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Date of Birth: 
January 28, 1981
Place of Birth: 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Born January 28, 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Elijah Jordan Wood had flown largely under the radar amongst moviegoers until a huge opportunity to play the lead character in a trilogy likely to rival Star Wars in box office infamy. 
Elijah got himself into acting at an early age, prompting his mother to take him to Los Angeles for an Annual International Modeling and Talent Association Convention. He found success quickly landing several jobs doing commercials and got his first on-screen break in a video with the then popular Paula Abdul in her top hit 'Straight Up'. From there, he got an appearance in the film 'Avalon' the next year. Several other films followed for Wood, though none were very successful. It was a television job in the short lived remake series Flipper that landed him in a public spotlight in 1996. Movies like 'Deep Impact' and 'The Faculty' helped raise Wood's name recognition. Elijah then followed with some films that didn't enjoy much success but landed gold with the J.R.R. Tolkien penned trilogy. Now one of the most popular young male actors in Hollywood, Elijah may be able to pick and choose the hits from this point forward. His latest post LOTR pick is 'Try Seventeen' with Mandy Moore. Perverted fans looking for a film with Elijah shirtless are in luck, as he is filmed swimming in his underwear in the flick 'Paradise.'

Elijah's personal life is one of some mystery. During his filming of 'Lord of the Rings' in New Zealand, the actor did manage to find the girl of his dreams, but he explained, "In New Zealand there was this really cool girl Madeleine Sami  - if this ends up in the magazine I hope her name goes in because I lost her phone number - we all went and saw this play she was in and I thought she was really attractive and lovely and a brilliant actress. I was blown away. One Saturday I decided to drive for four hours to spend some time with her. She was essentially a stranger." When asked if he got nude with the woman for a sex romp, he insisted, "I can't say!" Word has it that Wood is devastated for losing her number during their naked romp, as the Globe reports an insider saying, "Elijah was blown away by Madenleine and would do anything to see her again." Still, others wonder if this mystery girl is a move to cover up something else. In fact, gay E! Online gossip writer Ted Casablanca recently wrote, "Tongues are waggin' about the cozy gang from the Oscar-nom-anointed Lord of the Rings. It seems Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Elijah Wood, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd and Sean Astin are quite chummy with one another." Whatever the case, he does believe in true love, revealing in an online chat, "Of course I do! I wouldn't be a hopeless romantic if I didn't. I'm a sucker for romantic films, I cry like a child! For people who are hopeless romantics, Love Jones is a wonderful film. Of course, so is 'When Harry Met Sally'. Everyone sheds a tear."

Another subject that has people talking is Elijah's love for alcohol. The actor admitted to not being able to get into a club and peeing at a urban landmark water fountain. Wood explained, "We were out in Wellington, Liv (Tyler), Orlando (Bloom), Dom (Monaghan) and I, we couldn't get into this club - we were underage - and Dom says: 'I've got to pee,' and I had to piss too. So we climbed this . . . I don't want to say what it was as people from Wellington would know." Meanwhile, during the actor's 21st birthday recently, the actor got so intoxicated at a bar in West Hollywood, he puked all over in the Sloan's Bar bathroom. An insider revealed, "He was a real mess." Wood shares another vice of smoking, which he reportedly took up when hanging out with Josh Hartnett during filming of 'The Faculty.'

August 28, 2007 - The New York Post reports Elijah Wood was spotted tucking into Moroccan food at Babouche Brooklyn in Park Slope with some friends.

August 12, 2007 - Elijah Wood was spotted departing from 'The Late Show With David Letterman' on July 31st at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic.

May 7, 2007 - The New York Daily News asked Elijah Wood why he suddenly sounded like he had a British accent. "Do I? I was just in London for 2 1/2 months working on a film called 'The Oxford Murders,'" he explained. So was his character British? "No, American! But I was there, and I guess my accent is sort of a sponge for whatever I'm around."

May 7, 2007 - Elijah Wood attended the 6th Annual Tribeca Film Festival 'Day Zero' premiere at the Clearview Chelsea West Cinema in New York City on April 29th. Check out pictures from Filmmagic, RexFeatures, GettyImages (premiere / afterparty), and WireImage.

May 7, 2007 - Elijah Wood attended the 6th Annual Tribeca Film Festival 'Day Zero' Press Conference on April 30th at Clearview Chelsea West in New York City. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, Gettyimages, and WireImage.

May 7, 2007 - Elijah Wood signed for fans at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City the other day. Watch footage from Lulop.

May 7, 2007 - Elijah Wood attended the 'Spider-Man 3' GameStop Video Game Launch Party on May 3rd at Studio 450 in New York City. Check out pictures from WireImage.

May 7, 2007 - Elijah Wood attended the premiere of 'Paris, je t'aime' held at Paris Theatre in New York City on May 1st. Check out pictures from FilmMagic (premiere / afterparty), RexFeatures, GettyImages, and WireImage (premiere / afterparty).

May 7, 2007 - Elijah Wood and Chris Klein visited CW11 in New York City to promote their new film 'Year Zero'.

March 11, 2007 - Elijah Wood attended with an unidentified girlfriend the NME Awards aftershow party at K West Hotel in Shephards Bush, London on March 1st. Check out pictures from Abaca.

March 11, 2007 - Elijah Wood was snapped working his big blue eyes at the NME awards with his girlfriend. Check out pictures from Splash.

February 24, 2007 - Elijah Wood was spotted at Radio 1 studios in London, England on February 22nd. Check out pictures from RexFeatures.

January 13, 2007 - Elijah Wood was on hand to help read the 13th Annual SAG Award Nominations in West Hollywood, California on January 4th. Watch footage from CBSNews and Extra. Check out pictures from ShootingStar, FilmMagic, DailyCeleb, CelebrityPhoto, and WireImage.

January 13, 2007 - Elijah Wood was spotted out with musician Pamela Racine in Santa Monica, California.

December 23, 2006 - Elijah Wood visited The Edith Bowman show on Radio 1 the other day to promote 'Happy Feet' and 'Bobby'.

December 9, 2006 - Elijah Wood attended the London premiere of 'Happy Feet' on November 26th at Empire Leicester Square in London, England. Check out pictures from Abaca, FilmMagic, RexFeatures (page1 / page2), and WireImage (premiere1 / premiere2 / afterparty).

December 9, 2006 - Elijah Wood attended the Conde Naste Media Group presents 'The Black Ball' at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on November 9th. Check out pic tures from Abaca, ShootingStar, FilmMagic, RexFeatures, GettyImages (arrivals / inside), and WireImage (arrivals / cocktails / show). Watch video from TheShowBuzz.

November 26, 2006 - Elijah Wood visited 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien' on November 16th to promote his new films 'Happy Feet' and 'Bobby'. Check out a transcript here.

November 26, 2006 - 'Today' host Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer along with the show's Al Roker talk with Elijah Wood, who's the voice of "Mumble," about his new animated film 'Happy Feet'. Penguins joined them on the skating rink. Watch the interview at MSN.

November 26, 2006 - Gia Farrell and Elijah Wood were amongst the stars on hand for the 'Happy Feet' World Premiere on Sunday (November 12) at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures here.

November 7, 2006 - Lindsay Lohan, Elijah Wood, and Nick Cannon were on hand for the AFI Fest 2006 Black Tie Opening Night Gala and Premiere of 'Bobby' at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California on Wednesday (November 1). Check out pictures and video here.

October 12, 2006 - The New York Daily News reports Elijah Wood was ambushed on First Ave. one recent Saturday night, doing an impromptu guest spot on a gay Internet radio show, "D List," which broadcasts from East Village Radio's streetfront booth. "He stood outside, and he said he knew about the show," host Daniel Nardicio said.

July 29, 2006 - Elijah Wood was honored at the 2006 Giffoni International Children's Film Festival on July 16th at Alberto Forbi Arena in Giffoni, Italy. Check out pictures from WireImage (arrival / tribute / jurordinner / Q&A).

July 16, 2006 - Elijah Wood was on hand for the London Film & Comic Convention at Earl's Court in London, England on July 1st. Check out pictures from WireImage.

June 2, 2006 - Elijah Wood was videotaped being sort of Punk'd in Cannes when he believed he was signing an autograph, only the fan ended up making the autograph for him. Watch the clip from Lulop.

May 25, 2006 - Elijah Wood was photographed out and about for the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 18th.

May 25, 2006 - Elijah Wood attended the 2006 Cannes Film Festival 2006 'Paris, je t'aime' photocall in Cannes, France on May 18th. Check out pictures from Abaca, FilmMagic, RexFeatures, and WireImage.

May 25, 2006 - Elijah Wood attended the Cannes Film Festival 2006 premiere of 'Paris, Je T'Aime' in Cannes, France on May 18th. Check out pictures from FilmMagic, RexFeatures, and WireImage.

May 9, 2006 - Jessica Simpson, Elijah Wood, Eve, Matthew McConaughey are amongst the stars featured on the CBS special for magician and psychological illusionist Keith Barry, airing Friday (May 12). Read more, check out pictures, and watch a preview of 'Keith Barry: Extraordinary' at CBS.com.

January 7, 2006 - SomethingJewish.com caught up with Elijah Wood for a Q&A, asking the actor about his latest role in the Jewish comedy-drama 'Everything Is Illuminated'. Read more.

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