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Biography #2 (for A Scanner Darkly)

Woody Harrelson received Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Nominations as Best Actor for his critically acclaimed portrayal of controversial magazine publisher Larry Flynt in Milos Forman's drama, The People Vs. Larry Flynt. Other films include Play it to the Bone, The Thin Red Line, The Hi-Lo Country, Ed TV, Wag the Dog, Welcome to Sarajevo, Kingpin, Natural Born Killers, Indecent Proposal and White Men Can't Jump. Harrelson starred opposite Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in Brett Ratner's After the Sunset, the Jane Anderson directed The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio with Julianne Moore, director Mark Mylod's The Big White with Robin Williams and Holly Hunter, and North Country starring Charlize Theron, Sissy Spacek, and Frances McDormand for director Niki Caro. He is currently filming The Walker, with Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall and Willem Dafoe for director Paul Schrader, and can be seen the upcoming Robert Altman ensemble feature, A Prairie Home Companion.

Harrelson's environmental activism marries his film efforts in Ron Mann's Go Further, a road documentary following Woody and friends on their bicycle journey down the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to Santa Barbara.

In addition to his film work, 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, Harrelson won an Emmy in 1988 and was nominated four additional times during his eight-year run on the show.

Balancing his film and television work, in 1999 Harrelson revived a career long commitment to the theatre by directing 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 N. Richard Nash play The Rainmaker 2000, Sam Sheperd's The Late Henry Moss in 2001, John Kolvenbach's On An Average Day opposite Kyle MacLachlan in London's West End in the fall of 2002, and in the summer of 2003 Harrelson directed the Toronto premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth at the Berkeley Street Theatre. In the winter of 2005/2006 Harrelson returned to London's West End, starring in Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana at the Lyric Theatre.

Bio courtesy Warner Independent for "A Scanner Darkly" (09-Jul-2006)


Biography #3 (for After the Sunset)

Woody Harrelson is one of a select group of actors that has triumphantly made the transition from the small screen to motion pictures. The actor 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,' Harrelson won an Emmy in 1988, and was nominated four additional times during his eight-year run on the show.

Harrelson won Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Nominations as Best Actor for his critically-acclaimed portrayal of controversial magazine publisher Larry Flynt in Milos Forman's drama, The People Vs. Larry Flynt. He starred with a stellar cast in Terence Malick's Oscar nominated war drama The Thin Red Line, Stephen Frears acclaimed feature Hi-Lo Country, and Ron Howard's EdTV.

Harrelson made his big screen debut as a high school football player in Wildcats, which also featured another burgeoning talent, Wesley Snipes, with whom Harrelson would later reunite in Ron Shelton's basketball comedy, White Men Can't Jump, and the action thriller, Money Train. He starred opposite Robert Redford and Demi Moore in Adrian Lyne's drama, Indecent Proposal, and won acclaim as the homicidal Mickey for director Oliver Stone in the powerful drama, Natural Born Killers. He played one-handed bowler ‘Roy Munson' in the Farrelly Brothers' comedy, Kingpin, a newspaperman caught in a web of intrigue in Volker Schlondorff's film noir thriller, Palmetto and a journalist covering war-torn Bosnia in Welcome To Sarajevo. Other film credits include Wag The Dog, Sunchaser, Doc Hollywood, L.A.Story, The Cowboy Way and Ron Shelton's Play It To The Bone with Antonio Banderas.Harrelson recently wrapped filming on director Mark Mylod's, The Big White, with Robin Williams and Holly Hunter, and Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly, with Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona Ryder. He is currently filming The Prize Winner of Defiance Ohio with Julianne Moore for director Jane Anderson.

Harrelson's environmental activism marries his film efforts in Ron Mann's Go Further, a road documentary following Woody and friends on their bicycle journey down the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to Santa Barbara.

Beginning in 1999, Harrelson revived his commitment to return to the theatre by directing 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 N. Richard Nash play The Rainmaker in 2000, Sam Sheperd's The Late Henry Moss in 2001, John Kolvenbach's On An Average Day opposite Kyle MacLachlan in London's West End in the fall of 2002, and in the summer of 2003 Harrelson directed the Toronto premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth at the Berkeley Street Theatre.

He remains most inspired by his role as ‘Daddy' in the improvisational group The Harrelsons, the long running sequel to A Life of Lonely Hedonism.

Bio courtesy New Line Cinema for "After the Sunset" (21-Nov-2004)


Biography #4

Woody Harrelson is reunited with director Ron Shelton who directed the actor in his breakthrough film performance in White Men Can't Jump. He is one of the select group of actors who has successfully made the transition from the small screen to motion pictures. An Emmy Award winner in his role of lovable bartender Woody Boyd over the course of eight seasons on Cheers, Harrelson has moved deftly between comedy and drama in his choice of film roles.

Born in Midland, Texas and raised in Lebanon, Ohio, Harrelson majored in Theatre Arts and English at Hanover College in Indiana. Upon graduating, he moved to New York to pursue a career in acting, and a year later landed his first professional role as an understudy in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues.

He made his motion picture debut as a high school football player in Wildcats, which also featured Wesley Snipes, with whom he would later star in White Men Can't Jump and then again in Money Train. He starred opposite Demi Moore and Robert Redford in Indecent Proposal and received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the homicidal Micky Knox for director Oliver Stone in Natural Born Killers. His other film credits include Doc Hollywood, L.A. Story, The Cowboy Way, Sunchaser, Kingpin, Welcome To Sarajevo, Palmetto and Wag the Dog. Harrelson received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor for his portrayal of outlandish publisher Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt, directed by Milos Forman. Most recently, the actor appeared in Terence Malick's The Thin Red Line, and starred in The Hi Lo Country for Stephen Frears.

He is currently starring on Broadway in The Rainmaker.

Bio courtesy Touchstone (01-Jan-2000)


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