James Woods: Actor, Producer


A prominent Hollywood character actor, Woods has appeared in over130 films and television series as of 2013, beginning with his first television appearance "All the Way Home" in 1971 and his film debut "The Visitors" in 1972.


He is known for his dark, intense characters and villains. Early examples include his portrayals of a sadistic murderer in 1979's "The Onion Field",and of serial killer Carl Panzram in 1994's "Killer: A Journal of Murder."


He appeared in an episode of "The Rockford Files", playing a son whose parents were murdered. 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" (1986), 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."


One of his favorite film roles is Max, the domineering gangster, in Sergio Leone's epic "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984).


In 1995, Woods took the role of pimp Lester Diamond in Martin Scorsese's "Casino." That same year, he portrayed H. R. Haldeman in "Nixon", the biopic of Richard M. Nixon, directed by Oliver Stone.


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.  He played an infamous defense lawyer who, after growing disillusioned when his client commits a murder, becomes a successful prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.