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Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson


The Art of Compassion
25th Anniversary Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Honorary Committee

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson’s rare mix of intensity and charisma consistently surprises and delights audiences and critics alike for his work in both mainstream and independent projects.

Harrelson currently stars in director Oren Moverman’s The Messenger with Ben Foster and Samantha Morton. The film was named one of the top films of 2009 by the American Film Institute. Harrelson received multiple accolades for his performance in The Messenger, including a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Nomination for best supporting actor, and being named best supporting actor by the National Board of Review and best supporting male by the Film Independent Spirit Awards. He also recently starred in director Peter Stebbings’ Defendor, co-starring Kat Dennings; Bunraku, directed by Guy Moshe and co-starring Josh Hartnett and Demi Moore; and Zombieland with Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin for director Ruben Fleischer. 

Harrelson’s critically-acclaimed portrayal of Larry Flynt in Milos Forman's The People vs. Larry Flynt garnered him Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations as best actor. Other highlights from Harrelson’s film career include 2010, No Country for Old Men, Semi-Pro, Seven PoundsAfter the Sunset, Play It to the Bone, The Thin Red Line, The Hi-Lo County, EDtv, Wag the Dog, Welcome to Sarajevo, Kingpin, Natural Born Killers, Indecent Proposal, White Men Can’t Jump, The Big White, A Scanner Darkly, North Country, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, A Prairie Home Companion, Transsiberian, Battle in Seattle, and the ensemble comedy The Grand.

Harrelson first endeared himself to millions of viewers as a member of the ensemble cast of NBC’s long-running hit comedy, Cheers. For his work as the affable bartender Woody Boyd, he won an Emmy in 1988 and was nominated four additional times during his eight-year run on the show. In 1999, he gained another Emmy nomination when he reprised the role in a guest appearance on the spin-off series Frasier. He later made a return to television with a recurring guest role on the hit NBC series Will & Grace.

Balancing his film and television work, in 1999 Harrelson directed his own play, Furthest from the Sun, at the Theatre de la Juene Lune in Minneapolis. He followed next with the Roundabout's Broadway revival of The Rainmaker; Sam Shepherd’s The Late Henry Moss, and John Kolvenbach's On an Average Day opposite Kyle MacLachlan at London’s West End. Harrelson directed the Toronto premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth at the Berkeley Street Theatre. In the winter of 2005, Harrelson returned to London's West End, starring in Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana at the Lyric Theatre.

A committed environmentalist, Harrelson joined his activism with his film efforts in Ron Mann's Go Further, a road documentary following Woody and friends on their bicycle journey down the Pacific Coast Highway from Seattle to Santa Barbara

For information about the Honorary Committee, please contact:

Patricia Howard

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