James Howard Woods is an American actor and producer. A well known character actor who often appears in villainous roles, Woods has appeared in a variety of films including The Onion Field, Once Upon a Time in America, Salvador, Casino, Nixon, Ghosts of Mississippi, Hercules, and White House Down. On television, he is known for acting in Shark.
He has been nominated twice for an Academy Award and has won one Golden Globe Award. Additionally, he has won three Emmy Awards – for television movies Promise and My Name Is Bill W., and for the animated series Hercules.
His voice work has been heard in the animated series The Simpsons and Family Guy, the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and in films such as Stuart Little 2 and Disney's Hercules.