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James Howard Woods is an American actor.
After leaving school in 1965, James entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in political science. However, in 1969 he dropped out and moved to New York City, preferring the life of a political scientist to an acting career.
He began his career playing in a number of off-Broadway theaters, then moving on to Broadway.
Best Known For
James Woods is best known for his roles in Once Upon a Time in America by Sergio Leone, Salvador by Oliver Stone, Cop, The Hard Way, Chaplin, and The Specialist.
For the role of a journalist in the film Salvador Woods was nominated for an Oscar.
On television, he gained attention in the mini-series Holocaust and has since played many roles there.
James Woods is straight.
In 1980, Woods married costume designer Kathryn Morrison-Pahoa. They divorced in 1983.
In 1989, he married 26-year-old equestrian and boutique owner Sarah Owen, but they divorced four months later.
In 1992, Woods dated Heather Graham, his co-star in the film Diggstown.
Woods was born in Vernal, Utah, and had a brother ten years younger.
His father, Gail Peyton Woods, was an army intelligence officer who died in 1960. His mother, Martha A., ran a pre-school after her husband's death.
James was raised as Roman Catholic and considers himself a practicing follower of the religion.
Worth To Know
Woods is an avid poker player, playing in cash games and many tournaments.
He was a member of the Democratic Party until the impeachment of Bill Clinton in 1999.