James Woods

Born Apr 18, 1947

James Howard Woods is an American film, stage and television actor. Woods is known for starring in critically acclaimed films such as Once Upon a Time in America, Salvador, Nixon, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Last Day of Summer, Casino, and in the television legal drama Shark. He has won three Emmy Awards, and has gained two Academy Award nominations.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on April 18, 1947.


1960 13 Years Old Woods was born in Vernal, Utah, and had a brother ten years younger than him. His father, Gail Peyton Woods, was an army intelligence officer who died in 1960 after routine surgery. … Read More
1965 18 Years Old Woods grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, where he attended Pilgrim High School, from which he graduated in 1965. … Read More


1969 22 Years Old In order to pursue a career in acting, he dropped out of MIT in 1969 before his graduation. … Read More
1970 23 Years Old Woods appeared in thirty-six plays before making his Broadway debut in 1970 at the Lyceum Theatre, in the first US production of Frank McMahon's Borstal Boy. … Read More
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In 1971, he played Bob Rettie in the American premiere of Michael Weller's Moonchildren at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The production moved to Broadway the following year and Woods won a Theatre World Award for his performance. … Read More


1979 32 Years Old Early examples include his portrayals of a sadistic murderer in 1979's The Onion Field, and of serial killer Carl Panzram in 1994's Killer: A Journal of Murder. … Read More


1995 48 Years Old In 1995, Woods took the role of pimp Lester Diamond in Martin Scorsese's Casino. … Read More


1997 50 Years Old Woods has lent his voice talents to many animated television shows and feature films. He garnered critical praise for his voice work as Hades in the 1997 Disney film Hercules and he won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2000 for the role in the follow-up television series (for the 1999 season).
2001 54 Years Old He also voiced Phillium Benedict, the twisted former headmaster who attempts to abolish summer vacation in the 2001 film, Recess: School's Out. … Read More
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In 2004, Woods voiced Jallak in the animated film Ark and Mike Toreno in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
2006 59 Years Old On July 26, 2006, Woods' younger brother, Michael Jeffrey Woods, died from cardiac arrest at the age of 49. … Read More


On July 30, 2015, he sued a Twitter user for $10 million over an allegedly libelous tweet.
2016 69 Years Old Early in the 2016 presidential race, Woods endorsed Carly Fiorina for the Republican nomination.
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