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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.

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Jul 23, 1961 In Midland, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series White House Plumbers
Latest Project:
Movie The Man from Toronto 2022-12-23
Known For
Poster of One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming 'A Scanner Darkly'
Poster of The Outsider
Poster of White House Plumbers
Movie Now You See Me 3 Merritt McKinney 2024
Movie Fruitloops 2024
Series White House Plumbers E. Howard Hunt 2024
Movie Breakthrough Narrator 2022-05-19
Movie Triangle of Sadness Captain Thomas Smith 2022-09-23
Movie The Man from Toronto The Man From Toronto 2022-12-23
Movie Kate Varrick 2021-09-10
Movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage Cletus Kasady / Carnage 2021-09-30
Movie The Men Of Midway Self 2020-02-18
Movie The Highwaymen Manny Gault 2019-03-15
Movie Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" Archie Bunker 2019-05-22
Movie Midway Admiral Chester W. Nimitz 2019-11-06
Movie Live in Front of a Studio Audience: "All in the Family" and "Good Times" Archie Bunker 2019-12-18
Movie Zombieland: Double Tap Tallahassee 2019-10-09
Movie Solo: A Star Wars Story Tobias Beckett 2018-05-15
Movie Shock and Awe Jonathan Landay 2018-07-13
Movie The Origins of Ebbing Himself/''Willoughby'' 2018-06-25
Movie Venom Cletus Kasady / Carnage 2018-09-28
Movie Lost in London Woody Harrelson 2017-01-19
Movie LBJ Lyndon B. Johnson 2017-11-03
Movie War for the Planet of the Apes The Colonel 2017-07-11
Movie Wilson Wilson 2017-03-24
Movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Bill Willoughby 2017-12-01
Movie The Glass Castle Rex Walls 2017-08-11
Movie Triple 9 Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen 2016-02-19
Movie Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows Self 2016-02-21
Movie The Edge of Seventeen Mr. Bruner 2016-11-18
Movie The Duel Abraham Brant 2016-06-24
Movie Now You See Me 2 Merritt McKinney / Chase McKinney 2016-06-02
Movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Haymitch Abernathy 2015-11-18
Movie The Mockingjay Lives: The Making of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Himself 2015-03-06
Movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Haymitch Abernathy 2014-11-19
Series True Detective Martin Hart 2014-01-12
Movie Now You See Me Merritt McKinney 2013-05-29
Movie Free Birds Jake (voice) 2013-10-30
Movie David Blaine: Real or Magic Himself 2013-11-19
Movie Out of the Furnace Harlan DeGroat 2013-12-06
Movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Haymitch Abernathy 2013-11-15
Movie Seven Psychopaths Charlie Costello 2012-10-12
Movie Game Change Steve Schmidt 2012-03-09
Movie How to Make Money Selling Drugs Self 2012-09-07
Movie The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games Himself 2012-08-18
Movie The Hunger Games Haymitch Abernathy 2012-03-12
Movie Ethos Host 2011-01-01
Movie The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique Self 2011-07-01
Movie Rampart Dave Brown 2011-11-23
Movie Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis Self 2011-12-17
Movie Friends with Benefits Tommy Bollinger 2011-07-21
Movie Bunraku The Bartender 2010-09-01
Movie 2012: Roland Emmerich - Master of the Modern Epic Self 2010-03-02
Movie The End of the World: The Actor's Perspective Self 2010-03-02
Movie Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days Self 2009-02-01
Movie Management Jango 2009-02-08
Movie Miloš Forman - What Doesn't Kill You… Self 2009-10-08
Movie Zombieland Tallahassee 2009-10-07
Movie Defendor Arthur Poppington / Defendor 2009-09-12
Movie 2012 Charlie Frost 2009-10-10
Movie The Messenger Tony Stone 2009-11-13
Movie TransSiberian Roy 2008-01-18
Movie Semi-Pro Monix 2008-02-28
Movie Surfer, Dude Jack 2008-09-05
Movie Seven Pounds Ezra Turner 2008-12-18
Movie No Country for Old Men: Josh Brolin's Unauthorized Behind the Scenes Himself 2008-03-11
Movie Hempsters: Plant the Seed Himself 2008-05-25
Movie Sleepwalking Randall 2008-03-14
Movie Nanking Bob Wilson 2007-02-10
Movie The Walker Carter Page III 2007-02-13
Series The Graham Norton Show Himself 2007-02-22
Movie No Country for Old Men Carson Wells 2007-06-13
Movie Battle in Seattle Dale 2007-09-07
Movie The Grand One Eyed Jack Faro 2007-06-07
Movie Raw for Life Self 2007-10-16
Movie A Prairie Home Companion Dusty 2006-06-09
Movie One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming 'A Scanner Darkly' Himself / Luckman 2006-12-19
Movie A Scanner Darkly Ernie Luckman 2006-07-07
Movie Free Jimmy Roy Arnie (voice) 2006-04-21
Movie The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Kelly Ryan 2005-09-28
Movie The Outsider Self 2005-12-04
Movie The Big White Raymond Barnell 2005-10-27
Movie North Country Bill White 2005-02-12
Movie After the Sunset Stan Lloyd 2004-11-12
Movie She Hate Me Leland Powell 2004-07-30
Movie This So-Called Disaster: Sam Shepard Directs "The Late Henry Moss" Taxi Driver 2003-01-01
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Series Real Time with Bill Maher Unknown 2003-02-21
Series Celebrities Uncensored Unknown 2003-06-04
Movie Scorched Jason 'Woods' Valley 2003-05-17
Movie Anger Management Galaxia / Security Guard Gary 2003-04-11
Movie Go Further Himself 2003-03-07
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Woody Harrelson 1999-06-08
Movie Grass Narrator (voice) 1999-09-15
Movie Edtv Ray Pekurny 1999-03-26
Movie Play It to the Bone Vince Boudreau 1999-12-25
Movie Palmetto Harry Barber 1998-02-20
Movie Welcome to Hollywood Woody Harrelson 1998-10-01
Movie The Hi-Lo Country Big Boy Matson 1998-12-30
Movie The Thin Red Line Sgt. William Keck 1998-12-25
Series Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
Movie Welcome to Sarajevo Flynn 1997-05-09
Movie Wag the Dog Sergeant William Schumann 1997-12-25
Movie The Sunchaser Dr. Michael Reynolds 1996-05-29
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-08-21
Series Spin City Unknown 1996-09-17
Movie The People vs. Larry Flynt Larry Flynt 1996-12-25
Movie Kingpin Roy Munson 1996-07-04
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Movie Money Train Charlie 1995-11-21
Movie The Cowboy Way Pepper Lewis 1994-06-03
Movie Natural Born Killers Mickey Knox 1994-08-25
Movie I'll Do Anything Ground Zero Hero 1994-02-04
Movie Indecent Proposal David Murphy 1993-04-07
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series Frasier Woody Boyd 1993-09-16
Movie White Men Can't Jump Billy Hoyle 1992-03-26
Movie L.A. Story Harris' Boss 1991-02-08
Movie Doc Hollywood Hank Gordon 1991-08-02
Movie Ted & Venus Homeless Vietnam Veteran 1991-08-08
Movie Cool Blue Dustin 1990-02-27
Movie The Earth Day Special Woody Boyd 1990-04-22
Movie Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Special Self 1990-07-01
Movie Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Lou the Lamb 1990-05-19
Movie True Believer Man in Dodd's office 1989-02-17
Series The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown 1988-09-05
Movie Killer Instinct Charlie Long 1988-11-22
Movie Mickey's 60th Birthday Woody Boyd 1988-11-13
Movie She's Having a Baby Woody Harrelson (uncredited) 1988-02-05
Movie Bay Coven Slater 1987-10-25
Movie Wildcats Krushinski 1986-02-14
Series Cheers Woody Boyd 1982-09-30
Movie Harper Valley P.T.A. Extra (uncredited) 1978-07-02
Series Saturday Night Live Joe Biden (uncredited) 1975-10-11
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18