He also served as choir boy in a Marion Creative Council production of See How They Run. He got his first break in the music video for Paula Abdul's "Forever Your Girl", directed by David Fincher.
In 1989, his parents sold their delicatessen and the family–without his father–moved to Los Angeles for Wood to pursue an acting career. This was followed by a pivotal role in the made-for-TV film, Child in the Night, and a minor role in Back to the Future Part II.
He is also reunited with Lord Of The Rings co-star Sean Astin in upcoming movie The Witches Of Oz, a film which follows a grown-up Dorothy, who is now working as a children's book author.
Meanwhile, while the former hobbits' time in the Shire has come to an end, J. R Tolkein fans are already gearing up for the release of Peter Jackson's adaptation of Tolkein's The Hobbit, which has gone back into production and is set to star Martin Freeman as lead Bilbo Baggins.
Nine-year-old Wood auditioned for a role in Kindergarten Cop, but was told by director Ivan Reitman that his performance was not believable, which Wood later said was "a harsh thing to say to a nine-year-old".
Following The Lord of the Rings, he has chosen varied roles in films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Sin City, Green Street, Everything Is Illuminated (all 2005), Paris, je t'aime, Bobby (both 2006), Celeste and Jesse Forever, Maniac (both 2012), Grand Piano (2013), The Last Witch Hunter (2015), The Trust (2016), and I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017).They donned cloaks, pointed ears and hairy feet to play hobbits in the Lord Of The Rings film franchise.But Lost star Dominic Monaghan and actor Elijah Wood couldn't have looked further from their hobbit alter egos today as they smartened up to attend co-star Billy Boyd's wedding in Glasgow, Scotland.As of 2016, he co-stars on the BBC America series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.Wood has his own record label, Simian Records, which he founded in 2005.