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James Woods's Biography

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James Woods was born in Vernal, Utah in 1947.

Rumoured to have a brain the size of a planet, James Woods, whose IQ is 184, studied political science at M.I.T, but left to start his acting career. Woods made his film debut in 'The Visitors' directed by Elia Kazan in 1972.

Although consistently employed in the 1970s, many argue that his breakthrough came in 'The Onion Field' in 1979.

James Woods was critically acclaimed for his role in 'Salvador' directed by Oliver Stone in 1986 and was nominated for an Oscar for best actor for his performance as journalist, Richard Boyle.

In 1997, James Woods was again nominated for an Oscar. This time for best supporting actor for his work in 'Ghosts of Mississippi'.

His other notable film credits include Nixon, Once Upon A Time in America, Casino, and Pretty Persuasion.

Although successful in the movies, James Woods has had greater critical success on television, winning Emmys for his performances in 'Promise' (1986) and 'My Name is Bill W.' (1989); and nominations for 'Citizen Cohn', 'Indictment: The McMartin Trial' and, most recently, 'Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story'.

In 2006, James Woods had his first 'full-time' TV role playing Sebastian Stark in CBS's series Shark.

The L.A Times reported:

"Woods considers Shark his most enjoyable work to date ... even though it comes at "the worst time of my life": Woods's younger brother, Michael J. Woods, 49, died of a heart attack on July 26, just days after the pair had completed a cross-country trip together."

James Woods gave an interesting interview to Amy Reiter that was published in salon.com in August 2003. In it he explains his leaning towards independent film and his history of playing a lot of finks, villains and cheats:

"I've never really done many blockbusters, actually. I wouldn't know how to do them. I couldn't hop around in "Spider-Man" in, like, a little Spandex outfit. I mean, I enjoy going to those movies. I'm really glad they're making them, because it makes it possible to make other movies and it makes this business healthy. But I don't know how good I'd be in them.

"... If you're the more mature, accomplished, middle-aged, white, heterosexual male in that equation, you're usually going to be the villain because that's how those things are set up. And to hop around in a little mask and tights, I can just find better things to do with my time."

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