Photo of James Woods James Woods

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 True Believer

True Believer

1989 R

Burnt-out civil rights lawyer James Woods's career has devolved into defense for known drug dealers. But he gets a shot at redemption when a starry-eyed legal assistant (Robert Downey Jr.) goads him into taking the case of an innocent man who's spent 8 years in jail for a murder he didn't commit. Woods sizzles in the film that Leonard Maltin calls "entertaining all the way."

  • James Woods in Ghosts of Mississippi Ghosts of Mississippi
  • James Woods in White House Down White House Down
  • James Woods in Casino Casino
  • James Woods in Hercules Hercules
  • James Woods in Contact Contact
  • James Woods in Once Upon a Time in America Once Upon a Time in America
  • James Woods in Chaplin: The Movie Chaplin: The Movie
  • James Woods in Jobs Jobs
  • James Woods in The Way We Were The Way We Were
  • James Woods in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  • James Woods in Any Given Sunday Any Given Sunday
  • James Woods in The Onion Field The Onion Field
  • James Woods in Videodrome Videodrome
  • James Woods in John Q John Q
  • James Woods in Stephen King's Cat's Eye Stephen King's Cat's Eye
  • James Woods in The Specialist The Specialist
  • James Woods in True Crime True Crime
  • James Woods in The Virgin Suicides The Virgin Suicides
  • James Woods in Surf's Up Surf's Up
  • James Woods in Too Big to Fail Too Big to Fail
  • James Woods in Night Moves Night Moves
  • James Woods in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
  • James Woods in Officer Down Officer Down
  • James Woods in Jamesy Boy Jamesy Boy
  • James Woods in Against All Odds Against All Odds
  • James Woods in Riding in Cars with Boys Riding in Cars with Boys
  • James Woods in Stuart Little 2 Stuart Little 2
  • James Woods in Be Cool Be Cool
  • James Woods in My Name Is Bill W. My Name Is Bill W.
  • James Woods in Vampires Vampires
  • James Woods in End Game End Game
  • James Woods in Straw Dogs Straw Dogs
  • James Woods in The General's Daughter The General's Daughter
  • James Woods in Play It to the Bone Play It to the Bone
  • James Woods in Uprising Uprising
  • James Woods in Scary Movie 2 Scary Movie 2
  • James Woods in Kojak Kojak
  • James Woods in Recess: School's Out Recess: School's Out
  • James Woods in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
  • James Woods in Pretty Persuasion Pretty Persuasion
  • James Woods in The Black Marble The Black Marble
  • James Woods in Saturday Night Live: Halloween Saturday Night Live: Halloween
  • James Woods in Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire
  • James Woods in Rolie Polie Olie: Great Defender Rolie Polie Olie: Great Defender
  • James Woods in Race to Space Race to Space
  • James Woods in Family: Seasons 1 & 2 Family: Seasons 1 & 2
  • James Woods in Holocaust Holocaust
  • James Woods in Cop Cop
  • James Woods in Immediate Family Immediate Family
  • James Woods in Diggstown Diggstown
  • James Woods in Kicked in the Head Kicked in the Head
  • James Woods in Another Day in Paradise Another Day in Paradise
  • James Woods in Sensational Cities: New York Sensational Cities: New York
  • James Woods in Founding Fathers Founding Fathers
  • James Woods in Mickey's House of Villains Mickey's House of Villains
  • James Woods in This Girl's Life This Girl's Life
  • James Woods in Northfork Northfork
  • James Woods in Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story
  • James Woods in The Easter Egg Adventure The Easter Egg Adventure
  • James Woods in Ark Ark
  • James Woods in Shark Shark
  • James Woods in An American Carol An American Carol
  • James Woods in Coma Coma