OUT OF THE FURNACE
WOODY HARRELSON's (Harlan DeGroat) rare mix of intensity and
charisma consistently surprises and delights audiences and critics alike in both
mainstream and independent projects. His portrayal of a casualty notification
officer, opposite Ben Foster, in Oren Moverman's The Messenger garnered him a
2010 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was previously
nominated by the Academy, the Golden Globes and SAG Awards in the category of
Best Actor for his portrayal of controversial magazine publisher Larry Flynt in
Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt.
Harrelson was last seen in Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me starring Jesse
Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco and Melanie Laurent. This
fall, Harrelson will lend his voice to Relativity's animated film, Free Birds,
with Owen Wilson. Harrelson will also be seen in Lionsgate's The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire in which he will reprise his role as Haymitch Abernathy.
In January 2014, Harrelson will star opposite Matthew McConaughey in the HBO
miniseries "True Detective" directed by Cary Fukunaga.
In 2012 Harrelson starred opposite Julianne Moore and Ed Harris in the HBO
film Game Change for director Jay Roach, for which he earned Emmy , SAG, and
Golden Globe nominations for his role as Steve Schmidt. Harrelson was most
recently seen in Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, alongside Sam Rockwell,
Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken and in Gary Ross' blockbuster The Hunger
Games based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins.
Other highlights from Harrelson's film career include Rampart, which reunited
him with director Oren Moverman, Ruben Fleischer's box office hit Zombieland;
Friends with Benefits; 2012; Semi-Pro; The Grand; No Country For Old Men; A
Scanner Darkly; A Prairie Home Companion; Defendor; Seven Pounds; The Prize
Winner of Defiance, Ohio; North Country; The Big White; After The Sunset; Play
It To The Bone; Battle In Seattle; Ed Tv; The Hi-Lo County; Transsiberian; The
Thin Red Line; Wag The Dog; Welcome To Sarajevo; Kingpin; Natural Born Killers;
Indecent Proposal; White Men Can't Jump and was recently seen as the on screen
host for director Pete McGrain's powerful political documentary Ethos.
Harrelson 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, he won an Emmy in 1988 and was nominated four
additional times during his eight-year run on the show. In 1999, he gained
another Emmy nomination when he reprised the role in a guest appearance on the
spin-off series "Frasier." He later made a return to television with a recurring
guest role on the hit NBC series, "Will and Grace."
Balancing his film and television work, in 1999 Harrelson directed his own
play, Furthest From The Sun at the Theatre de la Juene Lune in Minneapolis. He
followed next with the Roundabout's Broadway revival of The Rainmaker; Sam
Shepherd's The Late Henry Moss, and John Kolvenbach's On An Average Day opposite
Kyle MacLachlan at London's West End. Harrelson directed the Toronto premiere of
Kenneth Lonergan's "This Is Our Youth" at Toronto's Berkeley Street Theatre. In
the winter of 2005 Harrelson returned to London's West End, starring in
Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana at the Lyric Theatre. In 2011, Harrelson
co-wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical comedy Bullet for Adolf at Hart
House Theatre in Toronto. In the summer of 2012 Bullet for Adolf made its
Off-Broadway debut at New World Stages.
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