Wood at the San Diego Comic-Con Internationalin July 2011
|Born||Elijah Jordan Wood
January 28, 1981 (age 32)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, film producer|
Elijah Jordan Wood (born January 28, 1981) is an American actor and film producer. He made his film debut with a minor part in Back to the Future Part II (1989), then landed a succession of larger roles that made him a critically acclaimed child actor by age 9, being nominated for several Young Artist Awards. As a child actor he starred in the films Radio Flyer (1992), The Good Son (1993), North (1994) and Flipper (1996), and began to transfer to teenage roles in the films The Ice Storm(1997), Deep Impact and The Faculty (both 1998). He is best known for his high-profile leading role as Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson‘s The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001–2003) and its prequel The Hobbit (2012). Since then, he has resistedtypecasting by choosing varied roles in critically acclaimed films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Sin City, Green Street and Everything Is Illuminated (all 2005) and Bobby (2006).
Wood has also provided the voices of the main character in the award-winning animated musical films Happy Feet (2006) and Happy Feet Two (2011), as well as the lead, 9, in the Tim Burton-produced action/science fiction film 9 (2009). In 2005, he started his own record label, Simian Records. He did the voice acting for Spyro in the Legend of Spyro trilogy. In 2012, he began voicing Beck in the animated series Tron: Uprising, and Sigma in the tenth season of the Rooster Teeth seriesRed vs. Blue. Since 2011, Wood has been playing the role of Ryan Newman in FX‘s dark comedy Wilfred.
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Alda in December 2008
|Born||Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo
January 28, 1936 (age 77)
New York City, New York, United States
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
|Alma mater||Fordham University|
|Occupation||Actor, author, activist, director, screenwriter|
|Home town||Chicago, Illinois|
The West Wing
|Spouse(s)||Arlene Alda (1957–present)|
|Awards||Six Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Award|
Alan Alda (born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo; January 28, 1936) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and author. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner, he is best known for his starring roles as Hawkeye Pierce in the TV series M*A*S*H and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing, and his supporting role in the 2004 film The Aviator, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Journalism and a member of the advisory board of The Center for Communicating Science. He serves on the board of the World Science Festival and is a judge for Math-O-Vision.
Family and early life
Alda was born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo in New York City and had a peripatetic childhood as his parents traveled around the United States in support of his father’s job as a performer in burlesque theatres. His father, Robert Alda (born Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D’Abruzzo), was an actor and singer, and his mother, Joan Browne, a former showgirl. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. His adopted surname, “Alda,” is a portmanteauof ALphonso and D’Abruzzo. When Alda was seven years old, he contracted poliomyelitis. To combat the disease, his parents administered a painful treatment regimen developed by Sister Elizabeth Kenny that consisted of applying hot woollen blankets to his limbs and stretching his muscles. Alda attended Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York. In 1956, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fordham College of Fordham University in the Bronx, where he was a student staff member of its FM radio station, WFUV. Alda’s half-brother, Antony Alda, was born that same year and would also become an actor.
During Alda’s young junior year, he studied in Paris, acted in a play in Rome, and performed with his father on television in Amsterdam. In college, he was a member of the ROTC, and after graduation, he served for a year at Fort Benning, and then six months in the U.S. Army Reserve. A year after graduation, he married Arlene Weiss, with whom he has three daughters: Eve, Elizabeth, and Beatrice. Two of his 7 grandchildren are aspiring actors. The Aldas have been longtime residents of Leonia, New Jersey. Alda frequented Sol & Sol Deli on Palisade Avenue in the nearby town of Englewood, New Jersey—a fact mirrored in his character’s daydream about eating whitefish from the establishment, in an episode ofM*A*S*H in which Hawkeye sustains a head injury.