We would like to wish a very happy 53rd birthday to Woody Harrelson!In 1985, the Ohio native married Nancy Simon, daughter of playwright Neil Simon (Lost in Yonkers (1991), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), The Odd Couple (1965), and Biloxi Blues), but the marriage only last a few months. However, Harrelson is currently married to Laura Louie, co-founder of an organic delivery food service. The couple share three children together, Deni Montana (21), Zoe Giordano (17), and Makani Ravello (8).
Harrelson has had a prominent role in Hollywood since the start of his acting career in 1985 on the fourth season of CBS’s Cheers as Woody Boyd, a fun-loving bartender. Once Cheers concluded with it’s final episode in 1993, Harrelson began dabbling in film and began appearing in many popular films.
His most recent role, however, has only increased his popularity in Hollywood as he continues to perfectly portray an alcohol-loving mentor, Haymitch Abernathy, in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games (2012).
In honor of Harrelson celebrating his 53rd birthday, here are our top 10 Woody Harrelson films!
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10. The MessengerWoody Harrelson stars in a romantic drama, The Messenger, as Captain Tony Stone, a military official that is in charge of delivering the news of a fallen soldier’s death to their loved ones. When Stone takes a staff sergeant, Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), under his wing, they are faced with an ethical dilemma when Montgomery becomes romantically involved with one of the widows (Samantha Morton).
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9. 2012Following the widely believed myth set forth by the Mayans, 2012 shows viewers an inside glimpse of the horrific possibilities we may face if the world were to end. Harrelson stars alongside John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt in Columbia Pictures’ action and adventure film, 2012, as they fight back against nature to save their own lives.
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8. ZombielandZombieland features Jessie Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Harrelson as Columbus and Tallahassee, two men who find themselves battling a zombie-filled America. The duo eventually team up with Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), two sisters, to travel across the country in Columbia Pictures’ comedic horror film, Zombieland.
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7. Seven PoundsColumbia Pictures’ Seven Pounds follows Ben (Will Smith) in a strange redemption plot. The award-winning film stars Rosario Dawson (Sin City), Robinne Lee (Hitch), and Harrelson in an inspiring drama of Ben’s attempt at changing the lives of seven deserving strangers.
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6. Indecent ProposalParamount Pictures’ Indecent Proposal is a romantic drama based on the book written by Jack Engelhard. Diana (Demi Moore) and David Murphy (Harrelson) are put into an awkward position when a billionaire, John Gage (Robert Redford), offers the married one million dollars for a night alone with Diana.
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5. No Country For Old MenNo Country For Old Men features Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black), Josh Brolin (W.), Javier Bardem (Skyfall), and Harrelson in crime thriller about a drug deal gone wrong. When Llewelyn Moss (Brolin) finds a briefcase full of cash, he decides to keep it for himself and not tell anyone. However, when Anton (Bardem) locates the money, he begins to chase after Moss, not letting anything get in the way of his money.
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4. Now You See MeSummit Entertainment’s Now You See Me features an all-star cast – including Jessie Eisenberg (The Social Network), Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers, Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic), Morgan Freeman (Driving Miss Daisy, Michael Caine (The Dark Knight, and Harrelson – in a film about illusionists who rob banks during their performances. When they begin awarding their audience with money for their participation, the FBI gets involved, launching a case that will attempt to get to the bottom of the robberies.
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3. The People vs. Larry FlyntColumbia Pictures’ Oscar-nominated film, The People vs. Larry Flynt, follows Larry Flynt (Harrelson) and his wife, Althea (Courtney Love), as they create a pornographic magazine that does not follow societal norms, causing for Flynt to be brought into court rooms all over the country for criminal charges.
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2. Natural Born KillersIn Warner Brothers Pictures’ Natural Born Killers, follows Mallory (Juliette Lewis) and Micky Knox (Harrelson) as lovers brought together over their traumatizing childhoods. The Golden Globe nominated films follows the psychopathic couple on a serial killing spree that becomes glorified by the media.
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1. The Hunger GamesThe Hunger Games (2012) features Harrelson in one of the most sought after roles in Hollywood: Haymitch Abernathy. Because author Suzanne Collins made Abernathy a favorite in the books, fans were delighted to see Harrelson bring the comical character to life in Lionsgate’s adaptation of The Hunger Games book franchise.