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Woody Harrelson

Woody HarrelsonAKA Woodrow Tracy Harrelson

Born: 23-Jul-1961
Birthplace: Midland, TX

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Woody from Cheers

Woody Harrelson is an American actor, best known as the bartender on the long-running sit-com Cheers. In movies, he has played a serial killer in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers, a pornographer in Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt, and a buffoonish FBI agent in After the Sunset.

Harrelson made his Broadway debut understudying Matthew Broderick in the lead of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues, and was briefly married to Simon's daughter. With his second wife, Laura Louis, Harrelson runs VoiceYourself, a mildly but enthusiastically subversive group for environmental activists, organic foods enthusiasts, and lefties in general. An outspoken environmentalist and marijuana consumer, Harrelson once climbed the Golden Gate Bridge to make some political point, and feigned surprise when police had to shut down traffic on the bridge, holding up thousands of commuters for hours. He has also put his money where his mouth is on some occasions, posting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bail for friends busted on marijuana charges. Harrelson narrated the 1999 pro-pot documentary Grass.

Harrelson is part-owner of a hemp-clothing company, and in June 1996, he planted four industrial hemp seeds in Kentucky, with video cameras rolling. His intent was to publicly challenge that state's law, which does not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana. He lost his philosophical argument when the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that industrial hemp was as illegal as its reefer cousin, but he was spared a jail term when jurors refused to convict him of planting the seeds, despite the videotape.

Harrelson's life took an odd turn at the age of 17, when his father was hired to kill U.S. District Judge John H. Wood, and did the deed. It sounds like a wild rumor, and the Harrelson family disputes the charges, but the verdict is in and a requested retrial has been denied. There is no substantial evidence, however, to back up the persistently whispered rumor that Harrelson's father was also one of three homeless men arrested on the "grassy knoll" in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Charles Voyde Harrelson died in 2007 at the Supermax facility in Colorado.

Father: Charles Voyde Harrelson (hit man/assassin, d. 2007 at Supermax prison)
Mother: Dianne
Brother: Brett Harrelson
Brother: Jordan Harrelson
Wife: Nancy Simon (daughter of Neil Simon, m. 1985, div. 1986)
Wife: Laura Louie (together since late 1980s, m. 28-Dec-2008, three daughters)
Daughter: Deni Montana (b. 1994)
Daughter: Zoe Girodano (b. 1997)
Daughter: Makani Ravello (b. circa 2006)
Girlfriend: Moon Unit Zappa (ex-)
Girlfriend: Ally Sheedy (ex-)
Girlfriend: Carol Kane (ex-)
Girlfriend: Glenn Close
Girlfriend: Brooke Shields

    University: Theater Arts, English, Hanover College

    Amnesty International
    MoveOn.org
    Nader for President 2004
    National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
    Young Republicans Hanover College
    Sigma Chi Fraternity
    Resisting Arrest Columbus, OH 12-Oct-1982
    Disorderly Conduct Columbus, OH 12-Oct-1982
    Disorderly Conduct Columbus, OH June 1983
    Drug Possession: Marijuana Arrested 1996 in Kentucky for planting hemp seeds
    Wedding: Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek (2009)
    Risk Factors: Vegetarian, Dyslexia, Marijuana, Yoga

    TELEVISION
    Will & Grace Nathan (2001)
    Cheers Woody Boyd (1985-93)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (11-Nov-2013)
    Out of the Furnace (9-Nov-2013)
    Birth of the Living Dead (18-Oct-2013) · Himself
    Free Birds (26-Sep-2013) [VOICE]
    Now You See Me (21-May-2013)
    Seven Psychopaths (7-Sep-2012)
    How to Make Money Selling Drugs (7-Sep-2012) · Himself
    The Hunger Games (21-Mar-2012)
    Game Change (28-Feb-2012) · Steve Schmidt
    Rampart (10-Sep-2011) · David Douglas Brown
    Friends with Benefits (22-Jul-2011) · Tommy
    Bunraku (11-Sep-2010) · The Bartender
    2012 (11-Nov-2009) · Charlie Frost
    Zombieland (25-Sep-2009) · Tallahassee
    Defendor (12-Sep-2009)
    The Messenger (19-Jan-2009) · Capt. Tony Stone
    Seven Pounds (19-Dec-2008)
    Fuel (17-Oct-2008) · Himself
    Management (7-Sep-2008) · Jango
    Surfer, Dude (5-Sep-2008)
    Semi-Pro (19-Feb-2008)
    Sleepwalking (22-Jan-2008)
    Transsiberian (18-Jan-2008) · Roy
    Battle in Seattle (8-Sep-2007) · Dale
    The Grand (7-Jun-2007) · One Eyed Jack Faro
    No Country for Old Men (19-May-2007)
    Nanking (30-Mar-2007)
    The Walker (13-Feb-2007) · Carter Page III
    A Scanner Darkly (25-May-2006)
    A Prairie Home Companion (12-Feb-2006)
    The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (28-Sep-2005)
    North Country (12-Sep-2005) · Bill White
    The Big White (13-May-2005) · Raymond
    The Outsider (22-Apr-2005) · Himself
    After the Sunset (10-Nov-2004)
    She Hate Me (28-Jul-2004) · Leland Powell
    Anger Management (5-Mar-2003) · Galaxia
    Scorched (17-May-2002) · Woods
    Welcome to Hollywood (27-Oct-2000) · Himself
    Play It to the Bone (25-Dec-1999)
    Grass (15-Sep-1999) · Narrator [VOICE]
    Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (8-Jun-1999) · Himself
    Ed TV (26-Mar-1999) · Ray
    The Hi Lo Country (30-Dec-1998)
    The Thin Red Line (25-Dec-1998) · Sgt. Keck
    Palmetto (20-Feb-1998)
    Wag the Dog (25-Dec-1997) · Sgt. William Schumann
    Welcome to Sarajevo (9-May-1997) · Flynn
    The People vs. Larry Flynt (13-Oct-1996) · Larry Flynt
    Kingpin (4-Jul-1996) · Roy Munson
    Sunchaser (29-May-1996)
    Money Train (22-Nov-1995) · Charlie
    Natural Born Killers (26-Aug-1994) · Mickey
    The Cowboy Way (3-Jun-1994) · Pepper
    I'll Do Anything (4-Feb-1994) · Ground Zero Hero
    Indecent Proposal (7-Apr-1993) · David Murphy
    White Men Can't Jump (27-Mar-1992)
    Ted and Venus (20-Dec-1991)
    Doc Hollywood (2-Aug-1991) · Hank
    Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (19-May-1990)
    Cool Blue (27-Feb-1990)
    Bay Coven (25-Oct-1987)
    Wildcats (14-Feb-1986)

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