James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is a American film, stage and television actor who portrays Martin Walker in White House Down.


After his first Golden Globe nomination for a breakthrough role in The Onion Field (1979), Woods starred in Once Upon a Time in America, the Oliver Stone films Salvador and Nixon, as a racist killer in Ghosts of Mississippi, for which he won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Oscar, Casino, as the golf hustler Lester Diamond and in the legal series Shark. He has won three Emmy Awards – for television movies Promise and My Name Is Bill W., and for the animated series Hercules. He has been nominated twice for an Academy Award. His voice work has been heard in the animated series The Simpsons, Family Guy, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and in films Stuart Little 2 (as Falcon) and Disney's Hercules (as Hades).