|Born||July 5, 1903|
Menominee, Michigan, U.S.
|Died||August 10, 1989 (aged 86)|
Van Nuys, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Spouse(s)||Gabrielle Margery Morris (19??-1989; his death); 1 daughter|
Life and career
An obituary from the Salt Lake City Tribune, dated October 10, 1989, names Woods' parents as Mary Clark and William B. Woods, and mentions two brothers, Roy C. and William B. Woods. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Woods became an actor. He appeared at the old Salt Lake Theatre in The Copperhead, as Lionel Barrymore's teenage son. In New York City, he appeared in many successful Broadway productions then began a movie career. He worked with Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, John Barrymore, and Clark Gable.
His most famous role was playing "Matt Doyle" opposite James Cagney's "Tom Powers" in The Public Enemy (1931). Although he initially cast Woods in the lead role as Powers, director William Wellman switched Woods' role with Cagney's after viewing Cagney's electrifying performance in the dailies. In the sequences at the beginning of the film, the children's appearances are reversed because those scenes were filmed before the switch and the studio opted not to pay to refilm them, which has confused viewers ever since. The studio had promised to make the role switch up to him with later parts but reneged and dropped him when his contract expired.
After his film acting career ended, Woods went into producing, directing, and theatrical management, working with the Schubert Organization and 20th Century Fox. During World War II, he worked with Warner Bros. star Ronald Reagan making training films for the U.S. Army.
|1930||Mothers Cry||Daniel 'Danny' Williams|
|1931||The Public Enemy||Matt Doyle|
|1931||Local Boy Makes Good||Spike Hoyt|
|1932||They Never Come Back||Ralph Landon|
|1932||Hot Saturday||Conny Billop|
|1933||Reckless Decision||(archive footage)|
|1933||Tarzan the Fearless||Bob Hall|
|1933||Dinner at Eight||Eddie|
|1933||Marriage on Approval||Billy McGee|
|1935||Fighting Lady||Jimmie Hanford|
|1937||Navy Blues||Julian Everett|
|1938||Shadows Over Shanghai||Peter Roma||(final film role)|
- Tortilla Flat, Jan 12, 1938 - Jan 1938
- One Good Year, Nov 27, 1935 - Jun 1936
- Houseparty, Sep 9, 1929 - Feb 1930
- Zeppelin, Jan 14, 1929 - Mar 1929
- Trapped, Sep 11, 1928 - Sep 1928
- Speak Easy, Sep 26, 1927 - Nov 1927
- Obituary, Salt Lake Tribune, October 10, 1989.
- Edward Woods profile, nytimes.com; accessed October 31, 2015.
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