Jul. 23rd, 1961
Midland, Texas, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Guest
Woody Boyd (Voiced)
Woody Harrelson grew up in Lebanon, Ohio. He received degrees in theatre arts and English from Hanover College, Indiana. His career began in New York theatre as an understudy in 'Neil Simon' Biloxi Blues. Within months, he was cast as Woody on the hit TV series, Cheers (1982). Due to conflicts with his TV schedule, Harrelson found it difficult to cross-over to films.
His first appearance was in Wildcats (1986) with 'Goldie Hawn'.
His next movie, Cool Blue (1990) (V), was releases directly to video.
He followed with two cameos, which went uncredited. Meanwhile, he continued to be active in theatre in L.A.: Zoo Story, 2 on 2 (his own basketball drama), Brooklyn Laundry with 'Glenn Close' and 'Laura Dern'.
In 1991, Doc Hollywood (1991) gave him his first widely-seen movie role.
The following year, White Men Can't Jump (1992), with 'Wesley Snipes' established him as a box-office draw.
He followed immediatly with two hits
Indecent Proposal (1993)
Natural Born Killers (1994)
Harrelson lives with his former assistant, Laura Louie, and their 3 daughters.
- (25 August 2000) A jury in Beattyville, Kentucky dismissed a marijuana possession charge against him. He was arrested in 1996 for planting 4 marijuana hemp seeds in rural Kentucky and in his defence he said he was challenging a state law that makes no distinction between marijuana and hemp, even though hemp contains little of the drug found in marijuana and can be used to make a variety of industrial products.
- He is the first and, as of 2005, only regular cast member from _"Cheers" (1982)_ (qv) to receive a nomination for an Academy Award.
- (2004) Lives with Laura Louie and their children in Costa Rica
- He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2003 in Austin, Texas.
- (April-May 2001) Woody and approximately a dozen other hemp activists and environmentalists took a bicycle tour down the west coast of America, starting in Seattle, Washington and 1000 miles later ending at the University of Santa Barbara in California. The tour was escorted by the Mothership, a Chicago city transit bus fueled by hemp oil and powered by solar panels.
- His friends 'Darius Rucker' (qv), 'Mark Bryan (I)' (qv), 'Dean Felber' (qv) and 'Jim 'Soni' Sonefeld' (qv) of the rock band 'Hootie and the Blowfish' (qv) wrote the song "Woody" about him. The number can be found on the group's eponymous 2003 album.
- Father 'Charles Harrelson' (qv) was sentenced to two life sentences for the murder of Federal Judge 'John Howland Wood' (qv) on the orders of drug dealer 'Jimmy Chagra' (qv), who reportedly paid him $250,000. Harrelson has claimed to be one of the "hobos" taken away from "the grassy knoll" right after the shooting of 'John F. Kennedy' (qv).
- Was considered for the role of Lester Burnham in _American Beauty (1999)_ (qv).