Woody Harrelson (born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson, 23.7.1961)
Woody Harrelson is an American actor. He rose to fame with his role in the US sitcom Cheers, playing the role of Woody Boyd. After the demise of Cheers, Woody Harrelson launched a successful film-acting career.
Woody Harrelson: Childhood
Woody Harrelson was born to Diane and Charles Harrelson in Midland, Texas. His parents divorced in 1964. In 1979, Harrelson's father was convicted of murder, after taking on the contract killing of a Federal Judge in San Antonio.
Woody grew up with his mother in Lebanon, Ohio, where he attended Lebanon High School. At the same time, he worked as a wood-carver at the Kings Island amusement park.
Woody Harrelson went on to attain a BA in Theatre Arts and English at Hanover College, Indiana.
Woody Harrelson: Acting Career
Woody Harrelson joined the cast of Cheers in 1985 and remained on the show for eight seasons. Other stars in the show included Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Kirstie Alley and Rhea Perlman. After Cheers ended, Woody Harrelson reprised his role of Woody Boyd in the spin-off series Frasier which starred Kelsey Grammar and David Hyde Pierce.
In 2001, Woody Harrelson played the role of Grace's new boyfriend in another popular US sitcom, Will and Grace.
Harrelson's first move on to the big screen came in 1986, when he appeared in Wildcats with Goldie Hawn. He then starred in the hugely successful comedy White Men Can't Jump, with Wesley Snipes. He reunited with Snipes in 1995's Money Train, which failed to attract the audience of White Men Can't Jump.
1993 saw Woody Harrelson appearing in the acclaimed drama Indecent Proposal, with Demi Moore and Robert Redford. Following on from the success of the film, Harrelson started to get offered far more substantial film roles, such as the role of Mickey Knox in Oliver Stone's controversial Natural Born Killers, alongside Juliette Lewis and Robert Downey Jr.
In 1996, Harrelson starred alongside Anne Bancroft and Jon Seda in Sunchaser. That year, he also featured in Kingpin, with Randy Quaid and Vanessa Angel.
A pivotal moment in Woody Harrelson's film career came when he was cast in the role of Larry Flynt in Milos Forman's The People Vs. Larry Flynt, The highly acclaimed film had Courtney Love playing the role of Althea Flynt, Harrelson's on-screen wife. This opened the door to more serious roles for Woody Harrelson, who went on to appear on films such as 1997's Welcome to Sarajevo and Wag the Dog. The following year, he landed roles in The Thin Red Line with Sean Penn and Adrien Brody and Palmetto, with Elisabeth Shue and Chloe Sevigny.
Taking a break from movies, Woody Harrelson returned to the silver screen in 2003, when he played the role of a security guard in the comedy Anger Management, which co-starred Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler.
In 2006, Woody Harrelson featured in A Scanner Darkly, a partly animated feature that also starred Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr.
Woody Harrelson played a small but significant role in the highly acclaimed No Country For Old Men. The film was directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starred Kelly Macdonald, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones.
Harrelson then returned to comedy, with an appearance in the basketball farce Semi-Pro, with Will Ferrell, followed by the zombie-comedy Zombieland, with Jese Eisenberg and Emma Stone.
In 2009, Woody Harrelson was nominated for a number of awards for his stellar performance in The Messenger, in which he worked alongside Ben Foster and Jena Malone.
Woody Harrelson: Personal Life
Woody Harrelson married Nancy Simon in 1985. Their original intention had been to divorce the next day. However, when the marriage / divorce parlour they had visited was closed the following day, they eventually remained married for 10 months.
In 2008, Harrelson married his girlfriend of over 20 years, Laura Louie, with whom he has three daughters.
The Duel is an American Western film starring Liam Hemsworth who is cast as David Kingston a Texas Ranger who is sent to the Old West frontier town of Helena to investigate a series of murders that have taken place in recent years. The town is led by charismatic preacher Abraham Brant who is played by Woody Harrelson and the undercover investigation soon becomes personal for Kingston as he realises that Brant could be responsible for the death of his father.
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Woody Harrelson has been reportedly denied a medical-marijuana dispensary license.
The Hunger Games actor applied for the licence back in February (16) in Honolulu County on behalf of his company, Simply Organic Living, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Harrelson was among 66 Hawaii residents who applied to open the state's first medical-marijuana dispensaries. Applicants were required to have $1 million (£625,000) cash, plus $100,000 (£62,500) for each of their planned dispensary locations. They also must have been residents of Hawaii for more than five years.
The eight successful licensees were announced on Friday (29Apr16) by the Hawaii Department of Health.
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Jennifer Lawrence has revealed she's a terrible person to party with.
The actress, 25, admits she has a low tolerance for a big night out. Unfortunately, The Hunger Games co-star Woody Harrelson appears to have experienced the worst of it.
The Joy actress attended Adele's concert at the Wiltern in Los Angeles in February (16) with Emma Stone, and Woody. It was a star-studded event attended by actors Orlando Bloom, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson who were all seen enjoying the singer's performance.
"I don't really stay out late. I'm kind of a bummer. I'm a nana. It's hard to get me out, and when I do go out I don't really stay out late. If I do stay out late and I'm partying hard, I will throw up. I don't have the tolerance to black out; I just start puking," Jennifer told the U.S. edition of Harper's Bazaar.
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The Four Horsemen aren't just magicians; they're illusionists with an agenda. Their initial stunt was so spectacular that no one saw it coming - especially Arthur Tressler, a very wealthy businessman who owns multiple businesses including an insurance firm.
It's been a year since The Four Horsemen performed their spectacular stunt which saw them send Thaddeus Bradley to prison and Tressler almost bankrupt. Now the team are back with another target in their sights - this time they plan on targeting a crooked tech magnate but before they get chance to fulfil their new illusion, they group find themselves in unknown surroundings with little knowledge of how they arrived.
With their reputations on the line, the four magicians must pull off their biggest trick of all in order to save their name whilst also exposing the puppet master pulling all the strings from above.
Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell are reuniting with their Seven Psychopaths director Martin McDonagh for a new crime drama.
The actors will co-star in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which will feature Frances MCDormand as a distraught mother who wages war on the local police, accusing them of focusing their efforts on hounding and torturing African-Americans instead of solving her daughter's murder, reports Deadline.com.
Further details about Harrelson and Rockwell's roles have yet to be revealed, but filming is due to begin in North Carolina in April (16).
The project, which was also written by MCDonagh, marks the filmmaker's second movie with both Harrelson and Rockwell, who portrayed gangsters in the 2012 crime comedy Seven Psychopaths.
Continue reading: Woody Harrelson And Sam Rockwell Reteam With Martin Mcdonagh
Casey Affleck was left horrified on Woody Harrelson's first day of shooting new movie Triple 9 after the veteran actor crashed his car on set and continued to film with blood dripping down his face.
The co-stars portray police officers in the new crime drama and Casey reveals Woody caused a scene as soon as he arrived for the shoot in Atlanta, Georgia.
"Woody's kind of a nut - he showed up and they (filmmakers) gave him a very easy scene just to start... the movie," Casey explained on U.S. breakfast show Today.
"He's supposed to come driving down the street, park his car, get out and walk up the steps to see me; fairly simple.
Continue reading: Casey Affleck Stunned By Woody Harrelson's Dedication To Triple 9 Shoot
After a post-apocalyptic dystopia (The Road) and Prohibition-era America (Lawless), Australian director John Hillcoat brings his edgy Wild West sensibilities to this gritty present-day heist thriller. The film is fierce and stylish, and utterly gripping even though there's the nagging sensation that nothing is happening under the surface. Thankfully, the actors add plenty of terrific texture to their characters.
It's set in Atlanta, where Terrell (Chiwetel Ejiofor) leads his crew of thugs (Anthony Mackie, Clifton Collins Jr., Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus) through a riotously dangerous bank robbery. They're working for the cold-hearted Russian mobster Irina (Kate Winslet), who demands an even bigger heist before she'll pay them. Terrell has a child with Irina, so feels like he has little choice in the matter, but his team is made up of unstable hotheads and corrupt cops who have their own opinions. One of the cops also has a new partner in Chris (Casey Affleck), a tenacious good guy who's the nephew of a cynical detective (Woody Harrelson) who's just beginning to crack this case. So the gang decides to distract the city's police force with a triple 9, code for a downed officer, while they carry out their next elaborate robbery. The question is who will take the bullet.
Matt Cook's script is a bundle of mad twists and turns, usually the result of impulsive gang members who act without thinking. The tension is very high, as each person's morality is warped at every turn. All while Chris tries to remain upright in the middle of a storm he doesn't quite understand. Each character is up against a wall, ready to do whatever it takes to survive in a situation that is getting increasingly out of control. And without more subtext, or at least a sense of these people's back-stories, no one on-screen is very likeable.
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Anthony Mackie didn't believe Kate Winslet was in his new movie Triple 9, until she showed up on set.
The stars are joined by an A-list ensemble cast, with Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor also featuring. Director John Hillcoat helms the heist flick, about a gang of criminals hired by violent Russian mobsters.
Anthony plays Marcus Atwood, a dirty cop who's forced to buddy up with Casey's honest police character Chris when he joins Marcus' station. The ensemble nature of the movie meant not all the cast got to shoot together, which led Anthony to question whether John was telling the truth when it came to Kate's involvement.
"This movie was really broken up in a way to where it was shot in two different worlds; the Russian mafia part involving Kate was shot early," he told Cover Media. "And we actually met one day on set. We were doing a shoot out in a parking lot and she walked up, like 'Hey guys.' It was like 'Jeez, wow. You're in this movie. He wasn't lying to me'."
Chiwetel Ejiofor was trying to impress his Triple 9 male co-stars with his strength when they first met but was stumped by a tiny bottle of tomato ketchup.
The 38-year-old actor plays Terrell Tompkins in the film, which also stars Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson among others. He had to work hard to get into muscular shape for the movie, and was thrilled with the results of his gym sessions... until he fell at the very first hurdle.
"I got down to Atlanta and a lot of us were having this lunch for the first reading and it was all the guys, all the gang - it was tough stuff," Chiwetel said during an interview on Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday night (11Feb16). "And I'm the gang leader. I didn't know those guys that well at that point so I'm trying to give off that I'm somebody to be respected. Lunch comes in, I had a BLT or something with some fries. And there's this little tiny tomato ketchup bottle. I pick it up, everything's normal, and then I'm like (mimes struggling to open the bottle). I was ripped, I couldn't even put a jacket on, and I couldn't get it open!"
However, Chiwetel still maintains that there was an error in the bottle, insisting: "It must have been some kind of internal flaw!"
Continue reading: Chiwetel Ejiofor: 'Those Little Ketchup Bottles Are Hard To Open!'
Woody Harrelson has reportedly applied for a medical marijuana dispensary licence in Hawaii.
The Hunger Games actor applied for the licence in Honolulu County on behalf of his company, Simply Organic Living, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Officials at the Hawaii Department of Health posted the list of 66 people and companies who applied for licences on Friday (05Feb16), and they are now reviewing all the applications, including Harrelson's, and will notify those who are successful in April (16).
Applicants must have $1 million (£625,000) cash, plus $100,000 (£62,500) for each of their planned dispensary locations. They also must have been residents of Hawaii for more than five years.
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Woody Harrelson , Elizabeth Banks - Celebrities attend Premiere Of Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" at Microsoft Theater. at Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 17th November 2015
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