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James Woods

James Woods

James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American actor and producer, who is known for his work in theater, television, and film. He started his career in small roles on and off-Broadway. In 1972 he appeared in The Trial of the Catonsville Nine alongside Sam Waterston and Michael Moriarty on Broadway. In 1972 he won the Theatre World Award, for his performance in Moonchildren. In 1978, Woods made his television breakthrough alongside Meryl Streep playing her husband in the critically acclaimed four part miniseries Holocaust. The series went on to receive the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series. In 1972, Woods made his film debut in Elia Kazan's The Visitors and continued to act on film in supporting roles in Sydney Pollack's The Way We Were (1973), and Arthur Penn's Night Moves (1975). In 1979, Woods gained acclaim for his leading role as Gregory Powell in the crime thriller The Onion Field. Critic Roger Ebert praised Woods in the film calling him "a special talent", and Woods received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance. Through the 1980s Woods appeared in films such as David Cronenberg's Videodrome (1983), Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America (1984), and Oliver Stone's Salvador (1986), for which he received his first Academy Award nomination. Through the 1990s he played character roles in Richard Attenborough's Chaplin (1992), Martin Scorsese's Casino (1995), and Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995). In 1997, Woods received his second Academy Award nomination for his performance as Byron De La Beckwith, the white supremacist murderer of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, in Rob Reiner's Ghosts of Mississippi (1996). Woods continued to act in supporting roles in Any Given Sunday (1999), Robert Zemeckis' Contact (1997), Clint Eastwood's True Crime and Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides (1999). He is known for his roles in television films such as Bill W. in My Name is Bill W. (1989), Roy Cohn in Citizen Cohn (1992), and Rudy Giuliani in Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story. In 2011, he made a career resurgence as Dick Fuld in Too Big to Fail on HBO. His performance received both a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his performance. He is also known for his lead role in the CBS drama Shark (2006–2008), and his guest appearances in Showtime's Ray Donovan (2013). He is also known for his voice roles in the animated features Hercules (1997), Recess: School's Out (2001), Stuart Little 2 (2002), and Surf's Up (2007) and for voice-acting as himself on various episodes of Family Guy and The Simpsons. Woods was nominated for two Academy Awards, one for Best Actor for his work in Oliver Stone's Salvador (1986) and for Best Supporting Actor for Rob Reiner's Ghosts of Mississippi (1996). He is the recipient of two Primetime Emmy Awards for the television movies Promise (1987) and My Name Is Bill W. (1989). Woods has also received three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations and three Independent Spirit Award nominations. On October 15, 1998, Woods was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with a star at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
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