Woody Harrelson

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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.

MOVIE CREDITS:
1994: Mickey Knox - Natural Born Killers
1996: Larry Flynt - The People vs. Larry Flynt
1999: Narrator - Grass
1998: Harry Barber - Palmetto
1996: Roy Munson - Kingpin
2008: Roy - Transsiberian
2007: Carter Page III - The Walker
2003: Himself - Go Further
2009: Arthur Poppington / Defendor - Defendor
2007: One Eyed Jack Faro - The Grand
2008: Himself - Hempsters: Plant the Seed
1994: Pepper Lewis - The Cowboy Way
1990: Dustin - Cool Blue
2011: Dave Brown - Rampart
2011: Host - Ethos
2009: Himself - Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days
2017: Wilson - Wilson
2017: Lyndon B. Johnson - LBJ
2016: Abraham Brant - The Duel
1988: Woody Boyd - Mickey's 60th Birthday
2017: Woody Harrelson - Lost in London
2006: Roy Arnie (voice) - Slipp Jimmy fri
2019: Tallahassee - Zombieland: Double Tap
2019: Archie Bunker - Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons"
1998: Big Boy Matson - The Hi-Lo Country
1992: Billy Hoyle - White Men Can't Jump
1999: Vince Boudreau - Play It to the Bone
1999: Ray Pekurny - Edtv
1995: Charlie - Money Train
2005: Kelly Ryan - The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
1994: Ground Zero Hero - I'll Do Anything
2008: Monix - Semi-Pro
2009: Tony Stone - The Messenger
1997: Flynn - Welcome to Sarajevo
2009: Tallahassee - Zombieland
2012: Steve Schmidt - Game Change
2007: Himself - Raw for Life
2012: Himself - How to Make Money Selling Drugs
2013: Jake (voice) - Free Birds
2017: Bill Willoughby - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
2017: Rex Walls - The Glass Castle
2017: The Colonel - War for the Planet of the Apes
2019: Manny Gault - The Highwaymen
2019: Narrator - Breakthrough
Fruitloops
2004: Stan Lloyd - After the Sunset
2006: Ernie Luckman - A Scanner Darkly
1993: David Murphy - Indecent Proposal
2009: Jango - Management
2010: The Bartender - Bunraku
2007: Dale - Battle in Seattle
1986: Krushinski - Wildcats
1996: Dr. Michael Reynolds - The Sunchaser
2013: Merritt McKinney - Now You See Me
2012: Charlie Costello - Seven Psychopaths
2011: Himself - The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique
2013: Harlan DeGroat - Out of the Furnace
2016: Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen - Triple 9
2016: Merritt McKinney / Chase McKinney - Now You See Me 2
1988: Charlie Long - Killer Instinct
2003: Jason 'Woods' Valley - Scorched
2018: Tobias Beckett - Solo: A Star Wars Story
1978: Extra (uncredited) - Harper Valley P.T.A.
2003: Taxi Driver - This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs "The Late Henry Moss"
2018: Jonathan Landay - Shock and Awe
2020: Cletus Kasady / Carnage - Venom 2
Kate
1997: Sergeant William Schumann - Wag the Dog
2008: Ezra Turner - Seven Pounds
2007: Carson Wells - No Country for Old Men
1991: Hank Gordon - Doc Hollywood
2006: Dusty - A Prairie Home Companion
2008: Jack - Surfer, Dude
2008: Randall - Sleepwalking
2011: Tommy Bollinger - Friends with Benefits
2012: Haymitch Abernathy - The Hunger Games
2013: Haymitch Abernathy - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
2014: Haymitch Abernathy - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
2015: Haymitch Abernathy - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
2016: Mr. Bruner - The Edge of Seventeen
Merritt McKinney - Now You See Me 3
Himself - The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games
2005: Raymond Barnell - The Big White
1987: Slater - Bay Coven
2005: Bill White - North Country
2019: Admiral Chester W. Nimitz - Midway
1998: Sgt. William Keck - The Thin Red Line
2009: Charlie Frost - 2012
1991: Homeless Vietnam Veteran - Ted & Venus
2011: Himself - Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis
2018: Himself/''Willoughby'' - The Origins of Ebbing
Himself - Pawns, No More: The Making of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
2003: Galaxia / Security Guard Gary - Anger Management
2007: Bob Wilson - Nanking
2005: Himself - The Outsider
2004: Leland Powell - She Hate Me
2018: Cletus Kasady / Carnage - Venom
2006: Himself / Luckman - One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming 'A Scanner Darkly'
2015: Himself - The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
1990: Lou the Lamb - Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme
2009: Miloš Forman: Co tě nezabije…
2008: Himself - No Country for Old Men: Josh Brolin's Unauthorized Behind the Scenes
1989: Man in Dodd's office - True Believer
Himself - Surviving the Game - Making The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
2013: Himself - David Blaine: Real or Magic
1991: Harris' Boss - L.A. Story
1998: Woody Harrelson - Welcome to Hollywood
2016: Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows
1999: Woody Harrelson - Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
1988: Himself (uncredited) - She's Having a Baby

TV CREDITS:
1996: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
1996: Spin City
1996: E! True Hollywood Story
2003: Real Time with Bill Maher
2003: Celebrities Uncensored
2003: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
1989: The Simpsons
2003: Jimmy Kimmel Live!
1983: Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
1993: Woody Boyd - Frasier
1998: Will & Grace
1993: Late Night with Conan O'Brien
1953: The Academy Awards
2014: Martin Hart - True Detective
1982: Woody Boyd - Cheers
2007: Himself - The Graham Norton Show
1975: Himself - Host - Saturday Night Live
1975: Joe Biden - Saturday Night Live