Full Name: Woodrow Tracy Harrelson

Description: Actor, USA

Known For: Mainly known as Woody Boyd in the TV series “Cheers”.

Location: CA, United States of America

Date Born: 23rd July 1961
Location Born: Midland, Texas, United States of America

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Woody Harrelson

Woodrow Tracy “Woody” Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor, activist, and playwright. He is a double Academy Award nominee, seven-time Emmy Award nominee and one-time winner.

His breakout role came in 1985, joining the television sitcom Cheers as bartender Woody Boyd, for which he earned five Emmy Award nominations (one win). Some notable film characters include basketball hustler Billy Hoyle in White Men Can’t Jump, one-handed bowler Roy Munson in Kingpin, Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games film series, serial killer Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers, magazine publisher Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt, and country singer Dusty in A Prairie Home Companion.

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 in the HBO crime drama True Detective with Matthew McConaughey.

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. Harrelson’s father, who was a hitman, was arrested in 1979 for killing Federal Judge John H. Wood, Jr. in San Antonio, Texas. His father was convicted and eventually died during his life sentence in the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility. In 1973, Harrelson moved to his mother’s native city, Lebanon, Ohio, where he was raised. Harrelson attended Lebanon High School, working through much of high school as a woodcarver at Kings Island amusement park.

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. 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). He joined the cast in 1985 for season four and lasted eight seasons (1985–1993) on the show. For this role, Harrelson was nominated for five Emmy Awards, winning once in 1989. His character of Boyd was from Hanover, Indiana, the town 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. Harrelson 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. Harrelson returned to television in 2014, starring along with Matthew McConaughey in the first season of a new HBO’s crime series, True Detective, where he plays Marty Hart, a Louisiana cop investigating murders that took place over a timespan of 17 years.

On June 6, 2010, Harrelson took part playing in Soccer Aid 2010 for UNICEF UK at Old Trafford in Manchester, UK. 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”. Harrelson also took part in Soccer Aid 2012 on May 27, 2012. The match ended 3-1 in favor of England.

Marriages and family

In 1985, Harrelson married Nancy Simon, daughter of playwright Neil Simon, in Tijuana. 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.

On December 28, 2008, Harrelson married Laura Louie, his girlfriend since 1987. 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”. Laura is his former assistant and a co-founder of Yoganics, an organic food delivery service.


Woody Harrelson

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First film ‘Wild Cats’ with Goldie Hawn in 1986.

Films include.

2008 – Seven Pounds
2008 – Sleepwalking
2008 – Transsiberian
2008 – Semi-Pro
2007 – No Country for Old Men
2007 – The Grand
2007 – The Walker
2007 – Battle in Seattle
2006 – A Scanner Darkly
2006 – A Prairie Home Companion
2005 – North Country
2005 – The Big White
2004 – After the Sunset
2003 – Anger Management
2002 – Scorched
1999 – EDtv
1999 – Play It to the Bone
1998 – Palmetto
1998 – The Thin Red Line
1998 – The Hi-Lo Country
1997 – Welcome to Sarajevo
1997 – Wag the Dog
1996 – Kingpin
1996 – The Sunchaser
1996 – The People vs. Larry Flynt
1995 – Money Train
1994 – Natural Born Killers
1993 – Indecent Proposal
1992 – White Men Can’t Jump
1991 – Doc Hollywood
1986 – Wildcats