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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
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
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.