Woody Harrelson began in the 1980s, and he’s still going strong in Hollywood. He’s been working for decades, showing a work ethic that’s not always associated with potheads. Oh yeah, did we mention he’s a massive pothead and pro-cannabis/hemp activist? Check out these highlights from Woody Harrelson’s extensive filmography.
10. Indecent Proposal
Character: David Murphy
Demi Moore and Harrelson play a couple who get offered $1 million by Robert Redford in exchange for the pleasure of spending one night having repeated sex with the wife. Struggling with money, they go for it, and what follows is chaos, distrust, and greed.
Character: Lyndon B Johnson
This 2016 historical biopic has Harrelson playing our 36th president of the United States of America after the assassination of JFK. It’s a pivotal time in American history, and Harrelson loses himself in this role.
8. Now You See Me/Now You See Me 2
Character: Merritt McKinney
This 2013 heist thriller and its sequel focuses on a group of magicians (including Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, and Mark Ruffalo) who pull off a series of bank heists. They give the stolen money to the audiences in a modern Robin Hood twist. And by the second movie, Harrelson is playing two characters to raise the stakes and keep everyone on their toes.
7. True Detective
Character: Detective Marty Hart
This anthology HBO series has different detective pairs in each season, and Harrelson teams with Matthew McConaughey for the first season. It’s acclaimed by both critics and audiences for a reason – each season is a gripping story that’s well-written and filmed.
6. The Hunger Games Series
Character: Haymitch Abernathy
Harrelson has a pivotal role in the Hunger Games series. As the only living Hunger Games victor from District 12, he mentors Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) to victory in the 74th games. He’s also at the center of the rebellion during the 75th Hunger Games.
5. The People vs Larry Flynt
Character: Larry Flynt
Harrelson used his star power to portray one of America’s biggest defenders of free speech in 1996. Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, is a lewd pornographer who offended pretty much everyone, and it’s a perfect role for Harrelson.
Character: Woody Boyd
Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name, and Cheers is what made Harrelson, Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, and the other cast members household names. It’s hard to believe a sitcom about patrons at a bar could be the iconic family-friendly series of the 1980s, and yet here we are.
3. Natural Born Killers
Character: Mickey Knox
Harrelson joins Juliette Lewis and Robert Downey Jr. in bringing this insane vision of Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino to life in 1994. Two killers, Mickey and Mallory, go on a cross-country killing spree while being chased by the cops and a sensationalist journalist. They start with Mallory’s parents and end up taking some crazy drugs on the journey.
2. White Men Can’t Jump
Character: Billy Hoyle
Two hustlers, Billy (Harrelson) and Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes), team up to make money hustling opponents in street basketball. If only they can keep from scamming each other long enough to play like a team and win. They have the talent, and this 1992 sports comedy movie made the two actors perennial audience favorites.
Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Witchita (Emma Stone), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin), and Tallahassee (Harrelson) are trying to survive a zombie apocalypse. It’s not easy in this 2009 film, but Harrelson managed to keep us chuckling the entire time with his overzealous quest to find the world’s last Twinkie.