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Elijah Wood



Born January 28, 1981, Elijah Wood has grown up to be one of the most well-respected and steadily employed actors of his generation. Born in Cedar Rapids, IA, Wood modeled and did local commercials before moving with his family to Los Angeles in 1988. It was there that Wood got his first break, a small role in a Paula Abdul video. Film work almost instantly followed, with a bit part in the 1989 Back to the Future II. It was Wood's role as Aidan Quinn's son in Barry Levinson's 1990 Avalon (the third film in the Baltimore trilogy containing Diner [1982] and Tin Men [1987]) that first gave Wood attention, as the film received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for four Academy Awards. After a small part in the Richard Gere potboiler Internal Affairs (1990), Wood secured his first starring role in Paradise (1991), in which he played a young boy who brings estranged couple Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson back together. He received good reviews for his performance -- some said it was one of the best things about the film -- and from there went on to co-star with Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis in Forever Young and in Radio Flyer (both 1992).



In 1993, Wood co-starred with Macaulay Culkin in The Good Son, which was a failure both at the box office and with filmgoers who couldn't stomach the idea of the little blond boy from Home Alone as a pre-teen psychopath. In casting Wood as the good to Culkin's evil, the film helped further establish the kind of characters Wood was to become known for: thoughtful, well meaning, and perhaps a bit confused. Wood's next film, the same year's The Adventures of Huck Finn, provided a departure from this type of character, but The War (1994) with Kevin Costner marked something of a return. Also in 1994, Wood had the title role in North, a film remarkable for the volume of bad reviews and bad box office it received, but also for the fact that practically every bad review contained a positive assessment of Wood's performance. Wood's follow-up, the 1996 Flipper, was hardly an improvement, but the subsequent critical and financial success of Ang Lee's The Ice Storm (1997) provided a positive development in the young actor's career. As the soulfully dazed and confused Mikey Carver, Wood gave a portrayal remarkable for its rendering of the thoughtfulness and exquisite hopelessness inherent in the character. 1998's Deep Impact and The Faculty did not allow Wood the same degree of character development, but were great financial successes and further stepping stones in Wood's evolution from winsome child star to impressive young actor.



Following a brief turn as the boyfriend of a wannabe hip-hop groupie in James Toback's problematic Black and White (1999), Wood further evolved as an actor in Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installation of director Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. His most hotly anticipated project, the 2001 film gave Wood top billing as Frodo Baggins alongside a glittering cast that included Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, and Liv Tyler. That same year the young actor could be seen in less mystical surroundings courtesy of Ed Burns' Ash Wednesday, a crime drama that also featured Oliver Platt and Rosario Dawson. In 2002, Wood let his vocal chords for Disney's straight-to-video release of The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina. Of course, his most substantial role of 2002 is unarguably his return to the role of hobbit Frodo Baggins in the second installment of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy; specifically, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.



2003 proved to be a similar year for Wood -- after two relatively small jobs (his role credited only as "The Guy" in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and his stint as First Assistant Director in Sean Astin's The Long and Short of It served purely as a break for Elijah), the young actor once again resumed his role for The Lord of the Rings: The

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
64% The Greasy Strangler
  • Producer
2016
60% The Trust
  • David Waters
2016
16% The Last Witch Hunter
  • Dolan 37th
2015
45% Cooties
  • Producer
  • Clint
2015
63% The Boy
  • Producer
2015
56% Set Fire To The Stars
  • John M. Brinnin
2015
No Score Yet Made In Japan
  • Actor
2015
59% The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Frodo Baggins
2014
95% A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Executive Producer
2014
39% Open Windows
  • Nick Chambers
  • Executive Producer
2014
78% Grand Piano
  • Tom Selznick
2014
88% The Wind Rises
  • Sone
2014
83% Toad Road
  • Executive Producer
2013
13% Hustlers
  • Johnny Shaw
2013
49% Maniac
  • Frank Zito
2013
64% The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Frodo
2012
70% Celeste and Jesse Forever
  • Scott
2012
No Score Yet Revenge for Jolly!
  • Thomas
2012
56% Treasure Island
  • Ben Gunn
2012
46% Happy Feet Two
  • Mumble
2011
No Score Yet North
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited
  • Ad-Rock (B-Boys 1)
2011
15% The Romantics
  • Chip
2010
10% The Oxford Murders
  • Martin
2010
No Score Yet Boobie
  • Actor
2010
57% 9
  • #9
2009
No Score Yet The Heart Is a Drum Machine
  • Actor
2009
50% Christmas on Mars
  • Actor
2008
91% Operation Filmmaker
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Christmas on Mars
  • Actor
2008
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • The Tourist
2007
24% Day Zero
  • Aaron Feller
2007
46% Bobby
  • William
2006
75% Happy Feet
  • Mumble
2006
66% Everything is Illuminated
  • Jonathan Safran Foer
2005
47% Green Street Hooligans
  • Matt Buckner
2005
No Score Yet I'm Still Here
  • Actor
2005
78% Sin City
  • Kevin
2005
No Score Yet Ringers - Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2005
93% Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
  • Patrick
2004
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • Actor
2004
95% The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Frodo Baggins
2003
No Score Yet Special Extended Edition The Lord Of The Rings: The Trilogy
  • Actor
2003
46% Spy Kids 3-D - Game Over
  • The Guy
2003
96% The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Frodo Baggins
2002
27% Ash Wednesday
  • Actor
2002
0% All I Want (Try Seventeen)
  • Jones
2002
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina
  • Tom Thumb
2002
39% Black and White
  • Wren
2002
91% The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Frodo Baggins
2001
No Score Yet Chain of Fools
  • Mikey
2000
No Score Yet The Bumblebee Flies Anyway
  • Barney Snow
1999
54% The Faculty
  • Casey
1998
48% Deep Impact
  • Leo Biederman
1998
No Score Yet Oliver Twist
  • The Artful Doger
1997
84% The Ice Storm
  • Mikey Carver
1997
32% Flipper
  • Sandy
1996
27% The War
  • Stu Simmons
1994
15% North
  • North
1994
24% The Good Son
  • Mark Evans
1993
69% The Adventures of Huck Finn
  • Huckleberry Finn
1993
53% Forever Young
  • Nat Cooper
1992
No Score Yet Day-O
  • Day-O
1992
32% Radio Flyer
  • Mike
1992
No Score Yet The Witness
  • Actor
1992
36% Paradise
  • Willard Young
1991
83% Avalon
  • Michael Kaye
1990
No Score Yet Child in the Night (Testimone oculare)
  • Luke
1990
88% Internal Affairs
  • Sean
1990
63% Back to the Future Part II
  • Video Game Boy, Mickey
1989
No Score Yet Bumble Bee Flies Anyway
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Nerdist
2011-2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Funny Or Die Presents
2010-2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Ethan
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Over the Garden Wall
2014
  • Voice
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Treasure Island
2012
  • Ben Gunn
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
75% Wilfred
2011-2014
  • Ryan
72% Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
2016
  • Todd Brotzman Todd
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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