Harrelson, Woody 1961–

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HARRELSON, Woody 1961


Full name, Woodrow Tracy Harrelson; born July 23, 1961, in Midland, TX; son of Charles Voyde and Diane Harrelson; brother of Jordan Harrelson (an actor) and Brett Harrelson (an actor); married Nancy Simon, 1985 (divorced, 1986); married Laura Louie (a production company executive), January 11, 1998; children: (second marriage) Deni Montana, Zoe Giordano. Education: Hanover College, B.A., theatre arts and English, 1983. Avocational Interests: Sports (basketball, baseball, football, surfing, skiing), writing, juggling, chess, Elvis Presley, playing guitar and piano.

Addresses: Agent Jeremy Plager, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist Simon Halls, PMK/HBH Public Relations, 8500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Actor. Shepwood Productions, founder, c. 1990; Children at Play (production company), co owner; Sun International (beach accessories merchandising company), partner; O2 (oxygen bar; also known as Woody's Oxygen Bar), Los Angeles, coowner, 2001; Hempstead Company (promoters of industrial hemp), Costa Mesa, CA, investor. Manly Moondog and the Three Kool Hats (band), lead singer, early 1990s. Member of the board of directors, Ex'pression Center for New Media (art school), Emeryville, CA, and American Oceans Campaign. Economic and social activist for environmental and other issues. Held other jobs, including temporary worker at a publishing house and short order cook.

Member: Sigma Chi.

Awards, Honors: American Comedy Award, funniest newcomer, 1987, Emmy Award nominations, 1987, 1988, 1990, and 1991, and Emmy Award, 1989, all outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, all for Cheers; MTV Movie Award nominations (both with Wesley Snipes), best onscreen duo and best kiss, 1993, for White Men Can't Jump; MTV Movie Award (with Demi Moore), best kiss, 1994, for Indecent Proposal; MTV Movie Award nominations (both with Juliette Lewis), best onscreen duo and best kiss, 1995, for Natural Born Killers; Academy Award nomination, best actor, Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a motion picturedrama, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role, all 1997, for The People vs. Larry Flynt; Bronze Wrangler Award (with others), Western Heritage awards, outstanding theatrical motion picture, 1999, for The HiLo Country; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actor in a comedy series, 1999, for "The Show Where Woody Shows Up", Frasier; Honorary Maverick Award, Woodstock Film Festival, 2003; Hootie and the Blowfish's song "Woody" is about him.


Television Appearances; Series:

Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd, Cheers, NBC, 19851993.

Nathan, a recurring role, Will & Grace, NBC, 2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Slater, Bay Coven (also known as Bay Cove, The Devils of Bay Cove, Eye of the Demon, and Strangers in Town ), NBC, 1987.

Charlie Daimler (some sources cite Charlie Long), Killer Instinct (also known as Deadly Observation and Over the Edge ), NBC, 1988.

Lou the lamb, Mother Goose Rockn' Rhyme, The Disney Channel, 1990.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"Paul Reiser: Out on a Whim", On Location, HBO, 1987.

"Mickey's 60th Birthday Special", The Magical World of Disney, NBC, 1988.

Man on telephone, AFI Presents "TV or Not TV? ", NBC, 1990.

Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd, Cheers: 200th Anniversary Special, NBC, 1990.

Host, Showtime Comedy Club AllStars IV (also known as Comedy Club AllStar 4 with Woody Harrelson ), Showtime, 1990.

"Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration", The Magical World of Disney, NBC, 1990.

Super Bloopers and New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1990.

Himself, Back to School '92, CBS, 1992.

Himself, Free to Laugh: A Comedy and Music Special for Amnesty International, Lifetime, 1992.

Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd and himself, Last Call!: A Cheers Celebration (also known as Cheers: Last Call! ), NBC, 1993.

For Our Children: The Concert, The Disney Channel, 1993.

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards, ABC, 1996.

The Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 1997.

Inside the Academy Awards, TNT, 1997.

Himself, U.S. Comedy Arts Festival Tribute to Monty Python (also known as Monty Python's Flying Circus: Live at Aspen ), HBO, 1998.

Farm Aid '98, Country Music Television, 1998.

Himself, The AFI's 100 Years 100 Stars, CBS, 1999.

The Rock to Erase MS Concert, VH1, 1999.

Narrator, Reel Radicals: The Sixties Revolution in Film, American Movie Classics, 2002.

Host, The Three Stooges 75th Anniversary Special, NBC, 2003.

(In archive footage) 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1987, 1989, 1992.

Guest host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL ), NBC, 1989, 1991, 1992.

Himself, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1989, 1990, 1992.

Himself, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 1993.

Voice of Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd, "Fear of Flying", The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1994.

Himself, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000.

Tommy Dugan, "Meet Tommy Dugan", Spin City (also known as Spin ), ABC, 1996.

Henry, "Ellen: A Hollywood Tribute: Part 2", Ellen, ABC, 1998.

Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd, "The Show Where Woody Shows Up", Frasier, NBC, 1999.

Himself, Cheers: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2000.

(And in archive footage as Larry Flynt) Himself, Larry Flynt: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2000.

Himself, "Ted Danson: One Lucky Guy", Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

TV Tales, E! Entertainment Television, 2002.

Himself, V Graham Norton, 2002.

(In archive footage) Himself, Celebrities Uncensored, E! Entertainment Television, 2003, 2004.

Appeared as Richard, Dear John, NBC; also appeared as a guest in Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO.

Television Appearances; Other:

(In archive footage) Die Geschichte des erotischen Films, 2004.

Film Appearances:

Extra, Harper Valley P.T.A., April Fools, 1978.

Krushinski, Wildcats (also known as First and Goal ), Warner Bros., 1986.

(Uncredited) Cameo appearance, She's Having a Baby, Paramount, 1988.

Dustin, Cool Blue (also known as Creative Detour ), Columbia, 1990.

Hank Gordon, Doc Hollywood, Warner Bros., 1991.

(Uncredited) Harris's boss, L.A. Story, TriStar, 1991.

Homeless Vietnam veteran, Ted and Venus (also known as Love and Venice and Love and Venus ), Double Helix, 1991.

Billy Hoyle, White Men Can't Jump, Twentieth Century Fox, 1992.

David Murphy, Indecent Proposal, Paramount, 1993.

Ground Zero hero, I'll Do Anything, Columbia, 1994.

Mickey Knox, Natural Born Killers, Warner Bros., 1994.

Pepper Lewis, The Cowboy Way, Universal, 1994.

Charlie, Money Train, Columbia, 1995.

Dr. Michael Reynolds, The Sunchaser, Warner Bros., 1996.

Larry Flynt, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Columbia, 1996.

Roy Munson, Kingpin, MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1996.

Flynn, Welcome to Sarajevo (also known as Sarajevo ), Miramax, 1997.

Harry Barber, Palmetto (also known as Dumme sterben nicht aus ), Castle Rock/Rialto Film, 1997.

Sergeant William Schumann, Wag the Dog, New Line Cinema, 1997.

(Uncredited) Himself, I Think I Cannes (also known as All Access ), 1997.

Big Boy Matson, The HiLo Country (also known as HiLo CountryIm Land der letzten Cowboys ), Gramercy, 1998.

Sergeant Keck, The Thin Red Line, Twentieth Century Fox, 1998.

Ray Pekurny, Edtv (also known as Ed TV ), MCA/Universal, 1999.

Vince Boudreau, Play It to the Bone (also known as Play It ), Buena Vista, 1999.

Himself, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (also known as Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me ), New Line Cinema, 1999.

Narrator, Grass, Unapix Films, 2000.

Himself, Welcome to Hollywood, Phaedra Cinema, 2000.

Himself, American Saint, On the Road Productions, 2001.

Jason "Woods" Valley, Scorched, Neverland Films, 2002.

Galaxia/Garry the guard, Anger Management, Columbia, 2003.

Leland Powell, She Hate Me, Sony Pictures Classics, 2004.

Stan, After the Sunset, New Line Cinema, 2004.

Himself and taxi driver, This SoCalled Disaster, IFC Films, 2004.

Himself, Go Further, Mongrel Media, 2004.

Title role, Jack Tucker, Trucker, GreeneStreet Films, 2005.

Luckman, A Scanner Darkly, Warner Bros., 2005.

Raymond, The Big White, Capitol Films, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Understudy for the roles of Roy Selridge and Joseph Wykowski, Biloxi Blues, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 19851986.

Jack, The Boys Next Door, Lamb's Theatre, New York City, 19871988.

Two on Two and The Zoo Story (doublebill), Court Theatre, Los Angeles, 1989.

Zach, Furthest from the Sun, Los Angeles, 1993.

Bill Starbuck, The Rainmaker, Roundabout Theatre Company, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 19992000.

Taxi driver, The Late Henry Moss, Theatre on the Square, San Francisco, CA, 2000.

Robert ("Bobby"), On an Average Day, Comedy Theatre, London, 2002.

Also appeared in Brooklyn Laundry.

Stage Director:

Furthest from the Sun, Los Angeles, 1993, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Minneapolis, MN, 1999.

This Is Our Youth, Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2003.

Stage Producer:

Two on Two and The Zoo Story (doublebill), Court Theatre, Los Angeles, 1989.

Furthest from the Sun, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Minneapolis, MN, 1999.



Himself, Edtv: Caught in the Camera's Eye (also known as Caught in the Camera's Eye ), Universal Studios Home Video, 1999.

Himself, Skull Session: The Making of "Anger Management " (also known as The Making of "Anger Management "), Columbia, 2003.

Appeared in the music video "White Men Can't Jump", by Riff.


Backup vocalist, "Little Brother", by Hootie and the Blowfish, 2003.


Stage Plays:

Two on Two, Court Theatre, Los Angeles, 1989, produced on a doublebill with The Zoo Story.

(With Frankie Hyman) Furthest from the Sun, Los Angeles, 1993, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Minneapolis, MN, 1999.



Audubon, July, 2000, p. 16.

Current Biography, January, 1997, pp. 2125.

Empire, Issue 66, 1994, p. 9; October, 1997, p. 105.

Entertainment Weekly, March 25, 1994, p. 12; August 19, 1994, p. 13; June 30, 1995, p. 86; June 14, 1996, p. 12; October 18, 1996, p. 16; December 13, 1996, p. 16; December 27, 1996, p. 85.

In Style, February 1, 1999, p. 149.

Interview, December, 1996, pp. 8085.

Los Angeles, February, 1998, pp. 5055.

Newsweek, March 29, 1999, p. 77.

People Weekly, June 20, 1994, p. 124; December 9, 1996, p. 125; March 31, 1997, p. 47; September 11, 2000, p. 177.

Playboy, January, 1992, pp. 13637, 18486.

Premiere, October, 1995, pp. 7077; December, 1996, pp. 11827; August, 2001, pp. 5659, 107.

Texas Monthly, November, 1994, pp. 100104.

Time, December 9, 1996, p. 93.