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Woody Harrelson

1961-07-23 Midland, Texas, USA

Image of Woody Harrelson


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.


Man From Toronto 2022-08-12
Kate Varrick 2021-09-10
Dear Rider: The Jake Burton Story Narrator 2021-11-09
Venom: Let There Be Carnage Cletus Kasady / Carnage 2021-09-30
Kiss the Ground Self / Narrator (voice) 2020-09-22
Zombieland: Double Tap Tallahassee 2019-10-09
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" Archie Bunker 2019-05-22
Breakthrough Narrator 2019-03-09
The Highwaymen Manny Gault 2019-03-15
Midway Admiral Chester W. Nimitz 2019-11-06
Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times" Archie Bunker 2019-12-18
The Origins of Ebbing Himself/''Willoughby'' 2018-06-25
Venom Cletus Kasady / Carnage 2018-09-28
Solo: A Star Wars Story Tobias Beckett 2018-05-15
Shock and Awe Jonathan Landay 2018-07-13
Lost in London Woody Harrelson 2017-01-19
War for the Planet of the Apes The Colonel 2017-07-11
LBJ Lyndon B. Johnson 2017-11-03
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Bill Willoughby 2017-12-01
Wilson Wilson 2017-03-24
The Glass Castle Rex Walls 2017-08-10
Now You See Me 2 Merritt McKinney / Chase McKinney 2016-06-02
Triple 9 Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen 2016-02-19
Pawns No More: The Making of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Himself 2016-03-22
The Edge of Seventeen Mr. Bruner 2016-11-18
Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows Self 2016-02-21
The Duel Abraham Brant 2016-06-24
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Haymitch Abernathy 2015-11-18
The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Himself 2015-03-06
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Haymitch Abernathy 2014-11-19
Surviving the Game: Making The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Himself 2014-03-07
Free Birds Jake (voice) 2013-10-30
David Blaine: Real or Magic Himself 2013-11-19
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Haymitch Abernathy 2013-11-15
Out of the Furnace Harlan DeGroat 2013-12-06
Now You See Me Merritt McKinney 2013-05-29
The Hunger Games Haymitch Abernathy 2012-03-12
Seven Psychopaths Charlie Costello 2012-10-12
How to Make Money Selling Drugs Himself 2012-09-07
The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games Himself 2012-08-18
Game Change Steve Schmidt 2012-03-09
The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique Self 2011-07-01
Ethos Host 2011-01-01
Friends with Benefits Tommy Bollinger 2011-07-21
Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis Himself 2011-12-17
Rampart Dave Brown 2011-11-23
The End of the World: The Actor's Perspective Self 2010-03-02
Bunraku The Bartender 2010-09-01
2012: Roland Emmerich - Master of the Modern Epic Himself 2010-03-02
Zombieland Tallahassee 2009-10-07
Defendor Arthur Poppington / Defendor 2009-09-12
Miloš Forman: Co tě nezabije… Himself 2009-10-08
The Messenger Tony Stone 2009-11-13
Management Jango 2009-02-08
2012 Charlie Frost 2009-10-10
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Himself 2009-02-01
Hempsters: Plant the Seed Himself 2008-05-25
Sleepwalking Randall 2008-03-14
TransSiberian Roy 2008-01-18
Burma: It Can't Wait Divo 2008-05-02
Seven Pounds Ezra Turner 2008-12-18
Semi-Pro Monix 2008-02-28
No Country for Old Men: Josh Brolin's Unauthorized Behind the Scenes Himself 2008-03-11
Surfer, Dude Jack 2008-09-05
No Country for Old Men Carson Wells 2007-11-08
Raw for Life Himself 2007-10-16
The Walker Carter Page III 2007-02-13
Nanking Bob Wilson 2007-02-10
The Grand One Eyed Jack Faro 2007-06-07
Battle in Seattle Dale 2007-09-07
A Prairie Home Companion Dusty 2006-06-09
One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming 'A Scanner Darkly' Himself / Luckman 2006-12-19
Slipp Jimmy fri Roy Arnie (voice) 2006-04-21
A Scanner Darkly Ernie Luckman 2006-07-07
The Outsider Himself 2005-12-04
The Big White Raymond Barnell 2005-10-27
The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Kelly Ryan 2005-09-28
North Country Bill White 2005-02-12
She Hate Me Leland Powell 2004-07-30
After the Sunset Stan Lloyd 2004-11-12
Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special Host 2003-04-29
Anger Management Galaxia / Security Guard Gary 2003-04-11
Scorched Jason 'Woods' Valley 2003-05-17
This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs "The Late Henry Moss" Taxi Driver 2003-01-01
Go Further Himself 2003-03-07
American Saint Self 2001-10-18
Grass Narrator 1999-09-15
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Woody Harrelson 1999-06-08
Play It to the Bone Vince Boudreau 1999-12-25
Edtv Ray Pekurny 1999-03-26
Welcome to Hollywood Woody Harrelson 1998-10-01
The Thin Red Line Sgt. William Keck 1998-03-05
The Hi-Lo Country Big Boy Matson 1998-12-30
Palmetto Harry Barber 1998-02-20
Welcome to Sarajevo Flynn 1997-05-09
Wag the Dog Sergeant William Schumann 1997-12-25
The People vs. Larry Flynt Larry Flynt 1996-12-25
Kingpin Roy Munson 1996-07-04
The Sunchaser Dr. Michael Reynolds 1996-05-29
Money Train Charlie 1995-11-21
The Cowboy Way Pepper Lewis 1994-06-03
Natural Born Killers Mickey Knox 1994-08-25
I'll Do Anything Ground Zero Hero 1994-02-04
Indecent Proposal David Murphy 1993-04-07
White Men Can't Jump Billy Hoyle 1992-03-26
Ted & Venus Homeless Vietnam Veteran 1991-08-08
L.A. Story Harris' Boss 1991-02-08
Doc Hollywood Hank Gordon 1991-08-02
Cool Blue Dustin 1990-02-27
Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special Self 1990-07-01
The Earth Day Special Woody Boyd 1990-04-22
Mother Goose Rock 'N Rhyme Lou the Lamb 1990-05-19
True Believer Man in Dodd's office 1989-02-17
Mickey's 60th Birthday Woody Boyd 1988-11-13
She's Having a Baby Woody Harrelson (uncredited) 1988-02-05
Killer Instinct Charlie Long 1988-11-22
Bay Coven Slater 1987-10-25
Wildcats Krushinski 1986-02-14
Harper Valley P.T.A. Extra (uncredited) 1978-07-02
The Man With The Miraculous Hands Felix Kersten
Triangle of Sadness