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James Woods

James Woods

James Howard Woods is an American actor. He is known for his work in various film, stage, and television productions. He started his career in minor 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 1978, he made his television breakthrough alongside Meryl Streep, playing her husband in the critically acclaimed four-part miniseries Holocaust, which received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series. After his film debut in Elia Kazan's The Visitors, he had supporting roles in films, including Sydney Pollack's The Way We Were and Arthur Penn's Night Moves (1975). In 1979, he gained acclaim for his leading role as Gregory Powell in the crime thriller The Onion Field. For the next two decades, Woods went on to work with directors such as David Cronenberg (Videodrome), Oliver Stone (Salvador and Nixon), Richard Attenborough (Chaplin), Martin Scorsese (Casino), and Rob Reiner (Ghosts of Mississippi). He has also had notable roles in television films such as Bill W. in My Name Is Bill W. (1989), and Rudy Giuliani in Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story. In 2011, he made a career resurgence as Dick Fuld in Too Big to Fail. He has also performed in the television series Shark (2006–2008) and in animation such as Hades in Disney's Hercules. Woods has been nominated for two Academy Awards: one for Best Actor for his work in Oliver Stone's Salvador (1986) and another 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.
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