Woody Harrelson - Rotten Tomatoes

Woody Harrelson

Highest Rated:   96% Nanking (2007)
Lowest Rated:   0% Surfer, Dude (2008)
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Birthplace:   Midland, Texas, USA
Known almost as much for his off-screen pastimes as his on-screen characterizations, Woody Harrelson is an actor for whom truth is undeniably stranger than fiction. Son of a convicted murderer, veteran of multiple arrests, outspoken environmentalist, and tireless hemp proponent, Harrelson is colorful even by Hollywood standards. However, he is also a strong, versatile actor, something that tends to be obscured by the attention paid to his real-life antics. Born in Midland, TX, on July 23, 1961, Harrelson grew up in Lebanon, OH. He began his acting career there, appearing in high-school plays. He also went professional around this time, making his small-screen debut in Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978) alongside Barbara Eden. While studying acting in earnest, Harrelson attended Indiana's Hanover College; following his graduation, he had his first speaking part (one line only) in the 1986 Goldie Hawn vehicle Wildcats. On the stage, Harrelson understudied in the Neil Simon Broadway comedy Biloxi Blues (he was briefly married to Simon's daughter Nancy) and at one point wrote a play titled Furthest From the Sun. His big break came in 1985, when he was cast as the sweet-natured, ingenuous bartender Woody Boyd on the TV sitcom Cheers. To many, he is best remembered for this role, for which he won a 1988 Emmy and played until the series' 1993 conclusion. During his time on Cheers, Harrelson also played more serious roles in made-for-TV movies such as Bay Coven (1987), and branched out to the big screen with roles in such films as Casualties of War (1989) and Doc Hollywood (1991). Harrelson's big break as a movie star came with Ron Shelton's 1992 sleeper White Men Can't Jump, a buddy picture in which he played a charming (if profane) L.A. hustler. His next film was a more serious drama, Indecent Proposal (1993), wherein he was miscast as a husband whose wife sleeps with a millionaire in exchange for a fortune. In 1994, Harrelson appeared as an irresponsible rodeo rider in the moronic buddy comedy The Cowboy Way, which proved to be an all-out clinker. That film's failings, however, were more than overshadowed by his other film that year, Oliver Stone's inflammatory Natural Born Killers. Playing one of the film's titular psychopaths, Harrelson earned both raves and a sizable helping of controversy for his complex performance. Following work in a couple of low-rated films, Harrelson again proved his mettle, offering another multi-layered performance as real life pornography magnate Larry Flynt in the controversial People Vs. Larry Flynt (1996). The performance earned Harrelson an Oscar nomination. The next year, he earned further praise for his portrayal of a psychotic military prisoner in Wag the Dog. He then appeared as part of an all-star lineup in Terrence Malick's The Thin Red Line (1998), and in 1999 gave a hilarious performance as Matthew McConaughey's meathead brother in EdTV. That same year, he lent his voice to one of his more passionate causes, acting as the narrator for Grass, a documentary about marijuana. In 2000, Harrelson starred in White Men collaborator Ron Shelton's boxing drama Play It to the Bone as an aspiring boxer who travels to Las Vegas to find fame and fortune, but ends up competing against his best friend (Antonio Banderas). The actor temporarily retired from the big screen in 2001 and harkened back to his television roots, with seven appearances as Nathan, the short-term downstairs boyfriend to Debra Messing's Grace, in producer David Kohan's long-running hit Will and Grace (1998-2006). After his return to television, Harrelson seemed content to land supporting roles for several years. He reemerged in cineplexes with twin 2003 releases. In that year's little-seen Scorched, an absurdist farce co-starring John Cleese and Alicia Silverstone, Harrelson plays an environmentalist and animal activist who seeks retribution on Cleese's con-man for the death of one of his pet ducks. Unsurprisingly, most American critics didn'

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Now You See Me 3
  • Merritt McKinney
2019
No Score Yet Solo: A Star Wars Story
  • Beckett
2018
94% Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Sheriff Bill Willoughby
$0.4M 2017
54% LBJ
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson
$2.1M 2017
50% The Glass Castle
  • Rex Walls
$17.3M 2017
93% War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Colonel
$146.6M 2017
No Score Yet Planeta dos macacos - A guerra
  • Actor
2017
48% Wilson
  • Wilson
$0.7M 2017
71% Lost In London Live
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2017
No Score Yet Shock and Awe
  • Jonathan Landay
2017
95% The Edge of Seventeen
  • Mr. Bruner
$14.3M 2016
26% The Duel
  • Abraham Brant
2016
33% Now You See Me 2
  • Merritt McKinney
$65.1M 2016
53% Triple 9
  • Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen
2016
No Score Yet The Hunger Games: Complete 4-Film Collection
  • Haymitch Abernathy
2016
70% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
  • Haymitch Abernathy
$254.7M 2015
67% The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
  • Haymitch Abernathy
$295.5M 2014
54% Out of the Furnace
  • Harlan DeGroat
$8.4M 2013
89% The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Haymitch Abernathy
$336.7M 2013
17% Free Birds
  • Jake
$46.7M 2013
50% Now You See Me
  • Merritt McKinney
$117.7M 2013
82% Seven Psychopaths
  • Charlie
$15.1M 2012
84% The Hunger Games
  • Haymitch Abernathy
$408M 2012
74% Rampart
  • David Douglas Brown
$1M 2012
66% Game Change
  • Steve Schmidt
2012
19% Bunraku
  • Bartender
2011
69% Friends With Benefits
  • Tommy
$55.9M 2011
No Score Yet The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Pinkville
  • Col. Henderson
2011
No Score Yet Ethos
  • Host
2011
89% The Messenger
  • Captain Tony Stone
$1.1M 2009
40% 2012
  • Charlie Frost
$166.2M 2009
90% Zombieland
  • Tallahassee
$75.6M 2009
68% Defendor
  • Arthur Poppington/Defendor
2009
46% Management
  • Jango
$0.9M 2009
No Score Yet Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days.
  • Actor
2009
26% Seven Pounds
  • Ezra Turner
$70M 2008
72% Fuel
  • Actor
2008
55% Battle in Seattle
  • Dale
2008
0% Surfer, Dude
  • Jack Mayweather
2008
93% Transsiberian
  • Roy
$2.1M 2008
21% Semi-Pro
  • Monix
$33.4M 2008
17% Sleepwalking
  • Randall
2008
40% The Grand
  • One Eyed Jack Faro
2008
No Score Yet The Hempire Strikes Back
  • Actor
2008
96% Nanking
  • Bob Wilson
$46k 2007
53% The Walker
  • Carter Page III
$43.7k 2007
93% No Country for Old Men
  • Carson Wells
$74.3M 2007
68% A Scanner Darkly
  • Ernie Luckman
$5.3M 2006
65% The Outsider
  • Actor
2006
81% A Prairie Home Companion
  • Dusty
2006
10% Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri)
  • Roy Arnie (English language version)
2006
30% The Big White
  • Raymond Barnell
2005
68% North Country
  • Bill White
$18.4M 2005
58% The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
  • Kelly Ryan
$0.5M 2005
18% After the Sunset
  • Stan Lloyd
$28.4M 2004
19% She Hate Me
  • Leland Powell
$81.9k 2004
59% Go Further
  • Actor
2004
90% This So-Called Disaster
  • Actor
2004
17% Esto es un Robo
  • Jason 'Woods' Valley
2003
43% Anger Management
  • Galaxia
$133.8M 2003
No Score Yet Hempsters: Plant the Seed
  • Actor
2003
75% Grass
  • Narrator
2000
11% Play It to the Bone
  • Vince Boudreau
1999
51% Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Himself
1999
63% EDtv
  • Ray
1999
56% The Hi-Lo Country
  • Big Boy Matson
1998
79% The Thin Red Line
  • Sgt. Keck
1998
85% Wag the Dog
  • Sgt. William Schumann
1997
80% Welcome to Sarajevo
  • Flynn
1997
38% Palmetto
  • Harry Barber
1997
87% The People Vs. Larry Flynt
  • Larry Flynt
1996
50% Kingpin
  • Roy Munson
1996
17% The Sunchaser
  • Dr. Michael Reynolds
1996
22% Money Train
  • Charlie
1995
46% Natural Born Killers
  • Mickey
1994
15% The Cowboy Way
  • Pepper
1994
61% I'll Do Anything
  • Ground Zero Hero
1994
38% Indecent Proposal
  • David Murphy
1993
No Score Yet Cheers: Last Call!
  • Actor
1993
76% White Men Can't Jump
  • Billy Hoyle
1992
No Score Yet Ted & Venus
  • Homeless Viet Nam Veteran
1991
73% Doc Hollywood
  • Hank
1991
94% L.A. Story
  • Station Manager
1991
No Score Yet Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme
  • Lou the Lamb
1990
84% Casualties of War
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Cool Blue
  • Dustin
1988
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Bay Coven
  • Slater
1987
13% Wildcats
  • Krushinski
1986
No Score Yet Harper Valley P.T.A.
  • Actor
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
  • 2012
74% True Detective
2014-2015
  • Martin Hart
  • Producer
  • 2014
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 2014
  • 1992
  • 1989
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
  • Nathan
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Guest
  • Woody
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1994
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Woody Boyd
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985

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