Woody Harrelson is a versatile American actor, playwright, and activist who has a net worth of $80 million as of 2021. He is most known for playing Woody Boyd on NBC’s “Cheers,” for which he won an Emmy, but he has also featured in dozens of films. He received Academy Award nods for his parts in “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “The Messenger,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
|Celebrated Name||Woody Harrelson|
|Real Name||Woodrow Tracy Harrelson|
|Date of Birth||60 years old|
|Age||July 23, 1961|
|Birth Place||Midland, Texas, United States|
|Wife||Laura Louie (m. 2008), Nancy Simon (m. 1985–1986)|
|Profession||Actor, producer and director|
|Social Media||Facebook, Twitter & Instagram|
|Net Worth||$80 million|
Woody Harrelson was born Woodrow Tracy Harrelson in Midland, Texas, on July 23, 1961. His father, Charles, was a hitman, and his mother, Diane, was a secretary. Charles was convicted in the 1979 assassination of federal judge John H. Wood Jr.; he was sentenced to two life terms and died in prison from a heart attack in 2007. They divorced in 1964, and after serving 5 years in prison for the murder of a grain dealer, Charles was convicted in the 1979 assassination of federal judge John H. Wood Jr.; he was sentenced to two life terms and died in prison from a heart attack in 2007.
Woody grew up with two brothers, Jordan and Brett, and claims that his family was impoverished but always had food on the table. Harrelson graduated from Lebanon High School in 1979, and the couple relocated to Diane’s hometown of Lebanon, Ohio, in 1973. After graduating, he worked at Kings Island amusement park for the summer before enrolling in Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana (which was a Presbyterian college at the time). Woody was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity in college and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater and English in 1983.
Television Career:- In the fourth season of “Cheers,” Harrelson made his television debut as a member of the cast. From 1985 through 1993, he featured in 200 episodes and was nominated for five Primetime Emmys, winning one in 1989. Woody Boyd, his character, had appearances on “The Simpsons” in 1994 and “Frasier” in 1999. In 2001, Harrelson appeared in seven episodes of “Will & Grace” as Grace’s boyfriend, and in 2014, he starred in HBO’s “True Detective.” Woody has also starred in “Dear John” and “Spin City,” and in the HBO film “Game Change” in 2012, he played Republican strategist Steve Schmidt. In 1989, 1992, 2014, and 2019, Harrelson hosted “Saturday Night Live,” and he made guest appearances as Joe Biden in episodes hosted by Will Ferrell and David Harbour in 2019.
Movie Career:- Woody’s first film job was in 1986’s “Wildcats,” and he went on to star in “Doc Hollywood,” “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Indecent Proposal,” “Natural Born Killers,” and other films before landing his Oscar-nominated role as Larry Flynt in 1996’s “The People vs. Larry Flynt.”
In addition to one-handed bowler Roy Munson in 1996’s “Kingpin,” Tallahassee in 2009’s “Zombieland,” and Haymitch Abernathy in the “Hunger Games” serial, Harrelson has featured in over 70 films. He earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his parts in the 2007 film “No Country for Old Men” and the 2018 film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”
Theatre Career:- From 1985 to 1986, Harrelson was an understudy in Neil Simon Theatre’s “Biloxi Blues,” and from 1987 to 1988, he played Jack in Lamb’s Theatre’s “The Boys Next Door.” He also portrayed Bill Starbuck in “The Rainmaker” at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from 1999 to 2000, and Shannon in “Night of the Iguana” at the Lyric Theatre from 2005 to 2006.
In 1999, Woody directed the play “Furthest from the Sun” at the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis, which he authored. He also directed his piece “Bullet for Adolf” for two weeks at Toronto’s Hart House Theatre in 2011 and for New World Stages off-Broadway from July to September 2012.
Personal Life and Relationships
In 1985, while visiting Tijuana, Woody married Nancy Simon, the daughter of author Neil Simon. The pair had no intention of marrying and intended to annul the relationship the next day; unfortunately, the marriage/divorce parlor was closed, and they remained wedded for ten months. Deni (born in February 1993), Zoe (born in September 1996), and Makani (born in September 1996) are Harrelson’s three children, whom he married Laura Louie in 2008 at their Maui home (born in June 2006). Laura met Woody in 1987 while working as his personal assistant on the set of “Cheers,” and the pair launched “Voice Yourself,” a website that encourages individuals to protest pollution, in 2001.
Woody is a vegan and was crowned the Sexiest Vegetarian by PETA in 2012. He favors marijuana legalization and is committed to environmental concerns. Harrelson, a chess enthusiast, has twice visited the World Chess Championships, where he had the distinction of making the ceremonial opening move in 2016.
Legal Issues and Controversies
Harrelson has been arrested multiple times, including in 1982 for disorderly behavior and resisting arrest, in 1996 for symbolically planting hemp seeds (which the sheriff termed “cultivating marijuana”), and in 2002 for causing damage to a cab and fleeing police. He did not serve any time in prison as a result of any of these arrests. A TMZ cameraman filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against Woody in 2008, stating that he was beaten and his camera was smashed; the case was dropped when the two parties struck an agreement in 2010.
Awards and Accolades
Harrelson won an American Comedy Award for Funniest Newcomer in 1987 and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 1989 for his work in “Cheers.” Woody and his “Indecent Proposal” co-star Demi Moore won an MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss in 1993, and for “The Messenger” in 2009, he received four accolades, including an Independent Spirit Award and a Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award.
In 2009, Harrelson won a San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Body of Work (for his roles in “The Messenger,” “Zombieland,” and “2012”), as well as an African American Film Critics Association Award for “Rampart” in 2011. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Hanover College.
Woody Harrelson Net Worth
Woody Harrelson’s net worth is predicted to be approximately $80 million as of December 2021. His income came from his roles in television movies and series. The anticipated pay for Woody Harrelson from “Money Train” is $5 million. He is both director and producer of his film “Lost in London” which was released in 2017.