Elijah Jordan Wood is an American actor, film producer and DJ. He made his film debut with a minor part in Back to the Future Part II . Landing a succession of larger roles, he was critically acclaimed as a child actor by age 9, being nominated for several Young Artist Awards. As a child, he starred in the films Radio Flyer , The Good Son , North , and Flipper .
Elijah Wood was born in 1981 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the second of three children. He is the son of Warren and Debra Wood, delicatessen operators, and is of English, Polish, German, Austrian, and Danish ancestry. He was raised Roman Catholic. He has a brother, Zachariah, and a sister, Hannah. At age seven, Wood began modeling in his hometown and took piano lessons. He appeared in elementary school in The Sound of Music, followed by the title character in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. He also served as choir boy during the production of See How They Run, produced by the Marion Creative Council.