Got his third television role, as a thug on "Kojak" (1973), after Richard Dreyfuss and Martin Sheen had turned it down.
Quit smoking cigarettes in 1993. Played as a man trying to break the habit using drastic, preventive measures in Stephen King's Cat's Eye (1985).
Fired his agent for not telling him of Quentin Tarantino's offer to star as Mr. Orange/Freddie in Reservoir Dogs (1992).
1997: Was engaged to actress Melissa Lahlitah Crider; they met when she played his daughter in the television movie Jane's House (1994) (TV).
He plays a character who works for Richard Nixon in Nixon (1995) and played one of a band of men who wore Nixon masks when they robbed a police depository in Best Seller (1987).
The high school in the animated series "Family Guy" (1999) was named after him (James Woods High School).
Is ambidextrous (as seen in The Virgin Suicides (1999), writes on chalkboard with both hands).
2001: While on a commercial flight from Boston to Los Angeles in August, he noticed a group of men acting suspiciously on the plane and informed a flight attendant that he felt they were planning to hijack the plane. He has thus been in several interviews with FBI agents since the September 11 attacks.