Woody Harrelson’s BiographyWoody Harrelson is a famous American actor and director. Over the course of his career, he appeared in more than 80 pictures! Woody stars in various film genres, but prefers drama, comedy, and crime. Harrelson received numerous prestigious awards, including Primetime Emmy Award; he was also nominated for the Academy Award twice and for the Golden Globe Award four times.
Childhood and familyWoody’s parents, Charles and Diane Harrelson, had three kids together, but divorced when Woody was only three years old. According to the actor himself, he is forever grateful to his mother, as she has never spoken badly about her ex-husband and never took her anger out on her children. She was a very religious and hard-working woman, who did her best to provide her family with everything that they needed.
When Woody was 11 years old, he heard on the radio that someone named Charles Harrelson was being prosecuted for the murder of Federal Judge John H. Wood Jr. The boy was shocked, however, he believed that it was not his estranged dad, but some other man, who committed the crime. Thanks to newspaper articles and extensive television coverage, Woody soon learned that his father, Charles Harrelson, was a convicted contract killer, and his mother was keeping the truth from the kids. It was a high-profile trial, as it was the first-ever murder of a judge in the US in the 20th century. Despite his previous murder conviction dating back to 1968 and having served for 5 years, Charles was sentenced to two life sentences.
Woody maintained a very liberal lifestyle: he was always surrounded by women, drugs, and alcohol and often participated in various protests and rallies. But the actor strongly believes that those years were not spent in vain, as the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.
Woody Harrelson’s acting careerWoody Harrelson began his acting career by appearing in various theater productions when he was 19 years old. He made his debut television appearance in 1982 in the fourth season of the sitcom Cheers, where he portrayed a bartender, named Woodrow Huckleberry Tiberius Boyd, for eight seasons. Harrelson was nominated for five Emmy Awards winning once in 1989. The actor considers that role to be the breakthrough of his career.
In 2018 Woody appeared in the superhero Marvel Comics film – Venom, alongside Tom Hardy. He had a cameo role and portrayed a supervillain, Cletus Kasady, in a Spiderman spin-off.
Personal lifeIn 1985 the actor hastily married Nancy Simon, daughter of playwright Neil Simon. The couple wanted to split right after the wedding ceremony, but due to all the paperwork needed, it took 10 months to finalize their divorce. For the next couple of years, Woody had numerous short-lived flings, including Juliette Lewis and Glenn Close.
Laura Louie was Woody’s former personal assistant, who did her utmost to make the actor’s life as comfortable as possible: fended off pushy and annoying reporters and paparazzi, brought him back home after parties, made him herbal teas, and overall was extremely caring and accommodating. Once, when Woody was filming in Africa, he couldn’t stop thinking about Laura and eventually realized that he was in love. According to the actor himself, one day he just took a guitar and sang a love song that he wrote himself, to Laura. That is when he learned that his shy assistant has been in love with him for two years. However, the fact that they were both in love did not prevent Laura from making up her mind on whether to marry Woody for nearly 20 years! The couple married in 2008. Woody and Laura have three daughters together: Deni Montana, Zoe Giordano, and Makani Ravello, whom the proud father lovingly calls my three goddesses.
Woody hates to get up early and respects those, who march to the beat of their own drum, therefore Apple’s motto Think Different resonates with him deeply.