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Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Birthday: 1961-07-23 | Place of Birth: Midland, Texas, USA

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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Known For

Acting

Year
Title

Role

2021
Venom: Let There Be Carnage

as    Cletus Kasady / Carnage

2021
Kate

as    Varrick

2020
Kiss the Ground

as    Self / Narrator (voice)

2019
Midway

as    Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

2019
The Highwaymen

as    Manny Gault

2019
Breakthrough

as    Narrator

2019
Zombieland: Double Tap

as    Tallahassee

2018
Venom

as    Cletus Kasady / Carnage

2018
Shock and Awe

as    Jonathan Landay

2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story

as    Tobias Beckett

2017
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

as    Bill Willoughby

2017
LBJ

as    Lyndon B. Johnson

2017
The Glass Castle

as    Rex Walls

2017
War for the Planet of the Apes

as    The Colonel

2017
Wilson

as    Wilson

2017
Lost in London

as    Woody Harrelson

2016
The Duel

as    Abraham Brant

2016
Now You See Me 2

as    Merritt McKinney / Chase McKinney

2016
The Edge of Seventeen

as    Mr. Bruner

2016
Triple 9

as    Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen

2015
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

as    Haymitch Abernathy

2014
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1

as    Haymitch Abernathy

2013
Out of the Furnace

as    Harlan DeGroat

2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

as    Haymitch Abernathy

2013
David Blaine: Real or Magic

as    Himself

2013
Free Birds

as    Jake (voice)

2013
Now You See Me

as    Merritt McKinney

2012
Seven Psychopaths

as    Charlie Costello

2012
The Hunger Games

as    Haymitch Abernathy