Shia Saide LaBeouf is an American actor, performance artist, filmmaker. He became known among younger audiences as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, a role for which LaBeouf received a Young Artist Award nomination in 2001 and won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2003, he made his film debut in The Christmas Path. In 2004, he made his directorial debut with the short film Let's Love Hate and directed a short film titled Maniac, starring American rappers Cage and Kid Cudi. In 2007, LaBeouf starred in Surf's Up; the same year he was cast in Michael Bay's science fiction film Transformers as Sam Witwicky, the main protagonist of the series. Transformers was a box office success and one of the highest-grossing films of 2007. LaBeouf appeared in its sequels Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, both box office successes. In 2008, he played Henry "Mutt Williams" Jones III in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; some of his other most notable roles are in films such as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Company You Keep, Fury, American Honey, Borg vs McEnroe.
Since 2014, LaBeouf has pursued a variety of public performance art projects with LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner. LaBeouf was born in California, as the only child of Shayna and Jeffrey Craig LaBeouf, his mother is a ballerina turned visual artist and clothing jewelry designer. His father is a Vietnam War veteran. LaBeouf's mother is Jewish, his father, of Cajun French descent, is Christian. LaBeouf has described himself as Jewish, has stated that he was raised around "both sides". One of the camps he attended was Christian, his first name is derived from the Hebrew shai Yah, meaning "gift of God". LaBeouf has described his parents as "hippies", his father as "tough as nails and a different breed of man", his upbringing as similar to a "hippy lifestyle", stating that his parents were "pretty weird people, but they loved me and I loved them." During his childhood, he accompanied his father to meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous. LaBeouf has said he was subjected to verbal and mental abuse by his father, who once pointed a gun at his son during a Vietnam War flashback.
LaBeouf has stated that his father was "on drugs" during his childhood, was placed in drug rehabilitation for heroin addiction, while LaBeouf's mother was "trying to hold down the fort."His parents divorced owing to financial problems, LaBeouf had what he has described as a "good childhood", growing up poor in Echo Park with his mother, who worked selling fabrics and brooches. LaBeouf's uncle was going to adopt him at one stage because his parents could not afford to have him anymore and "they had too much pride to go on welfare or food stamps." As a way of dealing with his parents' divorce, he would perform for his family, mimicking his father. LaBeouf financially supports both of his parents, he attended 32nd Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet in Los Angeles and Alexander Hamilton High School, although he received most of his education from tutors. In an interview, LaBeouf said that, looking back on his childhood, he feels grateful and considers some of those memories scars. Prior to acting, LaBeouf practiced comedy around his neighborhood as an "escape" from a hostile environment.
At age 10, he began performing stand-up at comedy clubs, describing his appeal as having "disgustingly dirty" material and a "50-year-old mouth on the 10-year-old kid." He subsequently found an agent through the Yellow Pages and was taken on after pretending to be his own manager. LaBeouf has said that he became an actor because his family was broke, not because he wanted to pursue an acting career, having gotten the idea from a child actor he met who had things he wanted. In the early 2000s, LaBeouf became known among young audiences after playing Louis Stevens on the Disney Channel weekly program Even Stevens, a role that earned him a Daytime Emmy Award, he has said. In the next several years, he appeared in the well-received film adaptation Holes. In 2005, he co-starred in Constantine, playing the role of Chas Kramer, with Keanu Reeves in the starring role; the same year he provided the voice of Asbel in the Disney-produced English dub of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. LaBeouf made his directorial debut with the short film Let's Love Hate with Lorenzo Eduardo.
He has played real-life people, including golfer Francis Ouimet and the younger version of Dito Montiel in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. LaBeouf starred in Disturbia, a thriller released on April 13, 2007, as a teenager under house arrest who suspects that his neighbor is a serial killer, which he considered a "character-driven" role, he received positive reviews for the role, with The Buffalo News saying, he "is able to pull off anger and intelligence". First hosting Saturday Night Live on April 14, 2007 he would return a year to host the May 10, 2008 episode, he next played Sam Witwicky, who becomes involved in the Autobot-Decepticon war on Earth, in Transformers. In Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull he was Indiana Jones' greaser son Mutt Williams, his performance was met with mixed reviews with Todd Gilchrist of IGN commenting "one can't quite help but wonder what Spielberg saw in the young actor that inspired him to cast LaBeouf". LaBeouf told t
Sharon Vonne Stone is an American actress and former fashion model. After modelling in television commercials and print advertisements, she made her film debut as an extra in Woody Allen's comedy-drama Stardust Memories, her first speaking part was in Wes Craven's horror film Deadly Blessing, throughout the 1980s, Stone went on to appear in films such as Irreconcilable Differences, King Solomon's Mines, Cold Steel, Action Jackson, Above the Law. She found mainstream prominence with her part in Paul Verhoeven's action film Total Recall. Stone became a sex symbol and rose to international recognition when she starred as Catherine Tramell in another Verhoeven film, the erotic thriller Basic Instinct, for which she earned her first Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, she received further critical acclaim with her performance in Martin Scorsese's crime drama Casino, garnering the Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Stone received two more Golden Globe Award nominations for her roles in The The Muse.
Her other notable film roles include Sliver, The Specialist, The Quick and the Dead, Last Dance, Catwoman, Broken Flowers, Alpha Dog, Basic Instinct 2, Lovelace, Fading Gigolo, The Disaster Artist. In 1995, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 2005, she was named Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France. On television, Stone has had notable performances in the mini-series War and Remembrance and the made-for-HBO film If These Walls Could Talk 2, she made guest-appearances in The Practice, winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She has starred in the action drama series Agent X, the murder mystery series Mosaic and the series Better Things, The New Pope and Ratched. Sharon Vonne Stone was born in Meadville, Pennsylvania, to Dorothy Marie, an accountant, Joseph William Stone II, a tool and die manufacturer and factory worker, she has an older brother, Michael, a younger sister, a younger brother, Patrick.
She is of part Irish ancestry. Stone was considered academically gifted as a child and entered the second grade when she was 5 years old, she graduated from Saegertown High School in Saegertown, Pennsylvania, in 1975. While attending Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Stone won the title of Miss Crawford County and was a candidate for Miss Pennsylvania. One of the pageant judges told her to quit school and move to New York City to become a fashion model. In 1977, Stone moved in with an aunt in New Jersey, she was signed by Ford Modeling Agency in New York City. Stone, inspired by Hillary Clinton, went back to Edinboro University to complete her degree in 2016. Stone moved to Europe. While living there, she decided to pursue acting. "So I packed my bags, moved back to New York, stood in line to be an extra in a Woody Allen movie," she recalled. Stone was cast for a brief role in Allen's Stardust Memories and had a speaking part a year in the horror film Deadly Blessing. French director Claude Lelouch cast her in Les Uns et les Autres.
She did not appear in the credits. On December 4, 1982, she played a ditsy bimbo meter maid in the first season of the television series Silver Spoons. In 1983, she appeared in the short-lived sports-themed television series Bay City Blues, playing Cathy St. Marie, the wife of baseball player Terry St. Marie played by actor Patrick Cassidy; that year she appeared in the Remington Steele episode "Steele Crazy After All These Years", first aired on February 18, 1983. In 1985 she appeared in an episode of T. J Hooker opposite William Shatner, her next film role was in Irreconcilable Differences, starring Ryan O'Neal, Shelley Long, a young Drew Barrymore. Stone played a starlet who breaks up the marriage of a successful director and his screenwriter wife. In 1984, she appeared in "Echoes of the Mind", a two-part episode of Magnum, P. I. playing identical twins, one a love interest of Tom Selleck's character. Through the remainder of the 1980s, she had roles in such films as King Solomon's Mines and Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, played Steven Seagal's wife in Above the Law.
In 1988, she played Janice Henry for the filming of the miniseries Remembrance. In Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven's sci-fi action film Total Recall, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, she played the role of Lori Quaid, the loving wife of Schwarzenegger's character revealed to be an agent sent by a corrupt and ruthless governor to monitor him; the film received favorable reviews and made $261.2 million worldwide, giving Stone's career a major boost. She appeared in five feature films the following year, though those were smaller-scale productions than that of Total Recall, she starred opposite Forest Whitaker in the dramatic thriller Diary of a Hitman, screened at the Deauville Film Festival in September. And next, played a sexually provocative young photojournalist in the little-seen Year of the Gun, she obtained the role of a literary agent
Los Angeles the City of Los Angeles and known by its initials L. A. is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California; the city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and the entertainment industry, its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America. Los Angeles is in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the other; the city proper, which covers about 469 square miles, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area the nation's second most populous area with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Los Angeles is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index; the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $1.044 trillion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028; the city hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1990 and 2006, was one of 9 American cities to host the 1994 FIFA men's soccer World Cup and one of 8 to host the 1999 FIFA women's soccer World Cup, hosting the final match for both tournaments. Home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California.
The city was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood; the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California assured the city's continued rapid growth; the Los Angeles coastal area was settled by the Chumash tribes. A Gabrieleño settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning "poison oak place". Maritime explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on an official military exploring expedition moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.
Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded the pueblo they called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,'The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels'; the present-day city has the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States. Two-thirds of the Mexican or settlers were mestizo or mulatto, a mixture of African and European ancestry; the settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, the pueblo continued as a part of Mexico.
During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847. Railroads arrived with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific line to Los Angeles in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885. Petroleum was discovered in the city and surrounding area in 1892, by 1923, the discoveries had helped California become the country's largest oil producer, accounting for about one-quarter of the world's petroleum output. By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000; the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city. Due to clauses in the city's charter that prevented the City of Los Angeles from selling or providing water from the aqueduct to any area outside its borders, many adjacent city and communities became compelled to annex themselves into Los Angeles.
Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States. On September 14, 1908, the Los Angeles City Council promulgated residential and industrial land use zones; the new ordinance established three residential zones of a single type, where industrial uses were
Joy Bryant is an American actress and former fashion model. She has appeared in numerous films and television since beginning her acting career in 2001, her accolades include two NAACP Image Award nominations, one Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York City, Bryant was a gifted student and earned a scholarship to Yale University after high school, she began modeling in the mid-1990s after graduating from college, appearing in advertisements for Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria's Secret. She made her film debut in 2001's Carmen: A Hip Hopera. Bryant had her breakthrough after being cast by Denzel Washington in his biographical drama film Antwone Fisher, in which she played a U. S. Navy sailor; this was followed by a recurring guest role on the NBC series ER. Her subsequent film credits include the horror film The Skeleton Key and the drama Get Rich or Die Tryin', the historical drama Bobby. In 2010, Bryant was cast in the role of Jasmine Trussell in the NBC family drama Parenthood, a role she portrayed for the series' entire six seasons before its finale in 2015.
She has appeared on television in guest roles on the series Girls and Ballers. Bryant was born in the New York to Joyce Bryant, she was raised by her grandmother. She explained: "I grew up not having a connection to my father." She started dancing at age three. Bryant would reveal that she was conceived from a sexual assault against her mother, fifteen years old at the time of her birth, by an older adult male. Bryant stated: " gave birth to me, not in love but in shame, after hiding her pregnancy from my grandmother for six months."She described herself as a "nerd" growing up: "I read encyclopedias all day and watched TV. My grandmother, who raised me, emphasized the importance of education. For me it was about being self-sufficient and using my brain." While living in the Bronx, she graduated from CJHS 145x and was a member of the Fieldston Enrichment Program, an elite high school preparatory program. Bryant is a graduate of a boarding school in Simsbury, Connecticut. After graduating from Westminster, Bryant was accepted to Yale University, where she studied for two years before dropping out to pursue a modeling career.
Early on, Bryant played a small role in Ill Al Skratch's video "I'll Take Her". Bryant had modeling contracts with several brands, including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and RocaWear, she has appeared in advertising for Gap and Victoria's Secret, starred in a Carlos Santana and Musiq Soulschild music video for the song "Nothing at All" opposite Connecticut born actor Andre Warmsley in 2004. Her acting debut came in 2001 in Robert Townsend's Carmen: A Hip Hopera, in which she portrayed a fortune teller opposite Beyoncé and Rah Digga. After a small role in the action comedy Showtime, she made her big breakthrough in Denzel Washington's directorial debut, Antwone Fisher. In 2003, she co-starred in the Mario Van Peebles biopic Baadasssss!, followed by a recurring guest role on the drama series ER. In 2005, she appeared in several high-profile films, including the horror filmThe Skeleton Key and the drama films London and Get Rich or Die Tryin', in the latter of which she played the childhood sweetheart of 50 Cent.
In 2007, she had a minor part in the thriller film The Hunting Party starring Richard Gere and Terrence Howard, followed by a leading role in the ensemble comedy Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. She played the role of Tunde Adebimpe's love interest in "Will Do" a 2011 TV on the Radio music video. From 2009—15, Bryant starred as Jasmine Trussell in Parenthood. BuddyTV ranked her #19 on its TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2011 list. In 2015, she had a guest-starring role as Erica Kincaid, a doctor, on the series Rosewood. In 2017, she had a guest-starring role on the HBO series Girls; the following year, Bryant was cast in a recurring role on the sports drama series Ballers, playing a successful public defender and mother of a rising football star. In October 2007 OK! reported that Bryant was engaged to stuntman Dave Pope, who she met on the set of Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins. They married on June 2008 in the Hamptons, she owns a ranch house in California. She is an ambassador of Oxfam's Sisters on the Planet, an organization that helps women fight hunger and climate change.
As of 2014, Bryant resided with her husband in Glendale. Joy Bryant on IMDb Joy Bryant at FMD Joy Bryant at AllMovie TheLoop21.com interview with Joy Bryant
Heather Joan Graham is an American actress. After appearing in television commercials, her first starring role in a feature film came with the teen comedy License to Drive, followed by the critically acclaimed film Drugstore Cowboy, which gained her initial industry notice, she played supporting roles in films such as Shout, Six Degrees of Separation, Swingers and on the television series Twin Peaks and its prequel film Fire Walk with Me, before gaining critical praise in Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights as porn starlet Brandy / Rollergirl. In 1999, she co-starred in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. In the 2000s, Graham starred in films Committed, Say It Isn't So, Gray Matters, The Hangover and its sequel, The Hangover Part III, she had a role on the television series Scrubs in 2004, before playing the title character on the short-lived series Emily's Reasons Why Not in 2006. She had recurring roles on Showtime's Californication and Netflix's Flaked. Noted for portraying characters with sex appeal, she appears in magazine lists of "Most Beautiful" and "Sexiest" women.
Graham is a public advocate for Children International, supported the climate change campaign Global Cool in 2007. Graham was born in Wisconsin, at St. Michaels Hospital, the older of two children, her family is of "three-quarters Irish" descent, with her father's side from County Cork. Her younger sister, Aimee Graham, is an actress, writer, their mother, Joan, is a author of children's books. Their father, James Graham, is a retired FBI agent; the girls were raised Catholic. Her family relocated before moving to Agoura Hills, when she was 9 years old, she was introduced to acting during a school production of The Wizard of Oz. After high school, Graham enrolled in extension classes at the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied English for two years. Despite her parents' objections, Graham withdrew from UCLA to pursue acting full-time. Graham's first film appearance was an uncredited cameo in Mrs. Soffel, her first credited film appearance was in the television film Student Exchange.
In 1986, she appeared on a special "Teen Week" episode of the NBC game show Scrabble. She appeared in numerous television commercials, an episode of the sitcom Growing Pains in 1987, her first high-profile starring role came in the Corey Haim/Corey Feldman vehicle License to Drive, as a popular girl named Mercedes Lane, who serves as the love interest of Haim's character. Her efforts won her a Young Artist Award nomination in the Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Fantasy category, her strict parents forbade her to accept a role in the black comedy Heathers, which had an expletive-rich script. The same year, she had an uncredited appearance as Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger's mother in Twins. In 1989, Graham was featured in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy as Nadine, a young drug-addicted accomplice of the two main characters, her performance gave her career an initial boost and earned her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. She rejected a steady role in a soap opera and a three-picture deal with a major studio because she thought it would be too restrictive.
After Drugstore Cowboy she appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's dark comedy I Love You to Death, alongside William Hurt and Keanu Reeves and the rock-and-roll coming-of-age film Shout, for which she received a nomination for the Young Artist Award for Best Actress Starring in a Motion Picture. After co-starring with Benicio del Toro in a Calvin Klein commercial directed by David Lynch, the director cast her as Annie Blackburn in Twin Peaks, where she appeared in the final six episodes. Following the show's cancellation, Graham reprised the role of Blackburn in the 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, she featured alongside James Woods. The same year she co-starred as Mary Kennedy Taylor in the Vicious Circle. In 1995 she starred as Jackie in the poorly received Desert Winds and guest-starred in an episode of the television series Fallen Angels, she had a small but important role in Swingers, where she played Lorraine, Jon Favreau's love interest. She played a small role as Maggie Bowen in Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story.
Graham's popularity increased after she appeared as Brandi, a young porn star, nicknamed Rollergirl, in Paul Thomas Anderson's critically acclaimed, award-winning Boogie Nights. The cast received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture; the same year she starred in the Gregg Araki film Nowhere, had a cameo in the horror hit Scream 2. She was subsequently cast in Two Girls and a Guy, a film based upon dialogue between the characters, shot in 11 days, which co-starred Robert Downey Jr. and Natasha Gregson. The cast was signed on for sequels, she starred as Felicity Shagwell in the sequel Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, a box-office hit. Shagwell is
Elijah Jordan Wood is an American actor, film producer, DJ. He is known for portraying Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Wood made his film debut in 1989 with a small part in Back to the Future Part II, he went on to achieve recognition as a child actor with roles in Avalon, Radio Flyer, Forever Young, The Adventures of Huck Finn and The Good Son. As a teenager, he starred in films such as North, The War, The Ice Storm, Deep Impact and The Faculty. Following the success of Lord of the Rings, Wood has appeared in a wide range of films, including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sin City, Green Street, Everything Is Illuminated, Paris, je t'aime, Bobby and Jesse Forever, Grand Piano, The Last Witch Hunter, The Trust, I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore. Wood's voice work includes the role of Mumble in Happy Feet and its sequel. In addition, he provided the voice of Beck on Disney XD's Tron: Uprising, Wirt in the Cartoon Network miniseries Over the Garden Wall. From 2011–2014, Wood played the role of Ryan Newman on the FX television series Wilfred, for which he received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor.
From 2016–17, he starred as Todd Brotzman on the BBC America series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. Wood has his own record label, Simian Records, which he founded in 2005. In 2010, he founded the production company SpectreVision, which specializes in producing horror films. Wood was born on January 28, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, the second of three children, his parents and Warren Wood, operated a delicatessen. He was raised Roman Catholic and has an older brother named Zachariah as well as a younger sister, Hannah. At age seven, Wood began modeling in his hometown and took piano lessons. In elementary school, he appeared in The Sound of Music and played the title character in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, he served as choir boy in a Marion Creative Council production of See How They Run. In 1989, his parents sold their delicatessen and the family–without his father–moved to Los Angeles for Wood to pursue an acting career, his parents divorced when he was 15. Wood modeled and appeared in local commercials.
He got his first break in the music video for Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl", directed by David Fincher. This was followed by a pivotal role in the made-for-TV film, Child in the Night, a minor role in Back to the Future Part II. Nine-year-old Wood auditioned for a role in Kindergarten Cop, but was told by director Ivan Reitman that his performance was not believable, which Wood said was "a harsh thing to say to a nine-year-old". Playing Aidan Quinn's son in Avalon garnered professional attention for Wood. A small part in Richard Gere's Internal Affairs was followed by the role of a boy who brings estranged couple Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson back together in Paradise. In 1992, Wood co-starred with Mel Gibson and Jamie Lee Curtis in Forever Young, with Joseph Mazzello in Radio Flyer. In 1993, Wood played the title character in Disney's adaptation of Mark Twain's novel, The Adventures of Huck Finn, co-starred with Macaulay Culkin in the psychological thriller The Good Son; the following year, he starred in The War, alongside Kevin Costner.
Roger Ebert's review of the film praised Wood stating that Wood "has emerged, I believe, as the most talented actor, in his age group, in Hollywood history". Wood's title role–opposite Bruce Willis–in the Robert Reiner film North was followed by a Super Bowl commercial for Lay's "Wavy" potato chips. In 1995, Wood appeared in the music video for The Cranberries' "Ridiculous Thoughts", played the lead role in Flipper, co-starred in Ang Lee's critically acclaimed The Ice Storm. In 1997, Wood played Jack "The Artful Dodger" Dawkins in a made-for-TV adaptation of Oliver Twist, alongside Richard Dreyfuss; the following year, he had a leading role in the sci-fi disaster film Deep Impact, a starring role in The Faculty, directed by Robert Rodriguez. In 1999, Wood played a suburban white teenager who affects hip-hop lingo in James Toback's Black and White, a junior hitman in Chain of Fools. Wood was cast as Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of director Peter Jackson's adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's multi-volume novel.
This gave Wood top billing as Baggins, alongside a cast that included Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Sean Bean, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davies. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was filmed in New Zealand, in a process taking more than one year for principal photography alone, with pick-up shots occurring annually for the next four years. Before the cast left the country, Jackson gave Wood two gifts: one of the One Ring props used on the set and Sting, Frodo's sword, he was given a pair of prosthetic "hobbit feet" of the type worn during filming. Fellowship was released in 2001 and went on to gross more than $870 million at the worldwide box office. In 2002, Wood lent his voice to the DTV release of The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina; that year, the second part of Peter Jackson's trilogy was released, titled The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. The film grossed $926 million at the worldwide box office.
In 2003, Wood starred in the DTV film All I Want and camoed as'The Guy' in Spy Kids 3-D: Game O