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                                                                                            2002 LAST UPDATE ON DECEMBER 08, 2003


                                                                                                            JAMES WOODS 


Acting 'mayor' sells home in Beverly Hills

By Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer

James Woods, due to play former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in a cable TV movie, has sold his Beverly Hills-area home for slightly more than $5 million.

The house has been on and off the market since 1999, when it was first listed at just under $9 million.

The two-bedroom, nearly 5,000-square-foot house has hardwood and stone floors and wood paneling. On nearly an acre, the grounds have meandering lawns, gardens, pools and city views.

There is also a media room, a study and a second-story master suite with a sitting area, walk-in closets and a terrace.

Woods, 53, sold to spend more time on the East Coast, real estate sources said.

The property was once owned by violinist Jascha Heifetz. Woods had the home redesigned and rebuilt in 1996.

The Emmy-winning actor ('"My Name Is Bill W," 1988-89 and "Promise," 1986-87) had a full scholarship to MIT, where he majored in political science. He first drew widespread attention when he played a cop killer in "The Onion Field" (1979).

He starred in the HBO films "Citizen Cohn" (1992) and "Indictment: The McMartin Trial" (1995) and played H.R. Haldeman in the movie "Nixon" (1995). He also co-starred in "Ghosts of Mississippi" (1996) and "The General's Daughter" (1999). He replaced Marlon Brando in a cameo role as a priest performing an exorcism in "Scary Movie 2" (2001).

The Giuliani movie is due to appear on the USA Network later this year or in early 2003.

New direction will take actor closer to studios




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