Woodrow Tracy "Woody" Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor. Harrelson's breakthrough role came in the sitcom Cheers as Woody Boyd. Notable film roles include Billy Hoyle in White Men Can't Jump, Roy Munson in Kingpin, Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers, Larry Flynt in The People vs. Larry Flynt, Dusty in A Prairie Home Companion and Carson Wells in No Country for Old Men. He also played Ezra Turner in Seven Pounds.
Harrelson was born in Midland, Texas, the son of Diane Lou (née Oswald) and Charles Voyde Harrelson, who divorced in 1964; he has two brothers, Jordan and Brett, the latter of whom is a professional motorcycle racer. In 1979, in San Antonio, Federal Judge John H. Wood, Jr. was shot and killed by rifle fire by Woody's father Charles Harrelson, who was a freelance contract killer. He was convicted and eventually died during his life sentence in maximum security prison.
Harrelson grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, with his mother. Harrelson attended Lebanon High School and later Hanover College in Indiana. He was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, and in 1983, received a bachelor of arts in theater arts and English.
Harrelson is best known for his work on the NBC