Date of Birth : Jan 28th 1981
Elijah Jordan Wood (born January 28, 1981) is an American actor. Acting since the age of eight, Wood is best known for the role of Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Making his film debut with a minor part in Back to the Future Part II (1989), Wood landed a succession of subsequent larger roles, and became a critically acclaimed child actor.
After his role as Frodo in The Lord of the Rings, Wood has resisted typecasting by choosing varied roles in critically-acclaimed films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sin City and Everything Is Illuminated. Most recently he starred in ensemble film Bobby and provided the voice of the main character in award-winning animated film Happy Feet. He also played an American tourist turned vampire in Paris, je t’aime. In 2005, he started his own record label, Simian Records.
Wood modeled, and did local commercials, before moving with his family to Los Angeles in 1988. It was there that Wood got his first break, a small role in a video by Paula Abdul, “Forever Your Girl,” directed by David Fincher. Film work almost instantly followed, with a bit part in Back to the Future Part II (1989). It was Wood’s role as Aidan Quinn’s son in Barry Levinson’s 1990 film Avalon (the third film in the Baltimore trilogy containing 1982’s Diner and 1987’s Tin Men) that first gave Wood attention, as the film received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for four Academy Awards.
In 2002, Wood lent his voice to Disney’s straight-to-video release of The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina. Of course, his most substantial role of 2002 is inarguably his return to the role of hobbit Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
2003 proved to be a similar year for Wood – after two relatively small jobs (his role credited as ‘The Guy’ in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over and his stint as First Assistant Director in Sean Astin’s The Long and Short of It served purely as a break for Elijah), he starred in All I Want and once again resumed his role as Frodo Baggins for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), the last chapter in Tolkien’s trilogy.
He then had a chillingly silent turn as the cannibalistic, bespectacled serial killer Kevin in director Robert Rodriguez and writer-artist Frank Miller’s visually arresting adaptation of Miller’s crime noir comic book series Sin City (2005), appearing opposite Mickey Rourke in the segment “The Hard Goodbye”. On May 12, 2005 , Wood hosted a program called MTV Presents: The Next Generation Xbox Revealed, when the new Xbox 360 was launched.