John Wood

Biography

Date of Birth 1930, Derbyshire, England, UK Height 6' 2" (1.88 m) Mini Biography Studied law at Jesus College, Oxford, but became president of OUDS by his final year, when he played the lead in RICHARD III to wide critical acclaim. Subsequently joined the Old Vic, where among other roles he played the Dauphin to Richard Burton's Henry V. Left the Old Vic under less than happy circumstances and had even less luck with the Royal Court. Spent some time in France, where he briefly considered remaining, but returned to the UK and spent some seven years working in television and low-paying quickie films. In 1966, played one of the leads in Tom Stoppard's teleplay TEETH -- an instant artistic rapport was the result, as was a second Stoppard role in ANOTHER MOON CALLED EARTH, a sort of proto-JUMPERS. Critical and commercial break came with the role of Guil in the NYC run of ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD, for which he received a Tony nomination. Back in the UK, won Most Promising Actor award in 1970 for his role in the Harold Pinter production of James Joyce's EXILES. Invited to join the RSC, he began a series of highly individual Shakespearean roles, as well as more popularly-based efforts. His Sherlock Holmes in 1974 was reprised in NYC, resulting in a second Tony nomination. The following year, the New York run of Stoppard's TRAVESTIES -- in which he starred as Henry Carr -- gave him the Tony for Best Actor. Additional theatre work in America: TARTUFFE, DEATHTRAP and AMADEUS. UK theatre work included DEVIL'S DISCIPLE, EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR, UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, title role in RICHARD III, Prospero in TEMPEST, Lear in KING LEAR, and of course, A.E. Housman in Stoppard's INVENTION OF LOVE in 1997, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination. Married twice, four children. Trivia Won a Tony 1976 for "Travesties". He was nominated for a 1998 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actor of the 1997 season for his performance in The Invention of Love at the Royal National Theatre: Cottesloe and Lyttelton stages. He was awarded the 1991 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in King Lear. Won Broadway's 1976 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for "Travesties." He was also nominated in 1968, as Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," and in 1975, as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "Sherlock Holmes". Was cast by director Robert Altman to appear in the Old Vic's early 2006 production of the Arthur Miller play "Resurrection Blues" but dropped out before previews and was replaced by James Fox. He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2007 Queens New Years Honors List for his services to drama.

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Birth Name

John Norris Wood

Birth Place

Derbyshire, Reino Unido

Birth Date

7/5/1930

Death Date

8/6/2011
Known For
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WarGames

Falken

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Jumpin' Jack Flash

Jeremy Talbott

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Lady Jane

John Dudley, Duke of Nothumberland

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Uncovered

Cesar

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The Young Americans

Richard Donnelly

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Which Way to the Front?

Finkel

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Backyard Ashes

Merv

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The Last Days of Pompeii

Flavius, as a Man

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Wetherby

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In God's Care

Detective Chambers

Starring In
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In God's Care

Detective Chambers

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Finders Keepers

Self

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Backyard Ashes

Merv

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The Rebel

Poet

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The White Countess

Prince Peter Belinsky

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Imagining Argentina

Amos Sternberg

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Wetherby

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Napoleon

Pope Pius VII

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The Rocket Post

Sir Wilson Ramsay

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Love In A Cold Climate

Lord Merlin

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The Body

Cardinal Pesci

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Victoria & Albert

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

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Chocolat

Guillaume Blerot

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The Little Vampire

Lord McAshton

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Longitude

Sir Edmund Halley

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An Ideal Husband

Lord Caversham

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The Avengers

Trubshaw

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Sweet Revenge

Col. Marcus

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The Gambler

The General

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Metroland

The Retired Commuter

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Jane Eyre

Mr. Brocklehurst

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Rasputin

Prime Minister Stolypin

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Sabrina

Fairchild

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Richard III

King Edward IV

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Citizen X

Gorbunov

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Uncovered

Cesar

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The Madness of King George

Thurlow

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Shadowlands

Christopher Riley

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The Young Americans

Richard Donnelly

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Orlando

Archduke Harry

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Frankenstein 2000

Grover

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Thatcher: The Final Days

Michael Heseltine

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Jumpin' Jack Flash

Jeremy Talbott

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Heartburn

British Moderator

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Lady Jane

John Dudley, Duke of Nothumberland

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The Purple Rose of Cairo

Jason

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Ladyhawke

Bishop of Aquila

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Displaced Persons

Dr. Thomas

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WarGames

Falken

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Rendezvous mit Leiche

Ernest Van Santen

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Slaughterhouse-Five

English Officer (as Tom Wood)

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Nicholas and Alexandra

Colonel Kobylinsky

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One More Time

Figg

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Which Way to the Front?

Finkel

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Just Like a Woman

John Martin

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The Mouse On The Moon

Countryman

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40 Millionen suchen einen Mann

Julian Soames

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That Kind of Girl

Doctor

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Live Now - Pay Later

Curate

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Army officer (uncredited)

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The Challenge

School Inspector

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Idol on Parade

Jeremy

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Salome

Sword Dancer (uncredited)

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Stolen Face

Dr. John 'Jack' Wilson

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The Last Days of Pompeii

Flavius, as a Man

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March of the Wooden Soldiers

Townsman (uncredited)

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