Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

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    • July 23rd, 1961
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.

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Acting (88 Credits)

2022Triangle of Sadness
2022The Man from Toronto
2021Venom: Let There Be Carnage as Cletus Kasady / Carnage
2021Kate as Varrick
2021Dear Rider as Narrator
2019Zombieland: Double Tap as Tallahassee
2019Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons' as Archie Bunker
2019The Highwaymen as Manny Gault
2019Midway as Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
2018Solo: A Star Wars Story as Tobias Beckett
2018Venom as Cletus Kasady / Carnage
2017Lost in London as Woody Harrelson
2017Wilson as Wilson
2017War for the Planet of the Apes as The Colonel
2017The Glass Castle as Rex Walls
2017Shock and Awe as Jonathan Landay
2017Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Bill Willoughby
2016The Duel as Abraham Brant
2016LBJ as Lyndon B. Johnson
2016Now You See Me 2 as Merritt McKinney / Chase McKinney
2016Triple 9 as Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen
2016The Edge of Seventeen as Mr. Bruner
2015The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 as Haymitch Abernathy
2014The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 as Haymitch Abernathy
2013Now You See Me as Merritt McKinney
2013Free Birds as Jake (voice)
2013Out of the Furnace as Harlan DeGroat
2013The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as Haymitch Abernathy
2012Game Change as Steve Schmidt
2012Seven Psychopaths as Charlie Costello
2012The Hunger Games as Haymitch Abernathy
2011Ethos as Host
2011Rampart as Dave Brown
2011Friends with Benefits as Tommy Bollinger
2010Bunraku as The Bartender
2009Zombieland as Tallahassee
2009Defendor as Arthur Poppington / Defendor
2009The Messenger as Tony Stone
20092012 as Charlie Frost
2008Transsiberian as Roy
2008Semi-Pro as Monix
2008Seven Pounds as Ezra Turner
2008Management as Jango
2008Sleepwalking as Randall
2008Surfer, Dude as Jack
2007The Walker as Carter Page III
2007The Grand as One Eyed Jack Faro
2007Battle in Seattle as Dale
2007No Country for Old Men as Carson Wells
2007Nanking as Bob Wilson
2006Free Jimmy as Roy Arnie (voice)
2006A Scanner Darkly as Ernie Luckman
2006A Prairie Home Companion as Dusty
2005The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio as Kelly Ryan
2005North Country as Bill White
2005The Big White as Raymond Barnell
2004After the Sunset as Stan Lloyd
2004She Hate Me as Leland Powell
2003Scorched as Jason 'Woods' Valley
2003Anger Management as Galaxia / Security Guard Gary
1999Grass as Narrator
1999Edtv as Ray Pekurny
1999Play It to the Bone as Vince Boudreau
1999Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me as Woody Harrelson
1998Palmetto as Harry Barber
1998The Hi-Lo Country as Big Boy Matson
1998The Thin Red Line as Sgt. William Keck
1998Welcome to Hollywood as Woody Harrelson
1997Welcome to Sarajevo as Flynn
1997Wag the Dog as Sergeant William Schumann
1996The People vs. Larry Flynt as Larry Flynt
1996Kingpin as Roy Munson
1996The Sunchaser as Dr. Michael Reynolds
1995Money Train as Charlie
1994Natural Born Killers as Mickey Knox
1994The Cowboy Way as Pepper Lewis
1994I'll Do Anything as Ground Zero Hero
1993Indecent Proposal as David Murphy
1992White Men Can't Jump as Billy Hoyle
1991Doc Hollywood as Hank Gordon
1991L.A. Story as Harris' Boss
1990Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme as Lou the Lamb
1989True Believer as Man in Dodd's office
1988She's Having a Baby as Woody Harrelson (uncredited)
1987Bay Cove as Slater
1986Wildcats as Krushinski
1982Cheers as Woody Boyd
1978Harper Valley P.T.A. as Extra (uncredited)

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Himself (3 Credits)

2020Kiss the Ground as Self / Narrator (voice)
2013David Blaine: Real or Magic as Himself
2012How to Make Money Selling Drugs as Himself


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