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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 Casino

Casino

1995 R

Martin Scorsese draws on Nicholas Pileggi's book about Las Vegas in the 1970s and '80s as inspiration for his tale contrasting the city's glamorous exterior with its sordid interior fueled by excess -- and the mob. Against this backdrop, the story chronicles the rise and fall of a casino owner with mob connections (Robert De Niro), his friend and Mafia underboss (Joe Pesci) and an ex-prostitute with expensive taste and a driving will (Sharon Stone).

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