WOODY HARRELSON (Ray)
won Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Actor for
his critically acclaimed portrait of controversial magazine publisher
Larry Flynt in Milos Forman's drama, The People vs. Larry Flynt.
Harrelson is one of a select group of actors that have triumphantly
made the transition from the small screen to motion pictures.
The actor first endeared himself to millions of viewers as a member
of the ensemble cast of NBC's long-running hit comedy, Cheers.
For his work as the affable bartender Woody Boyd, Harrelson
won an Emmy in 1988 and was nominated four additional times during
his eight-year run on the show.
Harrelson made his big-screen debut as a high school football
player in Wildcats, which also featured another burgeoning
talent, Wesley Snipes, with whom Harrelson would later reunite
in Ron Shelton's basketball comedy, White Men Can't Jump, and
the action-thriller, Money Train. He starred opposite Robert
Redford and Demi Moore in Adrian Lyne's drama Indecent Proposal,
and won acclaim as the homicidal Micky for direcror Oliver
Stone in the powerful drama, Natural Born Killers.
He also played the one-handed bowler Roy Munson in the Farrelly
Brothers' comedy, Kingpin; a newspaperman caught in a web
of intrigue in Volker Schlondorff's film noir thriller, Palmetto;
and a journalist covering war-torn Bosnia in last year's Welcome
to Sarajevo, for which he also won acclaim. Other film credits
include Wag the Dog, Sunchaser, Doc Hollywood, LA Story
and The Cowboy Way. Prior to beginning Edtv, Harrelson
joined a stellar cast in Terrence Malick's war drama, The Thin
Red Line. and starred in the feature The Hi-Lo Country
for director Stephen Frears.
Born in Midland, Texas and raised in Lebanon, Ohio, Harrelson
majored in theatre arts and English at Hanover College in Indiana.
Following graduation, he moved to New York to pursue a career
in acting, quickly landing his first professional role as an understudy
in the Broadway staging of Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues.
An accomplished stage actor, he recently 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 co-starred
with Glenn Close and Laura Dern in the 1991 staging of Brooklyn
Laundry, directed by James L. Brooks. Other stage appearances
include Edward Albee's The Zoo Story, the off-Broadway
presentation of The Boys Next Door, the San Francisco production
of Biloxi Blues and the basketball-themed play, 2 on
2. which he also wrote.
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