Elijah Wood – an American Actor, Film Producer, And DJ

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Elijah Wood is one Hollywood actor that needs no formal introduction, at least not after his supersonic performances in The Lord of the Rings (LORT) trilogy, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sin City, Green Street has made him one of the most recognisable stars in the industry. Wood is a bag of talents who asides from acting, has undertaken lots of voice acting too, like the voice of Spyro in the video game dragon (thrice), the voice of 'Mumble' in Happy Feet, the voice of Beck on Disney XD series Tron: Uprising, as Wirt in Cartoon Network's Over the Garden Wall and lots more.

There is also into DJing and then production, with his own record label - Simian Records.

The multi-talented actor was born as Elijah Jordan Wood on 28th of January 1981 to Debbie and Warren Wood. He is the second of three children. Elijah has an older brother named Zachariah and a younger sister named Hannah. Wood and his siblings were born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and were raised as Roman Catholics.

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His parents owned a delicatessen. Wood showed great potentials early in life and his family gave him a lot of support and encouragements. At the age of seven was enrolled in a piano class and began modelling in his hometown. While in elementary school, he appeared in two school plays The Sound of Music and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and sang in the choir in a Marion Creative Council production of See How They Run.

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To give Elijah Wood the platform he needs to shine, his parents in 1989 sold off their delicatessen and the family relocated to L.A. His parents, however, divorced seven years later.

After a few local commercials and appearances on music videos, Wood landed his first credited film appearance in Child In The Night - which first aired in CBS Network before being released in home video and syndication. He was also in 1989's Back to the Future Part II. In 1990, Wood played Aidan Quinn's son in Barry Levinson’ historical family drama, Avalon, his performance in this movie made him the most sought out child actor at the time and landed him a number of other roles in other blockbuster movies like Paradise, Radio Flyer, The Adventures of Huck Finn, The Good Son, The War, The Ice Storm, The North, Deep Impact, The Faculty, Oliver Twist and many others.

In 2001, Elijah Wood landed the role of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. His roles in the 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), didn't not only thrill movie lovers but also changed Wood's career forever. Speaking to The Independent in 2013, Wood confessed that Frodo would be a part of his life forever. Just when fans thought they have seen the best of their favourite actor in the LOTR film trilogy, he stepped up his game in Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and in 2005 movie Sin City, where he played a silent cannibal - a really creepy serial killer. He has also done some voice acting as we see him lend his voice to characters like Beck in Disney XD series Tron: Uprising, Spyro in the video game dragon, Wirt in Cartoon Network's Over the Garden, and Mumble in Happy Feet. He has also appeared in TV series like Robot Chicken, American Dad! among others.

Aside from acting, Wood is also into production and music (DJing). In 2010, he founded a The Woodshed - a production company aimed at promoting horror films, alongside Josh C. Waller and Daniel Noah. The company was renamed SpectreVision in 2013. He into DJing and owns his own record label - Simian Records. The former child actor was the first recipient of the NATO/ShoWest Young Star of the Year Award.

Updated: Feb 20, 2024
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