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PALMETTO

"Harry Barber is a very complex character. He's a little bitter about losing two years of his life for a crime he didn't commit," says WOODY HARRELSON.

"When he gets out of prison, he's caught up in this kidnapping scheme and keeps spiraling downward into the abyss. He just can't seem to get anything right, and for some reason, I kind of related with that," smiles the actor.

Woody Harrelson received an Academy Award nomination as best actor for his stunning portrayal of outlandish publisher Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt. He is one of a select group of actors that have successfully made the transition from the small screen to motion pictures. An Emmy Award winner in his role of lovable bartender Woody Boyd over the course of eight seasons on Cheers, Harrelson has moved deftly between comedy and drama in his choice of film roles.

Born in Midland, Texas and raised in Lebanon, Ohio, Harrelson majored in theatre arts and English at Hanover College in Indiana. Upon graduating, he moved to New York to pursue a career in acting, and a year later landed his first professional role as an understudy in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues.

He made his motion picture debut as a high school football player in Wildcats, which also featured Wesley Snipes, with whom he would later star with in White Men Can 't Jump and then again in Money Train. He starred opposite Demi Moore and Robert Redford in Indecent Proposal and received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the homicidal Micky for director Oliver Stone in Natural Born Killers. His other film credits include Doc Hollywood, L.A. Story, The Cowboy Way, Sunchaser and Kingpin.

Harrelson returned to his Alma Mater, Hanover College, to star in a production of The Diviners. He appeared on the Los Angeles stage in 1993 in Furthest From the Sun, a drama he both wrote and directed. He co­starred with Glenn Close and Laura Dern in 1991's Brooklyn Laundry, directed by James L. Brooks, and has also appeared on stage in Edward Albee's The Zoo Story, the off­Broadway production of The Boys Next Door, the San Francisco production of Biloxi Blues, and a basketball­themed play, 2 on 2, which he also wrote.

Prior to his portrayal of Harry Barber in Palmetto, Harrelson completed roles in Welcome to Sarajevo? and Wag the Dog, starring with Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro for director Barry Levinson.

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