Woody Harrelson


Actor

About

Also Known As
Woodrow Tracy Harrelson
Birth Place
Midland, Texas, USA
Born
July 23, 1961

Biography

A gifted actor who switched back and forth effortlessly between comedy and drama, Woody Harrelson arrived seemingly out of nowhere, endearing himself to audiences with his portrayal of loveable, but dimwitted bartender Woody Boyd for eight seasons of the classic sitcom, "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993). Because of his small screen success, he transitioned effortlessly to features where he becam...

Family & Companions

Penelope Ann Miller
Companion
Actor. Dated while appearing on Broadway in "Biloxi Blues".
Nancy Simon
Wife
Daughter of playwright Neil Simon; whimsically married in Tijuana in 1985 intending to divorce the following day, but when the couple returned to the storefront marriage/divorce parlor, they found it closed because it was Sunday; marriage lasted 10 months; Harrelson would later tell USA TODAY's Tom Green, "We had to get a summary dissolution through Jacoby and Meyers. I think at the time Neil was a little bit worried I might try to go after her money.".
Glenn Close
Companion
Actor. Had five-month relationship in 1991.
Laura Louie
Wife
Born c. 1965; co-founded Yoganics, an organic food home delivery service in 1996; worked as Harrelson's assistant for over two years (1987 to c. 1990), before becoming romantically involved; partner in their production company, Children at Play; mother of Harrelson's two children; married in Costa Rica on January 11, 1998.

Biography

A gifted actor who switched back and forth effortlessly between comedy and drama, Woody Harrelson arrived seemingly out of nowhere, endearing himself to audiences with his portrayal of loveable, but dimwitted bartender Woody Boyd for eight seasons of the classic sitcom, "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993). Because of his small screen success, he transitioned effortlessly to features where he became a highly sought-after actor capable of turning in rich and diverse performances. After making his mark as a basketball hustler in the surprise hit "White Men Can't Jump" (1992), Harrelson forever buried his nice guy persona by playing the sociopathic serial murderer Mickey Knox in Oliver Stone's searing satire, "Natural Born Killers" (1994). Harrelson went on to further acclaim and earned an Oscar nomination playing infamous pornographer and First Amendment rights activist Larry Flynt in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996). From there, he stayed mostly in independent films, playing a drunken louse of a husband in "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio" (2005) and a strung-out addict in "A Scanner Darkly" (2006). Following an amiable turn as an unflinching zombie hunter in "Zombieland" (2009), Harrelson delivered another Oscar-worthy performance in the heart-wrenching Iraq War drama, "The Messenger" (2009). Regardless of how big or small the part, Harrelson was able to portray a wide array of challenging and complex characters with equal aplomb.

Born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, TX, Harrelson was raised by his mother, Diane, a legal secretary and his father, Charles, a professional hit man convicted for the 1979 murder of U.S. District Judge John Wood, Jr. and long thought to have been one of the three hobos arrested on the grassy knoll in Dallas following the assassination of President John Kennedy. Prior to hearing about his father's arrest for murder when he was seven, Harrelson believed him to be nothing more than a smooth-talking cardsharp who divorced his mother in 1964. Despite his parent's domestic troubles, Harrelson later claimed to have grown up relatively happy, though he was deemed hyperactive by doctors and given Ritalin. With his father on trial for the contract killing of grain dealer Sam Degelia in 1968, Harrelson was living in Lebanon, OH, where he delved deeply into religion, even taking to sermonizing while also acting in numerous school plays and warming the bench for the football team. By the time he graduated Lebanon High School, his father was released from prison, only to return to the limelight for killing Judge Wood in front of his home.

After high school, Harrelson continued acting while in attendance at Hanover College, where he majored in English and theater arts on a Presbyterian scholarship. Despite propelling himself along towards an acting career, Harrelson enjoyed drinking heavily and getting into fights, especially when he landed in New York after Hanover in 1983, where he chased his dream while working some 17 odd jobs in little more than a year. Things went from bad to bleak when the young actor was dropped by his agent after he became belligerent following an unsuccessful audition for a soap opera. On the verge of giving up, his luck began to change when Harrelson became an understudy for the roles of Roy Selridge and Joseph Wykowski for the Broadway production of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues." But Harrelson's wild side continued to shine through when he and Simon's daughter, Nancy, started dating and on a whim decided to get married while partying in Tijuana, Mexico. Planning on a quickie divorce the next day, the newlyweds were surprised to find the office closed on a Sunday. They stayed married for another 10 months, despite her father's paranoia that Harrelson was out for his money. Eventually, they filed for a summary dissolution at a time Harrelson's career suddenly took off.

After the death of actor Nicholas Colasanto, who played the dumb, but loveable Coach on the hit sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993), Harrelson was called in to fill the massive void - a daunting challenge for any actor. Playing the dim-witted but good-hearted assistant bartender, Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd, Harrelson managed to endear himself to millions with his constant misunderstandings of jokes, situations and just about everything else going on around him. Over the course of eight years, Harrelson was nominated for five Emmy Awards, winning just once for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1989. Meanwhile, during his long successful run on "Cheers," Harrelson began a second career in features, making his debut in a supporting role as a high school football player under the guidance of a female coach (Goldie Hawn) in the comedy "Wildcats" (1986). Keeping his focus mainly on television, Harrelson made appearances in the low-rent horror thriller "Bay Coven" (NBC, 1987) and the more straightforward crime drama, "Killer Instinct" (NBC, 1988). Harrelson then returned to the stage, performing off-Broadway in "The Boys Next Door" (1988) while mounting his own play, "2 on 2" (1988) alongside Edward Albee's "The Zoo Story" (1988) in Hollywood.

With an increasingly amplified profile, Harrelson took the next logical step and formed his own production company, Shepwood Productions, in 1990. He then made his first significant film appearance, demonstrating big screen credibility as the romantic rival of Michael J. Fox in the comedy "Doc Hollywood" (1991), though the role of a small-town insurance salesman was not much of a stretch from playing a naive bartender. Harrelson's film career received a major boost from his first lead role in Ron Shelton's comedy, "White Men Can't Jump" (1992), which proved to be one of the surprise box office hits of the year and a suitable showcase for Harrelson's relaxed and self-aware charm. Harrelson was convincing as a seemingly naïve basketball hustler who meets his match in a fast-talking rival-turned-hustling partner (Wesley Snipes) always one step ahead of the game. Both Harrelson and Snipes were lauded for their effortless onscreen chemistry. In an effort to shake off his television alter ego, Harrelson co-starred as a venal, but jealous yuppie husband who is offered a big payday by a millionaire (Robert Redford) in exchange for one night of sex with his wife (Demi Moore) in the intriguing, but ultimately preposterous psychological drama, "Indecent Proposal" (1993).

By the time "Cheers" went off the air in 1993, the show had become one of the most beloved sitcoms in television history. After the show's last call on May 20th of that year - which was one of the most watched series finales ever - Harrelson went full force into his blossoming feature career. Though he failed to gain much of anything with portrayal of a country boy in the big city in the buddy actioner "The Cowboy Way" (1994), Harrelson obliterated his nice guy persona when he starred in Oliver Stone's bludgeoning satire on media violence, "Natural Born Killers" (1994), playing Mickey Knox, an ex-con who goes on a cross-country killing spree with his soul mate (Juliette Lewis), both of whom become celebrities fawned over by adoring fans and a tabloid journalist (Robert Downey, Jr.) looking to score big ratings with a sit-down interview. Though the film suffered from mixed reviews, there was no denying Harrelson's chillingly mesmerizing performance.

In an attempt to recapture past glory, Harrelson partnered again with Snipes for the action comedy, "Money Train" (1995), an uninspired piece of dreck that paired the two as foster brothers and transit cops who hatch a far-fetched plot to rob the subway car that carries the city's grosses each day. The film achieved notoriety when subway booths were set on fire in New York City in a copycat crime directly related to a scene from the movie. Even Republican Senator Bob Dole publicly called for a boycott of the film, which proved unnecessary in the long run because few people were attending anyway. Harrelson later told The Daily News in 1999 that the film remained "probably the least favorite of any movie I've ever done," and one which convinced him never again to take on a project simply for money. Meanwhile, offscreen, Harrelson began developing a reputation for being a social activist, working on behalf of organizations like Amnesty International and the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, while promoting industrial hemp as a commercially viable, environmentally-friendly cash crop - a stance that came back to bite him when he was arrested in Kentucky in 1996 for symbolically planting hemp seeds in direct challenge to a state law that failed to distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana. He was also arrested that year for helping to hang a large banner across the Golden Gate Bridge with a group of environmentalists from Earth First in order to call attention to protecting the Redwoods.

Working steadily, Harrelson - who was becoming increasingly controversial due to his full-blown left-leaning politics, penchant for New Age therapies and sometimes erratic on-set behavior - turned up in three diverse high-profile roles, playing a one-handed former bowling hustler in "Kingpin" (1996) who takes on an Amish protégé (Randy Quaid), an initially unsympathetic physician taken hostage by an ailing renegade Native American teen in Michael Cimino's "Sunchaser" (1996), and the controversial pornographer Larry Flynt in Milos Forman's biopic, "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996). Though largely forgettable in the first two films, Harrelson was entirely convincing as the Hustler founder whose routine court battles over the First Amendment conversely landed him in a wheel chair and in the public consciousness. Despite critical raves, the film failed to do well at the box office, perhaps partly due to the public frowning at the notion of Larry Flynt being portrayed as a champion of civil rights. Though Courtney Love's portrayal of Flynt's doomed wife Althea earned the lion's share of critical attention, an increasingly versatile Harrelson was perfect as the mercurial scumbag and earned his first Oscar nomination.

Continuing to maintain a steady feature career, Harrelson delivered a flamboyant performance in the relatively small role of a spaced-out U.S. journalist in "Welcome to Sarajevo" (1997), a portrayal that gained layers of depth as the picture progressed, notably in scenes following his return from discovering Serbian concentration camps. He was suitably heroic as "good old shoe" Sergeant William Schumann in Barry Levinson's political satire, "Wag the Dog" (1997). In "Palmetto" (1998), he played a reporter released from prison after new evidence surfaces proclaiming his innocence, only to be lured by the bewitching wife (Elizabeth Shue) of a dying millionaire into a kidnapping scheme involving her stepdaughter (Chloe Sevigny). Next, he delivered an outstanding performance as the larger-than-life hellraiser Big Boy Matson in "The Hi-Lo Country" (1998), fleshing out the powerful life force provided by screenwriter Walon Green. In this underrated, hard-edged romance, his Big Boy personified the dying breed of rugged individualists unable to compete against corporate farming taking root in the post-World War II west. After delivering a memorable cameo in Terrence Malick's elegiac war opus "The Thin Red Line" (1998), he returned to his comic roots as Matthew McConaughey's rakehell brother in Ron Howard's "EDtv" (1999).

Switching gears again, Harrelson reunited with Ron Shelton to star alongside Antonio Banderas as a pair of washed-up boxers attempting to rejuvenate their careers in Las Vegas in "Play It to the Bone" (2000). Aside from a starring role in the little-seen caper comedy "Scorched" (2003), Harrelson appeared primarily in cameo or supporting roles in films such as "Anger Management" (2003) and "She Hate Me" (2003), preferring instead to make news in his offscreen life as a proponent of vegan diets, the co-owner of a San Francisco oxygen bar and as an outspoken hemp activist and environmentalist. In 2004, the actor returned to the big screen in the amiable caper film "After the Sunset" (2004), playing an obsessed FBI agent trying to goad his retired jewel thief rival (Pierce Brosnan) into one more big score. In "The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio" (2005), he played the drunken bum husband of a housewife (Julianne Moore) who keeps her impoverished family afloat winning jingle contests while he drinks away the meager wages from his grueling job. After a supporting turn as a one-time local hockey hero-turned-big city lawyer in "North Country" (2005), Harrelson joined the ensemble cast for Robert Altman's fictional take on Garrison Keillor's long-running radio show, "A Prairie Home Companion" (2006), a loose anthology depicting the program on its final broadcast and populated by its usual strange cast of performing talent.

After spending several years largely out of the public eye, Harrelson reemerged with a string of supporting roles in several high-profile films. After playing the drugged-out friend of an undercover narcotics cop (Keanu Reeves) in "A Scanner Darkly" (2006), he delivered a brief, but memorable performance as a self-assured bounty hunter who crosses paths with a down-and-out Vietnam veteran (Josh Brolin) on the run with $2 million in drug money belonging to a ruthless killer (Javier Bardem) in "No Country For Old Men" (2007). Harrelson next played a poker player entering a tournament in hopes of saving his grandfather's casino in "The Grand" (2007), then portrayed the flamboyantly gay son of a Virginia senator who moonlights as a paid escort for middle-aged women and gets embroiled in a murder scandal in "The Walker" (2007). After co-starring alongside Will Ferrell in the goofball comedy "Semi-Pro" (2008), Harrelson starred opposite Emily Mortimer in the international thriller "Transsiberian" (2008) before bringing his activist nature to the screen in "Battle in Seattle" (2008), a dramatic look back at the 1999 protest against the World Trade Organization that went from a peaceful demonstration to a full-scale riot.

Harrelson continued his hot streak into the new year, starring in the hit horror comedy, "Zombieland" (2009), in which he played, Tallahassee, hunter of the undead, who leads a group of zombie neophytes through a post-apocalyptic America. In "2012" (2009), director Roland Emmerich's massive CGI epic about the end of the world based on the ancient Mayan calendar, he was a whacked-out conspiracy theorist whose prophesies about the world's demise are ignored by everyone. Following a supporting turn in the ensemble dramedy, "Management" (2009), he delivered a winning performance in "The Messenger" (2009), which starred Ben Foster as an Army sergeant returned home from Iraq who is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Harrelson's portrayal of his partner, Captain Tony Stone, earned the actor Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, Independent Spirit and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor. After a low-key 2010, Harrelson returned the following year with another Oscar-worthy performance in "Rampart" (2011), this time playing a hard-drinking, racist LAPD cop whose harsh methods jeopardize his career and the relationship with his dysfunctional family. The role created more Academy Award buzz for the actor, which started when he was nominated for another Independent Spirit Award.

Harrelson went from low-budget indie to one of the most anticipated blockbusters of the year with a supporting turn in "The Hunger Games" (2012), a futuristic sci-fi adventure where American adolescents are forced to participate in televised battles to the death that are part entertainment and part government intimidation. Harrelson portrayed Haymitch Abernathy, a former winner of the Games-turned-middle-aged alcoholic who serves as a mentor for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), a 16-year-old who volunteers for the deadly battle in order to replace her younger sister. That year also saw Harrelson deliver an exceptionally adroit performance as Steve Schmidt, senior strategist for Senator John McCain (Ed Harris) during the 2008 presidential campaign in "Game Change" (HBO, 2012). Based on the political tell-all of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, it focused on the selection of and consequent disillusionment with vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) in the months leading up to the McCain-Palin ticket's election loss. Harrelson's turn as Schmidt was hailed by critics and earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. That year he also appeared in Martin McDonagh's raucous "Seven Psychopaths" as a ruthless dog-loving criminal desperate to get his kidnapped pooch back.

The amiable actor had another busy year in 2013, appearing in the sly heist movie "Now You See Me" and voicing a tough-guy turkey in the underwhelming animated film "Free Birds." After reprising his role as Haymitch in the hit sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Harrelson was featured as a fearsome backwoods criminal in the gritty thriller "Out of the Furnace," also starring Casey Affleck and Christian Bale. Harrelson made an unexpected return to TV opposite longtime friend Matthew McConaughey in the acclaimed cable drama "True Detective" (HBO 2014- ). The duo's single-season exploration of murder and morality made for one of the year's most talked-about series.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Lost In London (2017)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Zombieland 2: Double Tap (2019)
The Highwaymen (2019)
Shock and Awe (2018)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Venom (2018)
War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
Lost In London (2017)
Himself
Wilson (2017)
The Glass Castle (2017)
Rex
Lost In London (2017)
Self
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
Now You See Me: The Second Act (2016)
Triple Nine (2016)
By Way of Helena (2016)
LBJ (2016)
The Edge of Seventeen (2016)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Free Birds (2013)
Jake
Now You See Me (2013)
Out of the Furnace (2013)
The Hunger Games (2012)
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
Game Change (2012)
Friends with Benefits (2011)
Bunraku (2011)
The King of Luck (2011)
Defendor (2010)
Zombieland (2009)
2012 (2009)
The Messenger (2009)
Management (2009)
Sleepwalking (2008)
Transsiberian (2008)
Semi-Pro (2008)
Seven Pounds (2008)
Surfer, Dude (2008)
The Walker (2007)
Battle in Seattle (2007)
The Grand (2007)
Nanking (2007)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Slipp Jimmy Fri (2006)
The Big White (2005)
North Country (2005)
Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)
After the Sunset (2004)
She Hate Me (2004)
This So-Called Disaster (2003)
Himself
Anger Management (2003)
Go Further (2003)
Himself
Scorched (2002)
Jason "Woods" Valley
American Saint (2001)
Himself
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Self
Grass (1999)
Narrator
I Think I Cannes (1999)
Ed TV (1999)
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Himself
Play it to the Bone (1999)
The Hi-Lo Country (1998)
Palmetto (1998)
The Thin Red Line (1998)
Inside the Academy Awards (1997)
Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
Flynn
Wag the Dog (1997)
The Sunchaser (1996)
Kingpin (1996)
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
Money Train (1995)
I'll Do Anything (1994)
Ground Zero Hero
The Cowboy Way (1994)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Indecent Proposal (1993)
David Murphy
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Ted & Venus (1991)
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Cool Blue (1990)
Dustin
Killer Instinct (1988)
Bay Coven (1987)
Slater
Wildcats (1986)

Writer (Feature Film)

Lost In London (2017)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

The Highwaymen (2019)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Zombieland 2: Double Tap (2019)
Song Performer
Shock and Awe (2018)
Music
A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
Song Performer
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Song

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

This So-Called Disaster (2003)
Other
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Other

Cast (Special)

Three Stooges' 75th Anniversary Special (2003)
Host
Larry Flynt: The E! True Hollywood Story (2000)
Interviewee
Ted Danson: One Lucky Guy (2000)
Interviewee
The AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars (1999)
The Rock to Erase MS Concert (1999)
Farm Aid '98 (1998)
The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards (1996)
Performer
Last Call!: A Cheers' Celebration (1993)
For Our Children: The Concert (1993)
Back to School '92 (1992)
Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special For Amnesty International (1992)
Cheers: Special 200th Episode Celebration (1990)
AFI Presents "TV or Not TV?" (1990)
Man On Telephone
Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration (1990)
Showtime Comedy Club All-Stars IV (1990)
Host
Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim (1987)

Music (Special)

The Rock to Erase MS Concert (1999)
Song Performer ("Jailhouse Rock")
For Our Children: The Concert (1993)
Song Performer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990)
Mickey's 60th Birthday (1988)

Life Events

1985

Understudied two roles, Roy Selridge and Joseph Wykowski, in the Broadway production of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"

1985

Made TV series debut as Woody Boyd on "Cheers" (NBC), received five consecutive Emmy Award nominations (1987-1991) and won in 1989

1986

Made film debut in "Wildcats," opposite Goldie Hawn; first film with Wesley Snipes, who also made his film debut

1987

TV-movie debut, "Bay Coven" (NBC)

1988

Appeared off-Broadway in "The Boys Next Door"

1990

Formed production company Shepwood Productions

1991

First notable role in a theatrical feature, "Doc Hollywood"

1992

Starred opposite Snipes in Ron Shelton's "White Men Can't Jump"

1993

Co-starred with Demi Moore and Robert Redford in "Indecent Proposal"

1993

Wrote, directed and acted in Los Angeles stage production "Furthest From the Sun"

1994

Cast as one half of the murderous honeymoon team (with Juliette Lewis) in Oliver Stone's controversial "Natural Born Killers"

1995

Reteamed with Snipes for the disappointing "Money Train"

1996

Earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his superb turn as magazine publisher Larry Flynt in "The People vs. Larry Flynt"

1997

Had supporting roles in "Welcome to Sarajevo" and "Wag the Dog"

1998

Portrayed a 1940s rancher in the contemporary Western "The Hi-Lo Country"

1998

Had a high-profile cameo as Sergeant Keck in Terrence Malick's "The Thin Red Line"

1999

Directed a revival of his stage play "Furthest From the Sun," starring Steve Guttenberg

1999

Returned to Broadway as star of a revival of "The Rainmaker"

1999

Reprised character of Woody Boyd on an episode of "Frasier"; earned Emmy nomination as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

2000

Acted on stage opposite Nick Nolte and Sean Penn in "The Late Henry Moss" written by Sam Shepard

2001

Acted in a four-episode story arc on "Will & Grace" (NBC), playing a love interest for Debra Messing's Grace

2003

Appeared opposite Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson in "Anger Management" as Galaxia/Garry the Guard

2004

Cast in the Spike Lee comedy "She Hate Me"

2004

Co-starred with Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in "After the Sunset"

2005

Played an idealistic lawyer in "North Country," a fictionalized account of the first major successful sexual harassment case in the United States

2005

Cast opposite Julianne Moore in "The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio," about a single mom who enters a commercial jingle-writing contest to support her ten children

2006

Starred in "A Scanner Darkly" a rotoscoped film by director Richard Linklater; adapted from the novel by Philip K. Dick

2006

Cast in Robert Altman's ensemble feature "A Prairie Home Companion," based on Garrison Keilor's radio program

2007

Co-starred with Tommy Lee Jones and Javier Bardem in the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men"

2008

Appeared as a blind pianist who befriends Will Smith's character in "Seven Pounds"

2008

Cast opposite Will Ferrell in the 1970s-era sports comedy "Semi-Pro"

2009

Co-starred in Roland Emmerich's disaster film "2012"

2009

Co-starred with Ben Foster and Samantha Morton in the drama "The Messenger"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor

2009

Played Jennifer Aniston's yogurt mogul ex-boyfriend in the comedy "Management"

2009

Co-starred in the action comedy "Zombieland"

2012

Starred as a Los Angeles veteran police officer in the action drama "Rampart"; script co-written by James Ellroy

2012

Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"

2012

Cast as former Tribute Haymitch Abernathy in feature adaptation of popular novel "The Hunger Games"

2013

Featured in the heist hit "Now You See Me"

2013

Reprised his role as Haymitch in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

2013

Played the lead antagonist in "Out of the Furnace"

2014

Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey on the first season of HBO's "True Detective"

2014

Closed out his "Hunger Games" role with "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2"

2016

Had a supporting role in acclaimed teen dramedy "The Edge of Seventeen"

2017

Played The Colonel in Matt Reeves' phenomenal Apes trilogy capper, "War for the Planet of the Aptes"

2017

Co-starred with Frances McDormand in the drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

2017

Cast in Rob Reiner's fact-based drama "Shock and Awe"

2018

Appeared in comic book adaptation "Venom"

2018

Starred as Tobias Beckett, mentor to a young Han Solo, in Disney's "Solo: A Star Wars Story"

Family

Charles Voyde Harrelson
Father
Professional gambler. Born on July 23, c. 1939; jailed for a hired killing for much of Harrelson's childhood; currently serving time in a federal penitentiary for the contract killing of federal judge John Wood; believed by Harrelson to be a CIA operative; long thought to be one of "the hobos" taken away from the grassy knoll right after the shooting of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
Diane Harrelson
Mother
Legal secretary. Born c. 1937; deeply religious; divorced Harrelson's father c. 1964.
Jordan Harrelson
Brother
Actor. Older.
Brett Harrelson
Brother
Actor, personal trainer. Younger; professional motorcycle racer; co-starred in "People vs. Larry Flynt".
Deni Montana Harrelson
Daughter
Born on March 5, 1993; mother, Laura Louie.
Zoe Harrelson
Daughter
Born on September 22, 1996 in Costa Rica; mother, Laura Louie.

Companions

Penelope Ann Miller
Companion
Actor. Dated while appearing on Broadway in "Biloxi Blues".
Nancy Simon
Wife
Daughter of playwright Neil Simon; whimsically married in Tijuana in 1985 intending to divorce the following day, but when the couple returned to the storefront marriage/divorce parlor, they found it closed because it was Sunday; marriage lasted 10 months; Harrelson would later tell USA TODAY's Tom Green, "We had to get a summary dissolution through Jacoby and Meyers. I think at the time Neil was a little bit worried I might try to go after her money.".
Glenn Close
Companion
Actor. Had five-month relationship in 1991.
Laura Louie
Wife
Born c. 1965; co-founded Yoganics, an organic food home delivery service in 1996; worked as Harrelson's assistant for over two years (1987 to c. 1990), before becoming romantically involved; partner in their production company, Children at Play; mother of Harrelson's two children; married in Costa Rica on January 11, 1998.

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