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Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood

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Elijah Wood continues to seek out roles in films that span all styles and genres. He attained worldwide fame and acclaim with his portrayal of Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s epic film trilogy adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King), starring with an extraordinary ensemble cast. For their work in the trilogy’s Academy Award-winning final feature, Mr. Wood and his fellow actors were honored with the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

He first came to filmgoers’ attention over a decade earlier, with such early film work as Mike Figgis’ Internal Affairs and Barry Levinson’s Avalon. He quickly graduated to starring roles in Mary Agnes Donoghue’s Paradise, opposite Thora Birch; Richard Donner’s Radio Flyer; Steve Miner’s Forever Young; Stephen Sommers’ The Adventures of Huck Finn; and Joseph Ruben’s The Good Son, opposite Macaulay Culkin.

His television work includes playing the Artful Dodger in Tony Bill’s Oliver Twist, as well as starring in such other telefilms as Michael Schultz’ Dayo (in the title role) and Mike Robe’s Child in the Night.

Mr. Wood was named 1994’s Young Star of the Year by NATO/ShoWest. His subsequent screen credits included Rob Reiner’s North (in the title role); Jon Avnet’s The War; Alan Shapiro’s Flipper; Ang Lee’s critically acclaimed The Ice Storm; Mimi Leder’s blockbuster Deep Impact; Robert Rodriguez’ The Faculty, Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, and Sin City; James Toback’s Black and White; Martin Duffy’s The Bumblebee Flies Anyway; Edward Burns’ Ash Wednesday; Jeffrey Porter’s All I Want; Glenn Chaika’s animated feature The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina (voicing the former); also for Focus Features, Michel Gondry’s award-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; and Liev Schreiber’s Everything Is Illuminated, in which Mr. Wood starred as author Jonathan Safran Foer.

More recently, he has starred in Lexi Alexander’s [Green Street] Hooligans; Vincenzo Natali’s “Quartier de la Madeleine” segment of Paris, je taime; Emilio Estevez’ Bobby, as part of the ensemble cast; Bryan Gunner Cole’s Day Zero; and Álex de la Iglesia’s The Oxford Murders, opposite John Hurt. He is currently co-producing the independent feature The Home, a thriller directed by Kristoffer Aaron Morgan.

Mr. Wood was previously the lead voice in George Miller’s Happy Feet, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.