay Lohan's character to change his draft classification.
    More Details Hide Details The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival and was released theatrically on November 17, 2006. In Happy Feet, Wood provided the voice of Mumble, a penguin who can tap dance, but not sing. Happy Feet was released on November 17, 2006, and has grossed over $380 million worldwide. The movie also received a Golden Globe Award nomination and won an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Best Animated Feature.
  • 2005
    Age 24
    In 2005, Wood starred in Everything Is Illuminated, in which he plays a young Jewish-American man on a quest to find the woman who saved his grandfather during World War II.
    More Details Hide Details It was based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer. In Green Street, he played an American college student who falls in with a violent English football firm. Both had limited release, but were critically acclaimed. Wood shot a small part in Paris, je t'aime, which consists of 18 five-minute sections, each directed by a different director. Wood’s section, called "Quartier de la Madeleine", was directed by Vincenzo Natali. The film opened on May 18 at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and was shown at 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. First Look Pictures acquired the North American rights, and the film opened in the US in early 2007.
    On May 12, 2005, Wood hosted a program called MTV Presents: The Next Generation Xbox Revealed, when the new Xbox 360 games console was launched.
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  • 2003
    Age 22
    In 2003, Wood starred in the direct-to-video movie All I Want (also titled Try Seventeen).
    More Details Hide Details The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was unveiled that December, sweeping the 76th Academy Awards in early 2004. Wood's first post-trilogy role was in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, as a lab technician; he next played the serial killer Kevin in Robert Rodriguez's adaptation of Frank Miller's comic-book series, Sin City.
  • 2002
    Age 21
    In 2002, Wood lent his voice to the direct-to-video release of The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina.
    More Details Hide Details The second part of Peter Jackson's trilogy was also released, titled The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1999
    Age 18
    In 1999, Wood played a suburban white teenager who affects hip-hop lingo in James Toback's Black and White, and a junior hitman in Chain of Fools.
    More Details Hide Details Wood was cast as Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of director Peter Jackson's adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's multi-volume novel. This gave Wood top billing as Baggins, alongside a cast that included Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Sean Bean, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, and John Rhys-Davies. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in New Zealand, in a process taking more than one year for principal photography alone, with pick-up shots occurring annually for the next four years. Before the cast left the country, Jackson gave Wood two gifts: one of the One Ring props used on the set and Sting, Frodo's sword. He was also given a pair of prosthetic "hobbit feet" of the type worn during filming.
  • 1997
    Age 16
    In 1997, Wood was Jack "The Artful Dodger" Dawkins in Tony Bill's film adaptation of Oliver Twist, and had a leading role in Deep Impact, and supporting one in The Faculty.
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  • 1995
    Age 14
    Wood's title role in North was followed by a Super Bowl commercial for Wavy Lay's potato chips (with Dan Quayle). In 1995, Wood was in the video for The Cranberries "Ridiculous Thoughts", played the lead role in Flipper, and was in Ang Lee's critically acclaimed, The Ice Storm.
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  • 1993
    Age 12
    In 1993, Wood played the title character in The Adventures of Huck Finn, and appeared in The Good Son; The following year he starred in The War.
    More Details Hide Details The latter film was nominated for four awards and won two. Roger Ebert's film review praised Wood highly:
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 7
    Wood modeled and did local commercials. For his career, his family moved to Los Angeles in 1988, where he got his first break in the video for Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl", directed by David Fincher.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by a pivotal role in the TV film, Child in the Night, and a minor role in Back to the Future Part II. Playing Aidan Quinn's son in Avalon and Tin Men garnered professional attention for Wood; Avalon received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for four Academy Awards. A small part in Richard Gere's Internal Affairs, was followed by the role of a boy who brings estranged couple Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson back together in Paradise (1991). Wood co-starred with Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis in Forever Young (1992) and Joseph Mazzello in Radio Flyer.
  • 1981
    Age 0
    Elijah Wood was born in 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the second of three children.
    More Details Hide Details He is the son of Warren and Debra (Krause) Wood, delicatessen operators, and is of English, Polish, German, Austrian, and Danish ancestry. He was raised Roman Catholic. He has a brother, Zachariah, and a sister, Hannah. At age seven, Wood began modeling in his hometown and took piano lessons. He appeared in elementary school in The Sound of Music, followed by the title character in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He also served as choir boy during the production of See How They Run, produced by the Marion Creative Council.
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