Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson, Born to a hit man who died serving a life sentence, Woody Harrelson was raised by his mother and two brothers in Ohio. He graduated in English and Drama from Hanover College in Indiana and launched his career on television, joining the cast of the hit American series Cheers in 1982.
His film debut came four years later in the comedy Wildcats, where he played a student football player and met Wesley Snipes. They later reunited in Spike Lee's film White Men Can't Jump (1992) and the crime thriller Money Train (1995). During this time, he also starred alongside Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal (1993). Harrelson gained significant acclaim for his roles in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers (1994), where he portrayed Mickey, a serial killer, and Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of the American porn magnate.
Following these high-profile roles, Harrelson diversified his career with morally complex characters: an oncologist in The Sunchaser (1996), a British journalist in Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), a rebellious farmer in The Hi-Lo Country (1999), and a cuckolded brother in EDtv (1999). He continued to balance larger roles with smaller ones in films like Wag the Dog (1997), Anger Management (2003), where he played a transvestite, and She Hate Me (2004).
Since then, Harrelson has showcased his versatility across a wide spectrum of films, from dramas like North Country (2005) to comedies like The Grand (2007). He appeared in the Coen Brothers' No Country for Old Men (2007), starred alongside Will Ferrell in Semi-Pro (2008), and fought environmental disaster in 2012 (2009) and zombies in Zombieland (2009). This blend of drama and comedy has become his trademark, evident in films like Friends with Benefits (2011) and the martial arts film Bunraku (2011).
After starring in Rampart (2012), Harrelson briefly turned to television, portraying Steve Schmidt in Game Change (2012) and later became Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games franchise (2012-2015). He continued to tackle diverse roles, from the comedy Seven Psychopaths (2012) to the thriller Out of the Furnace (2013), and portrayed detective Martin Hart in the acclaimed first season of True Detective (2014).
From 2013 to 2016, Harrelson reprised his role as Haymitch in the Hunger Games sequels and played Merritt McKinney in Now You See Me 2 (2016). Known for his tough and complex characters, he portrayed a villain in War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) and appeared in The Duel (2016). He starred as the titular character in Wilson (2017) and played a father in The Glass Castle (2017), showcasing his versatility in both blockbusters like Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) and smaller films like The Highwaymen (2019).
Throughout his career, Woody Harrelson has continually evolved, embracing roles that challenge and expand his acting repertoire, making him one of Hollywood's most respected and versatile actors.