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Biography #2 (for Shark)James Woods is an acclaimed actor, producer and director with over 70 feature films, television movies and mini-series to his credit. Among his many honors are Academy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Leading Role in Salvador and Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Ghosts of Mississippi. He earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or Special for Promise, for which he also won a Golden Globe Award, and an Emmy Award in the same Lead Actor category for My Name is Bill W.
Woods' breakout film performance came in 1979 in The Onion Field. His additional film credits include Once Upon A Time in America, Against All Odds, Videodrome, Casino, True Believer, The Virgin Suicides, Scary Movie 2, Northfork and, most recently, Pretty Persuasion.
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 recent guest-starring roles in ER and Entourage.
Prior to pursuing his film career, Woods appeared on stage in New York in plays such as the Broadway production of Moon Children, for which he was honored with a Theatre World Award, and in the Off-Broadway production of Saved, for which he won an Obie Award and Clarence Derwent Award.
He attended M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), where he excelled in his studies as a political science major. He left in his senior year to pursue acting.
Biography #3James Woods was nominated for an Academy Award for his starring role in Oliver Stone's Salvador and also co-starred in the filmmaker's Nixon as White House Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman.
Woods has proven himself one of the most varied and active of the entertainment industry's award-winning stars. His recent leading role in John Carpenter's Vampires challenged him with perhaps the only assignment he had not previously essayed, the action hero. Most recently, Woods' films have included his first teaming with actor/director Clint Eastwood in True Crime, a pairing with John Travolta in The General's Daughter and performances opposite Kathleen Turner and Melanie Griffith in, respectively, Sofia Coppola's first directorial film, The Virgin Suicides, and Larry Clark's Another Day in Paradise, the latter a critically acclaimed festival success.
During Wood's two decades as a star, he has received two Oscar nominations (Salvador and Ghosts of Mississippi) and two Best Actor Emmys among numerous stage, screen and television awards. His versatility is reflected in his roles as a sleazy Las Vegas pimp in Martin Scorsese's Casino, a gangster in Sergio Leone's Once Upon A Time in America, a murderer in The Onion Field (for which he received a Golden Globe Award), a murderer in Killer - A Journal of Murder, and his creation of Hades in Disney's Hercules, as well as his acclaimed television performances: as a schizophrenic in Promise, for which he received an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award, in Indictment - The McMartin Trial, his Emmy winning work in which he captured the ruthless essence of McCarthy Committee Counsel Roy Cohn in HBO's Citizen Cohn, and his Emmy winning work in My Name is Bill W. Both Killer - A Journal of Murder and Indictment - The McMartin Trial were produced or executive produced by Oliver Stone.
In Ghosts of Mississippi, Woods portrayed Byron De La Beckwith, the bigot who murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers, to great acclaim and an Oscar nomination as Best Supporting Actor. He then starred in two of the summer of 1997's $100-million box office winners, providing the voice of Hades in Hercules, and teaming with Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey in Robert Zemeckis' Contact.
Woods' other awards include a Golden Satellite Award for 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. Citizen Cohn earned him the first American Television Award Best Actor Trophy and a Peabody Award.
Woods' numerous features have included The Specialist, The Getaway, Curse of the Starving Class, Diggstown, The Hard Way, Immediate Family, The Boost, Best Seller, True Believer, Against All Odds, Joshua Then and Now, Videodrome, The Black Marble, Cop, The Choirboys, Stephen King's Cat's Eye, Fastwalking, Distance, Split Image, Eyewitness, Night Moves and Alex and the Gypsy. He made his film debut in Elia Kazan's The Visitors" and then played a small but memorable role as Barbra Streisand's college boyfriend in The Way We Were.
On television, Woods has starred in the telefilms Jane's House and In Love and War, for which he received yet another Golden Globe nomination.
Woods began his acting career while studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While majoring in political science on full scholarship, Woods 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.
Woods made his Broadway debut in Brendan Behan's Borstal Boy, followed by the lead in Saved (for which he won the Obie Award and the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Actor). Other New York 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.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)