Woody Harrelson

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Woody Harrelson

Harrelson at the hempsters world premiere at Fantastic Fest, September 25, 2009
Born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson
July 23, 1961 (1961-07-23) (age 53)
Midland, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
Spouse Nancy Simon (1985–1986)
Laura Louie (2008–present)
Parents Charles Harrelson
Diane Lou (née Oswald)
Woody Harrelson

Woodrow Tracy "Woody" Harrelson[1] (born July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas) is an American actor.

He made his movie debut in the 1986 movie Wildcats.

Personal life[change | change source]

Harrelson's father was Charles Voyde Harrelson. He was a contract killer. He was arrested for the killing of Federal Judge John H. Wood, Jr. by rifle fire in 1979 in San Antonio.[2]

Harrelson is a vegan.[3][4] He was on postage stamps issued in 2011 as one of PETA's 20 famous vegetarians.[5] He was named PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian in 2012 (along with Jessica Chastain).[6]

He would like the legalization of marijuana and hemp. He is also an environmental activist. Harrelson is a supporter of the 9/11 truth movement. He has supported reopening an investigation into the September 11 terrorist attacks.[7]

In 1985, Harrelson married Nancy Simon, daughter of playwright Neil Simon, in Tijuana. The two meant to divorce the following day, but the storefront marriage/divorce parlor was closed when they had returned to it. The two remained married for ten months.[8]

On December 28, 2008, Harrelson married Laura Louie, his girlfriend since 1987. The couple have three daughters, Deni Montana (born February 28, 1993), Zoe Giordano (born September 22, 1996), and Makani Ravello (born June 3, 2006). Laura is his former assistant. She is a co-founder of Yoganics, an organic food delivery service.

Legal issues[change | change source]

Harrelson was arrested in Columbus, Ohio in 1982 for disorderly conduct. He was found dancing in the middle of the street.[9] He was also charged with resisting arrest after he ran from the police and assault after he hit one of the officers.[9] Harrelson avoided jail time by paying a $390 fine.[10]

On June 1, 1996, Harrelson was arrested in Lee County, Kentucky. He symbolically planted four hemp seeds. This was to challenge the state law which did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana. Harrelson was acquitted of these charges in 2000.[11]

In 2002, Harrelson was arrested in London after an incident in a taxi that ended in a police chase. Harrelson was taken to a London police station and later released on bail.[12] The case was later dismissed after Harrelson paid the taxi driver involved in the incident £550 ($844).[13]

In 2008, TMZ photographer Josh Levine filed a lawsuit against Harrelson. It was for an alleged attack outside a Hollywood nightclub in 2006. A video of the incident appeared to show Harrelson grabbing a camera and clashing with the photographer. Los Angeles prosecutors would not press charges against the actor. Levine filed a lawsuit asking for $2.5 million in damages.[14] The case was dismissed in April 2010.[15]

Awards[change | change source]

He has won multiple awards including:

  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor - Comedy Series in Cheers[16]
  • MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Demi Moore) in Indecent Proposal (1993)
  • Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor and the San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Body of Work in The Messenger (2009)
  • San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Body of Work in Zombieland (2009)
  • San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Body of Work in 2012 (2009)

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1985–93 Cheers Woody Boyd Television series
1986 Wildcats Krushinski film debut
1987 Bay Coven Slater
1988 Cool Blue Dustin Direct-to-video
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Woody Boyd Television film
1988 Killer Instinct Charlie Long Television film
1990 L.A. Story Harris' Boss Cameo
1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme Lou the Lamb Cameo
1991 Doc Hollywood Hank Gordon
1991 Ted & Venus Homeless Vietnam Veteran Cameo
1992 White Men Can't Jump Billy Hoyle Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Rosie Perez)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Wesley Snipes)
1992 Cheers: Last Call! Woody Boyd NBC retrospective special
1993 Indecent Proposal David Murphy MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Demi Moore)
Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
1994 Natural Born Killers Mickey Knox Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss (shared with Juliette Lewis)
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Juliette Lewis)
1994 Cowboy Way, TheThe Cowboy Way Pepper Lewis
1994 I'll Do Anything Ground Zero Hero
1995 Money Train Charlie
1996 People vs. Larry Flynt, TheThe People vs. Larry Flynt Larry Flynt Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
1996 Kingpin Roy Munson
1996 Sunchaser, TheThe Sunchaser Dr. Michael Reynolds
1997 Wag the Dog Sgt. William Schumann
1997 Welcome to Sarajevo Jordan Flynn
1998 Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red Line Sgt. Keck
1998 Palmetto Harry Barber
1998 Hi-Lo Country, TheThe Hi-Lo Country Big Boy Matson
1999 Play It to the Bone Vince Boudreau
1999 EDtv Ray Pekurny
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Himself Cameo
1999 Grass Himself Narrator
2003 Anger Management Galaxia/Security Gary
2003 Go Further Himself Documentary film
2003 Scorched Jason 'Woods' Valley
2004 After the Sunset Stanley "Stan" P. Lloyd
2004 She Hate Me Lenald Power
2005 North Country Bill White
2005 Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, TheThe Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Leo "Kelly" Ryan
2005 Big White, TheThe Big White Raymond "Ray" Barnell
2006 Free Jimmy Roy Arnie Voice role, English-language version released in 2008
2006 Scanner Darkly, AA Scanner Darkly Ernie Luckman
2006 Prairie Home Companion, AA Prairie Home Companion Dusty Nominated – Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast
2007 Walker, TheThe Walker Carter Page III
2007 No Country for Old Men Carson Wells Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2007 Battle in Seattle Dale
2007 Grand, TheThe Grand One Eyed Jack Faro
2007 Nanking Bob Wilson
2008 Semi-Pro Ed Monix
2008 Sleepwalking Randall
2008 Transsiberian Roy Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2008 Surfer, Dude Jack
2008 Management Jango
2008 Seven Pounds Ezra Turner
2009 Messenger, TheThe Messenger Captain Anthony 'Tony' Stone Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Body of Work
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor
2009 Defendor Arthur Poppington/Defendor
2009 Zombieland Tallahassee San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Body of Work
Scream Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Scream Award for Best Horror Actor
2009 2012 Charlie Frost San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Body of Work
2011 Friends with Benefits Tommy
2011 Bunraku The Bartender
2011 Ethos Narrator Documentary film[17]
2011 Rampart Dave Brown African American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture
2012 Game Change Steve Schmidt Television film
Nominated - Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries
Pending - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2012 Hunger Games, TheThe Hunger Games Haymitch Abernathy
2012 Seven Psychopaths Charlie
2013 Now You See Me Merritt Osbourne filming
2013 Hunger Games: Catching Fire, TheThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire Haymitch Abernathy pre-production[18]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sipchen, Bob (December 20, 1998). "The Life of Woody". Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/1998/dec/20/magazine/tm-55786/2.
  2. "Woody Harrelson's Father Dies in Prison". Associated Press. CBS News. March 21, 2007. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/03/21/entertainment/main2592684.shtml.
  3. "Who Doesn't Love Woody Harrelson?". Esquire. http://www.esquire.com/features/woody-harrelson-profile-0212. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  4. "Woody Harrelson on the seeds of spirituality and a change in his diet". Premiere. http://www.eatveg.com/woody.htm. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  5. Bill Hutchinson,"First-Class Stars' Meat-Free Pitch," NYDailyNews.com November 28, 2011.
  6. Jessica Chastain and Woody Harrelson Named PETA's 2012 Sexiest Vegetarians - E! Online. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  7. http://world911truth.org/new-actors-and-artists-for-911-truth/
  8. "Woody Harrelson". hollywood.com. 2007. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. http://archive.is/bFxPD. Retrieved September 9, 2007.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Crime/Punishment". About.com. http://crime.about.com/od/famousdiduno/ig/celebrity_mugshots/harrelsonwoody.htm.
  10. "http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/celebrity/hollywood/woody-harrelson". http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/celebrity/hollywood/woody-harrelson.
  11. Kentucky Supreme Court Opinions
  12. "Woody Harrelson arrested in London". BBC News. June 7, 2002. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/2030786.stm.
  13. "Harrelson taxi case dropped". CNN. July 1, 2002. http://articles.cnn.com/2002-07-01/entertainment/police.harrelson_1_cab-driver-taxi-woody-harrelson?_s=PM:SHOWBIZ.
  14. Alan Duke, CNN (April 10, 2009). "Woody Harrelson claims he mistook photographer for zombie". http://articles.cnn.com/2009-04-10/entertainment/woody.harrelson.zombie_1_woody-harrelson-camera-zombie?_s=PM:SHOWBIZ.
  15. "Paparazzo's Lawsuit Against Actor Woody Harrelson Dismissed". April 17, 2010. http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/celebrity/Paparazzo_s_Lawsuit_Against_Actor_Woody_Harrelson_Dismissed-91066694.html.
  16. Woody Harrelson Emmy Nominated
  17. http://www.ethosthemovie.com/
  18. David Robert (November 18, 2011). "Woody Harrelson Talks 'Hunger Games". MTV. http://movienight.mtv.ca/2011/11/woody-harrelson-talks-hunger-games/. Retrieved December 30, 2011.