Biographic by Steve McGarry for August 10, 2014
Biographic Steve McGarry Elijah Wood Born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on January 28, 1981, Elijah Jordan Wood appeared in local TV commercials and worked as a model before moving with his family to Los Angeles in 1988. A role in a Paula Abdul video was followed by his movie debut in "Back to the Future Part II." Bigger and better roles quickly followed, and by the time he was a teenager, he had starred opposite Mel Gibson in "Forever Young" and Macaulay Culkin in "The Good Son," taken the lead in"The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," starred in a remake of "Flipper," and played The Artful Dodger opposite Richard Dreyfuss as Fagin in an "Oliver Twist" TV movie. He followed up with roles in "The Ice Storm," The Faculty" and "Deep Impact," as well as a series of low-budget releases, before he landed the role that would make him a household name worldwide - the Hobbit Frodo Baggins in the epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. His subsequent work has ranged from a cameo in "Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over" to a serial killer in "Sin City," and a supporting role in the quirky "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." November 2006 saw the release of two very different Elijah movies - he voiced the tap-dancing penguin Mumble in the animated "Happy Feet," and joined an all-star ensemble cast in "Bobby," a film centered around the last hours of Senator Robert Kennedy. In recent years, his movie credits have ranged from "Happy Feet Two" to the terrifying horror film "Maniac" and a reprise of his Frodo Baggins role in "The Hobbit: an Unexpected Journey." He continues to be much in demand for voiceover roles and since 2011 has been starring in the offbeat FX TV comedy "Wilfred." Away from acting, music fanatic Elijah, who launched his own record label in 2005, performs as a dee jay under that stagename Wooden Wisdom aka DJ Frodo.