Born: Vernal, Utah, USA
James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American actor and producer. He is often known for villainous roles and appeared in a variety of films, including The Way We Were (1973), The Onion Field (1979), Videodrome (1983), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Best Seller (1987), Chaplin (1992), Casino (1995), Nixon (1995), Vampires (1998), Straw Dogs (2011) and White House Down (2013). On television, he is known for portraying the titular protagonist of Shark (2006–2008). Woods has been nominated for two Academy Awards, first in the Best Actor category for Salvador (1986) and again in the Best Supporting Actor category for Ghosts of Mississippi (1996). He is also the recipient of three Emmy Awards for the television movies Promise (1986) and My Name Is Bill W. (1989) and the animated series Hercules (1998–1999). Promise additionally brought him a Golden Globe Award. He has lent his distinctive voice to animated characters in The Simpsons and Family Guy, in which he played fictional versions of himself, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as Mike Toreno and in films such as Disney's Hercules (1997) as Hades and Stuart Little 2 (2002) as Falcon.
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