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JAMES WOODS ' exceptional career continues to build in power and range with each performance he offers

JAMES WOODS ' exceptional career continues to build in power and range with each performance he offers. That it has been a spectacular decade for the star is reflected in his recent selection as one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 Greatest Actors of the '90s. Recent roles include a chillingly uncompromising Academy Award®-nominated portrait of civil rights activist Medgar Evers' assassin, Byron De La Beckwith, in Rob Reiner's Ghosts of Mississippi; the comic voice of Hades in Disney's Hercules; and an impressive turn opposite Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey in Robert Zemeckis' thought-provoking Contact, based on Carl Sagan's best-selling science fiction novel.

His recent work has garnered a shower of honors including the Golden Satellite Award for his lead performance in the independent feature, Killer-A Journal of Murder and Golden Globe nominations for both the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie "The Summer of Ben Tyler" and Ghosts of Mississippi. In Ben Tyler, Woods played the antithesis of the monster he created in Ghosts, a man who adopts a retarded black child in the segregated South of the 1940s.

The caliber of his work has attracted a number of the world's finest directors. For Martin Scorsese, he appeared in Casino and Kicked in the Head and for Oliver Stone he starred in Nixon and the film that landed him his first Academy Award® nomination, Salvador.

During Woods' two decades of motion picture and television performances, he has moved effortlessly from big box-office studio films to festival-celebrated independent features, from comedy to drama. His versatility and range is reflected in his roles as White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman in Nixon, a sleazy Las Vegas pimp in Casino, comedic performances in The Hard Way with Michael J. Fox and Immediate Family opposite Glenn Close, as well as his acclaimed television performances in "Indictment-The McMartin Trial" and HBO's "Citizen Cohn," in which he captured the ruthless essence of McCarthy Committee Counsel Roy Cohn.

Woods' portraits of controversial real-life figures began with his portrayal of cop killer Gregory Powell in Harold Becker's 1977 film The Onion Field and has continued with his roles as Haldeman, Beckwith, Cohn and serial killer Carl Panzram in Killer. His performance in "Citizen Cohn" remains one of the most enthusiastically reviewed performances in the medium's history, earning him the first American Television Award Best Actor Trophy (voted by the nation's critics), the Peabody Award and nominations for virtually every other relevant award. Similarly, "Jane's House," in which he starred, was one of the highest-rated television movies in many seasons.

Woods received his first Academy Award® nomination and the Independent Film Project's Spirit Award as Best Actor for Oliver Stone's Salvador. During that same year, he received the Golden Globe Award, the Golden Apple Award and an Emmy for his performance in the Hallmark Hall of fame production of "Promise." He received another Golden Globe nomination for NBC's "In Love and War." His films that year also included The Boost and Best Seller.

In addition to winning an Emmy for his portrayal of the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous in "My Name is Bill W.," Woods made the project's video release possible by foregoing his profit participation in exchange f


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