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Born in Vernal, Utah, on April 18, 1947, James Woods attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a time before dropping out to pursue acting. Woods made his film debut in All the Way Home (1970), followed by a string of small movie parts through the 1970s. But he first gained notice playing a cop killer in The Onion Field (1979).

Woods made his mark as a leading man in Videodrome (1983), Once Upon a Time in America (1984) and Oliver Stone's Salvador (1986), which earned Woods a Best Actor Oscar nomination. He continued to make memorable supporting appearances in films such as Casino, Any Given Sunday, Contact and Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination.

Woods regularly takes roles in smaller works from up-and-coming directors, such as Another Day in Paradise (1998), The Virgin Suicides (1999) and Northfork (2003).

James Woods in Ghosts of Mississippi

Ghosts of Mississippi

1996 PG-13

Decades after two hung juries cleared white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith (Oscar nominee James Woods) in the 1963 shooting death of civil-rights activist Medgar Evers, assistant district attorney Bobby DeLaughter (Alec Baldwin) reopens the case to bring the man to justice. With support from Evers's widow (Whoopi Goldberg), DeLaughter is determined to take down the murderer. Virginia Madsen co-stars in this drama based on the true 1994 trial.

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