Knowledge Identifier: +James_Woods
Category: Movies & TV
Born in 1947.
Countries: United States (74%), Israel (5%), (5%)
Linked to: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pilgrim High School, Recess: School's Out, American Heart Association
Woods appeared in 36 plays before making his Broadway debut in 1970 at the Lyceum Theatre, in the first US production of Frank McMahon's "Borstal Boy"
K. W. Lee - Lee is best known for writing an investigative series on the conviction of immigrant Chol Soo Lee for a 1973 San Francisco Chinatown gangland murder which became the basis of the 1989 film "True Believer", starring James Woods and Robert Downey Jr. His series of 120 articles over five years led to a new trial, eventual acquittal and release of the prisoner from San Quentin's Death Row
He has been twice nominated for an Academy award: first, for Best Actor, for playing a journalist chronicling events in El Salvador in the early Oliver Stone film "Salvador" , and again in 1996, for Best Supporting Actor, for his performance as real-life white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith in drama "Ghosts of Mississippi"
Michael J. Fox - "The Hard Way" was released in 1991, with Fox playing an undercover actor learning from police officer James Woods
Joseph Scott (attorney) - Scott is a character in the 1992 film "Chaplin", and was portrayed by actor James Woods
Sheryl Lee - Other roles have included playing the part of Astrid Kirchherr in the 1994 movie "Backbeat", a bio-pic of the early career of The Beatles opposite Stephen Dorff, the part of Liza in Gary Walkow's 1995 adaptation of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novella "Notes from Underground" opposite Henry Czerny, the role of Katrina in John Carpenter's 1998 film "Vampires" opposite James Woods and Daniel Baldwin, and the role of Marlene Cadena in the 2003 television series "Kingpin" opposite Yancey Arias and Bobby Cannavale
In 1995, Woods took the role of pimp Lester Diamond in Martin Scorsese's "Casino"
He garnered critical praise for his voice work as Hades in the 1997 Disney film "Hercules" and he won a Daytime Emmy award in 2000 for the role in the follow-up television series
He played in the WPT's "Hollywood Home Game" series in 2004 for the American Stroke Association charity
In one of his most prominent television roles, Woods starred in the CBS legal drama series "Shark", which ran for two seasons between 2006 and 2008
Woods decided to endorse Sen. Ted Cruz in November 2015
In 2017, actress Amber Tamblyn wrote an open letter to Woods accusing him of predatory behavior towards her when she was 16