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Real Name: Elijah Wood
Birthday: January 28

 

Biography And Filmography:

Seen as one of Hollywood's most talented child actors of the 1990's, this attractive, brown haired actor began as a young model and transitioned to commercials and television movies before launching a thriving career in feature films and movies. Elijah Wood started his journey with small roles in "Back to the Future II" (1989) and "Internal Affairs" (1990). His ability only began to show with a charismatic role as the young grandson of immigrants growing up in Baltimore in the autobiographical family film "Avalon" (1990). He would again show his remarkable skill with a starring role in "Radio Flyer" (1992), a distressing story of child abuse. 

Elijah then took a starring role in Disney's version of the Mark Twain classic "The Adventures of Huck Finn" (1993). He then worked on television in "The Witness" (1993), where he portrayed a young Jewish boy who changes a Nazi soldier (Gary Sinise) who transports Jews to the gas chamber.

Wood did well next to the once young and cute boy icon Macauley Culkin in the smart yet alarming "The Good Son" (1993). Portraying a troubled young boy who just lost his mother to cancer, he gave an extraordinarily good performance showing depth, anger, and growing unease about the cruel plotting of his psychotic yet externally good cousin. The actor changed directions into comedy as the lead of Rob Reiner's "North" (1994) playing a deceptively happy boy who, feeling under appreciated by his preoccupied parents (Jason Alexander and Julia Louis-Dreyfuss), seeks revenge. Eleven-year-old North has had it with his parents. They are always busy with their careers and don't give North the attention he needs, so he files a lawsuit against them. The judge rules that North should either find new parents or return to his own parents within two months. 

That same year, he co-starred as Kevin Costner's son in the film "The War". After taking two years off to rest, he returned to the movie screen in the family adventure" Flipper" (1996), as a disturbed young boy, sent to live with his uncle, who runs into a lively dolphin. He followed with an outstanding role of a troubled teen coming of age in the 1970's in Ang Lee's movie "The Ice Storm" (1997) with Tobey Maguire, that chronicles a short period of fast moral decline, as the characters shatter their social "roles" in the search of meaning and satisfaction, within an environment turned inwards on sex, drugs and greed.

Now at an age to play older teen roles, the maturing young man stayed away from the high school-set romantic comedies and standard horror films that were crowding theaters in the late 1990s. He next took a starring roles in the thriller "Deep Impact" with Tea Leoni, where unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. The actor was then cast in the sci-fi thriller "The Faculty" (1998). He took a larger role in the James Toback film "Black and White" (2000) with Robert Downey Jr., emerging more adult and more flexible after his role in the movie. In 2001, he appeared in the independent film "Life Without Dick" starring Sarah Jessica Parker, and followed with Edward Burns' "Ash Wednesday" (2001), playing the younger brother in this look at the Irish vs. Italian gang wars of the 1980s.

Cast in the long awaited trilogy feature version of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", The movie star began a whole new level of celebrity. Having won the coveted part of Frodo Baggins, the actor was a central player in a trilogy that was buzzing with early press reports. With "The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001), "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003), he played Frodo for three uninterrupted years in three smash hit blockbuster films. The success of "The Lord Of The Rings" helped jump-start the careers of several up and coming celebrities. 

Right behind the success of the trilogy, he appeared in his first non-Frodo role in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004) with Jim Carrey,  Kate Winslet and Kirsten Dunst, about a couple who undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with. Wood then had a "Sin City" (2005) starring Jessica Alba.  

He wrapped up 2005 with the dramatic comedy “Everything is Illuminated,” playing a young man on a hilarious and weird journey to the Ukraine in search of what happened to the woman who saved his grandfather’s life when the Nazis destroyed the city where he was born during World War II. For the animated family comedy “Happy Feet” (2006), he lent his voice to Mumble, a vocally-challenged penguin who finds his only chance at finding a mate is through his dancing. Other famous voices could be heard belonging to Robin Williams and Nicole Kidman. 

Then in “Bobby” (2006), he played a young man about to be sent to fight in Vietnam who plans to marry a young woman he hardly knows. While not a box-office hit, the film did pack a long list of top celebrity supporting roles including Heather Graham, Helen Hunt and Ashton Kutcher.

He then had the starring headline role in the dramatic "Day Zero" (2008) where the military draft is back and three best friends are drafted and given 30 days to report for duty. In that time they're forced to confront everything they believe about courage, duty, love, friendship and honor. Next was the crime thriller "The Oxford Murders" (2008) where at Oxford University, a professor and a grad student work together to try and stop a potential series of murders seemingly linked by mathematical symbols. 

Then it was back to sci-fi thrillers in "Christmas on Mars" (2008) where a man goes insane as he tries to improve morale in an abandoned colony on Mars through a Christmas pageant, where the first colonist baby will be born. He next starred with Jennifer Connelly lending there voices to the animated adventure "9" (2008) about a post-apocalyptic nightmare in which all of humanity is threatened. 

 

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