James Woods

James Woods

Highest Rated: 100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)

Lowest Rated: 7% The Specialist (1994)

Birthday: Apr 18, 1947

Birthplace: Vernal, Utah, USA

One of Hollywood's most intense supporting and leading actors, James Woods has built a distinguished career on stage, screen, and television. Early in his career, Woods, with his lean body, close-set eyes, and narrow, acne-scarred face, specialized in playing sociopaths, psychopaths, and other crazed villains, but in the 1990s, he added a sizable number of good guys to his resumé.The son of a military man, Woods was born in Vermal, UT, on April 14, 1947. Thanks to his father's job, he had a peripatetic childhood, living in four states and on the island of Guam. As a young man, he earned a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; after obtaining a degree in political science, he set out to become a professional actor in New York. While in school he had appeared in numerous plays at M.I.T., Harvard, and with the Theater Company of Boston, as well as at the Provincetown Playhouse on Rhode Island. After working off-Broadway, Woods debuted on Broadway in 1970, appearing in Borstal Boy. Off-Broadway, he earned an Obie for his work in Saved.In 1971, the actor made his first television appearance in All the Way Home, and the year after that debuted in Elia Kazan's thriller The Visitors (1972). He then played a small part in The Way We Were (1973), but did not become a star until he played a vicious, remorseless cop killer in The Onion Field (1979). Subsequent film appearances quickly established Woods as a scene stealer, and though not among Tinseltown's most handsome actors, he developed a base of devoted female fans who found his rugged, ruthless appearance sexy. This appearance would serve him well throughout his career, notably in one of his first major films, David Cronenberg's Videodrome (1983). Cast as the film's morally ambiguous hero, Woods gave a brilliantly intense performance that was further enhanced by his rough-hewn physical attributes. Throughout the 1980s, Woods continued to turn in one solid performance after another, earning a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of an American journalist in South America in Oliver Stone's Salvador (1986). He gave another remarkable performance as a Jewish gangster in Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America (1984), and in 1989 tried his hand at playing nice in the adoption drama Immediate Family. That same year, he won an Emmy for his portrayal of Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson in My Name Is Bill W. After beginning the subsequent decade with an Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated performance in the title role of the made-for-TV Citizen Cohn (1992), Woods appeared in a diverse series of films, playing a boxing promoter in Diggstown (1992), H.R. Haldeman in Nixon (1995), a drug dealer in Another Day in Paradise (1998), and a vampire slayer in John Carpenter's Vampires. In 1996, he won his second Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Medger Evers' suspected assassin in Ghosts of Mississippi. In 1999, the actor continued to demonstrate his versatility in a number of high-profile films. For The General's Daughter, he played a shady colonel, while he appeared as a newspaper editor in Clint Eastwood's True Crime, the head of an emotionally disintegrating Michigan family in The Virgin Suicides, and a football team orthopedist in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday.As the 21st century began, Woods could be seen as a doctor in the medical/hostage thriller John Q., and he lent his voice to a number of documentaries and animated projects including the sequel Stuart Little 2. He was part of the ensemble in the Polish brothers' Northfork, and appeared in Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty. In 2007 he began work as the lead on the TV series Shark, and in 2011 he appeared in the remake of Straw Dogs and the well-reviewed made-for-HBO docudrama about the collapse of the American economy, Too Big to Fail.


Highest Rated Movies



33% Bling Victor 2016
26% Jamesy Boy Lt. Mark Falton 2014
28% Jobs Jack Dudman $16.2M 2013
51% White House Down Walker $73.2M 2013
No Score Yet Mary & Martha Mary's Father 2013
No Score Yet Officer Down Captain Verona 2013
42% Straw Dogs Tom Heddon $10.4M 2011
74% Too Big to Fail Richard Fuld 2011
No Score Yet Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Owlman 2009
13% An American Carol Malone's Agent $7M 2008
79% Surf's Up Reggie Belafonte $58.9M 2007
No Score Yet Buddy: The Rise and Fall of America's Most Notorious Mayor Actor 2007
No Score Yet End Game Vaughn Stevens 2006
32% Pretty Persuasion Hank Joyce $59.1K 2005
30% Be Cool Tommy Athens $55.6M 2005
No Score Yet The Easter Egg Adventure Grab Takit 2004
50% This Girl's Life Pops 2004
100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Actor 2004
No Score Yet Ark Actor 2003
56% Northfork Walter O'Brien Executive Producer $1.3M 2003
No Score Yet Rudy - The Rudy Giuliani Story Actor 2003
No Score Yet Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire and the Legend of the Lost Tribe Vikings [US Version] Narrator [US Version] 2002
No Score Yet Mickey's House of Villains Hades 2002
81% Stuart Little 2 Falcon $64.8M 2002
23% John Q Dr. Raymond Turner $71.1M 2002
No Score Yet Is It College Yet? (Daria: Is It College Yet?) Actor 2002
No Score Yet Rolie Polie Olie: Great Defender of Fun Actor 2002
100% Uprising Actor 2001
49% Riding in Cars With Boys Leonard `Pop' Donofrio $29.7M 2001
45% Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Gen. Hein 2001
15% Scary Movie 2 Ojciec McFeely Father McFeely 2001
71% Race to Space Dr. Wilhelm von Huber 2001
60% Recess: School's Out Dr. Benedict $34.9M 2001
No Score Yet Cheating Las Vegas Actor 2000
No Score Yet Founding Fathers Actor 2000
40% Dirty Pictures Dennis Barrie 2000
76% The Virgin Suicides Mr. Lisbon 2000
67% Hickey & Boggs Lt. Wyatt 2000
No Score Yet Sensational Cities: New York Narrator 2000
11% Play It to the Bone Ringside Fan 1999
52% Any Given Sunday Dr. Harvey Mandrake 1999
21% The General's Daughter Col. Robert Moore 1999
54% True Crime Alan 1999
No Score Yet Hercules: Zero to Hero Actor 1999
40% John Carpenter's Vampires Jack Crow 1998
58% Another Day in Paradise Mel Producer 1997
20% Kicked in the Head Uncle Sam 1997
63% Contact Michael Kitz 1997
84% Hercules Hades 1997
43% Ghosts of Mississippi Byron De La Beckwith 1996
No Score Yet Killer: A Journal of Murder Carl Panzram 1996
No Score Yet The Summer of Ben Tyler Temple Rayburn 1996
No Score Yet For Better or Worse Reggie 1996
74% Nixon H.R. Haldeman 1995
80% Casino Lester Diamond 1995
No Score Yet Indictment: The McMartin Trial Dan Davis 1995
7% The Specialist Ned Trent 1994
No Score Yet Curse of the Starving Class Weston Tate 1994
No Score Yet Vecinos Matt Coler 1994
33% The Getaway Jack Benyon 1994
60% Chaplin Lawyer Scott 1992
No Score Yet Citizen Cohn Roy Cohn 1992
57% Diggstown Gabriel Caine 1992
36% Straight Talk Jack Russell 1992
No Score Yet In Love and War Jim Stockdale 1991
75% The Hard Way John Moss 1991
No Score Yet Women & Men: Stories of Seduction Robert 1990
55% Immediate Family Michael Spector 1989
No Score Yet My Name Is Bill W. Bill Wilson 1989
95% True Believer Eddie Dodd 1989
No Score Yet Hollywood on Horses Actor 1989
38% The Boost Lenny Brown 1988
81% Cop Producer Lloyd Hopkins 1988
No Score Yet Wildfire Actor 1988
71% Best Seller Cleve 1987
No Score Yet Promise D.J. 1986
88% Salvador Richard Boyle 1986
No Score Yet Badge of the Assassin Robert K. Tanenbaum 1985
No Score Yet Joshua Then and Now Joshua Shapiro 1985
67% Stephen King's 'Cat's Eye' Dick Morrison 1985
86% Once Upon a Time in America Max 1984
70% Against All Odds Jake Wise 1984
80% Videodrome Max Renn 1983
No Score Yet Fast-Walking Fast-Walking Miniver 1982
No Score Yet Split Image Pratt 1982
75% Eyewitness Aldo Mercer 1981
40% The Black Marble Fiddler 1980
85% The Onion Field Gregory Ulas Powell 1979
No Score Yet And Your Name Is Jonah Danny Corelli 1979
No Score Yet The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel Sin Eater 1979
No Score Yet The Gift of Love Alfred 1978
50% The Choirboys bloomguard 1977
No Score Yet Raid on Entebbe Capt. Sammy Berg 1977
No Score Yet The Disappearance of Aimee Asst. Disty. Atty. Joseph Ryan 1976
No Score Yet Alex & The Gypsy Crainpool 1976
No Score Yet The Billion Dollar Bubble Actor 1976
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood Lenny Schoenfeld 1976
83% Night Moves Quentin 1975
78% The Gambler Bank Officer 1974
65% The Way We Were Frankie McVeigh 1973
No Score Yet The Visitors Bill Schmidt 1972
No Score Yet Footsteps Reporter 1972
No Score Yet A Great American Tragedy Actor 1972


72% Ray Donovan
Sully 2013
48% Coma
Dr. Howard Stark 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
Guest 2010
71% Family Guy
Voice 2010
52% Shark
Sebastian Stark 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2007
66% Entourage
Guest Himself 2006
No Score Yet ER
Dr. Nate Lennox 2006
No Score Yet Hercules
Voice 1999
85% The Simpsons
Voice 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1989
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
Doug Delaney 1975
No Score Yet Kojak
Caz 1974
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Kirkoff 1974


Max Renn says: Death to Videodrome! Long live the new flesh!

Gregory Ulas Powell says: I believe I can help you make some real money. Real money, Jimbo!

Max says: Secretary Bailey: (checking his pocket watch) It's 10:25. And I've got nothing left to lose. When you've been betrayed by a friend, you hit back. Do it.

David "Noodles" Aaronson says: You see, Mr Secretary... I have a story also, a little simpler than yours. Many years ago, I had a friend, a dear friend. I turned him in to save his life, but he was killed. But he wanted it that way. It was a great friendship. But it went bad for him, and it went bad for me too. Good night, Mr Bailey.

David "Noodles" Aaronson says: I hope the investigation turns out to be nothing. It'd be a shame to see a lifetime of work go to waste.

Byron De La Beckwith says: Free at last, free at last... Great God Almighty, I'm free at last!

Hades says: Well, Well! It's small underworld after all!

Jake Wise says: What the hell made you think you could handle Jessie? I bet you used to bring her home flowers.

Terry Brogan says: No, you don't have to do that when you're living in a jungle. You just take her outside and show her what tree you're gonna do it under tonight. Hell, we had lots of trees.

Jake says: It's simple; either you wanna play football again, or you don't.

Max says: Being inside can change you. I'd already made the deal with Frankie to get rid of Joe. With a man like Frankie Minaldi you don't say yes, and then no. I could not take the chance that you'd change your mind. You understand.

David "Noodles" Aaronson says: It's true I have killed people, Mr. Bailey. Sometimes to defend myself, sometimes for money. And many people used to come to us. Business partners, rivals, lovers. Some of the jobs we took, and some we didn't. Yours is one we would never touch, Mr Bailey.

Max says: Is this your idea of revenge?

David "Noodles" Aaronson says: No. It's just the way I see things.

Lester Diamond says: I'm looking at you right now. I'm seeing you for the very first time right this minute. I'm seeing you and I can feel my heart click. I see you fourteen years old. I see the first second i ever saw you. I see you long-legged little colt, stupid braces on your teeth. Every time I ever see you, that's what I see.

Hades says: i have 24 hours to get rid of this bozo while the entire plan ive been planning goes up in smoke and you are wearing his MERCHANDISE!!!

Hades says: I have 24 hours to get rid of this bozo while the entire plan I've been planning goes up in smoke and you are wearing his MERCHANDISE!

Max says: Noodles: What's that? Max: It's a dream. A dream I've been dreaming all my life. I swear to God, you and me together, we can make it come true! Noodles: What is it? Max: The Federal Reserve Bank. It's the biggest step we can take, Noodles! Noodles: You're really crazy. Max: Don't you ever say that to me! Don't ever say that to me again!

David "Noodles" Aaronson says: What's that?

Max says: It's a dream. A dream I've been dreaming all my life. I swear to God, you and me together, we can make it come true!

David "Noodles" Aaronson says: What is it?

Max says: The Federal Reserve Bank. It's the biggest step we can take, Noodles!

David "Noodles" Aaronson says: You're really crazy.

Chauffeur says: Don't you ever say that to me! Don't ever say that to me again!

Falcon says: I'll be back with you later, furball!

Snowbell says: Don't hurry!

Max says: i love you johnny

Max says: I love you Johnny.

Lester Diamond says: Can you feel my eyes on you? Can you feel me look into your heart? Can you feel me in the pit of your stomach? Can you feel me in you? In your heart?

Byron De La Beckwith says: I'm free

Byron De La Beckwith says: I'm free.

Karl Hattinger says: [while in the onion field seeing his partner crying] That's the onions. It makes you eyes water.

Greg Powell says: Don't waste bullets!

Megan Voorhees says: Fuck me, Fuck me.

Megan Voorhees says: Fuck me, fuck me.

Father McFeely says: (Starts fucking the demon)

Father McFeely says: [starts fucking the demon]

Father Kerris says: Father! This not part of the ritual.

Max Renn says: Long live the new flesh

Max Renn says: Long live the new flesh.

Gabriel Caine says: He's bigger than you are. He's tougher. He's faster. He's younger thant you are. He hasn't fought 22 rounds today, but remember this... you are BLACK!

Hades says: Game set.Match

Hades says: Game. Set. Match.

Max Renn says: I'm looking for something...tough.

Max Renn says: I'm looking for something... tough.

Tom Heddon says: "I got them all"

Tom Heddon says: I got them all.

Dr. Raymond Turner says: Mr. Archibald, these people have nothing to do with this. You have got to let them go. They need treatment.

John Q. Archibald says: This is a hospital, isn't it? You're a doctor. Treat them.

John Q. Archibald says: (points to Lester) Start with him.

John Q. Archibald says: [points to Lester] Start with him.

Dr. Raymond Turner says: (Stands frozen..)

Dr. Raymond Turner says: [Stands frozen]

John Q. Archibald says: What's the matter, Doc? You want to see his insurance card first?

John Q. Archibald says: (stands on a table addressing the room) This hospital is under new management, ladies and gentlemen. From now on, free care for everyone.

John Q. Archibald says: [stands on a table addressing the room] This hospital is under new management, ladies and gentlemen. From now on, free care for everyone.

Hades says: Is this an audience or a mosaic?

Hades says: So is this an audience or a mosaic?

Hades says: Uh, guys? Olympus would be that way.

Zeus says: So, Hades, you finally made it. How are things in the underworld?

Hades says: Well, they're just fine. You know, a little dark, a little gloomy. And, as always, hey, full of dead people.