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Woody Harrelson

Actor | * 07/23/1961 (57) | Midland, Texas, USA
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Woodrow Tracy Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor, comedian, and playwright. His breakout role came in 1985 as bartender Woody Boyd in the television sitcom Cheers. He later became known for his portrayals of Billy Hoyle in White Men Can't Jump (1992), Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers (1994), and Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996). More recent roles include Tallahassee in Zombieland (2009), Capt. Tony Stone in The Messenger (2009), Dave Brown in Rampart (2011), Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games film series (2012–2015), Merritt McKinney in the ()
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Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Woodrow Tracy Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou (Oswald) and Charles Harrelson. He grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, where his mother was from. After receiving degrees in theater arts and English from Hanover College, he had a brief stint in New York theater. He was soon cast as Woody on TV series Cheers (1982), which wound up being one of the most-popular TV shows ever and also earned Harrelson an Emmy for his performance in 1989. While he dabbled in film during his time on Cheers (1982), that area of his career didn't fully take off until towards the end of the show's run. In 1991, Doc Hollywood (1991) gave him his first widely-seen movie role, and he followed that up with White Men Can't Jump (1992), Indecent Proposal (1993) and Natural Born Killers (1994). More recently, Harrelson was seen in No Country for Old Men (2007), Zombieland (2009), 2012 (2009), and Friends with Benefits (2011), along with the acclaimed HBO movie Game Change (2012). In 2011, Harrelson snagged the coveted role of fan-favorite drunk Haymitch Abernathy in the big-screen adaptation of The Hunger Games (2012), which ended up being one of the highest-grossing movies ever at the domestic box office. Harrelson is set to reprise that role for the sequels, which are scheduled for release in November 2013, 2014 and 2015. Harrelson has received two Academy Award nominations, first for his role as controversial Hustler founder Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996) and then for a role in The Messenger (2009). He also received Golden Globe nominations for both of these parts. In 2016, he had a stand-out role as a wise teacher in the teen drama The Edge of Seventeen (2016). Harrelson was briefly married to Nancy Simon in the 80s, and later married his former assistant, Laura Louie, with whom he has three daughters.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Drama | Crime

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Awards & Nominations for Woody Harrelson

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male Emmy Award 2x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Actor

Movies with Woody Harrelson as Actor(100)

as Cletus Kasady/ Carnage2020 Venom 2
as Manny Gault2019 The Highwaymen
as Narrator2019 Breakthrough
as Admiral Chester W. Nimitz2019 Midway
as Tallahassee2019 Zombieland: Double Tap
as Tobias Beckett2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story
as Carnage / Cletus Kasady2018 Venom
as Jonathan Landay2018 Shock and Awe
as Lyndon B. Johnson2017 LBJ
as Wilson2017 Wilson
as Woody Harrelson2017 Lost in London
as Rex Walls2017 The Glass Castle
as Mr. Bruner2016 The Edge of Seventeen
as Abraham Brant2016 The Duel
as Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen2016 Triple 9
as Merritt McKinney2016 Now You See Me 2
as Haymitch Abernathy2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
as Haymitch Abernathy2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
as Merritt McKinney2013 Now You See Me
as Haymitch Abernathy2013 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
as Harlan DeGroat2013 Out of the Furnace
as Jake (voice)2013 Free Birds
as Haymitch Abernathy2012 The Hunger Games
as Steve Schmidt2012 Game Change
as Charlie Costello2012 Seven Psychopaths
as Host2011 Ethos
as Dave Brown2011 Rampart
as Tommy Bollinger2011 Friends with Benefits
as The Bartender2010 Bunraku
as Tallahassee2009 Zombieland
as Arthur Poppington / Defendor2009 Defendor
as Jango2009 Management
as Tony Stone2009 The Messenger
as Charlie Frost2009 2012
as Roy2008 Transsiberian
as Monix2008 Semi-Pro
as Randall2008 Sleepwalking
as Jack2008 Surfer, Dude
as Ezra Turner2008 Seven Pounds
as Dale2007 Battle in Seattle
as Bob Wilson2007 Nanking
as Carter Page III2007 The Walker
as One Eyed Jack Faro2007 The Grand
as himself2007 Raw for Life
as Carson Wells2007 No Country for Old Men
as Roy Arnie (voice)2006 Free Jimmy
as Ernie Luckman2006 A Scanner Darkly
as Raymond Barnell2005 The Big White
as Bill White2005 North Country
as himself2005 The Outsider
as Leland Powell2004 She Hate Me
as Stan Lloyd2004 After the Sunset
as Galaxia / Security Guard Gary2003 Anger Management
as himself2003 Go Further
as Jason 'Woods' Valley2003 Scorched
as Ray Pekurny1999 Edtv
as Vince Boudreau1999 Play It to the Bone
as Narrator1999 Grass
as Big Boy Matson1998 The Hi-Lo Country
as Sgt. William Keck1998 The Thin Red Line
as Woody Harrelson1998 Welcome to Hollywood
as Harry Barber1998 Palmetto
as Sergeant William Schumann1997 Wag the Dog
as Flynn1997 Welcome to Sarajevo
as Roy Munson1996 Kingpin
as Larry Flynt1996 The People vs. Larry Flynt
as Dr. Michael Reynolds1996 The Sunchaser
as Charlie1995 Money Train
as Mickey Knox1994 Natural Born Killers
as Pepper Lewis1994 The Cowboy Way
as Ground Zero Hero1994 I'll Do Anything
as David Murphy1993 Indecent Proposal
as Billy Hoyle1992 White Men Can't Jump
as Hank Gordon1991 Doc Hollywood
as Harris' Boss1991 L.A. Story
as Homeless Vietnam Veteran1991 Ted and Venus
as Lou the Lamb1990 Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme
as Dustin1990 Cool Blue
as Man in Dodd's office1989 True Believer
as Himself (uncredited)1988 She's Having a Baby
as Woody Boyd1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday
as Charlie Long1988 Killer Instinct
as Slater1987 Bay Coven
as Krushinski1986 Wildcats
as Extra (uncredited)1978 Harper Valley P.T.A.

TV Shows/Series with Woody Harrelson as Actor(17)

Movies with Woody Harrelson as Crew(5)

Production/Producer2019 The Highwaymen
Production/Executive Producer2019 The Highwaymen
Directing/Director2017 Lost in London
Writing/Writer2017 Lost in London
Production/Producer2017 Lost in London

TV Shows/Series with Woody Harrelson as Crew(1)

Production/Executive Producer2014 True Detective

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Born: 07/23/1961 in Midland (current age: 57)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Educated at: Hanover College, Lebanon High School
Employer: Kings Island
Member of: Sigma Chi
Siblings: Brett Harrelson
Father: Charles Harrelson
Other names for Woody Harrelson (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Woodrow Tracy Harrelson"
"وودي هارلسون"
"ウディ・ハレルソン"
"Вуди Харрельсон"
"우디 해럴슨"
"伍迪·哈里森"
"Вуді Гаррельсон"
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:84, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 03/09/2019