Woody Harrelson

Actor, Playwright, Musician
A gifted actor who switched back and forth effortlessly between comedy and drama, Woody Harrelson arrived seemingly out of nowhere, endearing himself to audiences with his portrayal of loveable, but dimwitted bartender ... Read more »
Born: 07/22/1961 in Midland, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (106)

Now You See Me: The Second Act 2016 (Movie)

Merritt McKinney (Actor)

Triple Nine 2016 (Movie)

Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen (Actor)

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 2015 (Movie)

Haymitch Abernathy (Actor)

By Way of Helena 2014 (Movie)

Abraham Brant (Actor)

Cheers 1985 - 1993, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

David Blaine: Real or Magic 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear John 1985 - 1993, 2002 - 2003, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1985 - 1993, 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2003, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1985 - 1993, 2002 - 2003, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1985 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 2002 - 2003, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 2014 (Movie)

Haymitch Abernathy (Actor)

True Detective 1985 - 1987, 1989 - 1990, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Free Birds 2013 (Movie)

Jake (Voice)

How to Make Money Selling Drugs 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Now You See Me 2013 (Movie)

Merritt McKinney (Actor)

Out of the Furnace 2013 (Movie)

Harlan DeGroat (Actor)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 (Movie)

Haymitch Abernathy (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2009, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Method To The Madness of Jerry Lewis 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Hunger Games 2012 (Movie)

Haymitch Abernathy (Actor)

Bunraku 2011 (Movie)

The Bartender (Actor)

Friends with Benefits 2011 (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)

Rampart 2011 (Movie)

Officer Dave Brown (Actor)

The King of Luck 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

2012 2009 (Movie)

Charlie Frost (Actor)

Defendor 2009 (Movie)

Arthur Poppington/Defendor (Actor)

Management 2009 (Movie)

Jango (Actor)

The Messenger 2009 (Movie)

Captain Anthony 'Tony' Stone (Actor)

Zombieland 2009 (Movie)

Tallahassee (Actor)

Battle in Seattle 2008 (Movie)

Dale (Actor)

Reel Comedy: Semi-Pro 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Semi-Pro 2008 (Movie)

Monix (Actor)

Seven Pounds 2008 (Movie)

Ezra (Actor)

Sleepwalking 2008 (Movie)

Randall (Actor)

Surfer, Dude 2008 (Movie)

Jacko (Actor)

The Grand 2008 (Movie)

One-Eyed Jack Faro (Actor)

Transsiberian 2008 (Movie)

Roy (Actor)

Nanking 2007 (Movie)

Bob Wilson (Actor)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

Carson Wells (Actor)

The Walker 2007 (Movie)

Carter Page III (Actor)

A Prairie Home Companion 2006 (Movie)

Dusty (Actor)

A Scanner Darkly 2006 (Movie)

Ernie Luckman (Actor)

Slipp Jimmy Fri 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Roy Arnie (Actor)

North Country 2005 (Movie)

Bill White (Actor)

Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio 2005 (Movie)

Leo "Kelly" Ryan (Actor)

The Big White 2005 (Movie)

Raymond (Actor)

After the Sunset 2004 (Movie)

Stan Lloyd (Actor)

Go Further 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

She Hate Me 2004 (Movie)

Leland Powell (Actor)

This So-Called Disaster 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Anger Management 2003 (Movie)

Galaxia/Security Guard (Actor)

Scorched 2003 (Movie)

Jason "Woods" Valley (Actor)

Three Stooges' 75th Anniversary Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2001, 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Larry Flynt: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

American Saint 2000 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Grass 2000 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Ted Danson: One Lucky Guy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Edtv 1999 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Farm Aid '98 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Play It to the Bone 1999 (Movie)

Vince Boudreau (Actor)

The Rock to Erase MS Concert 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Palmetto 1998 (Movie)

Harry Barber (Actor)

The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (Movie)

Big Boy (Actor)

The Thin Red Line 1998 (Movie)

Sergeant Keck (Actor)

Inside the Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (03/24/97) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

Sergeant William Schumann (Actor)

Welcome to Sarajevo 1997 (Movie)

Flynn (Actor)

Kingpin 1996 (Movie)

Roy Munson (Actor)

Sunchaser 1996 (Movie)

Dr Michael Reynolds (Actor)

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The People vs. Larry Flynt 1996 (Movie)

Larry Flynt (Actor)

Money Train 1995 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

Ground Zero Hero (Actor)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

Mickey Knox (Actor)

The Cowboy Way 1994 (Movie)

Pepper (Actor)

The Simpsons 1994 (Tv Show)

Voice

Back to School '92 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Indecent Proposal 1993 (Movie)

David Murphy (Actor)

Last Call!: A Cheers' Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

Billy Hoyle (Actor)

AFI Presents "TV or Not TV?" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers: Special 200th Episode Celebration 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Doc Hollywood 1991 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

Ted & Venus 1991 (Movie)

Homeless Vietnam Veteran (Actor)

Cool Blue 1990 (Movie)

Dustin (Actor)

Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Killer Instinct 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Wildcats 1986 (Movie)

Krushinski (Actor)

Bay Coven (TV Show)

Actor

Game Change (TV Show)

Actor

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Show)

Actor

Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim (TV Show)

Actor

Pinkville (Movie)

Col. Henderson (Actor)
Music (2)

A Prairie Home Companion 2006 (Movie)

("I Used To Live In Chicago") (Song Performer)

White Men Can't Jump 1992 (Movie)

("Gloria") (Song)

Biography

A gifted actor who switched back and forth effortlessly between comedy and drama, Woody Harrelson arrived seemingly out of nowhere, endearing himself to audiences with his portrayal of loveable, but dimwitted bartender Woody Boyd for eight seasons of the classic sitcom, "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993). Because of his small screen success, he transitioned effortlessly to features where he became a highly sought-after actor capable of turning in rich and diverse performances. After making his mark as a basketball hustler in the surprise hit "White Men Can't Jump" (1992), Harrelson forever buried his nice guy persona by playing the sociopathic serial murderer Mickey Knox in Oliver Stone's searing satire, "Natural Born Killers" (1994). Harrelson went on to further acclaim and earned an Oscar nomination playing infamous pornographer and First Amendment rights activist Larry Flynt in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996). From there, he stayed mostly in independent films, playing a drunken louse of a husband in "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio" (2005) and a strung-out addict in "A Scanner Darkly" (2006). Following an amiable turn as an unflinching zombie hunter in "Zombieland" (2009), Harrelson delivered another Oscar-worthy performance in the heart-wrenching Iraq War drama, "The Messenger" (2009). Regardless of how big or small the part, Harrelson was able to portray a wide array of challenging and complex characters with equal aplomb.

Relationships

Glenn Close Actor

Companion
Had a five-month relationship that ended in September 1991

Brett Harrelson Actor

Brother
Co-starred in "People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996)

Charles Harrelson

Father
Born July 23, 1938 Abandoned his wife and three sons when Woody was 7 years old Believed by Harrelson to be a CIA operative; long thought to be one of "the hobos" taken away from the grassy knoll right after the shooting of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963 Convicted of murder in May 1979 for the killing of U.S. District Judge John Wood Jr. outside his San Antonio home Died March 15, 2007 of a heart attack at the Supermax federal prison in Florence, CO where he was serving two life sentences

Jordan Harrelson Actor

Brother
Acted together in "Edtv (1999)

Diane Harrelson

Mother
Born c. 1937; deeply religious Divorced Harrelson's father c. 1964

Deni Harrelson

Daughter
Born March 5, 1993; mother, Laura Louie

Makani Harrelson

Daughter
Born June 3, 2006; mother, Laura Louie

Zoe Harrelson

Daughter
Born Sept. 22, 1996 in Costa Rica; mother, Laura Louie

Laura Louie

Wife
Louie worked as Harrelson's assistant for over two years (1987-90) before becoming romantically involved Co-founded Yoganics, an organic food home delivery service in 1996; partner in their production company, Children at Play Married Jan. 11, 1998 in a non-legal ceremony in Costa Rica Legally wed on Dec. 28, 2008 on the island of Maui, HI

Penelope Ann Miller Actor

Companion
Dated while appearing on Broadway in "Biloxi Blues" c. 1985 No longer together

Nancy Simon Actor

Wife
Daughter of playwright Neil Simon; whimsically married in Tijuana, Mexico on June 29, 1985 intending to divorce the following day; when the couple returned to the storefront marriage/divorce parlor, they found it closed because it was a Sunday Divorced on Jan. 20, 1986; Harrelson later told USAToday's Tom Green, "We had to get a summary dissolution through Jacoby and Meyers. I think at the time Neil was a little bit worried I might try to go after her money"

EDUCATION

Lebanon High School

Lebanon , Ohio
Acted in many school productions; also played without distinction on the school's football team

Hanover College

Hanover , Indiana 1983
Attended on a Presbyterian scholarship

Hanover College

Hanover , Indiana 1983
Attended on a Presbyterian scholarship

Milestones

2013

Reprised his role as Haymitch in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

2013

Featured in the heist hit "Now You See Me"

2013

Played the lead antagonist in "Out of the Furnace"

2012

Starred as a Los Angeles veteran police officer in the action drama "Rampart"; script co-written by James Ellroy

2012

Cast as former Tribute Haymitch Abernathy in feature adaptation of popular novel "The Hunger Games"

2012

Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"

2009

Played Jennifer Aniston's yogurt mogul ex-boyfriend in the comedy "Management"

2009

Co-starred in Roland Emmerich's disaster film "2012"

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male ("The Messenger")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ("The Messenger")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role ("The Messenger")

2009

Nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("The Messenger")

2009

Co-starred in the action comedy "Zombieland"

2009

Co-starred with Ben Foster and Samantha Morton in the drama "The Messenger"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor

2008

Appeared as a blind pianist who befriends Will Smith's character in "Seven Pounds"

2008

Cast opposite Will Ferrell in the 1970s-era sports comedy "Semi-Pro"

2007

Co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem in the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men"

2006

Starred in "A Scanner Darkly" a rotoscoped film by director Richard Linklater; adapted from the novel by Philip K. Dick

2006

Cast in Robert Altman's ensemble feature "A Prairie Home Companion," based on Garrison Keilor's radio program

2005

Played an idealistic lawyer in "North Country," a fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States

2005

Cast opposite Julianne Moore in "The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio," about a single mom who enters a commercial jingle-writing contest to support her ten children

2004

Cast in the Spike Lee comedy "She Hate Me"

2004

Co-starred with Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in "After the Sunset"

2003

Appeared opposite Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson in "Anger Management" as Galaxia/Garry the Guard

2001

Acted in a four-episode story arc on "Will & Grace" (NBC), playing a love interest for Debra Messing's Grace

2000

Acted on stage opposite Nick Nolte and Sean Penn in "The Late Henry Moss" written by Sam Shepard

1999

Directed a revival of his stage play "Furthest From the Sun," starring Steve Guttenberg

1999

Returned to Broadway as star of a revival of "The Rainmaker"

1999

Reprised character of Woody Boyd on an episode of "Frasier"; earned Emmy nomination as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

1998

Had a high-profile cameo as Sergeant Keck in Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line"

1998

Portrayed a 1940s rancher in the contemporary Western "The Hi-Lo Country"

1997

Had supporting roles in "Welcome to Sarajevo" and "Wag the Dog"

1996

Earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his superb turn as magazine publisher Larry Flynt in "The People vs. Larry Flynt"; Stone was one of the producers

1995

Reteamed with Snipes for the disappointing "Money Train"

1994

Cast as one half of the murderous honeymoon team (with Juliette Lewis) in Oliver Stone's controversial "Natural Born Killers"

1993

Wrote, directed and acted in Los Angeles stage production "Furthest From the Sun"

1993

Co-starred with Demi Moore and Robert Redford in "Indecent Proposal"

1992

Starred opposite Snipes in Ron Shelton's "White Men Can't Jump"

1991

Dropped as grand marshall of the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade and canned as a spokesman for the Miller Brewing Company for speaking out against the Gulf War

1991

First notable role in a theatrical feature, "Doc Hollywood"

1990

Formed own production company, Shepwood Productions

1988

Appeared off-Broadway in "The Boys Next Door"

1987

TV-movie debut, "Bay Coven" (NBC)

1986

Film debut, "Wildcats" opposite Goldie Hawn; first film with Wesley Snipes who also made his film debut

1985

Understudied two roles, Roy Selridge and Joseph Wykowski, in the Broadway production of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"

1985

TV series debut as Woody Boyd on "Cheers" (NBC); received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations (1987-1991) and won in 1989

1983

Moved to NYC after graduating from college

1968

Father sent to prison for a contract killing

Dropped by agent after becoming belligerent following an unsuccessful soap opera audition

Father sentenced to life imprisonment for the contract killing of a federal judge while Harrelson was in college

Appeared in more than 25 plays at Hanover College

Born in Midland, TX

Father released after his sentence was reduced

Deemed dyslexic, hyperactive and psychologically disturbed as a child

Reportedly had 17 jobs in one year

Began drinking heavily and getting into fights

Placed in a school for children with behavioral problems; became deeply religious like his mother

Mounted his own play "2 on 2" (on the subject of basketball) with Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story" in Hollywood

Moved with mother and brothers to Lebanon, OH

Bonus Trivia

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Harrelson moonlighted as the lead singer and composer for a ten-piece "blues-a-billy" band, Manly Moondog and the Three Kool Kats, during the early 1990s.

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Harrelson was a partner in Sun International, a merchandizing company specializing in beach accessories.

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"Even now, ten years into his career, Woody Harrelson comes with a good deal less packaging than the average multimillion-a-picture movie star. When he spoke out against the Gulf War in 1991, he not only got dropped as the grand marshal of the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade but was canned as a spokesman for the Miller Brewing Company. Now, with his advocacy of industrial hemp and his embrace of New Age spiritualism, there's a very real possibility that he'll inherit the title of Ultimate Hollywood Flake from Shirley MacLaine. The question is, who's handling this guy?" – from "Karma Chameleon" by Rob Buchanan, Premiere, October 1995

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In 1996, Harrelson withheld $10,000 of his 1995 federal income taxes to protest the government's environmental policies that use tax dollars "to desecrate nature."

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Harrelson was an investor in the Hempstead Company of Costa Mesa, CA, which promoted the use of industrial hemp for the manufacture of clothing, luggage, etc. He also ingested a daily dose of hemp oil for medicinal purposes, in addition to still puffing on the "ganja," although he has said, "I don't like to push it so hard. I still like to have a rockin' good time, but I don't like to inflict permanent damage." – quoted in Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 10, 1999

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In November 1996, along with eight other environmental activists, Harrelson scaled San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge to hang a banner protesting the logging of the ancient redwood wilderness at the Headwaters Complex. Arrested and charged with one misdemeanor count of trespassing and one misdemeanor count of failing to respond to a peace officer's request, he received a sentence of 25 hours of community service teaching youngsters about environmental hazards.

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In June 1996, Harrelson planted four seeds (five seeds would have turned a misdemeanor charge into a felony) of industrial hemp, challenging the constitutionality of a Kentucky state law that lumps industrial hemp with marijuana; since then, two court cases have deemed the law unconstitutional; Harrelson was actively involved in the effort to legalize the growing of industrial hemp, an environmentally-friendly cash crop which could take the pressure off American forests providing paper, as well as being a source for high-protein food, clothing, machine oils, etc. In March 2000, however, the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the lower court findings meaning that the actor would have to stand trial. A jury dismissed the charges in August.

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"I just want to keep going around and telling people about these things. Looking at what's going on in the world, the nuclear, timber, the petroleum industries, we're seeing these things are not sustainable. What we need is a progressive leader." – Harrelson quoted to Herald Tribune, Jan. 30. 2004

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"I wasn't appreciating being an actor. And that's a dangerous place to be because it's a job almost everyone in the world would want." – Harrelson on why he took a break from acting, to Entertainment Weekly, Nov. 5, 2004

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"It's an odd beast, fame. It's got multiple personalities." – Harrelson to Esquire magazine, January 2009

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"Marriage and monogamy are kind of interesting. If you look at animals, some mate for life and some don't. Dogs and dolphins don't seem to think much about monogamy, and I've always tended to side with them." – Harrelson quoted in Playboy magazine, October 2009

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