James Woods

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
41% 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
11% 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 Father McFeely 2001
71% Race to Space Dr. Wilhelm von Huber 2001
61% 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
60% 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
22% The General's Daughter Col. Robert Moore 1999
54% True Crime Alan 1999
No Score Yet Hercules: Zero to Hero Actor 1999
39% John Carpenter's Vampires Jack Crow 1998
57% Another Day in Paradise Mel Producer 1997
11% 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
75% Nixon H.R. Haldeman 1995
79% 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
74% The Hard Way John Moss 1991
No Score Yet Women & Men: Stories of Seduction Robert 1990
60% 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
43% 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
67% Against All Odds Jake Wise 1984
79% Videodrome Max Renn 1983
No Score Yet Fast-Walking Fast-Walking Miniver 1982
No Score Yet Split Image Pratt 1982
82% Eyewitness Aldo Mercer 1981
No Score Yet The Black Marble Fiddler 1980
83% 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
82% Night Moves Quentin 1975
88% The Gambler Bank Officer 1974
64% 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
  • 2013
48% Coma
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • 2010
70% Family Guy
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2005
52% Shark
Sebastian Stark
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2007
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
66% Entourage
Guest Himself
  • 2006
No Score Yet ER
Dr. Nate Lennox
  • 2006
No Score Yet Hercules
  • 1999
  • 1998
85% The Simpsons
  • 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest
  • 1989
No Score Yet Kojak
  • 1974
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
  • 1974