James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American film, stage and television actor. After his first Golden Globe nomination for a breakthrough role in "The Onion Field" (1979), Woods has starred in "Once Upon a Time in America", Oliver Stone films "Salvador" and "Nixon", "Ghosts of Mississippi", and in legal series 'Shark'. He has won three Emmy Awards (for tele-movies "Promise" and "My Name Is Bill W.", and for the animated series of 'Hercules'). He has been twice nominated for an Academy Award. His voice work has been heard in the animated series 'Family Guy', 'The Simpson's, Disney movie "Hercules" as Hades and the video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas".
He in five episodes of 'Family Guy', which is set in Woods' native state of Rhode Island. Woods also lent his voice talents to 'Family Guy' episode "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side" (a parody of "The Empire Strikes Back"). Other references in 'Family Guy' include the local high school, James Woods High School, and a forest briefly mentioned in "The Fat Guy Strangler" named James Woods.