Woody Harrelson



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.

Film Credits

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

Production Credits

The Highwaymen (2019)
Executive Producer
Lost in London (2017)
Lost in London (2017)
Lost in London (2017)