James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American actor and producer who is known for his work in theater, television, and film. He started his career in small roles on and off-Broadway. In 1972 he appeared in The Trial of the Catonsville Nine alongside Sam Waterston and Michael Moriarty on Broadway. He won the Theatre World Award for his performance in Moonchildren. In 1978, Woods made his television breakthrough alongside Meryl Streep playing her husband in the critically acclaimed four part miniseries Holocaust. The series went on to receive the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series. In 1972, Woods made his film debut in Elia Kazan's The Visitors and continued to act on film in supporting roles in Sydney Pollack's The Way We Were, and Arthur Penn's Night Moves.