Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson Born: 1961-07-23

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.

Appeared In


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