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WOODY HARRELSON (Merritt McKinney) has a rare mix of intensity
and charisma that 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 a 2010 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was
previously nominated by the Academy Awards, the Golden Globes and the 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.
More recently, Harrelson starred in HBO's "True Detective," co-starring Matthew
McConaughey, and received Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations.
Harrelson recently completed filming the third installment of the Planet of The
Apes film franchise, entitled War for the Planet of the Apes and directed by
Matt Reeves. He also finished production on The Edge of Seventeen, produced by
James L. Brooks. Upcoming releases include Craig Johnson's Wilson, based on the
graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, and Rob Reiner's LBJ, starring as Lyndon B.
Johnson. Harrelson next begins production on Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards
Outside Ebbing, Missouri, alongside Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, and The
Glass Castle, for director Destin Cretton, based on the bestselling memoir by
Previously, the actor appeared in Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me, as part of
an all-star cast; all four Hunger Games films, alongside Jennifer Lawrence; John
Hillcoat's Triple 9, with Casey Affleck; Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace,
opposite Christian Bale; the animated film Free Birds, with Owen Wilson; and
Martin McDonagh's Seven Psychopaths, alongside Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell and
Christopher Walken. Additionally, he was the onscreen host for director Pete
McGrain's powerful political documentary Ethos.
In 2012 Harrelson starred opposite Julianne Moore and Ed Harris in the HBO film
"Game Change" for director Jay Roach. His performance as Steve Schmidt was
nominated for an Emmy, SAG Award and Golden Globe Award.
Other film credits include Rampart, 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, Edtv, The Hi-Lo Country, Transsiberian, The Thin Red Line, Wag the Dog,
Welcome to Sarajevo, Kingpin, Natural Born Killers, Indecent Proposal and White
Men Can't Jump.
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 received
another 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 & Grace."
In 1999 Harrelson directed his own play, "Furthest From the Sun," at the Theatre
de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis. Next he appeared in a Broadway revival of "The
Rainmaker," Sam Shepard's "The Late Henry Moss" and John Kolvenbach's "On An
Average Day." 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 and starred 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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