James Woods is an American producer and an actor who is known for his portrayal of a bad guy in the movies. He has done commendable work in some of his most known movies like Casino, Hercules, Once Upon a Time in America and the Onion Field. Woods is a receiver of a Golden Globe award and was also nominated for the Academy Awards.
Woods was born no 18th April 1947 in Vernal, Utah. His father’s name was Gail Peyton Woods, who served the American army and died in the year 1960. After the death of his husband, Woods mother, Martha operated a pre-school. After some time, she married Thomas E. Dixon. Woods completed his high school education from Pilgrim High School in the year 1965. After completing his schooling, Woods went to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to pursue his undergraduate studies.
He majored in Political Science. During his studies in the Massachusetts, Woods was an active member of Dramashop, a theatre group of the University. He directed and acted in many plays while working with the Dramashop. He got so involved in working in the theatres that he dropped out of MIT in the year 1969 to pursue his career as an actor. After dropping out of college, Woods moved to the theatres.
Before debuting in the Broadway, Woods appeared in six theatre plays. He debut in a Broadway play in the year 1970 at the theatre Lyceum. His first Broadway play was produced by Frank McMahon, and the name of the play was Borstal Boy. After that, he appeared in the play The Trial of the Catonsville, produced by Daniel Berrigan where he played the role of David Darst. Woods even won the Theatre World Award for his performance in the play Moonchildren directed by Michael Weller. After his promising contribution to the theatre world, Woods moved to a bigger audience. Woods achieved huge success in the television and cinematic universe. Woods has appeared in more than 140 television series and movies.
He first appeared on the small screen in the year 1971 in the show All the Way Home. He first appeared on the big screen in 1972 with the movie The Visitors. He was mostly known for his dark and negative roles in the movies. His portrayal of a murderer in the movie The Onion’s Field was appreciated by all the viewers and the critics. He even appeared in The Rockford Files. In 1986, he appeared in Oliver Stone’s Salvador, playing a journalist for which he was nominated for the Best Actor in Academy Awards. He was again nominated for the Academy Awards for the Best Actor in supporting role for the movie Ghosts of Mississippi.
His most memorable performance was in the movie Once Upon a Time in America in 1984. Woods also appeared in HBO’s mini-series named Too Big to Fall for which he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series. Woods is also known for his voice work in some animated movies like Hercules,
, and The Family Guy. He is also known as the voice of Mike Toreno in Grand Theft Auto:
. Woods is currently working on an animated movie Justice League Action.