Woody Harrelson
American actor
Woody Harrelson
Woodrow Tracy "Woody" Harrelson is an American actor. Harrelson's breakout role came in the television sitcom Cheers as bartender Woody Boyd. Some of his best known roles come in the films White Men Can't Jump, Natural Born Killers, The People vs. Larry Flynt, A Prairie Home Companion, No Country for Old Men, Zombieland, Seven Pounds, 2012, The Messenger, The Hunger Games, Rampart and Game Change. For The People vs.
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Thandie Newton In Talks for Han Solo Movie (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety
Google News - 13 days
Variety Thandie Newton In Talks for Han Solo Movie (EXCLUSIVE) Variety Sources tell Variety the actress is in negotiations to join the upcoming Han Solo spinoff, starring Alden Ehrenreich. Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke co-star in the Disney-Lucasfilm feature, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller directing ... The Han Solo Movie May Be Adding A Westworld StarCinema Blend Thandie Newton in Talks to Join Han Solo 'Star Wars' Spinoff MovieHollywood Reporter Thandie Newton is in talks for Han SoloA.V. Club ComingSoon.net -Comicbook.com -ScreenCrush -/FILM all 29 news articles »
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Woody Harrelson recalls being robbed at gunpoint
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It's hard to believe that Woody Harrelson, the actor who played a sociopath in “Natural Born Killers” and smashed zombie heads in “Zombieland” once feared for his life after being held up at gunpoint.
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Woody Harrelson's London nightmare
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Woody Harrelson is about to relive a nightmare.
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Woody Harrelson Shares Details About His 'Star Wars' Character
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It was announced today that the actor would appear in the Han Solo film.
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Matthew McConaughey wants to bring ‘True Detective’ back for a third season
Yahoo News - 2 months
The first season of season of HBO's True Detective was some of the most riveting and compelling television to have aired over the past few years. Featuring an intriguing storyline set in the backwoods of Louisiana, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson delivered A+ performances as they brought Nic Pizzolatto's eery and incredibly unique script to life. Unfortunately, season 2 of True Detective was nothing short of a disaster. It wasn't just that it failed to live up to the first season, it was that the second season was so boring, uninteresting and muddled that it was hard to believe it was even penned by the screenwriter. While it remains to be seen if there will be a third season of the acclaimed show, McConaughey recently explained that he'd be extremely interested if not downright eager  his role as Rust Cohle. During an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show , McConaughey explained that he was immediately taken by Cohel's character and that "Cohle really speaks to me." When asked abou ...
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Reese Witherspoon Teases The 'Scary' Finale Of 'Big Little Lies'
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Humans And Apes Battle To The Death In 'War For The Planet Of The Apes'
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Andy Murray wins Tour finals, secures world No. 1 ranking
ABC News - 3 months
LONDON -- Andy Murray capped off the finest season of his career with two more significant feats. In front of some of Hollywood's finest including Kevin Spacey, Clive Owen, Woody Harrelson and Jude Law, Murray charged to a 6-3, 6-4 win Sunday against Novak Djokovic to win his first ATP World Tour championship and secure the No. 1 ranking. The match, between two players whose friendship goes back to their teenage years, when they grew up playing together at the S?nchez-Casal academy in Barcelona, lasted 1 hour, 42 minutes, and when it was over, Murray dropped his racket and put his hands on his head. "It's something I never, never expected," Murray said in his on-court interview. Djokovic gave him a warm embrace and some kind words at the net in a show of the enormous respect between them. "Today we both were part of the history," Djokovic said. "It was an honor to be part of the big occasion. Andy's definitely No. 1 of the world. He's the best... ...
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Tart And Honest, 'The Edge of Seventeen' Is An Increasingly Rare Must-See Teen Movie
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Several years ago, Hollywood gave up on teenagers. Well, it gave up on movies that chronicle everyday teens, the ones who aren’t boy wizards or maze runners or heroes in a televised death match. The trials of high school ― once the purview of films like “Sixteen Candles” and “She’s All That” ― have been transposed to the vampires and werewolves of “Twilight.” Even “Juno” and “Easy A” feel like relics.  Not anymore. Meet Nadine Byrd, the fiery-tongued protagonist of “The Edge of Seventeen,” a coming-of-age comedy that opens this weekend. Nadine (a career-best Hailee Steinfeld) has a Julia Stiles in “10 Things I Hate About You” quality, with a bit of Thora Birch in “Ghost World” for good measure. In other words, the world hates her, can’t understand her ― or so she’s convinced. But “The Edge of Seventeen” pushes past the brooding-girl-finds-peace trope: Like many teenagers, Nadine hates herself most of all, even if she projects that strife onto her snotty classmates. Every ill-worde ...
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Toronto film festival 2016: Woody Harrelson takes on 'LBJ,' with plenty of the actor's brand of comedy
LATimes - 5 months
Woody Harrelson — the actor associated with "Cheers," "The Messenger" and now Lyndon Baines Johnson — was in a very non-LBJ place Friday: a juice restaurant west of downtown Toronto, trying to suss out a menu item. "Organic soy?" the well-known vegan inquired skeptically of a waitress. "Organic...
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Toronto film festival 2016: Woody Harrelson takes on 'LBJ,' with plenty of the actor's brand of comedy
LATimes - 5 months
Woody Harrelson — the actor associated with "Cheers," "The Messenger" and now Lyndon Baines Johnson — was in a very non-LBJ place Friday: a juice restaurant west of downtown Toronto, trying to suss out a menu item. "Organic soy?" the well-known vegan inquired skeptically of a waitress. "Organic...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Woody Harrelson
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 54
    In 2016, it was confirmed that Harrelson would join Brie Larson in The Glass Castle.
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  • 2015
    Age 53
    In 2015, Woody Harrelson and daughter Zoe starred in a 7-minute short film for U2's 'Song for Someone.’ He will also feature as a character named "The Colonel" in War for the Planet of the Apes, scheduled for a 2017 release.
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  • 2014
    Age 52
    Harrelson returned to television in 2014, starring along with Matthew McConaughey in the first season of the HBO crime series True Detective, where he plays Marty Hart, a Louisiana cop investigating murders that took place over a timespan of 17 years.
    More Details Hide Details On June 6, 2010, Harrelson took part playing in Soccer Aid 2010 for UNICEF UK at Old Trafford in Manchester. The match was broadcast live on UK's ITV television. After being brought on as a substitute for Gordon Ramsay, Harrelson took the final penalty in the penalty shootout, following a 2–2 draw after 91 minutes. Despite being initially unaware of exactly from where his kick had to be taken, Harrelson scored to win the game for "The Rest of the World" team, beating England for the first time since the tournament began. When later interviewed he claimed that he "didn't even remember the moment of scoring".
    For The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Messenger, Harrelson earned Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. In 2014, he starred as Detective Martin Hart in the first season of the HBO crime drama True Detective with Matthew McConaughey, which earned him and McConaughey nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
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  • 2012
    Age 50
    He played in the UNICEF game 2012, playing the last 10 minutes of the game for the Rest of the World team, losing 3–1 to England.
    More Details Hide Details Harrelson identifies as an anarchist. He is a supporter of the 9/11 Truth movement and has supported reopening an investigation into the September 11 attacks.
    He played Haymitch Abernathy in 2012's The Hunger Games, and reprised the role in all three subsequent films in the series.
    More Details Hide Details The film ETHOS, released in 2011, was directed by Woody. The film explores the idea of a self-destructing modern society, governed by unequal power and failed democratic ideals.
    Harrelson also took part in Soccer Aid 2012 on May 27, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The match ended 3-1 in favor of England.
  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 49
    He appeared on a postage stamp (as a PhotoStamp) in 2011 as one of PETA's 20 famous vegetarians, and he was named PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian in 2012 (along with Jessica Chastain).
    More Details Hide Details In June 2010, Harrelson took part in Soccer Aid at Old Trafford in Manchester to raise money for UNICEF. Harrelson played for the Rest of the World team alongside former professionals Zinedine Zidane and Luís Figo as well as chef Gordon Ramsay and fellow Hollywood actors Mike Myers and Michael Sheen. Harrelson played the last 15 minutes and scored the winning goal in the penalty shootout following a 2–2 draw during normal time.
    Harrelson directed Bullet for Adolf (a play written by himself in collaboration with Frankie Hyman) at the esteemed Hart House Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, which ran from April 21 to May 7, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Bullet for Adolf opened Off-Broadway (New world Stages) with previews beginning July 19, 2012 and closed on September 30, 2012, canceling its announced extension through October 21. The play was panned by New York critics.
    In 2011, he starred as Tommy in the movie Friends with Benefits.
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  • 2010
    Age 48
    In 2010 he starred as a bartender and mentor in the futuristic western martial arts film Bunraku.
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  • 2009
    Age 47
    In 2009, he co-starred in the horror comedy Zombieland, followed by Roland Emmerich's 2012 where he played Charlie Frost, a man who warns of the end of the world.
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    Harrelson has also won the Best Supporting Actor award in the 2009 National Board of Review award ceremonies and received accolades from various critics' societies.
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    In 2009, Harrelson received significant praise for his performance as Captain Tony Stone in The Messenger.
    More Details Hide Details In what many critics considered to be his best role, Harrelson was nominated for a Satellite Award, an Independent Spirit Award, a Golden Globe Award a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • 2008
    Age 46
    In 2008, TMZ photographer Josh Levine filed a lawsuit against Harrelson for an alleged attack outside a Hollywood nightclub in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details A video of the incident appeared to show Harrelson grabbing a camera and clashing with the photographer. Los Angeles prosecutors declined to press charges against the actor, but Levine filed a suit that summer asking for $2.5 million in damages. The case was dismissed in April 2010. Harrelson is an enthusiast and supporter for the legalization of marijuana and hemp. Harrelson was a guest on Ziggy Marley's track "Wild and Free", a song advocating the growing of cannabis. Since 2003, Harrelson has served as a member on NORML's advisory board. Harrelson is also an environmental activist. He has attended environmental events such as the PICNIC'07 festival that was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for three days in September 2007. PICNIC describes its annual festival as "three intensive days when we mix creativity, science, technology, media and business to explore new solutions in the spirit of co-creation". He once scaled the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco with members of North Coast Earth First! group to unfurl a banner that read, "Hurwitz, Aren't ancient redwoods more precious than gold?" in protest of Maxxam Inc/PALCO CEO Charles Hurwitz, who once stated, "He who has the gold, makes the rules."
    On December 28, 2008, Harrelson married Laura Louie, his girlfriend since 1987.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have three daughters, Deni (born 1993), Zoe (born 1996), and Makani (born 2006). When announcing Makani's birth, the couple referred to the three as their "goddess trilogy". Louie is Harrelson's former assistant and a co-founder of Yoganics, an organic food delivery service. Harrelson was arrested in Columbus, Ohio in 1982 for disorderly conduct after he was found dancing in the middle of the street. He was also charged with resisting arrest after he ran from the police. Harrelson avoided jail time by paying a fine. On June 1, 1996, Harrelson was arrested in Lee County, Kentucky, after he symbolically planted four hemp seeds to challenge the state law which did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana. Harrelson had arrived in the county with his attorney, former Kentucky Governor Louie B. Nunn, an agent and a camera crew from CNN. While at a local hotel, Harrelson phoned the county sheriff, Junior Kilburn, to advise him of his intentions. Kilburn and deputy sheriff Danny Towsend arrived at the location where Harrelson informed them he would be. With the cameras rolling, Harrelson planted the hemp seeds into the ground. Once planted, Kilburn placed Harrelson under arrest for cultivating marijuana and booked him into the county jail. He was released on $200 bail the same day. He later signed autographs and posed for photos with deputies.
    In 2008, Harrelson appeared in several films, among them the Will Ferrell basketball comedy Semi-Pro and the Will Smith stark drama Seven Pounds. as a blind vegan meat salesman named Ezra turner.
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  • 2007
    Age 45
    Also in a movie released in 2007, Battle in Seattle, Harrelson played another key role of a Seattle police officer whose pregnant wife loses her baby during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999.
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    In the Oscar-winning 2007 crime thriller No Country for Old Men, Harrelson had a key role as Carson Wells, a bounty hunter.
    More Details Hide Details The film won Best Picture and Best Director for Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. Harrelson also won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast, along with Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Kelly Macdonald.
    In 2007 he played Carter Page III, gay escort of privileged Washington D.C. women, in the film The Walker.
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  • 2006
    Age 44
    Harrelson made two films in 2006, the animated film version of Free Jimmy and also A Scanner Darkly.
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  • 2005
    Age 43
    Also in 2005 he appeared as Kelly Ryan, husband of a contest-obsessed woman in the film The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio.
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    He appeared in the action film After the Sunset and the Spike Lee film She Hate Me. In 2005, Harrelson was in The Big White and North Country.
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  • 2003
    Age 41
    Harrelson did not appear in films again until 2003, when he co-starred as Galaxia in the comedy film Anger Management.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 37
    Harrelson made other films such as The Hi-Lo Country and portrayed Ray Pekurny in the comedy EDtv. Also in 1999, he appeared as boxer Vince Boudreau in the Ron Shelton film Play It to the Bone.
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  • 1998
    Age 36
    In 1998, Harrelson starred in the thriller Palmetto and played Sergeant Keck in The Thin Red Line, a war film nominated for seven Academy Awards in 1999.
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  • 1997
    Age 35
    He starred in the 1997 war film Welcome to Sarajevo and in 1997 had a featured role as Sergeant Schumann in Wag the Dog.
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  • 1996
    Age 34
    In 1996, he starred in the comedy Kingpin.
    More Details Hide Details Harrelson's career gained momentum when he starred in the Miloš Forman film The People vs. Larry Flynt, in which he played Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine. The film was a success and Harrelson's performance was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actor. After that, Harrelson was cast in more serious film roles.
  • 1993
    Age 31
    In 1993, he had a starring role opposite Robert Redford and Demi Moore in the drama Indecent Proposal, which was a box office success, earning a worldwide total of over $265,000,000.
    More Details Hide Details He then played Mickey Knox in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers and Dr. Michael Raynolds in the Michael Cimino film The Sunchaser.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1986
    Age 24
    While still working on Cheers, Harrelson reawakened his film career. His first movie had been Wildcats, a football comedy in 1986 with Goldie Hawn.
    More Details Hide Details He reunited and became friends with Wesley Snipes and starred with him in the box-office hit White Men Can't Jump and the box office bomb Money Train.
  • 1985
    Age 23
    In 1985, Harrelson married Nancy Simon, daughter of playwright Neil Simon in Tijuana.
    More Details Hide Details The two intended to divorce the following day, but the storefront marriage/divorce parlor was closed when they had returned to it, and the two remained married for ten months.
    He joined the cast in 1985 for season four and lasted eight seasons (1985–1993) on the show.
    More Details Hide Details For this role, Harrelson was nominated for five Emmy Awards, winning once in 1989. His character, Woody Boyd, was from Hanover, Indiana, where Harrelson attended college. In 1999, Harrelson guest-starred in the Cheers spin-off success Frasier, in which he reprised the role of "Woody Boyd". He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for this performance. He appeared in several 2001 episodes of Will & Grace as Grace's new boyfriend Nathan. On the November 12, 2009 episode of the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, Harrelson was interviewed by Stephen Colbert, to promote his movie The Messenger. In response to Colbert's questioning of his support for the troops, Harrelson agreed to let Colbert shave his head on camera.
  • 1983
    Age 21
    He attended Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. He received a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details He told Playboy in October 2009: "I was getting into theology and studying the roots of the Bible, but then I started to discover the man-made nature of it. I started seeing things that made me ask, 'Is God really speaking through this instrument?' My eyes opened to the reality of the Bible being just a document to control people. At the time I was a real mama's boy and deeply mesmerized by the church." Harrelson is widely known for his work on the NBC sitcom Cheers. He played bartender Woody Boyd, who replaced Coach (played by Nicholas Colasanto, who died in February 1985).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 17
    Charles Voyde Harrelson, who was a hitman, was arrested in 1979 for killing Federal Judge John H. Wood Jr. in San Antonio, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details His father was convicted and eventually died during his life sentence in the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility.
  • 1973
    Age 11
    In 1973, Harrelson moved to his mother's native city, Lebanon, Ohio, where he was raised.
    More Details Hide Details He attended Lebanon High School, working through much of high school as a woodcarver at Kings Island amusement park.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 2
    Harrelson was born in Midland, Texas, the son of Diane Lou (née Oswald) and Charles Voyde Harrelson, who divorced in 1964; he has two brothers, Jordan and Brett.
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  • 1961
    Born
    Born on July 23, 1961.
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