Elijah Wood

Elijah Wood is an American actor best known for portraying Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's blockbuster Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In addition to reprising the role in The Hobbit series, Wood also played Ryan in the FX television comedy Wilfred (2011) and voiced Beck in the Disney XD animate...

Born on January 28, 1981

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA

Height 1.68m / 5' 6"

Biography

Elijah Wood is an American actor best known for portraying Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson's blockbuster Lord of the Rings film trilogy. In addition to reprising the role in The Hobbit series, Wood also played Ryan in the FX television comedy Wilfred (2011) and voiced Beck in the Disney XD animated television series TRON: Uprising (2012).Born Elijah Jordan Wood on 28 January, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wood is the son of Debbie (Krause) and Warren Wood, who ran a delicatessen. He has an older brother, Zack, and a younger sister, Hannah Wood. He is of English, German, Austrian, and Danish descent. Demonstrating a gift for performing at a young age, Wood's natural talent inspired his mother to take him to an International Modeling and Talent Association annual convention in Los Angeles. Soon after, he began to get bookings for small parts on television.Although he has a small credit in Back to the Future Part II (1989), Wood's first major film role was in the 'Barry Levinson' historical family drama Avalon (1990). Following that, Wood became an in-demand child actor, appearing in a number of major films such as Paradise (1991), Radio Flyer (1992) and The Good Son (1993), in which he co-starred with Macaulay Culkin. This was followed by the first role for which he received top-billing, North (1994). Although the film was widely condemned and a disaster at the box office, Elijah was praised as the only good thing to come out of it.In 1996 Elijah starred in a movie remake of an old TV show, Flipper (1996). Many critics wondered if his ability as a child actor to capture an audience was wearing thin, as had many child actors', but Wood deftly transitioned into a versatile performer with roles such as the endlessly curious Mikey Carver in Ang Lee' ensemble film The Ice Storm (1997), as well as parts in popcorn flicks like Deep Impact (1998) and The Faculty (1998). In 1999, Elijah was in three movies that never made it into wide release: The Bumblebee Flies Anyway (1999) (released on satellite TV), Black & White (1999) (released on home video) and Chain of Fools (2000).Wood's work in Peter Jackson's film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), provided a major boost to his career. The actor followed his work in the astronomically successful trilogy with a broad range of interesting screen roles and voice work, including a supporting role in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), as well as the part of a sinister mute sociopath in Sin City (2005). His voice work has been featured in such animated films as Happy Feet (2006) and 9 (2009), as well as on television series including American Dad! (2005) and Robot Chicken (2005). Wood also played Ad-Rock in the Beastie Boys' comedic video for Fight for Your Right Revisited (2011).An avid music fan, Wood founded Simian records and released its first album, New Magnetic Wonder by The Apples in Stereo, in 2007.Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Short stature

Large blue eyes

Elven looks

Trivia

Melissa Joan Hart wanted him to play the male lead in Drive Me Crazy (1999) because she thought it would take some of the pressure off her in her first leading role. However, she was told that he looked too young next to her, and the role went to Adrian Grenier.

He became a child model when his mother wanted him to burn off excessive energy.

As of December 2003, Elijah lived in a New York apartment with his sister Hannah Wood. However, within a few months he moved back into his mother's guest house in Santa Monica, California, where he lived previously, stating he couldn't justify the rent on the apartment since he spent so little time there. He has since moved into his own home in Venice Beach, California.

Plays piano.

Owns one of two prop rings used in "Lord of the Rings." The other went to Andy Serkis, who played Gollum.

He heard about the Lord of the Rings trilogy while filming The Faculty (1998). Immediately, he sensed that this was the chance of a lifetime. Director George Huang, a personal friend of Wood's, filmed his audition tape for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He shot the scene from different angles which were cut together for the video. They sent the video off to New Zealand for director Peter Jackson and a few months later, he got the part.

He was the first recipient of the NATO/ShoWest Young Star of the Year Award.

Presented at Academy Awards in place of Macaulay Culkin.

Elijah has an older brother, Zack Wood (b. 1974), who works in video games, and a younger sister, Hannah Wood (born 7th October 1983).

Parents' names are Warren and Debbie Wood.

Quotes

[on celebrity:] "I won't change and my perspective won't change. I want to continue my life the way I live it, and I'm not going to let anything stop me from doing that. It isn't all about acting. There's a lot more to life than Hollywood."

I don't know that I necessarily feel more comfortable in the context of smaller films, but I tend to feel more comfortable more often than not with the material of smaller films.

My philosophy has always been to try to put myself into roles and films that are different. That intensified after 'Lord of the Rings' because it was so massive, but it's something I've always believed in -- wanting to change people's perceptions and challenge myself as an actor.

[on New Zealand:] I will go back ... I think Bill [Billy Boyd] and Dom [Dominic Monaghan)]and I are thinking of buying a house together. We don't want to lose our connection with New Zealand - I love the country and I love Wellington and I want to go back. I would love to have a place to live there if I do go back for any period of time. It would just be a time share. It makes the most sense for us to go in on a place, 'cause then we can get a great place. We could be there together and have holidays there, or if I wanted to go there and live there for a little while I could. It just kind of makes sense. Then we could rent it out when we aren't there. That's the idea, anyway. (On hearing this, Billy Boyd said, "Elijah said that, huh? He put a curse on it.") [December 12, 2003]

[on filming the scene in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) in which "Sam" tries to make "Frodo" recall the Shire:] "That day was very difficult and it was a long day. I remember Peter [Peter Jackson] actually crying on set after a few takes. It was a real defining moment for Sean [Sean Astin] and I, not only in this film, but in our acting" [December 14, 2003].

[after the last press junket for LOTR in New York:] There's a real sense of completion now, because we can look at the entirety of the trilogy and say we've done it, our work is finished. That's a great feeling. And I think that, as it comes to a close, we look to the relationships forged in New Zealand and throughout the experience, and they will carry on. The fellowship will carry on. And that gives us great hope. Our lives will interweave forever. [December 18, 2003]

[on concluding filming of LOTR:] Frodo will look more haggard, but not as bad as Gollum. There is a massive transformation, but the journey should have a physical effect on him, which makes sense as I look a lot older than when I started filming. I was 18 then, and it's appropriate that he looks older, too. And if I've done my job right, then you should empathize with him. When it came to the end, I was very emotional. I was heaving, I couldn't breathe, and the last bits of the movie really wrecked me. They gave each actor his own farewell, when we were back there earlier this year. You'd go on to a sound stage and Peter [director Peter Jackson] would make a speech about each actor and then bring in their sword and a clapperboard. It was completely overwhelming. When it came time for me to give a speech, I was so gone I just couldn't do it. I now have the ears, the feet, the sword, the Ring, and one of the maps of Middle-Earth. The whole thing has had a massive impact on us. I think Bill [Billy Boyd] and Dom [Dominic Monaghan] and I are thinking about buying a house here [in New Zealand], because we don't want to lose our connection with the country. It makes most sense to go in on a place because we could use it like a timeshare and then holiday at different times or together. But we're so lazy and completely hopeless at doing things, so it remains to be seen if it'll ever happen. [December 11, 2003]

I think being different, being against the grain of society, is the greatest thing in the world.

If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.

[on worrying about the high expectations of Lord of the Rings fans when he was cast as Frodo:] "I definitely felt the pressure. I wanted to live up to all of the expectations. But when I got into costume and worked with the others, I just didn't think about it anymore."

Salaries

All I Want  All I Want  $ 250,000

Filmography

Today Today Himself-Guest(3episodes,1994-2015)
Saturday Night Live Saturday Night Live BoyGeorge/...(2episodes,2003-2009)
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Himself(2episodes,2015)
Wetten, dass..? Wetten, dass..? Himself(1episode,2003)
Live! with Kelly Live! with Kelly Himself-Guest(2episodes,2012-2016)
Child in the Night  Child in the Night  Luke
Internal Affairs  Internal Affairs  SeanStretch
Paradise  Paradise  WillardYoung
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself-Guest(6episodes,1992-2005)
Day-O  Day-O  Dayo
Forever Young  Forever Young  NatCooper
Radio Flyer  Radio Flyer  Mike
Frasier Frasier Ethan(1episode,1994)
Homicide: Life on the Street Homicide: Life on the Street McPheeBroadman(1episode,1996)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself-Guest(6episodes,1998-2006)
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Himself-Guest(3episodes,1994-2006)
North  North  North
The War  The War  StuSimmons
Cinema 3 Cinema 3 Himself(2episodes,2012-2013)
The Daily Show The Daily Show Himself-Guest(4episodes,1998-2014)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself-Guest(1episode,1998)
Flipper  Flipper  SandyRicks
King of the Hill King of the Hill Jason(1episode,2004)
Oliver Twist Oliver Twist TheArtfulDodger
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring  Frodo
The View The View Himself-Guest(2episodes,2005-2015)
The Bumblebee Flies Anyway  The Bumblebee Flies Anyway  BarneySnow
The Wonderful World of Disney The Wonderful World of Disney TheArtfulDodger(1episode,1997)
CBS News Sunday Morning CBS News Sunday Morning Himself-Guest(1episode,2012)
Black & White  Black & White  Wren
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  Frodo
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  Frodo
Total Request Live Total Request Live Himself/...(5episodes,2001-2005)
This Morning This Morning Himself-Guest(1episode,2006)
Family Guy Family Guy ElijahWood(1episode,2010)
The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina  The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina  TomThumb(voice)
Film 2016 Film 2016 Himself(2episodes,2006)
Franklin Franklin Coyote(uncredited)(1episode,2002)
Getaway Getaway Himself(1episode,2005)
Adventures from the Book of Virtues Adventures from the Book of Virtues Icarus(1episode,1996)
Caiga quien caiga Caiga quien caiga Himself-Guest(1episode,2008)
SM:TV Gold SM:TV Gold Himself(1episode,2001)
Charlie Rose Charlie Rose Himself-Guest(2episodes,2002-2004)
Electric Playground Electric Playground Himself(1episode,2002)
God kveld Norge God kveld Norge Himself(1episode,2003)
Ash Wednesday  Ash Wednesday  SeanSullivan
Primetime Glick Primetime Glick Himself(1episode,2003)
Quest for the Ring  Quest for the Ring  Himself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Friday Night with Jonathan Ross Himself-Guest(1episode,2006)
A Passage to Middle-earth: The Making of 'Lord of the Rings'  A Passage to Middle-earth: The Making of 'Lord of the Rings'  Himself
+ de cinéma + de cinéma Himself(1episode,2002)
The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings'  The Making of 'The Lord of the Rings'  Himself
The Osbournes The Osbournes Himself(1episode,2002)
Bobby  Bobby  William
All I Want  All I Want  Jones
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards  Himself
HBO First Look HBO First Look Mumble(1episode,2006)
Troldspejlet Troldspejlet Himself(1episode,2001)
E! News Live E! News Live Himself(2episodes,2003-2005)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself-Guest(2episodes,2006-2011)
Lord of the Piercing  Lord of the Piercing  Frodo(archivefootage)
Frids film Frids film Himself(1episode,2003)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  Patrick
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over  Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over  TheGuy
Rank Rank Himself(1episode,2002)
The Long and Short of It  The Long and Short of It 
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers  FrodoBaggins(voice)
Filmland Filmland Himself(1episode,2003)
4Pop 4Pop Himself(2episodes,2003)
Player$ Player$ Himself(3episodes,2003)
Punk'd Punk'd Himself(2episodes,2006-2007)
2003 MTV Movie Awards  2003 MTV Movie Awards  Himself
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards  The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards  Himself
Happy Feet  Happy Feet  Mumble(voice)
The Buzz The Buzz Himself(1episode,2002)
Tinseltown TV Tinseltown TV Himself-Guest(1episode,2003)
Ringers: Lord of the Fans  Ringers: Lord of the Fans  Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show Himself-Guest(2episodes,2004-2005)
The 76th Annual Academy Awards  The 76th Annual Academy Awards  Himself
Green Street Hooligans  Green Street Hooligans  MattBuckner
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King  FrodoBaggins(voice)
Días de cine Días de cine Himself(3episodes,2013-2014)
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest On-Air with Ryan Seacrest Himself-Guest(1episode,2004)
American Dad! American Dad! Ethan(1episode,2006)
NY Graham Norton NY Graham Norton Himself-Guest(1episode,2004)
Get Out Get Out Himself(uncredited)(1episode,2004)
DNZ: The Real Middle Earth  DNZ: The Real Middle Earth  Himself/FrodoBaggins(archivefootage)
Tavis Smiley Tavis Smiley Himself-Guest(4episodes,2006-2015)
Everything Is Illuminated  Everything Is Illuminated  JonathanSafranFoer
The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth  The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth  FrodoBaggins(voice)
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age  The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age  FrodoBaggins(archivefootage)
Le grand journal de Canal+ Le grand journal de Canal+ Himself(2episodes,2006-2008)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Himself-Guest(5episodes,2011-2014)
Robot Chicken Robot Chicken Bailiff/...(2episodes,2006-2011)
Buenafuente Buenafuente Himself(1episode,2008)
The Friday Night Project The Friday Night Project Himself-GuestHost(1episode,2008)
Cartelera Cartelera Himself(1episode,2008)
Silenci? Silenci? Himself(1episode,2008)
The Colbert Report The Colbert Report Himself-Guest(2episodes,2011-2014)
Corazón de... Corazón de... Himself(1episode,2005)
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