James Woods Net Worth 2021: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

James Woods net worth is
$20 Million

James Woods Wiki Biography

James Howard Woods was born on 18 April 1947,  in Vernal, Utah USA of part Irish ancestry. James Woods is an actor who has starred in around 130 films, TV shows, theater plays, as well contributing his voice to animated TV series and video games, in a career spanning over 45 years in the entertainment industry.

So just how rich is James Woods? Sources indicate that James’ net worth is now estimated to reach $45 million; his wealth should not surprise us is if we consider his long and successful career as an actor.

James Woods Net Worth $45 Million

James was raised in Warwick, Rhode Island, his father being a US intelligence officer and his mother running a preschool. That’s where he went to school before entering MIT to study political science, but James dropped out to pursue an acting career, apparently at the urging of Tim Affleck, father of Ben, who was manager at the Theater Company of Boston. His Hollywood career did not start right away. It was preceded by a number of stage parts in theater, including on Broadway. There is an amusing story about how he managed to get a part in his first Broadway show: James Woods is said to have pretended to be British in order to fit in the part in “Borstal Boy”! That really proves his acting skills, doesn’t it?

He appeared on film for the first time in 1971 (it was a movie called “All The Way Home) but his Hollywoood breakthrough didn’t come until 1979 with the film “The Onion Field”, which helped him gain the reputation of a promising new actor, especially as he was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as a killer in this film. Hi did not receive the award, but began to establish himself as an actor who is exceptionally good at playing killers and other villainous characters, as demonstrated in many later films.

Woods’ talent was acknowledged with three prestigious Emmy awards for his roles in the movies “Promise”, “My name is Bill W.”, and “Hercules”. The famous actor has other awards such as Golden Globe, Theatre World award and others in his pocket. His most well known films include “Videodrome”, “Once Upon a Time in America”, “Ghosts of Mississippi”, “Salvador”, and “Nixon”. His role in the TV production called “Shark” was one more success for Woods. Of course, all these appearances contributed significantly to James’ consistently rising net worth.

Among his more recent achievements are voice acting for world famous animated films and TV series such as “The Family Guy”, “The Simpsons” and “Stuart Little 2”. Considering the popularity of these productions, it is no surprise that James Woods wealth has reached such an impressive amount. Further, as if all the foregoing were not enough, Woods has also taken a role of a film producer of several films, including “Cop” in 1988, and “Another Day in Paradise” in 1998.

There is something to say about James Woods as a person. It is also known that he possesses an extraordinary intellect. His example makes it obvious that a highly intelligent artist is likely to become a very wealthy man, doesn’t it? However, it has to be mentioned that his professional success as well as his wealth did not prevent him from finding himself single at the age of 65. The actor has married twice, but both marriages ended in divorce; Kathryn Morrison(1980-83), and Sarah Owen(1989-90). It is curious that neither of his wives were actors, but despite that Woods is known for his relationships with other famous actresses, Seon Young among them. Perhaps his interest in golf and poker has left him in this situation!



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Full Name James Woods
Net Worth $20 Million
Date Of Birth 18 April 1947
Place Of Birth Vernal, Utah, United States
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.803 m)
Profession Actor, Television producer, Voice Actor, Film Producer
Education Pilgrim High School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Nationality American
Spouse Sarah Owen (m. 1989–1990), Kathryn Morrison (m. 1980–1983)
Parents Gail Peyton Woods, Martha A. Woods
Siblings Michael Jeffrey Woods
Nicknames James Howard Woods , Jimmy
Twitter http://www.twitter.com/realjameswoods
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000249
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, S…
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor, Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Prime…
Movies Once Upon a Time in America, Videodrome, Hercules, Casino, The Specialist, Vampires, White House Down, Jamesy Boy, The Virgin Suicides, Scary Movie 2, Any Given Sunday, Straw Dogs, Salvador, The Hard Way, John Q., Against All Odds, Contact, Cat’s Eye, Ghosts of Mississippi, Too Big to Fail, Stuart L…
TV Shows Shark, Hercules, Holocaust, Crimes of Passion
# Trademark
1 Experienced at delivering wisecracks
2 Pockmarked face with intense eyes
3 Characters who have short tempers or are quickly angered
4 Often plays weaselly but intergrating characters
5 Often plays eccentric, fast-talking characters
Title Salary
Northfork (2003) $5,000
# Quote
1 The ’80s period was some of the greatest filmmaking ever, and a lot of those films are lost forever.
2 Oliver Stone was pretty much going to offer me Wall Street (1987), but I was committed to doing Cop (1988). He said, “Don’t be silly, go and do Wall Street”, and I told him I was going to do Cop. You know, could have been a mistake! But I have no regrets.
3 So much of what Hollywood does now, I’m sorry to say… they’re busy with the political agenda, socially political agenda, and that’s fine. But the older white heterosexual European male is only the villain in movies. Very rarely are we anything but the villain now.
4 [2005] I can honestly say that I’m in a business where I would happily have worked for free every day of my life.
5 [on working on independent films] Starting with The Onion Field (1979) and Salvador (1986) and movies like that, I’ve been doing this for 20 years. And the lifeblood of my career has been independent film. I mean, I got one Oscar nomination for a studio film, Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), but, you know, its heart was in the right place. It was dealing with a socially important issue.
6 After I read the script for Shark (2006), I thought, Wow I haven’t read a part like this in 10 years. Men in their 50s are typecast as the corporate villain. Shark (2006) gave me the opportunity to be a tainted hero – the best kind of hero to portray. It’s a golden opportunity for an old samurai like myself.
7 I’m cautious of people who are too charming. Charming people can be dangerous – my alarm goes off immediately.
8 Shark (2006) came at a time when I didn’t really need the work at all. I didn’t take it for the money. I live a very modest life. I don’t want a private jet. I’m just a non-material guy.
9 I just like to pick things that are just different, challenging and that maybe people wouldn’t expect me to do or that I wouldn’t have done before.
10 [on Oliver Stone] An artist whose vision transcends politics. And his passion isn’t bogus – he doesn’t play “Imagine” at the end of Platoon (1986) to break people’s hearts.
11 But, you know, feminists have just destroyed the world as we, know it. I haven’t met a woman lately, and I’m talking about women who work and have a high position, who doesn’t agree with that. It has just destroyed relationships between men and women. Men and women are very wary of each other now. I listen to these feminists rave about, “How dare they attack Bill Clinton for having a little consensual sex act”, but went nuts because Clarence Thomas allegedly made a joke about a Coke can. And the other guy is humiliating his wife and getting oral sex while he’s talking about Bosnia to a congressman. Hello? Barbara Boxer is, you know, the most worthless, hypocritical “feminist” loser on the face of the earth …. I just loathe with every fiber of my being, liars. My second ex-wife was a liar. And Nixon was a liar. And this Clinton is a liar. I have no respect for him no matter what in the world he ever does.
12 “Scratch a liberal and you’ll find a fascist … I’m not joking. You look at what’s happening in this country now. Catharine MacKinnon thinks that we should now limit free speech, anything that offends a woman should now no longer be allowed – no reasonable man or woman in this country would subscribe to that, it’s just insanity.” (1994)
13 “I love George W. Bush right now – and I always have! I’m the only guy in L.A. who voted for him” (January 2002).
14 Do you think I want to be the one lone voice against the Hollywood liberal establishment? It’s not going to do me any good.
15 Achieving success as an actor has not been easy for me. My biggest, probably most irrational complaint has been that I’ve had to work harder for what I’ve gotten. I’ve seen other people with nepotism or wealth or cheesy good looks on their side who’ve had it easy, whereas I felt that I had to ‘overprove’ myself. No one ever went out of their way and said, ‘Let’s make Jimmy Woods a star.’ With many frustrations and disappointments early in my career, I went into a deep depression. One time, I just sat in a chair for eighteen days. I worked my way out of that depressed state, but it took three years of therapy.
16 I’ve never formally studied with anybody but I’ve always loved great photography. I like to shoot people. I always like to get into faces when there is something happening. It comes from the same motive as acting — which is wanting to understand how people think and what they do. It feels exactly the same. You are observing human nature. I’m doing one by recreating it on film and another by capturing it on film. I just love studying human behavior.
17 My nightmare in life, my absolute fundamental, overwhelming, egregious nightmare, is Bill Gates‘ vision of the future, where there will be a video camera on every corner and every conversation will be recorded. Man, I’d rather put a pitchfork in my eyes than live in a world like that.
18 I am one of those guys who could do the most emotional scene and crack a joke instantly. I’m lucky. I’m just like an idiot savant. I have one enormously enjoyable, pleasurable–for me–talent, which is being able to act. I do it without any confusion or restriction or ambivalence or hesitation, and it just flows, almost as naturally as anything in my life. So I don’t have a big burden about it. I’m not one of those ‘method’ guys. I’m tired of the Actors’ Studio bullshit that has ruined movies for 40 years. All these guys running around pretending they are turnips or whatever the hell they do. You just play the character as he really is. As a loudmouth, blowhard, coward, shithead. You know, it’s OK to be just who the guy is. One of the reasons that I’m not very good about talking about the process of acting is that so much of it requires you to be unconscious [of it] when you do it. When you’re aware of what you’re doing, it’s never very good. If you just let go and you’re in the scene, all of a sudden, it’s good. I can’t act; I swear to you, I feel like I can’t. I dread it every time I do it. I feel like the more I do it, the less I know. Which is a good thing.
19 Robert Redford understands film acting better than anybody on the face on the earth. You know how some carnivores get every bit of meat off of a carcass they can? Well, there’s nobody who gets as much blood out of a moment as Redford. Within the range of his talent, he knows how to get every single note available, and he is a genius not only at getting those notes but in making them fully accessible to his audience. He is one of the few actors that can play three or four emotions at the same time, and he is amazing; he truly understands the subtlety of film acting.
20 If you star in movies, which I predominantly do, most agents would assume that you don’t want to do a two-day part in a movie. But when you read a script like Casino and you know it is being directed by a genius like Martin Scorcese, you say, hey, I’ll be an extra in this movie. I’ll do anything. I called up Marty and said, ‘Any part, anytime, anyplace, anywhere.’ Because I want to work in good scripts with good directors, and this was a great script with a phenomenal director, it makes the choice really easy. We ended up making a two-scene part into a 10- scene part. Which proves my point. When you’re working with great people and great material, you’re going to milk it. I have learned that you can’t be a champion unless you are in the championship zone. You can’t win unless you’re in the zone, whatever winning might mean. Right now, maybe they are not going to star me in a $100 million movie all by myself the way they would some other actor, but if I’m in that championship zone, I have got a shot.
21 A cardinal rule of being a movie star, according to the agents and all the people who have wisdom, is that you should be aloof, do very little press and you shouldn’t ever get on television. I don’t think there is a piece of political film making in the United States that is a good as, let alone better than, Citizen Cohn. Let’s assume that I am not even in the picture. I mean, just the writer of the piece, David Franzoni. I look at Promise, written by Richard Friendenberg and directed by Glenn Jordan, a wonderful director. Forgetting that I am in it, just looking at the material itself, My Name Is Bill W. would not have had the same impact if it were a feature film; it would have come and gone. But on television, 25 million people get to watch it all at the same time. So television has a power all its own and it has an allure all its own, and I think that television often deals with more meaningful subjects than many feature films do.
22 I always have a rule that acting is acting and truth is truth and you just go out there and you do it. But what happens in each medium is that you have other responsibilities. The acting remains the same, but each medium dictates assuming other halves to make the acting work. When I’m working on a film, I just play the absolute purity of the moments. I don’t worry about the pacing, because the pacing is going to be dictated by the director and the editor. On the stage I have to give pacing to the play. As an actor, you, in fact, become the editor of the piece, in terms of the timing. You are required to engineer the pace yourself. In television, everything is in so close, that you realize that most of what you do has to register in your thought process.
23 “It was a very wrenching and painful decision for me–in my senior year at MIT, on high dean’s list and full scholarships–to decide that maybe I wanted to be an artist. I think it is actually something that my father would understand. Whether I’m making 30 grand a day or union scale, I have found something that I truly love, and that is something he would have admired.” – On leaving school to go to NYC and become an actor.
24 I was really bright as a kid and tested well, and it was clear that I was going to get scholarships to any schools I wanted. My dad always said I could be an engineer; at that time it was the elite of society: steady job, working in science, which was then the answer to every problem we had. It was kind of a mandate. Kind of a dream he had for me.
25 My parents loved each other. I was raised in a house of total love and respect. My dad worked very hard and my mother was incredibly devoted to him. I can unequivocally, without any peradventure of doubt, tell you that I was raised with the kind of love that we only dream of. My mother and my father loved me and my brother like we love the air we breathe–out of necessity. It was a necessity for them to love us in some deep inner genetic calling in their hearts and minds and souls. I have that as a standard.
# Fact
1 Is a conservative Democrat.
2 He and his then fiancée filed a $2 million suit for harassment against his ex-girlfriend Sean Young in 1988, alleging that, for instance, Young left a disfigured doll on his doorstep and trampled the couple’s expensive flower bed. The case was settled out of court in 1989.
3 His father, who was born in Illinois, had English and German ancestry, with deep roots in the American Midwest. His mother, who was born in Rhode Island, was of Irish descent.
4 As of 2013, his two Oscar nominated performances were for his portrayals on real life characters: Richard Boyle in Salvador (1986) and Byron De La Beckwith in Ghosts of Mississippi (1996).
5 Has said he has an I.Q. of 180. Albert Einstein had an I.Q. of approximately 160. Another source lists Woods’ I.Q. as 184. He scored a perfect 800 on the Verbal portion of the SAT and a 779 in Math.
6 Is an avid video gamer.
7 He plays a character who works for Richard Nixon in Nixon (1995) and played one of a band of men who wore Nixon masks when they robbed a police depository in Best Seller (1987).
8 Writes with his right hand mostly but does pretty much everything else with his left.
9 Is good friends with Sharon Stone and told Cigar Aficionado in an interview that he considers her one of the smartest women in the movie business.
10 Is against capital punishment.
11 Hades from the Disney franchise is his favorite role and he states that he’ll continue playing the character, whenever needed, until the day he dies because he loves the character so very much.
12 Childhood friend of Wall Street Journal personal technology columnist Walter Mossberg.
13 He was considered a brilliant student, enrolling in a UCLA linear algebra course while still attending high school. He scored a perfect 800 on the verbal SAT and a 779 on the math portion.
14 Referred to composer Howard Shore as the Bernard Herrmann of the synthesizer.
15 Got his third television role, as a thug on Kojak (1973), after Richard Dreyfuss and Martin Sheen had turned it down.
16 He was accepted into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a full scholarship, majoring not in the physical sciences but in political science. He also pursued acting, appearing in 36 plays at MIT, Harvard, and the Theater Company of Boston and also performed in summer stock at the Provincetown Playhouse. He dropped out of MIT during his last year to move to New York and pursue acting full-time.
17 Loves photography.
18 Quit smoking cigarettes in 1993. Played as a man trying to break the habit using drastic, preventive measures in Stephen King‘s Cat’s Eye (1985).
19 Enjoys playing golf.
20 Loves cooking and is an excellent chef.
21 Visits his family in Rhode Island frequently.
22 The high school in the animated series Family Guy (1999) was named after him (James Woods High School).
23 Is the son of a United States Army intelligence officer.
24 Is ambidextrous (as seen in The Virgin Suicides (1999), writes on chalkboard with both hands).
25 Provided the voice of Carl, the straight-laced rabbit in the pet store across the street from a rental station, in a series of Blockbuster commercials.
26 2001: While on a commercial flight from Boston to Los Angeles in August, he noticed a group of men acting suspiciously on the plane and informed a flight attendant that he felt they were planning to hijack the plane. He has thus been in several interviews with FBI agents since the September 11 attacks.
27 1997: Was engaged to actress Missy Crider; they met when she played his daughter in the television movie Jane’s House (1994).
28 Member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity.
29 Older brother of actor Michael Jeffrey Woods.
30 Majored in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
31 Fired his agent for not telling him of Quentin Tarantino‘s offer to star as Mr. Orange/Freddie in Reservoir Dogs (1992).
32 He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song “Voices That Care.”
33 A reserve officer in the Los Angeles Police Department.
34 Received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 15, 1998.

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