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James Woods

Lowest Rated:   7% The Specialist (1994)
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Birthplace:   Vernal, Utah, USA
One of Hollywood's most intense supporting and leading actors, James Woods has built a distinguished career on stage, screen, and television. Early in his career, Woods, with his lean body, close-set eyes, and narrow, acne-scarred face, specialized in playing sociopaths, psychopaths, and other crazed villains, but in the 1990s, he added a sizable number of good guys to his resumé.The son of a military man, Woods was born in Vermal, UT, on April 14, 1947. Thanks to his father's job, he had a peripatetic childhood, living in four states and on the island of Guam. As a young man, he earned a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; after obtaining a degree in political science, he set out to become a professional actor in New York. While in school he had appeared in numerous plays at M.I.T., Harvard, and with the Theater Company of Boston, as well as at the Provincetown Playhouse on Rhode Island. After working off-Broadway, Woods debuted on Broadway in 1970, appearing in Borstal Boy. Off-Broadway, he earned an Obie for his work in Saved.In 1971, the actor made his first television appearance in All the Way Home, and the year after that debuted in Elia Kazan's thriller The Visitors (1972). He then played a small part in The Way We Were (1973), but did not become a star until he played a vicious, remorseless cop killer in The Onion Field (1979). Subsequent film appearances quickly established Woods as a scene stealer, and though not among Tinseltown's most handsome actors, he developed a base of devoted female fans who found his rugged, ruthless appearance sexy. This appearance would serve him well throughout his career, notably in one of his first major films, David Cronenberg's Videodrome (1983). Cast as the film's morally ambiguous hero, Woods gave a brilliantly intense performance that was further enhanced by his rough-hewn physical attributes. Throughout the 1980s, Woods continued to turn in one solid performance after another, earning a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of an American journalist in South America in Oliver Stone's Salvador (1986). He gave another remarkable performance as a Jewish gangster in Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America (1984), and in 1989 tried his hand at playing nice in the adoption drama Immediate Family. That same year, he won an Emmy for his portrayal of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson in My Name Is Bill W. After beginning the subsequent decade with an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated performance in the title role of the made-for-TV Citizen Cohn (1992), Woods appeared in a diverse series of films, playing a boxing promoter in Diggstown (1992), H.R. Haldeman in Nixon (1995), a drug dealer in Another Day in Paradise (1998), and a vampire slayer in John Carpenter's Vampires. In 1996, he won his second Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Medger Evers' suspected assassin in Ghosts of Mississippi. In 1999, the actor continued to demonstrate his versatility in a number of high-profile films. For The General's Daughter, he played a shady colonel, while he appeared as a newspaper editor in Clint Eastwood's True Crime, the head of an emotionally disintegrating Michigan family in The Virgin Suicides, and a football team orthopedist in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday.As the 21st century began, Woods could be seen as a doctor in the medical/hostage thriller John Q., and he lent his voice to a number of documentaries and animated projects including the sequel Stuart Little 2. He was part of the ensemble in the Polish brothers' Northfork, and appeared in Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty. In 2007 he began work as the lead on the TV series Shark, and in 2011 he appeared in the remake of Straw Dogs and the well-reviewed made-for-HBO docudrama about the collapse of the American economy, Too Big to Fail.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
33% Bling
  • Victor
2016
26% Jamesy Boy
  • Lt. Mark Falton
2014
28% Jobs
  • Jack Dudman
$16.2M 2013
51% White House Down
  • Walker
$73.2M 2013
No Score Yet Mary & Martha
  • Mary's Father
2013
No Score Yet Officer Down
  • Captain Verona
2013
42% Straw Dogs
  • Tom Heddon
$10.4M 2011
74% Too Big to Fail
  • Richard Fuld
2011
No Score Yet Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
  • Owlman
2009
13% An American Carol
  • Malone's Agent
$7M 2008
79% Surf's Up
  • Reggie Belafonte
$58.9M 2007
No Score Yet Buddy: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet End Game
  • Vaughn Stevens
2006
33% Pretty Persuasion
  • Hank Joyce
$59.1k 2005
30% Be Cool
  • Tommy Athens
$55.6M 2005
No Score Yet The Easter Egg Adventure
  • Grab Takit
2004
50% This Girl's Life
  • Pops
2004
100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Ark
  • Actor
2003
56% Northfork
  • Walter O'Brien
  • Executive Producer
$1.3M 2003
No Score Yet Rudy - The Rudy Giuliani Story
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe
  • Vikings [US Version]Narrator [US Version]
2002
No Score Yet Mickey's House of Villains
  • Hades
2002
81% Stuart Little 2
  • Falcon
$64.8M 2002
23% John Q
  • Dr. Raymond Turner
$71.1M 2002
No Score Yet Is It College Yet? (Daria: Is It College Yet?)
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Rolie Polie Olie: Great Defender of Fun
  • Actor
2002
100% Uprising
  • Actor
2001
49% Riding in Cars With Boys
  • Leonard `Pop' Donofrio
$29.7M 2001
45% Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • Gen. Hein
2001
15% Scary Movie 2
  • Ojciec McFeelyFather McFeely
2001
71% Race to Space
  • Dr. Wilhelm von Huber
2001
60% Recess: School's Out
  • Dr. Benedict
$34.9M 2001
No Score Yet Cheating Las Vegas
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Founding Fathers
  • Actor
2000
40% Dirty Pictures
  • Dennis Barrie
2000
76% The Virgin Suicides
  • Mr. Lisbon
2000
67% Hickey & Boggs
  • Lt. Wyatt
2000
No Score Yet Sensational Cities: New York
  • Narrator
2000
11% Play It to the Bone
  • Ringside Fan
1999
52% Any Given Sunday
  • Dr. Harvey Mandrake
1999
21% The General's Daughter
  • Col. Robert Moore
1999
54% True Crime
  • Alan
1999
No Score Yet Hercules: Zero to Hero
  • Actor
1999
40% John Carpenter's Vampires
  • Jack Crow
1998
58% Another Day in Paradise
  • Mel
  • Producer
1997
20% Kicked in the Head
  • Uncle Sam
1997
65% Contact
  • Michael Kitz
1997
84% Hercules
  • Hades
1997
43% Ghosts of Mississippi
  • Byron De La Beckwith
1996
No Score Yet Killer: A Journal of Murder
  • Carl Panzram
1996
No Score Yet The Summer of Ben Tyler
  • Temple Rayburn
1996
No Score Yet For Better or Worse
  • Reggie
1996
74% Nixon
  • H.R. Haldeman
1995
80% Casino
  • Lester Diamond
1995
No Score Yet Indictment: The McMartin Trial
  • Dan Davis
1995
7% The Specialist
  • Ned Trent
1994
No Score Yet Curse of the Starving Class
  • Weston Tate
1994
No Score Yet Vecinos
  • Matt Coler
1994
33% The Getaway
  • Jack Benyon
1994
59% Chaplin
  • Lawyer Scott
1992
No Score Yet Citizen Cohn
  • Roy Cohn
1992
57% Diggstown
  • Gabriel Caine
1992
36% Straight Talk
  • Jack Russell
1992
No Score Yet In Love and War
  • Jim Stockdale
1991
75% The Hard Way
  • John Moss
1991
No Score Yet Women & Men: Stories of Seduction
  • Robert
1990
50% Immediate Family
  • Michael Spector
1989
No Score Yet My Name Is Bill W.
  • Bill Wilson
1989
95% True Believer
  • Eddie Dodd
1989
No Score Yet Hollywood on Horses
  • Actor
1989
38% The Boost
  • Lenny Brown
1988
81% Cop
  • Producer
  • Lloyd Hopkins
1988
No Score Yet Wildfire
  • Actor
1988
73% Best Seller
  • Cleve
1987
No Score Yet Promise
  • D.J.
1986
88% Salvador
  • Richard Boyle
1986
No Score Yet Badge of the Assassin
  • Robert K. Tanenbaum
1985
No Score Yet Joshua Then and Now
  • Joshua Shapiro
1985
67% Stephen King's 'Cat's Eye'
  • Dick Morrison
1985
86% Once Upon a Time in America
  • Max
1984
70% Against All Odds
  • Jake Wise
1984
80% Videodrome
  • Max Renn
1983
No Score Yet Fast-Walking
  • Fast-Walking Miniver
1982
No Score Yet Split Image
  • Pratt
1982
75% Eyewitness
  • Aldo Mercer
1981
40% The Black Marble
  • Fiddler
1980
85% The Onion Field
  • Gregory Ulas Powell
1979
No Score Yet And Your Name Is Jonah
  • Danny Corelli
1979
No Score Yet The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel
  • Sin Eater
1979
No Score Yet The Gift of Love
  • Alfred
1978
44% The Choirboys
  • bloomguard
1977
No Score Yet Raid on Entebbe
  • Capt. Sammy Berg
1977
No Score Yet The Disappearance of Aimee
  • Asst. Disty. Atty. Joseph Ryan
1976
No Score Yet Alex & The Gypsy
  • Crainpool
1976
No Score Yet The Billion Dollar Bubble
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood
  • Lenny Schoenfeld
1976
83% Night Moves
  • Quentin
1975
78% The Gambler
  • Bank Officer
1974
65% The Way We Were
  • Frankie McVeigh
1973
No Score Yet The Visitors
  • Bill Schmidt
1972
No Score Yet Footsteps
  • Reporter
1972
No Score Yet A Great American Tragedy
  • Actor
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
72% Ray Donovan
2013
  • Sully
  • 2013
48% Coma
2012
  • Dr. Howard Stark
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2010
71% Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2005
52% Shark
2006-2008
  • Sebastian Stark
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2007
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Dr. Nate Lennox
  • 2006
66% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Himself
  • Guest
  • 2006
No Score Yet Hercules
1998-1999
  • Voice
  • 1999
  • 1998
85% The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
  • Doug Delaney
  • 1975
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
  • Caz
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
  • Kirkoff
  • 1974

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