Birth Name: James Howard Woods
Place of Birth: Vernal, Utah, U.S.
Date of Birth: April 18, 1947
Ethnicity: Irish, English, German
James Woods is an American actor and producer. He has starred in The Onion Field, Salvador, Cop, Ghosts of Mississippi, and White House Down, among many other films over five decades.
His father, Gail Peyton Woods, had English and German ancestry. His mother, Martha Ann (Smith) Woods Dixon, was of Irish descent. James was raised Catholic. He grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island. His stepfather was Thomas E. Dixon.
James’s paternal grandfather was Jacob Earl Woods (the son of John C. Woods and Malinda/Melinda Jane Rape/Rake). Jacob was born in Illinois, to a father from Kentucky and a mother from Illinois. John was the son of Payton/Peyton R. Woods and Emily Taylor. Malinda was the daughter of Jacob Early Rape and Rachel Beam.
James’s paternal grandmother was Minnie Hollis Meyers (the daughter of Joseph Adam Meyers and Hannah Margaret Hollis). Minnie was born in Kentucky. Joseph was born in Indiana, to German parents, John Meyer and Elizabeth Hartig, Hannah was the daughter of Andrew J. Hollis and Mariah Adaline Atkins.
James’s maternal grandfather was James Joseph Smith (the son of Patrick Smith and Johanna Williams). James’s grandfather James Smith was born in Rhode Island, to Irish parents. Patrick was the son of William Smith and Catharine. Johanna was the daughter of John Williams and Mary.
James’s maternal grandmother was Clara Louisa Cooke/Cook (the daughter of William Joseph Cooke and Agnes Josephine Sullivan). Clara was born in Rhode Island. William was born in Rhode Island, of Irish descent, the son of William Cooke and Lutetia/Letitia Boyd. Agnes was born in England, to Irish parents, John Sullivan and Catharine/Catherine, who were from County Cork.
Sources: Genealogy of James Woods – https://www.geni.com
James’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s paternal grandfather, Jacob Earl Woods, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s paternal grandmother, Minnie H. Meyers, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
James’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Marriage record of James’s maternal great-grandparents, Patrick Smith and Johanna Williams – https://www.familysearch.org
James’s maternal grandmother, Clara Louisa Cooke/Cook, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org