Woody Harrelson is an American actor, activist, and playwright. He is well-known for playing the bartender Woody Boyd on the television series Cheers and in films such as White Men Can’t Jump, No Country for Old Men, and The Hunger Games.
Woody Harrelson was born July 23, 1961, in Midland, Texas. During his early life, he worked as a wood-carver at Kings Island amusement park while attending high school.
As a youth, Harrelson’s father went to prison on a murder conviction when Harrelson was only seven. He leaves Woody’s mother, a legal secretary which helps to raise him and his two brothers in Lebanon, Ohio.
Likewise, Harrelson was raised with a strong, spiritual foundation which helped him earn a scholarship to Hanover College, a Presbyterian institution in Indiana. However, he graduated from Lebanon High School.
Woody Harrelson: Career, Salary, and Net Worth
Woody Harrelson earned a bachelor’s degree in English and theatrical arts, after which he headed to New York City to pursue acting in 1983.
His career began as an understudy in Neil Simon’s play Biloxi Blues and as an extra in various films and television shows.
Most recently, Harrelson starred in the HBO crime drama True Detective with Matthew McConaughey. In addition to acting, Harrelson has an outspoken advocate for the environment.
Although it includes efforts for preserving the California redwoods, involvement in the American Oceans’ Campaign, and legalization efforts for the use of industrial hemp.
He has played include basketball hustler Billy Hoyle in White Men Can’t Jump. Hence, he is one-handed bowler Roy Munson in Kingpin and serial killer Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers.
Furthermore, he is magazine publisher Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt and country singer Dusty in A Prairie Home Companion.
For The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Messenger, Harrelson earned Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. In addition, he also received critical acclaim in such films as Thin Red Line and No Country for Old Men.