"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
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
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