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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 Jeannette Walls.

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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