'ER' wheelchair finds deserving owner

CALABASAS, Calif., Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A wheelchair used by actor James Woods in an episode of NBC's "ER" has been purchased by a Nebraska woman suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. The state-of-the-art wheelchair, used in last season's "Body and Soul" episode that guest starred Woods, was pur

'CSI' tops 'Anatomy' in second TV match-up

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- After a first week that had "CSI" behind in U.S. ratings to ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," the Las Vegas crime drama topped its medical opponent this week.

Baby Boomers in small screen comeback

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- "Generation Boom," a light-hearted four-hour documentary on the cultural and economic contributions of the 78 million baby boomers is set to air this month. The boomer special narrated by Kelsey Grammer runs on TV Land over four nights beginning Sept. 26.

James Woods lauds 'Shark' TV script

PASADENA, Calif., July 17 (UPI) -- Twice-Oscar-nominated actor James Woods says the role he is playing in his first TV series, "Shark," is the best he has seen in 10 years.

CBS reveals 2006-2007 schedule

NEW YORK, May 17 (UPI) -- CBS is looking to maintain its primetime dominance next season with seven new dramas featuring some of Hollywood's top stars. Emmy Award winner James Woods plays a celebrity defense lawyer in "Shark," Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen and Australia's Simon Bake

James Woods given clean bill of health

LOS ANGELES, May 2 (UPI) -- Actor James Woods underwent an angiogram at a Los Angeles hospital and was sent home with a clean bill of health.

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Tom Cavanaugh cast in 'My Ex-Life'

LOS ANGELES, March 23 (UPI) -- The news Thursday that actor Tom Cavanaugh has been cast in the lead of a CBS pilot means "Monkey Love" probably will not return to the Eye Network.

James Woods, Spike Lee in for CBS pilot

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Hollywood superstar James Woods is starring in and Spike Lee is directing the pilot for the CBS drama, "Shark," it was announced Monday.

Actor James Woods to star in 'ER' episode

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Actor James Woods worked with the ALS Association to prepare for his "ER" role as a professor with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Ohio man acquitted in dog shooting

MEDINA, Ohio, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- An Ohio man who shot a dog that wondered onto his property was acquitted on one count of cruelty to animals, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

James Woods checks into 'ER'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Two-time Emmy winner James Woods is returning to live-action TV in an upcoming episode of NBC's hospital drama, "ER."

Cuba Gooding Jr. and wife expecting

LOS ANGELES, July 18 (UPI) -- Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and his wife, Sara, are expecting their third child.

Michael Douglas golf event in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, May 1 (UPI) -- The proceeds from the Seventh Annual Michael Douglas & Friends Presented by Lexus Celebrity Golf Event in Las Vegas will go to entertainers in need.
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James Woods
Actor James Woods holds up the Golden Globe award 1/31/1987 that he won for best performance by an actor in a mini-series or movie made for TV. Woods won for his role in the production "Promises." (UPI Photo/David Vondrak)

James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American film, stage and television actor. Woods is known for starring in films such as Once Upon a Time in America, Ghosts of Mississippi, Casino, Hercules, and in legal drama Shark. He has won two Emmy Awards, and has gained two Academy Award nominations.

Woods was born in Vernal, Utah. His father, Gail Peyton Woods, was an army intelligence officer who died in 1960 following routine surgery. His mother, Martha A. (née Smith), operated a pre-school after her husband's death and re-married to Thomas E. Dixon. Woods grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, where he attended Pilgrim High School.

Woods chose to pursue his undergraduate studies at MIT, where he majored in political science (though he originally planned on a career as a surgeon). While at MIT, Woods pledged to Theta Delta Chi Fraternity. He was also an active member of the student theatre group "Dramashop" where he both acted in and directed a number of plays. He dropped out of MIT in 1969 just before his graduation in order to pursue a career in acting. Woods has said that he became an actor because of the father of Ben Affleck, Tim Affleck, who was a stage manager at the Theatre Company of Boston while Woods was at MIT.

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