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Also Known As: Elijah Jordan Wood Died:
Born: January 28, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA Profession: actor, model

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As a child star, Elijah Wood's gentle demeanor and expressive eyes made him eminently likable with audiences, but it was his innate talent which helped him to make the successful transformation from cute kid to respected adult actor. At age nine, Wood was already well on his way in Hollywood when director Barry Levinson gave him a prominent role in "Avalon" (1990). The young actor soon starred in a wide variety of projects, including "The Good Son" (1993), the Rob Reiner flop "North" (1994), the Ang Lee-directed drama "The Ice Storm" (1997), and the teen horror romp "The Faculty" (1998). It was, however, the announcement in 1999 that Wood had been cast in the leading role of Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's massive "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy that would forever mark his still young career. Filmed over the course of an entire year in New Zealand, the "Rings" films were huge successes, both critically and commercially, propelling Wood into the strata of full-fledged movie star. After the final entry in the fantasy series had premiered, Wood kept up the momentum with roles in high-profile films like Robert Rodriguez's noir comic book adaptation "Sin City" (2005), more intimate projects like "The...

As a child star, Elijah Wood's gentle demeanor and expressive eyes made him eminently likable with audiences, but it was his innate talent which helped him to make the successful transformation from cute kid to respected adult actor. At age nine, Wood was already well on his way in Hollywood when director Barry Levinson gave him a prominent role in "Avalon" (1990). The young actor soon starred in a wide variety of projects, including "The Good Son" (1993), the Rob Reiner flop "North" (1994), the Ang Lee-directed drama "The Ice Storm" (1997), and the teen horror romp "The Faculty" (1998). It was, however, the announcement in 1999 that Wood had been cast in the leading role of Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's massive "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy that would forever mark his still young career. Filmed over the course of an entire year in New Zealand, the "Rings" films were huge successes, both critically and commercially, propelling Wood into the strata of full-fledged movie star. After the final entry in the fantasy series had premiered, Wood kept up the momentum with roles in high-profile films like Robert Rodriguez's noir comic book adaptation "Sin City" (2005), more intimate projects like "The Romantics" (2010), and the bizarre TV comedy series "Wilfred" (FX, 2011- ). The opportunities continued to be vast and varied for Wood, a talented performer who, while proving his versatility as an actor, would be forever remembered for his moving portrayal of the brave hobbit, Frodo.

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 Grand Piano (2014)
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 Maniac (2012)
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1988:
Mother enrolled him in modeling school
1989:
Moved to Los Angeles with his family
1989:
First break was a small role in Paula Abdul's music video for "Forever Your Girl"; directed by David Fincher
1989:
Made feature debut in "Back to the Future II"
1990:
First significant role, playing Aidan Quinn's son in Barry Levinson's "Avalon"
1991:
First starring role, "Paradise," in which he played a young boy who brings estranged couple Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson back together
1992:
Co-starred with Joseph Mazzello in "Radio Flyer"
1992:
Co-starred with Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis in "Forever Young"
1993:
Played the lead role in "The Adventures of Huck Finn"
1994:
Played the title role in Rob Reiner's comedy "North"
1994:
Played Kevin Costner's son in "War"
1996:
Played the lead role in "Flipper"
1997:
Portrayed the Artful Dodger (complete with Cockney accent) in the ABC movie presentation of "Oliver Twist"
1997:
Won praise for his performance as the older son of Jamey Sheridan and Sigourney Weaver in Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm"
1998:
Co-starred in the surprise blockbuster "Deep Impact" and the Robert Rodriquez thriller "The Faculty"
1999:
Played the boyfriend of a wannabe hip-hop groupie in James Toback's "Black and White"
2001:
Portrayed Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's film version of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
2001:
Acted in "Life Without Dick"; aired on on Encore in lieu of theatrical release
2002:
Reprised role of Frodo Baggins for "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers"
2002:
Played the younger brother of Edward Burns' character in Burns' "Ash Wednesday"
2003:
Again played Frodo in the final installment of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
2004:
Co-starred with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in Michel Gondry's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"; written by Charlie Kaufman
2005:
Played a journalist turned thug in "Green Street Hooligans," a film about the violent gangs associated with England's soccer teams
2005:
Co-starred in the film adaptation of Frank Miller's uber-noir series of graphic novels "Sin City"; co-directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez
2005:
Starred in Liev Schreiber's directing debut "Everything Is Illuminated," as a young American in search of the woman who saved his Jewish grandfather during the Nazi invasion in Ukraine
2006:
Cast in Emilio Estevez's directorial debut "Bobby," an ensemble centered around the night of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination
2006:
Voice the main character Mumble in the animated film "Happy Feet"
2007:
Co-starred with Chris Klein and Jon Bernthal in "Day Zero"
2009:
Lent his voice to the feature-length adaptation of Shane Acker's short film "9"
2011:
Cast as a man who forms a unique relationship with his neighbor┬┐s dog on the FX series "Wilfred"
2011:
Reprised voiceover role in the animated sequel "Happy Feet Two"
2012:
Returned to Middle Earth as Frodo in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson
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Notes

There is an official website at www.elijahwood.com.

"Acting, if you have the right idea about the whole situation... can help you grow as a person. I've become smarter as a person. I've had a better education -- with tutors. In a way, it can be a very positive thing." --Elijah Wood quoted in USA Today, November 4, 1994.

"He's the first child actor I've worked with that I think is really an actor, he's not tied to his cuteness." --Director Jon Avnet on working with Wood quoted in Entertainment Weekly, November 25, 1994.

"To be believable as an actor you need to be as completely real as possible. Don't let Hollywood and limos get in the way. All that stuff is so unimportant. Stay grounded." --Wood in The Hollywood Reporter's Showbiz Kids Special Issue, November 19, 1996.

Wood on "The Faculty": "It's going to have the inevitable comparisons to 'Scream' because Kevin Williamson was the writer, but I can't compare it to anything else I've seen. 'Scream' started the whole teen-genre explosion. Everyone was happy that the movie re-established the horror genre, but it's gone sour. It's really old now and has spun these pathetic remakes. They gave me this scriptm, and I thought there are so many of these movies being made and I don't want to be a part of this. Then director Robert Rodriquez, who made 'From Dusk 'Til Dawn' signed on, and I knew he would bring something new to it, his vision - which had already impressed me. He was like our big brother." --quoted in London's Evening Standard, April 11, 1999.

"As interesting as the project seemed, I was really scared because it was so far away from anything I'd done. Then I came to the conclusion that if you're ever fearful of taking a step forward to a place that could be better for you, you should always take it, because that's the only way you'll ever grow. So despite how afraid I was, I made the decision to continue."---Elijah Wood to Brooke Shields, talking about their film "Black and White" Interview October 1999

"It has been the experience of a lifetime. I doubt I'll ever get another chance to realize a character this fully." --Elijah Wood on playing Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, quoted to E! Online in their "Sizzlin' 16" special, January 2001.

"I'm done with Frodo, which is kind of amazing. It's sad in one respect because it's been such an incredible journey, and I think some of us felt like it would never end--in a good way. But it's nice to have a sense of completion, particularly with this last movie, which I think we're all the most proud of."---Wood on completing The Lord of the Rings Nylon Magazine December 2003

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companion:
Bijou Phillips. Model, actor. Dated; no longer together.

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father:
Warren Wood. Remained in Iowa when family moved to L.A. for Elijah's career; formally separated from Debbie Wood c. 1996; divorced.
mother:
Debbie Wood. Roman Catholic; moved from Iowa with children to L.A. to aid in Elijah's career; formally separated from Warren Wood c. 1996; divorced.
brother:
Zachariah Wood. Video game producer, former actor. Born c. 1974.
sister:
Hannah Wood. Actor. Born c. 1984.
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