Veteran Hollywood actor, voice-actor, and producer, James Woods is famed for portraying villainous characters in films. He forayed into acting with theatre in the late 1960s. His Broadway debut happened with ‘Borstal Boy’ (1970) followed by television and film debut with ‘All the Way Home’ (1971) and ‘The Visitors’ (1972) respectively. With time, he evolved as an accomplished actor with notable films like ‘Salvador’ (1986) and ‘Ghosts of Mississippi’ (1996) both of which fetched him Oscar nomination. His notable television pursuits include television movies ‘Promise’ (1986) and ‘My Name Is Bill W.’ (1989) both of which earned him Emmy with the former also fetching him a Golden Globe Award.
Unique voice of Woods has also made him a prolific voice-actor. He has lent his voice to several notable animated films like ‘Hercules’ (1997) and ‘Stuart Little 2’ (2002); and television animated series ‘Hercules: The Animated Series’ (1998–99) that won him his third Emmy. He also delved as producer with films ‘Cop’ (1988) and ‘Another Day in Paradise’ (1998).
Filmography of James Woods includes popular television series ‘Shark’ (2006–08) and ‘Family Guy’ (voice role, 2005–2016); television movie ‘Promise’; and top-grossing films ‘Hercules,’ ‘Casino’ (1995), and ‘Scary Movie 2’ (2001). His career has also seen commercial disappointments like ‘Chaplin’ (1992) and ‘Salvador.’
Through flashbacks, the film chronicles four decades of the life of David 'Noodles' Aaronson, who survived growing up in a rough Jewish neighborhood in New York with his partners Max, Cockeye and Patsy, became a feared mafia during the Prohibition era, and finally returned years later from self-imposed exile to learn a vital truth about his past.
Based on Nicholas Pileggi’s book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas, the movie follows the rise of mobster Sam “Ace” Rothstein after he takes charge of Las Vegas’ Tangiers Casino. Complicated personal relationships, corrupt politicians and the ever-changing Las Vegas eventually leads to his fall.
Max Renn, the president of a TV station, comes to find out about 'Videodrome', a TV show that depicts torture and murder of nameless victims. Unknown to him the show can start controlling the minds of people. As Max starts uncovering the source of the show, he starts losing his mind and his sense of reality.
As hope in extraterrestrial life exploration dwindles, a SETI scientist stumbles upon a sequenced signal. She is faced with the challenge of deciphering the message under massive global scrutiny. This science-fiction drama is an adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name.
It is the biopic of master of comedy, the genius filmmaker Charles Chaplin. The ageing legend talks to the editor of his autobiography about his life, starting from his modest childhood days in South London to his rise in the world of cinema. The film re-creates his tempestuous personal life, issues with authorities, exile from the US, and finally, an Oscar tribute.
Set in 1970s, the film revolves around 5 teenaged Lisbon sisters growing up in Michigan’s upscale neighborhood. After the youngest sister Cecilia attempts suicide, their protective parents take the girls out of school and isolate them from the world. The film is narrated through the perspective of a group of neighborhood boys who are obsessed and intrigued by the mysterious sisters.
Split Image is a Canadian drama film, which revolves around a college athlete, who gets involved in a youth-oriented cult, after falling in love with a beautiful girl from a commune. After his parents fail in their attempt to bring him home, they hire someone experienced in kidnapping, and "de-programming", to undo the mental damage that was done to him.
John Quincy Archibald is a factory worker whose son Mike/Michael is diagnosed with enlarged heart for which emergency heart transplant is the only solution. As John’s health insurance doesn’t cover the expensive transplant surgery and with no other means to raise the amount, a desperate John holds the staff and patients of the hospital’s emergency room hostage to save his son’s life.
This biographical drama film revolves around the story of former US President Richard Nixon starting from his days as a young boy. This film portrays Nixon as a complex, admirable and a deeply flawed person, whose misuse of powers led to his career downfall.
Private Detectives, Al Hickey and Frank Boggs, are hired to find a missing woman. But the weary detectives, run into unexpected situations, bringing death to everyone around them, ending in a violent conclusion.
Vietnam War veteran Bill Schmidt lives with his girlfriend Martha and son Hal in a farmhouse. One day two of his ex-army friends Mike and Tony arrive and start terrorizing the family. This leads to revelations, a fight, and horrific consequences.
Veteran football coach, Tony D'Amato, who took the Miami Sharks to the top, is struggling now with an aging team and is at odds with new young team owner Christina Pagniacci. Following repeated team injuries, when third-string quarterback Willie Beamen steals the show with his offensive display, D'Amato is forced to reevaluate his professional and personal decisions.
The Black Marble is a romantic comedy-drama mystery film, which tells the story of Sergeant Natalie Zimmerman, working for the Los Angeles Police deparment and Sergeant Valnikov, who are paired together for a case, involving the kidnapping of a socialite’s pet dog.
True Crime is a mystery thriller film which tells the story of a journalist who is assigned to cover the case of Frank, a convicted murderer. He soon comes to know that Frank might be innocent. However, he has only a few hours to save him before he is executed.
Divorced Capitol Police officer John Cale aspires to be a secret service agent and visits the White House for his interview. After getting rejected, he accompanies his daughter Emily on a White House tour. Soon, there is an attack by a heavily armed paramilitary group. John now has to protect not just his daughter, but also the President and the country.
After a rebellious phase, Beverley gets pregnant with a baby boy at the young age of fifteen. She struggles to deal with various problems in her life, while also achieve her dream of becoming an established writer.
The General’s Daughter is a mystery drama film, which tells the story of a daughter of an influential base commander, who gets murdered ruthlessly. Two undercover detectives are assigned to find the killer.
This action horror film revolves around Jack and his team of mercenaries as they hunt down vampires and attempt to retrieve the Black Cross of Berziers, an ancient relic, that could give the vampires the ability to endure sunlight.
A biography that presents the life of Steve Jobs from the time he was a student at the Reed College in 1974. It follows his subsequent drop out from college, his early career and the launch of iPod in 2001. As his career soars, Jobs' style of functioning creates issues with those around him.
David, and his wife, Amy, move to her childhood home in Mississipi. However, things get ugly when David hires her ex-lover Charlie, for the repairs. Things get even uglier after a conflict with the locals.
Filmmaker Chili Palmer decides to enter the music industry to help his murdered friend, music producer Tommy Athens’ widow Edie and pay the US $300K owed to hip-hop producer LaSalle. However, when rival producers decide to kill Chili and the Russian mob gets involved, Chili has to find a way to triumph.
Ray Quick is a former CIA demolition expert, who has left the organization after savagely beating his colleague Ned Trent for killing of an innocent child. Now working as a hit man, he is hired by a young lady, determined to take revenge for her parents’ death at the hands of a mobster family. He does not know that Ned now works for the same family.
The sequel to Scary Movie parodies a number of supernatural classics including The Haunting, The Exorcist, Poltergeist, The Changeling, The Legend of Hell House, and The Amityville Horror. It also takes on modern movies like Hannibal and Hollow Man and finds the lead characters in comedic-horrific situations spoofing actual sequences from the original movies.
The Disney adaptation tells the story of Hercules, son of Zeus and Hera, who is kidnapped by Hades and forced to live as half-human, half-god amongst the mortals. As Hercules grows up, he must regain the right to live amongst the Gods in Olympus, defeat Hades, and save the love of his life, Megara.
Rock-hopper penguin Cody Maverick, a passionate surfer, travels from hometown Shiverpool, Antarctica, to Pen Gu Island to participate in the most important competition ‘Big Z Memorial Surf Off,’ held in honor of Cody’s idol Big Z. He wants to win to earn appreciation and respect, but a meeting with a hermitic old surfer, Geek, makes him realize the true meaning of winning.
Aliens have conquered the earth, forcing the surviving humans to take shelter in areas protected by energy shields. However, time is running out and in desperation General Hein is determined to use space cannon to destroy the aliens. Knowing that it might also damage the earth, a team of scientists proposes a more peaceful means to battle the enemy, but the General is not convinced.
This adventure comedy film revolves around the mouse Stuart, who along with his friend Snowbell, search across the city for his new friend Margalo, a canary. In order to rescue his friend, Stuart must overcome several obstacles.
James Woods Awards
|Promise||Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||1987|
|My Name Is Bill W.||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special||1989|
|Promise||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special||1987|