Jul. 23rd, 1961
Midland, Texas, USA
Woody Harrelson's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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.
- Was arrested in Columbus (Ohio) in June 1983, charged of disorderly conduct - he was dancing in the street, halting traffic; he later jumped out of a moving police van laughing maniacally and finally punched one of the two arresting officers to the ground.
- Graduated from Hanover College in 1983 with a degree in theater arts & English. Member Sigma Chi fraternity.
- 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.
- He is on the board of the directors for the Ex'pression Center For New Media, an art school in Emeryville, California.
- (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.
- Was married to 'Neil Simon (I)' (qv)'s daughter, 'Nancy Simon' (qv). Has had relationships with: 'Carol Kane (I)' (qv), 'Ally Sheedy' (qv) and 'Moon Unit Zappa' (qv).
- Brother of 'Brett Harrelson' (qv) and 'Jordan Harrelson' (qv).
- Claims to have had 17 jobs in one year.