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One of Hollywood's most prolific actors, JAMES WOODS is know for his chameleon-like quality, playing diverse roles, continually astounding audiences with his tremendous talent. From his Academy Award TM/Golden Globe®-nominated role as Byron De La Beckwith in Rob Reiner's GHOST OF MISSISSIPPI to daring independent film ventures like ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE (which he also produced,) Woods consistently receives raves from critics and fans alike.

Woods received his first Academy Award nomination as well as an Independent Film Project Spirit Award for Best Actor for his work in SALVADOR, directed by Oliver Stone. Other honors include a Golden Globe ® Award for his portrayal of cop-killer Gregory Powell in THE ONION FIELD, from director Harold Becker; a Golden Satellite Award for his performance in Stone's low-budget film, KILLER: A JOURNAL OF MURDER (for which he was named co-winner with Geoffrey Rush for SHINE); a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie Promise; as well as Golden Globe® nominations for Hallmark's The Summer of Ben Tyler and NBC's In Love and War. He turned in another Emmy Award-winning performance, as the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous in My Name is Bill W.

Also among his credits are John Carpenter's VAMPIRES (which earned Woods his first Saturn Award nomination,) HERCULES, CONTACT, NIXON, CASINO, THE SPECIALIST, THE GETAWAY, CURSE OF THE STARVING CLASS, DIGGSTOWN, THE HARD WAY, IMMEDIATE FAMILY, BESTSELLER, TRUE BELIEVER, AGAINST ALL ODDS, JOSHUA, THEN AND NOW, VIDEODROME, ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, Arthur Penn's NIGHT MOVES, ALEX AND THE GYPSY and Sidney Pollack's THE WAY WE WERE. His feature films work includes some fascinating motion pictures outside the mainstream including Peter Yates? EYEWITNESS with William Hurt and Sigourney Weaver, SPLIT IMAGE directed by Ted Kotcheff, Harold Becker's THE BLACK MARBLE and Elia Kazan's THE VISITORS.

On television he appeared in a prestigious series of critically praised telefilms, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, Jane's House, Citizen Cohn, All the Way Home, Holocaust, And Your Name is Jonah, Badge of the Assassin and The Boys, many of them bringing him still more awards and nominations. Citizen Cohn earned him the first American Television Award Best Actor Trophy (awarded by the nation's critics) and the Peabody Award as well as numerous other accolades.

Woods was born in Utah and raised in Rhode Island where he grew up the son of a military hero and a schoolteacher. While majoring in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he appeared in some 36 plays at MIT, Harvard and the Theatre Company of Boston. Summer stock at the Provincetown Playhouse completed his preparation to move to New York and become a professional actor.

He made his Broadway debut in Brendan Behan's Borstal Boy, followed by the lead in the off-Broadway play Saved, for which he won the Obie Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Actor. Other stage credits include The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Finishing Touches, Green Julia and Michael Weller's Moonchildren, for which he won the Theatre World Award.


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