John Wood

John Wood

Highest Rated: 97% Shadowlands (1993)

Lowest Rated: 5% The Avengers (1998)

Birthday: Jul 5, 1930

Birthplace: Derbyshire, England, UK

Capable of projecting sinister, snide or sympathetic qualities, Wood has been a continuously working "character" actor whose face was often more recognizable to American audiences than his name. Trained in the classics, he performed in numerous Shakespearean productions with the Old Vic Company as well as the Royal Shakespeare Company. Wood began his career in the early 1950s and appeared on stage through the 90s. His stage work was highlighted by his 1976 award-winning turn in "Travesties" in both London and New York, and his Broadway leads in "Deathrap" and "Amadeus." While Wood made his first screen appearance of note in "Nicholas and Alexandra" (1971), his film career became far more active in the 1980s, especially after his well-received turn as a computer wizard, presumed dead, who is the object of a frenzied search by Matthew Broderick and Alley Sheedy in "WarGames" (1982). He appeared as a villainous cleric who imprisons Matthew Broderick in "Ladyhawke," and appeared in Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (both 1985). Wood was the Duke of Northumberland who, in an attempt to save the British monarchy arranges a marriage between his son and "Lady Jane" (1986). He was memorable as a snide professor--and the object of Debra Winger's quick riposte--in "Shadowlands" (1993). Wood had major roles in two high profile 1995 releases: in Sydney Pollack's remake of "Sabrina," he was the chauffeur father of Julia Ormond, and in Richard Loncraine's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Richard III," he was King Edward, older brother to Ian McKellen's Richard.

Highest rated movies

Richard III
The Madness of King George
The Purple Rose of Cairo
Citizen X
An Ideal Husband




49% 49% The White Countess Prince Peter Belinsky (Character) $1.7M 2005
31% 71% Imagining Argentina Amos Sternberg (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 79% Goodbye, Mr. Chips Wetherby (Character) - 2002
13% 44% The Body Cardinal Pesci (Character) $33.6K 2001
63% 83% Chocolat Guillaume Blerot (Character) $71.3M 2000
55% 55% The Little Vampire Lord McAshton (Character) $13.6M 2000
85% 69% An Ideal Husband Lord Caversham (Character) $18.5M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Venice Project The Viscount (Character) - 1999
5% 15% The Avengers Trubshaw (Character) $23.4M 1998
No Score Yet 60% The Revengers' Comedies Col. Marcus (Character) - 1998
14% 71% The Gambler The General (Character) $9.1K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jane Eyre Mr. Brocklehurst (Character) $5.2M 1996
No Score Yet 79% Rasputin Prime Minister Stolypin (Character) - 1996
86% 86% Citizen X John Wood (Character) - 1995
63% 64% Sabrina Tom Fairchild (Character) $51.6M 1995
96% 85% Richard III King Edward IV (Character) $2.4M 1995
No Score Yet 45% Uncovered Cesar (Character) - 1994
94% 80% The Madness of King George Thurlow (Character) $15.2M 1994
33% 41% The Young Americans Richard Donnelly (Character) - 1993
97% 89% Shadowlands Christopher Riley (Character) $25.0M 1993
84% 82% Orlando Archduke Harry (Character) $5.7M 1992
27% 58% Jumpin' Jack Flash Jeremy Talbott (Character) $24.5M 1986
56% 76% Lady Jane John Dudley (Character) $132.0K 1986
93% 88% The Purple Rose of Cairo Jason (Character) - 1985
65% 74% Ladyhawke Bishop of Aquila (Character) - 1985
93% 76% WarGames Dr. Stephen Falken (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Somebody Killed Her Husband Ernest Van Santen (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 24% Which Way to the Front? Finkel (Character) - 1971
67% 78% Nicholas and Alexandra Col. Kobylinsky (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 25% One More Time Figg (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Like a Woman John Martin (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Kind of Girl Doctor (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Just for Fun Official (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Postman's Knock P.C. Woods (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The First Gentleman William - Prince of Orange (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet It Takes a Thief School Inspector (Character) - 1959


77% 77% The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet 100% The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1967