James Woods
Actor
James Woods
Biography
View basic information about James Woods.
Birthday
18 April 1947
home town
the United States
Career Highlights
Some highlights of James Woodss career
Label
James woods
Alternative names
Woods, James Howard
Birth name
James Howard Woods
Nationality
American
Alma mater
University of California, Los Angeles
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
News
News abour James Woods from around the web
James Woods Quits Twitter Following Suspension of Alt-Right Accounts
Yahoo News - 18 days
"I will no longer use its service for my constitutional right to free speech," the actor tweeted in his last message to followers.
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Actor James Woods boycotting the NFL over Colin Kaepernick controversy
Fox News - 3 months
James Woods will "never watch the NFL again."
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James Woods Clears Hurdle in Effort to Unmask Twitter User
NYTimes - 10 months
A judge declined this week to put an end to Mr. Woods’s case against an anonymous user that Twitter has refused to identify.
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James Woods, 'so happy to be alive,' shares dramatic details of seven-car crash in Colorado
LATimes - 12 months
James Woods tweeted that he was a little sore and stiff Wednesday - which ordinarily wouldn't be news, but is actually remarkable, because on Monday he was involved in a seven-car pileup in Colorado that left him "so happy to be alive." The "Ray Donovan" actor, 68, has been tweeting thankfully...
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James Woods happy to be alive after car crash on icy highway
Fox News - 12 months
Actor James Woods says he's happy to be alive after he was involved in a seven-car crash on an icy highway in Colorado.
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James Woods Loses Bid to Discover Who Called Him a "Cocaine Addict" on Twitter
Yahoo News - about 1 year
A judge rules that the actor's $10 million defamation lawsuit first needs to examine whether an offensive tweet qualifies as a "figurative rhetorical insult."
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James Woods calls out Bernie Sanders over China tweet
CNN - about 1 year
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I Am Not Just a Statistic; I Am a Nielsen Family.
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
You've probably noticed a surge in ratings for Saved By The Bell: The College Years. This is because I am a Nielsen household. Yes, it's true. You've heard of the Nielsen ratings, which calculate how many people are watching each TV show (also known as "VH1's arch enemy"). And I have been selected to be part of the survey. Like most people, I had never given much thought to how America's television viewing habits are calculated. And I didn't know much about the Nielsen ratings system, other than that the company was started by legendary B-list actress Brigitte Nielsen. I was chosen at random, just like how Roger Goodell was picked to be Commissioner of the NFL. First, I received a postcard in the mail, announcing that I would be receiving a phone call. A few days later, I got the call. The Nielsen representative asked me a few personal questions. And then a week or so later, I received a TV Viewing Diary, which required me to fill out more questions about my lifestyle. So, basi ...
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Sochi Just Got a Little Bit More X-treme
Huffington Post Sports - almost 3 years
Winter Olympics take inspiration from the X Games to attract a younger crowd. For years, the International Olympic Committee has sought to attract a younger crowd to tune in as the best athletes from around the world battle in sport. In the past, that's meant borrowing events from other competitions that draw such an audience; the inclusion of halfpipe snowboarding, snowboard cross, and ski cross are a few examples. But never has the Olympics drawn such inspiration from another games as it has for the Sochi Olympics, where half of 12 new events come directly from the Winter X Games -- an action-packed extreme sport competition. The IOC hopes men's and women's halfpipe skiing, snowboard parallel slalom, ski and snowboard slopestyle, and women's ski jumping, will bring the same drama to the Olympics. "We are very pleased with the addition of ski and snowboard slopestyle and snowboard special slalom in the Olympic Winter Games programme," then-IOC President Jacques Rogge said of the ...
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A Definitive Ranking Of 25 Classic Disney Villains
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
When the latest trailer for "Maleficent" called its title character "Disney's greatest villain," we couldn't help but scratch our un-horned heads. Maleficent is great and all. She's got the whole "evil as other" archetype working in her favor and those horns are really so McQueen, but there are a TON of antagonists who could easily contest that title. Now, in celebration of all that is evil, we bring you a complete ranking of 25 classic Disney villains. 25. Edgar Balthazar, "The Aristocats" Edgar Balthazar plots to eliminate Duchess and her aristo-kittens, when he learns that his boss Madame Adelaide de Bonne Famille will be leaving them her fortune. It's unclear exactly why Edgar thinks he as Bonne Famille's butler would logically or legally be next in line for the inheritance. Nonetheless, he sets off on attempting to ship the cats off to Timbuktu, and ends up getting shipped to Timbuktu himself (read: is defeated by a bunch of little cats). 24. Clayton, "Tarzan" Intended as a s ...
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David Mamet: Obama Is A 'Tyrant'
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Oscar-nominated filmmaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet has spent the past several years separating himself from Hollywood liberalism. In 2008, he penned a Village Voice essay titled "Why I Am No Longer a Brain-Dead Liberal." Earlier this year, he voiced his anti-gun control sentiments in a Newsweek piece. Now, Mamet has slammed President Barack Obama with a rather harsh label. "He's a tyrant," Mamet said during an appearance on "The Hugh Hewitt Show." "And I give him great credit. He's always said that his idea was to reform the United States. And, you know, like many tyrants, like Wilson and like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, he believes that his way is the right way and that he's going to implement his vision of the world, and many agree with him. And he's acting in concert with his conscience. And I applaud him for that. I just disagree with everything he's done." Mamet's sentiments are, of course, in good company, even among the liberal-heavy entertainment ind ...
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Sia To Donate Proceeds From Eminem Collaboration To Homeless LGBT Youth
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Queer artist Sia came under fire this week for her collaborative track with Eminem, "Beautiful Pain," which is featured on the controversial rapper's latest album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2." In response, the singer-songwriter has announced that she will donate the proceeds she receives from her work on the track to benefit homeless LGBT youth at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. Sia told HuffPost blogger and N.Y. based D.J. Keo Nozari that "she was under the impression that Eminem’s alter-ego Slim Shady was performance art, and a thing of the past, asserting that she does not believe that Eminem is actually homophobic." According to SheWired, the star's contribution will reportedly help fund "a 50-bed shelter, a transitional living program, medical care, meals, clothing, counseling, GED prep programs, job placement services and more, according to the release from the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center." Eminem has been on the receiving end of harsh criticism for his use o ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Woods
1947
Born on April 18, 1947.
1960
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.
His mother, Martha A. (née Smith), operated a pre-school after her husband's death and later married Thomas E. Dixon.
1965
Woods grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, where he attended Pilgrim High School, from which he graduated in 1965.
He is of part Irish descent and was raised Catholic, briefly serving as an altar boy. Woods ultimately chose to pursue his undergraduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in political science (though he originally planned a career as an eye surgeon). While at MIT, Woods pledged to Theta Delta Chi Fraternity. He was also an active member of the student theatre group "Dramashop" where he both acted in and directed a number of plays.
1969
In order to pursue a career in acting, he dropped out of MIT in 1969 before his graduation.
Woods has said that he became an actor thanks to Tim Affleck (father of actor Ben Affleck), who was a stage manager at the Theatre Company of Boston while Woods was a student there.
1970
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.
He got the part by pretending he was British. He returned to Broadway the following year to portray David Darst in Daniel Berrigan's The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.
1971
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.
He returned to Broadway in 1973 to portray Steven Cooper in the original production of Jean Kerr's Finishing Touches.
A prominent Hollywood character actor, Woods has appeared in over 130 films and television series, beginning with his first television appearance All the Way Home in 1971 and his film debut The Visitors in 1972.
He is known for his dark, intense characters and villains.
1979
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.
He appeared in an episode of The Rockford Files, playing a son whose parents were murdered. He was first recognized by the The Oscars when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for the Oliver Stone drama Salvador (1986), portraying real-life journalist Rick Boyle as he chronicles events in El Salvador. He was recognized again with a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), in which he portrayed another real-life figure: infamous white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith. One of his favorite film roles is Max, the domineering gangster, in Sergio Leone's epic Once Upon a Time in America (1984).
1995
In 1995, Woods took the role of pimp Lester Diamond in Martin Scorsese's Casino.
That same year, he portrayed H. R. Haldeman in Nixon, the biopic of Richard M. Nixon, directed by Oliver Stone. In one of his most prominent television roles, Woods starred in the CBS legal drama series Shark, which ran for two seasons between 2006 and 2008. He played an infamous defense lawyer who, after growing disillusioned when his client commits a murder, becomes a successful prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. Woods was offered a leading role in the low-budget film Reservoir Dogs, but his agent rejected the script without showing it to the actor. When Woods learned of this some time later, he fired his agents (CAA), replacing them with ICM. In 2006, Woods starred in End Game. He makes a cameo appearance as himself in the first episode of the third season of Entourage. In 2011, Woods appeared as Richard S. Fuld, Jr., Chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers, in HBO's Too Big to Fail, for which he gained an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-series or Movie.
1997
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
He also voiced Phillium Benedict, the twisted former headmaster who attempts to abolish summer vacation in the 2001 film, Recess: School's Out.
He also appeared as a fictional version of himself in the episode of The Simpsons entitled "Homer and Apu" and in seven episodes of Family Guy, which is set in Woods's home state of Rhode Island. Other references in Family Guy include the local high school, James Woods High School, and a forest named James Woods mentioned in the episode "The Fat Guy Strangler".
2004
In 2004, Woods voiced Jallak in the animated film Ark and Mike Toreno in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Woods is an avid poker player, playing in cash games and many tournaments. He played in the WPT's Hollywood Home Game series in 2004 for the American Stroke Association charity., he has to his credit over 35 major event finishes, including a seventh place at the 2015 World Series of Poker in the $3000 No Limit Shootout event.
In 1988, Woods sued Sean Young for $2 million, accusing her of stalking him after they appeared together in the movie The Boost. Young later countered that Woods had overreacted after she had spurned his advances on set. The suit was settled out of court in August 1989. Young was awarded $227,000 to cover her legal costs.
2006
On July 26, 2006, Woods' younger brother, Michael Jeffrey Woods, died from cardiac arrest at the age of 49.
Woods sued Kent Hospital in Warwick, Rhode Island, alleging negligence. The suit was settled in 2009.
2015
On July 30, 2015, he sued a Twitter user for $10 million over an allegedly libelous tweet.
In Oct 2015 James Woods lost his legal bid to learn who was behind the Twitter account who accused him of being a ‘Cocaine Addict.'
However, on February 2, 2016, Judge Mel Recana gave the go ahead to pursue the case further. It is believed that this will force Twitter to reveal the identity of the anonymous user. Woods's name was in an advertisement in the Los Angeles Times (August 17, 2006) that condemned Hamas and Hezbollah and supported Israel in the 2006 Lebanon War. He has become well known for supporting conservative political views on Twitter.
However, in November 2015, Woods decided to endorse Sen.
Ted Cruz.
During a press interview for Kingdom Hearts II, Woods noted that he is an avid video game player. He is a dealer of antiques in Rhode Island. On December 14, 2015, while Woods was driving alone westbound through an ice storm on Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon, Colorado, a driver who was speeding lost control and crashed into five other cars.
Woods swerved his Jeep Grand Cherokee to avoid the accident and collided with a retaining wall, but slid backwards into a guard rail above the Colorado River. Woods suffered a minor concussion from the accident.
2016
Early in the 2016 presidential race, Woods endorsed Carly Fiorina for the Republican nomination.
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