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As of 2022, there are a lot of actors and actresses who have had an impressive and noteworthy career trajectory and one such actor who has always been spoken in high regard is Woody Harrelson. Woody Harrelson has been around for a while now, and only recently entered his 60s, but he continues to be an active and important of Hollywood, especially with his new movie Champions on the way. We’ve often praised the young talent and the newer generation that is taking the lead in Hollywood, but sometimes it’s important to remember the classics who paved the way for the newbies.
Woody Harrelson has always been an important part of Hollywood and we’re here to tell you all about him, from his net worth to his biography, to his dating history and much more:
Woody Harrelson has a net worth of approximately $70 million. Having been a successful actor for almost 40 years, it makes perfect sense that his net worth would be so high. In addition to his career in Hollywood, Harrelson is the owner of The Woods WeHo, a cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles, California. The actor also owned a hotel, The Inn at the Black Olive, in Baltimore, Maryland for about five years before it was sold and turned into an apartment complex.
Woodrow Tracy Harrelson was born on July 23, 1961, in Midland, Texas. He moved to Lebanon, Ohio, where his mother grew up, in 1973. After graduating from Lebanon High School, he attended Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. He studied English and Theater and was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He was also friends with former Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, and graduated in 1983.
Harrelson‘s career kicked off rather quickly. He is most widely known for starring on the NBC sitcom Cheers, in which he played bartender Woody Boyd. He joined the cast in 1985, and he even reprised his role and guest-starred on the Cheers spin-off Frasier. Harrelson has also appeared on the sitcom Will and Grace and hosted Saturday Night Live four times.
Harrelson made his film debut in the 1986 comedy Wildcats, opposite Goldie Hawn. He then appeared in the romantic comedy Cool Blue alongside Hank Azaria. Other popular early films of his include White Men Can’t Jump and Money Train. In 1993, he starred in the drama Indecent Proposal alongside Demi Moore and Robert Redford. The film was a box office success and earned over $265 million.
In 1996, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for his role as Larry Flynt, the publisher of the pornographic magazine Hustler, in The People vs. Larry Flynt. Following his award nominations, he was cast in some more serious films, such as the 1997 war film Welcome to Sarajevo. In 1999, he portrayed Sergeant Keck in The Thin Red Line, a war film that would be nominated for seven Academy Awards. After appearing in Play It to the Bone in 1999, he did not appear on the big screen again until 2003 when he co-starred in Anger Management.
Harrelson appeared in several critically acclaimed films over the next few years, including North Country, starring Charlize Theron, and The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio. Notably, he appeared in No Country for Old Men in 2007. The crime thriller won the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. Harrelson took home a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast, which included stars like Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones. He also starred in several comedies including Semi-Pro with Will Ferrell and Zombieland.
His best role came along in 2009 when he played Captain Tony Stone in The Messenger. He won several awards for his performance and was even nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He made an appearance in 2012’s The Hunger Games, based on the best-selling book series. He reprised the role of Haymitch Abernathy in all three films that followed in the series.
2017 found Harrelson up for a number of awards once again, this time for his performance as Bill Willoughby in the black comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The film stars Frances McDormand as a woman who pays for three billboards to draw attention to her daughter’s unsolved rape and murder. The film won the Golden Globe Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture – Drama. Harrelson was nominated for an Academy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role.
Harrelson appeared in Solo: A Star Wars Story as Han Solo’s mentor, Tobias Beckett, in 2019. He joined the cast of the Venom franchise as the antagonist Cletus Kasady, as well.
Outside of his acting career, Harrelson is an avid fan of chess and has attended the World Chess Championship several times. He was raised Presbyterian and studied theology in college, which helped him to reflect on his own beliefs. He follows a raw vegan diet and lives with his family on a working organic farm in Maui, Hawaii.
Woody Harrelson’s dating history isn’t too extensive, but it is… interesting. Here’s what we know! In 1985, he married Nancy Simon, the daughter of playwright Neil Simon, in Tijuana, Mexico. The two didn’t intend for the marriage to be serious, but to their surprise, the storefront where they got married (and also planned to get divorced) was closed the next day. They remained married for another ten months.
Over the years, Harrelson has had several short-lived relationships with other female celebrities, including actresses Carol Kane, Ally Sheedy, and Glenn Close, as well as the model and actress Brooke Shields. In 1987, Laura Louie was hired to be his assistant while he was still working on Cheers. He began dating the now-entrepreneur in 1990 and had three children with her before they officially tied the knot in 2008.
Harrelson had a somewhat famous parent, but not in the way you might expect. His mom Diane, née Oswald, was a secretary. His father was the hitman and organized crime member Charles Voyde Harrison, who was convicted of assassinating federal judge John H. Wood, Jr., in 1979. Harrelson’s father was found guilty of several murders in the past, but he was sentenced to two life terms since he was hired by a drug dealer who was trying to avoid sentencing. Harrelson says that his father disappeared from their home in 1968 and left his mother to take care of him and his two brothers. He was unaware of his father’s whereabouts until the news broke of his arrest in 1981. He did not have much of a relationship with his father, and his father died in prison of a heart attack in 2007.
Harrelson has two brothers named Jordan and Brett, and he has three daughters with his wife – Deni Montana (1993), Zoe Giordano (1996), and Makani Revello (2006).
It doesn’t matter which movie or performance of Woody Harrelson you remember him from, because they have all been iconic in their own ways. However, we would love to know in the comments section, what your favorite Woody Harrelson role has been so far!