Born: January 28, 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
“If I wasn’t an actor, I’d be a secret agent.”
Did You Know?
Beat out 150 actors, including Jake Gyllenhaal, for the coveted role of Frodo Baggins in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Elijah Wood has quietly become one of my favorite actors in the industry. While most of the mainstream knows him as the guy who played ‘Frodo Baggins’ in the Lord of the Rings (LOTR) franchise, there’s a smaller segment of the population who are familiar with his earlier work as a child actor and have watched him progress magnificently throughout his career. In particular, his contributions to the Horror genre continue to grow more impressive, starting with his roles in the 90’s (The Good Son, The Faculty), his post-LOTR turn as the psychopathic cannibal ‘Kevin’ in Sin City, and now his more recent genre films including Maniac, Cooties, and soon-to-be-released The Last Witch Hunter (with Vin Diesel).
Breakout Role (according to the masses): ‘Frodo’, Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Breakout Role (according to Leo Craven): Huck Finn, The Adventures of Huck Finn
– I was 16 years old when I watched this on VHS having stayed at home sick from school that day. Not only did I love the movie, but both Wood’s performance as ‘Huck Finn’ and Courtney B. Vance’s portrayal of ‘Jim’ forever placed both actors on my radar. Fun fact: this film also featured Robbie Coltrane (‘Hagrid’ in the Harry Potter Franchise), Hollywood Legend Jason Robards, Ron Perlman, and Frances Conroy (American Horror Story).
Box Office Status: Fan Favorite
Next Project to Look Out for: The Last Witch Hunter (October 23rd)
Most Famous Role: “Frodo and Gandalf discussing the creature Golem in LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring”:
And in case that wasn’t enough of a trip down memory lane, here’s a short “Frodo Baggins Tribute” film that features a lot more LOTR footage:
Won for Best Actor (Fangoria Chainsaw Awards) in 2014 for “Maniac”
Nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (OFTA Television Awards) in 2012 for “Wilfred”
Nominated for Best Male Performance (MTV Movie Awards) in 2002 for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
ONE LAST THING:
I’m sure The Last Witch Hunter will be fun, but it’s already received a lot of press. Check out the trailer for Wood’s underrated zombie comedy-horror Cooties (and if you’re not fortunate enough to have it playing in a theater near you, you can also rent it on Amazon Video):