With over 70 major motion pictures, TV films and miniseries to his credit, JAMES WOODS (Martin Walker) has distinguished himself as an acclaimed actor, producer and director.
His explosive, nuanced performances have earned him two Academy Award nominations -- Best Actor for Salvador and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ghosts Of Mississippi -- as well as four Emmy nominations, most recently for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his work in HBO's "Too Big to Fail" and two Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for his work in "Promise" and "My Name Is Bill W." Honored with an Obie Award, Clarence Derwent Award, and Theatre World Award on the New York stage before coming west to become a leading film star, Woods has also been nominated ten times for a Golden Globe, winning one award for his role in "Promise." He has taken home the CableAce Award, the Independent Spirit Award, the American TV Critics Award, and the Golden Satellite Award on two occasions.
Beginning his career in the early 70s, Woods' breakout performance came in 1979 with his powerful portrait of evil in The Onion Field. Some of his other memorable roles include those in Once Upon A Time in America, Against All Odds, Videodrome, Casino, and True Believer. Demonstrating his wide-ranging talents, he has played the rolls of such diverse characters as a strict, religious parent in The Virgin Suicides, a parodied priest in Scary Movie 2, an endangered resident in Northfork, and an uncouth, bigoted father in Pretty Persuasion. Recent film credits include Sony's Straw Dogs and DreamWorks's Kung Fu Panda 2. He has several film projects slated for 2013, including Jamsey Boy, jOBS, Active Shooter, The Outsiders, Officer Down, The Stone Pony, and West Nile Virus.
Woods has worked with a short list of coveted directors time and again, including such greats as Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Clint Eastwood, Harold Becker, Rob Reiner, Robert Zemeckis and newcomer Sophia Coppola. Critics have acknowledged his ability to bring wrenching reality to any role, as reflected by the real-life characters he has embodies, from Sen. Joseph McCarthy's loyal chief counsel Roy Cohn to New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
He starred in the CBS series "Shark" as the title character, the charismatic, supremely self-confident and cutthroat prosecutor Sebastian Stark. Among his additional television credits are the movies "Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story," "Citizen Cohn" and "Indictment: The McMartin Trial," all of which earned him Emmy Award nominations, as well as the mini-series "Holocaust," and guest-starring roles in "ER" (Emmy Award nomination) and "Entourage." He will next appear in the made for television movie "Mary & Martha," directed by Phillip Noyce co-starring Hilary Swank.
Prior to pursuing his film career, Woods appeared on stage in New York in plays such as the Broadway production of "Moon Children" (Theatre World Award) and in the off-Broadway production of "Saved" (Obie Award and Clarence Derwent Award).
He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he excelled in his studies as a political science major. He left in his senior year to pursue acting.
Woods was born in Vernal, Utah, raised in Warwick, R.I., and currently lives on the East Coast.