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JAMES WOODS plays the editor-in-chief of The Oakland Tribune and Steve Everett's friend and confidant

JAMES WOODS plays the editor-in-chief of The Oakland Tribune and Steve Everett's friend and confidant. Alan Mann gave Steve Everett his job out of respect for Everett's talent as a reporter, despite his outspoken reservations concerning both Everett's convoluted personal life and the reporter's dogged commitment to the Beachum case.

James Woods is one of Hollywood's most prolific and talented actors. His recent "Ghosts of Mississippi" portrayal of Byron De La Beckwith, convicted murderer of civil-rights activist Medgar Evers, earned him his second Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination.

Woods' voice-over portrayal of Hades in Disney's animated "Hercules" won critical raves, as did his teaming with Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey in Robert Zemeckis' "Contact."

Woods also received a shower of honors for his other work in 1997, including a Golden Satellite Award for his lead performance in Oliver Stone's independent film "Killer: A Journal of Murder," and a Golden Globe nomination for the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie "The Summer of Ben Tyler."

Woods recently starred in "John Carpenter's Vampires" and "Another Day In Paradise." He has worked for many of the film industry's greatest directors, including Oliver Stone ("Salvador," "Nixon"), Martin Scorsese ("Casino"), Harold Becker ("The Onion Field"), Elia Kazan ("The Visitors"), Arthur Penn ("Night Moves"), Ted Kotcheff ("Joshua, Then and Now"), Rob Reiner ("Ghosts of Mississippi") and Robert Zemeckis ("Contact"). His additional theatrical credits include "The Specialist," "The Getaway," "Diggstown," "Straight Talk," "Chaplin," "The Hard Way," "Immediate Family," "True Believer," "The Boost," "Best Seller" and "Cop."

For his television roles, Woods is a two-time Emmy winner and has been praised for performances in such recent works as cable television's "Indictment: The McMartin Trial" and HBO's "Citizen Cohn." "Citizen Cohn" earned him the first American Television Award's Best Actor Trophy and the Peabody Award. He also appeared in the acclaimed Bruce Beresford/Sam Shepard drama "Curse of the Starving Class."

Woods earned a Golden Globe Award, Golden Apple Award and Emmy Award for the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "Promise." He also won another Emmy Award for his performance as the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous in "My Name Is Bill W."

Brendan Behan's "Borstal Boy" marked Woods' Broadway debut, followed by the lead in Off-Broadway's "Saved," for which he won the Obie Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Actor. Woods' New York stage credits include "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine," "Finishing Touches," "Green Julia" and Michael Weller's "Moonchildren," for which he won the Theater World Award.

Woods made his film debut in Elia Kazan's "The Visitors" and then had a role in "The Way We Were." His first starring role was in "Alex and the Gypsy" with Jack Lemmon; he subsequently appeared in Arthur Penn's "Night Moves" and in "The Onion Field," for which he received his first Golden Globe Award.

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