American actor and star of sitcom Cheers and films such as Natural Born Killers, The Thin Red Line and No Country for Old Men.
Woody Harrelson began his career as an understudy in the Neil Simon play Biloxi Blues and as an extra in various films and television shows. His big break came in 1985, when he was cast as sweet, dim-witted bartender Woody Boyd on the popular sitcom Cheers, which was in its fourth season. Woody was an instant hit with viewers, as well as with critics, and he stayed on for eight seasons. His performance earned him five Emmy nominations, including a 1989 Emmy win for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In 1996, Harrelson’s performance in the bio-pic The People vs. Larry Flynt earned the actor Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor. The film was lauded by critics, and his performance boosted Harrelson to A-list actor status. Following this, he landed a series of more serious film roles, including the war movie Welcome to Sarajevo (1997), the political satire Wag the Dog (1997) and the award-winning war film The Thin Red Line (1998).
Harrelson earned the attention of critics again in 2007 for the Coen brothers drama No Country for Old Men, which won him a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast, along with Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin and Kelly Macdonald. In 2008, Harrelson appeared in several films, including the comedy Semi-Pro with Will Ferrell and the drama Seven Pounds (2008) with Will Smith. In 2009, he co-starred in the horror comedy Zombieland and the dystopian apocalypse film 2012. His role that same year in the critically acclaimed drama The Messenger earned him several award nominations, including Golden Globe and Academy Award nods.
His most recent role in the series True Detective (2014), as Detective Marty Hart, was an instant hit and gained him an Emmy nomination for Best Actor.