Elijah Jordan Wood was born on January 28, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Warren and Debbie Wood. He was the second of three children and showed a talent for entertaining people from a very young age. Debbie Wood took her son to Los Angeles for the International Modeling and Talent Association annual convention in 1988, and he started booking small roles in television and movies soon after.
Wood’s big break was in the 1990 film Avalon as Michael Kaye. The role landed him a nomination for the Young Artist Awards’ Best Leading Young Actor in a Feature Film. Over the next few years, Wood booked several major roles in movies including The Good Son, Deep Impact, and The Faculty. In 2001, Wood was cast in the biggest role of his life to date, Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Since The Lord of the Rings, Wood has appeared in movies such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Sin City, as well as lending his voice to Happy Feet and 9. He is reprising his role as Frodo Baggins for The Hobbit trilogy, and has several movies currently filming or in post-production. Wood seems to have joined a select few who successfully transitioned from cute child star to respected Hollywood actor and shows no signs of slowing down.
Happy birthday Elijah!