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Woody Harrelson

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Born in Midland, Texas, July 23,  1961, Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Woodrow Tracy Harrelson is better known as Woody Harrelson the actor and playwright. He is the son of Diane and Charles Voyde Harrelson. Woody spent his childhood in Midland until he moved to his mother's native city, Lebanon, Ohio in 1973 when he was twelve. Woody worked as a woodcarver at Kings Island amusement through much of his high school at Lebanon High School.


Harrelson attended Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. Harrelson is widely known for his work on the NBC sitcom Cheers. He played bartender Woody Boyd, from Hanover, Indiana, where Harrelson attended college. For this role, Harrelson was nominated for five Emmy Awards, winning once in 1989.


In 2007 Woody Harrelson co-starred with fellow Midland County native Tommy Lee Jones in the movie "No Country for Old Men"


In 2011, Harrelson snagged the coveted role of fan-favorite drunk Haymitch Abernathy in the big-screen adaptation of The Hunger Games.


Harrelson co-stars in the 2019 Netflix film The Highwaymen. The film follows Frank Hamer and Maney Gault (played by Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson), two former Texas Rangers who attempt to track down and apprehend notorious criminals Bonnie and Clyde in the 1930s.


Woody's father Charles Harrelson disappeared from Woody’s life in 1968 when the actor was just seven years old,  leaving Woody's mother Diane to raise Woody and his two brothers. Afterward, the elder Harrelson killed a Texas grain dealer and received a 15-year sentence. In 1979 Texas drug lord Jimmy Chagra hired Charles Harrelson to kill someone who stood in his way. Chagra forked over $250,000 because he faced a life sentence for drug smuggling. Chagra was scheduled to go before U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. in El Paso, Texas. Harrelson was convicted for the murder and A judge handed down two life sentences to Charles Harrelson in 1981.




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