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James Woods is one of the most versatile and captivating actors in American film history. From his breakthrough performance as Greg Powell in The Onion Field (1979), Woods has grabbed the attentions of filmgoers the world over, and remains a firm fixture in our collective cinematic consciousness. In such films as Oliver Stone's Salvador (1986), Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America (1984), David Cronenberg's Videodrome (1983), Martin Scorsese's Casino (1995), and John Carpenter's Vampires (1998), he has portrayed some of the most memorable anti-heroes of our times. Twice nominated for an Oscar (for Salvador and Rob Reiner’s Ghosts of Mississippi), he is also the winner of a Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit Award, and three Emmys. Performances in such landmark TV productions as My Name is Bill W, Promise, and Citizen Cohn have gone down as some of the greatest in history. An exciting and engaging performer, throughout his fifty year career he has committed himself tirelessly to his craft, remained at the top of his game, and collaborated with some of the world's finest filmmakers and actors.
Drawing on new interviews with the man himself, James Woods discusses his whole career, taking the reader on a journey from his beginnings on stage and TV, through the iconic films and TV movies of the 80s and 90s, to his most recent work. In these free-wheeling conversations, James Woods shares his thoughts and memories with the reader, revealing key moments of movie history in the process. In The Films of James Woods (Wisdom Twins Books, 2022), Chris Wade explores every single acting credit, and also speaks to such friends and collaborators as Oliver Stone, Debbie Harry, Dolly Parton, Sharon Stone, Tim Metcalfe, Harold Becker, Jim Belushi, and Joe Wambaugh.
Joel Tscherne is an Adjunct History Professor at Southern New Hampshire University. His Twitter handle is @JoelTscherne.
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