WOODY HARRELSON's (Haymitch Abernathy) 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 the first season of HBO's critically acclaimed drama
True Detective co-starring Matthew McConaughey for director Cary Fukunaga. His
riveting performance as Detective Marty Hart garnered him a Primetime Emmy
Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Drama. Harrelson most recently completed
production on Triple Nine for director John Hillcoat. He is currently shooting
By Way of Helena for director Kieran Darcy Smith and will shoot Now You See Me 2
In 2013, Harrelson appeared in writer/director Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace
starring opposite Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, Relativity's animated film,
Free Birds with Owen Wilson and Louis Leterrier's Now You See Me.
In 2012 Harrelson starred opposite Julianne Moore and Ed Harris in the HBO film
Game Change for director Jay Roach, for which he earned Primetime Emmy, SAG
Awards, and Golden Globe nominations for his role as Steve Schmidt.
Other highlights from Harrelson's film career include Martin McDonagh's Seven
Psychopaths; 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; EDtv; 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 a Primetime Emmy in 1988 and was
nominated four additional times during his eight-year run on the show. In 1999,
he gained another Primetime 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.