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James Howard Woods was born on April 18, 1947 in Vernal, Utah, the son of Martha A. (Smith) and Gail Peyton Woods, a U.S. Army intelligence officer who died during Woods' childhood. James is of Irish, English, and German descent. He grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island, with his mother and stepfather Thomas E. Dixon. He graduated from Pilgrim High ... See full bio »

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Vampires Jack Crow
Hercules Hades
The Virgin Suicides Mr. Lisbon
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 2019 Kingdom Hearts III (Video Game)
Hades (English version, voice)
 2016-2017 Justice League Action (TV Series)
Lex Luthor / Repulse
- Race Against Crime (2017) ... Lex Luthor (voice)
- The Brain Buster (2017) ... Lex Luthor (voice)
- Superman Red vs. Superman Blue (2017) ... Lex Luthor (voice)
- Best Day Ever (2017) ... Lex Luthor (voice)
- Inside Job (2017) ... Lex Luthor (voice)
 2017 Justice League Action Shorts (TV Series)
Lex Luthor
- Plastic Man of Steel (2017) ... Lex Luthor (voice)
- It's a Trap! (2017) ... Lex Luthor (voice)
 2017 Dice (TV Series)
James Woods
- The Trial (2017) ... James Woods
- The Twelve (2017) ... James Woods
 2005-2016 Family Guy (TV Series)
James Woods / Family Guy James Woods / Simpsons James Woods / ...
- Inside Family Guy (2016) ... James Woods (voice)
- The Simpsons Guy (2014) ... Family Guy James Woods / Simpsons James Woods (voice)
- Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream (2012) ... James Woods (voice)
- And Then There Were Fewer (2010) ... James Woods (voice)
- Brian Griffin's House of Payne (2010) ... James Woods (voice)
 2016 Bling
Victor (voice)
 2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (Video Game)
Hades (English version, voice)
 2014 Jamesy Boy
Lt. Mark Falton
 2013 Ray Donovan (TV Series)
Sully Sullivan
- Same Exactly (2013) ... Sully Sullivan
- Fite Nite (2013) ... Sully Sullivan
- Road Trip (2013) ... Sully Sullivan
- Bridget (2013) ... Sully Sullivan
- Housewarming (2013) ... Sully Sullivan (uncredited)
 2013 White House Down
 2013 Mary and Martha (TV Movie)
Mary's Father
 2013 Jobs
Jack Dudman
 2013/II Officer Down
Captain Verona
 2012 Coma (TV Mini Series)
Dr. Howard Stark
- Part Two (2012) ... Dr. Howard Stark
- Part One (2012) ... Dr. Howard Stark
 2012 Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom (Video Game)
Hades (voice)
 2011 Straw Dogs
Tom Heddon
 2011 Too Big to Fail (TV Movie)
Richard Fuld
 2010 Kingdom Hearts Re: coded (Video Game)
Hades (English version, voice)
 2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (Video)
Owlman (voice)
 2010 Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep (Video Game)
Hades (English version, voice)
 2008 An American Carol
Agent Grosslight
 2006-2008 Shark (TV Series)
Sebastian Stark
- Wayne's World 3: Killer Shark (2008) ... Sebastian Stark
- One Hit Wonder (2008) ... Sebastian Stark
- Leaving Las Vegas (2008) ... Sebastian Stark
- Bar Fight (2008) ... Sebastian Stark
- Partners in Crime (2008) ... Sebastian Stark
 2007 Surf's Up
Reggie Belafonte (voice)
 2007 Kingdom Hearts II: Final Mix+ (Video Game)
Hades (English version, voice)
 2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours (Video Game)
George Sheffield (voice)
 2006 Entourage (TV Series)
James Woods
- Aquamom (2006) ... James Woods
 2006 End Game
Vaughn Stevens
 2006 ER (TV Series)
Dr. Nate Lennox
- Body & Soul (2006) ... Dr. Nate Lennox
 2005 Odd Job Jack (TV Series)
Manny Kowalski
- Orgy: The Musical (2005) ... Manny Kowalski
 2005 Kingdom Hearts II (Video Game)
Hades (English version, voice)
 2005 Ark
Jallak (voice)
 2005 Be Cool
Tommy Athens
 2005 Pretty Persuasion
Hank Joyce
 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Video Game)
Mike Toreno (voice)
 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas - The Introduction (Video short)
Mike Toreno (voice, uncredited)
 2004 The Easter Egg Adventure
Grab Takit (voice)
 2003 This Girl's Life
 2003 Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story (TV Movie)
Rudolph 'Rudy' Giuliani
 2003 Northfork
Walter O'Brien
 2002 Robbie the Reindeer in Legend of the Lost Tribe (TV Short)
Prison Guard / Head Viking (US version, voice)
 2001-2002 House of Mouse (TV Series)
- House Ghosts (2002) ... Hades (voice)
- Halloween with Hades (2002) ... Hades (voice)
- Suddenly Hades (2002) ... Hades (voice)
- Snow Day (2002) ... Hades (voice)
- Mickey and Minnie's Big Vacation (2002) ... Hades (voice)
 2002 Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun (Video)
Gloomius Maximus (voice)
 2002 Stuart Little 2
Falcon (voice)
 2002 Kingdom Hearts (Video Game)
Hades (English version, voice)
 2002 John Q
Dr. Raymond Turner
 2001 Mickey's House of Villains (Video)
Hades (voice)
 2001 Race to Space
Dr. Wilhelm von Huber
 2001 Riding in Cars with Boys
Mr. Leonard Donofrio
 2001 Scary Movie 2
Father McFeely
 2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
General Hein (voice)
 2001 Recess: School's Out
Benedict (voice)
 2000 Dirty Pictures (TV Movie)
Dennis Barrie
 1999 Hooves of Fire (TV Short)
Narrator (US version, voice)
 1999 Play It to the Bone
Ringside Fan
 1999 Any Given Sunday
Dr. Harvey Mandrake
 1999 Hercules: Zero to Hero (Video)
Hades: Lord of the Dead (voice)
 1999 The General's Daughter
Colonel Moore
 1999 The Virgin Suicides
Mr. Lisbon
 1999 True Crime
Alan Mann
 1998-1999 Hercules (TV Series)
- Hercules and the Tiff on Olympus (1999) ... Hades (voice)
- Hercules and the Big Show (1999) ... Hades (voice)
- Hercules and the Spring of Canathus (1999) ... Hades (voice)
- Hercules and the Romans (1999) ... Hades (voice)
- Hercules and the Aetolian Amphora (1999) ... Hades (voice)
 1998 Disney's Hades Challenge (Video Game)
Hades (voice)
 1998 Vampires
Jack Crow
 1998 Of Light and Darkness (Video Game)
Gar Hob (voice)
 1997 Hercules (Video Game)
Hades (voice)
 1997 Disney's Animated Storybook: Hercules (Video Game)
Hades (voice)
 1997 Contact
Michael Kitz
 1997 Hercules
Hades (voice)
 1997 Kicked in the Head
Uncle Sam
 1996 Ghosts of Mississippi
Byron De La Beckwith
 1996 The Summer of Ben Tyler (TV Movie)
Temple Rayburn
 1995 Nixon
H.R. Haldeman
 1995 Casino
Lester Diamond
 1995 Killer: A Journal of Murder
Carl Panzram
 1995 Indictment: The McMartin Trial (TV Movie)
Danny Davis
 1995 For Better or Worse
Reggie Makeshift
 1994 The Specialist
Ned Trent
 1994 Curse of the Starving Class
Weston Tate
 1994 Next Door (TV Movie)
Matt Coler
 1994 The Getaway
Jack Benyon
 1994 The Simpsons (TV Series)
James Woods
- Homer and Apu (1994) ... James Woods (voice)
 1994 Jane's House (TV Movie)
Paul Clark
 1993 Fallen Angels (TV Series)
Mickey Cohen
- Since I Don't Have You (1993) ... Mickey Cohen
 1993 Dream On (TV Series)
Dennis Youngblood
- Oral Sex, Lies and Videotape (1993) ... Dennis Youngblood
 1992 Chaplin
Joseph Scott
 1992 Citizen Cohn (TV Movie)
Roy Marcus Cohn
 1992 Diggstown
Gabriel Caine
 1992 Straight Talk
 1991 The Boys (TV Movie)
Walter Farmer
 1991 The Hard Way
John Moss
 1990 Women and Men: Stories of Seduction (TV Movie)
Robert (segment "Hills Like White Elephants")
 1989 Immediate Family
Michael Spector
 1989 My Name Is Bill W. (TV Movie)
Bill Wilson
 1989 True Believer
Eddie Dodd
 1988 The Boost
Lenny Brown
 1988 Cop
Lloyd Hopkins
 1987 Best Seller
 1987 In Love and War (TV Movie)
James B. Stockdale
 1986 Promise (TV Movie)
 1986 Salvador
Richard Boyle
 1985 Badge of the Assassin (TV Movie)
Robert K. Tanenbaum, Assistant District Attorney
 1985 Joshua Then and Now
Joshua Shapiro
 1985 Cat's Eye
Dick Morrison
 1984 Against All Odds
Jake Wise
 1983 Videodrome
Max Renn
 1982 Split Image
Charles Pratt
 1982 Fast-Walking
 1981 Eyewitness
 1980 The Black Marble
The Fiddler
 1979-1980 Young Maverick (TV Series)
Lem Fraker
- Dead Man's Hand: Part 2 (1980) ... Lem Fraker
- Dead Man's Hand: Part 1 (1979) ... Lem Fraker
 1979 The Onion Field
Gregory Powell
 1979 ...and Your Name Is Jonah (TV Movie)
Danny Corelli
 1979 The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel (TV Movie)
Sin Eater
 1978 The Gift of Love (TV Movie)
Alfred Browning
 1978 The Billion Dollar Bubble (TV Movie)
Art Lewis
 1978 Holocaust (TV Mini Series)
Karl Weiss
- Part 4: 1944-1945 (1978) ... Karl Weiss
- Part 3: 1942-1944 (1978) ... Karl Weiss
- Part 2: 1941-1942 (1978) ... Karl Weiss
- Part 1: 1935-1940 (1978) ... Karl Weiss
 1977 The Choirboys
Harold Bloomguard
 1977 Family (TV Series)
Dr. Robert Styles
- An Eye to the Future (1977) ... Dr. Robert Styles
 1976 Raid on Entebbe (TV Movie)
Capt. Sammy Berg
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Lewis Packer
- Thanksgiving (1976) ... Lewis Packer
 1976 The Disappearance of Aimee (TV Movie)
Asst. Disty. Atty. Joseph Ryan
 1976 Horizon (TV Series documentary)
Art Lewis
- Billion Dollar Bubble (1976) ... Art Lewis
 1976 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Danny Reeves
- Sins of Thy Father (1976) ... Danny Reeves
 1976 Alex & the Gypsy
 1976 Bert D'Angelo/Superstar (TV Series)
- Cops Who Sleep Together (1976) ... Fletcher
 1975 F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood (TV Movie)
Leonard 'Lenny' Schoenfeld
 1975 Foster & Laurie (TV Movie)
Walter the Addict
 1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
Ted Ayres
- A Time to Mourn (1975) ... Ted Ayres
 1975 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
- Trail of Terror (1975) ... Doug
 1975 Welcome Back, Kotter (TV Series)
Alex Welles
- The Great Debate (1975) ... Alex Welles
 1975 Distance
Larry Vincent
 1975 Night Moves
 1974 The Gambler
Bank Officer
 1974 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
Larry Kirkoff
- The Kirkoff Case (1974) ... Larry Kirkoff
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
- Death Is Not a Passing Grade (1974) ... Caz
 1973 The Way We Were
Frankie McVeigh
 1972 A Great American Tragedy (TV Movie)
 1972 Footsteps (TV Movie)
 1972 Hickey & Boggs
Lt. Wyatt
 1972 The Visitors
Bill Schmidt
 1971 All the Way Home (TV Movie)
Andrew Lynch
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[during the making of Another Day in Paradise (1998), when co-star Vincent Kartheiser showed up on set three hours late] To sit and wait for any other actor. . . . I wouldn't wait for Robert De Niro for three hours. Then again Robert De Niro would never be three hours late. . . . You will never get me to concede that anybody has a right to keep anybody else waiting for three hours. I will never ... See more »


Hades from the Disney franchise is his favorite role and he states that he will continue playing the character, whenever needed, until the day he dies because he loves the character so very much. See more »


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