James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor and producer. He is known primarily for playing villainous roles in film.
His best-known roles are in Videodrome, Once Upon a Time in America, Casino, and Contact. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Actor for Salvador and Best Supporting Actor for Ghosts of Mississippi. He has been nominated for three Emmy Awards: Promise, My Name Is Bill W., and Hercules. He has won a Golden Globe Award for Promise.
On television, he is known for portraying the lead character in Shark (2006–08) and for voice-acting as himself on eight episodes of Family Guy, as well as on one episode of The Simpsons.
He has also voice acted as Mike Toreno in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Hades in the Hercules film and TV series, and the Kingdom Hearts series, Falcon in Stuart Little 2, and Phillium Benedict in Recess: School's Out.