Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson on Zombieland Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson on Zombieland

5 reasons why everybody loves comedian Woody Harrelson

The actor is better known for movies like Zombieland, The Hunger Games and Solo: A Star Wars story. He has a net worth of over $60 million, a beautiful wife and accomplished more than he imagined professionally, but the truth is: the Texan actor has had it pretty hard growing up, but he managed to handle it with humor. Watch below why everybody loves him! 

  • Harrelson is 59 years old and is relatively small compared to other stars (5ft 9).
  • He was born in Midland, Texas, in a difficult family. His father was a hitman called Charles Voyde  and spent his life in jail for the murder of Judge John H. Wood Jr, the first federal assassination of the 20th Century.
  • Despite his hard childhood, he managed to get into acting, his passion and got his first breakthrough role was on the television sitcom Cheers as a bartender.
  • The role earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
  • It also gave him the "party animal" reputation, what may or might not have come from his teenage years. Scroll down for more.
  1. The party lover After making his way into the industry Woody started "enjoying life to the fullest". "You couldn't do what I did now because of all social media and the pictures that become viral online. All the s**t I did back then, I'd be hung from the rafters," he told GQ magazine once in an interview. He is an activist and supports many noble causes, as well as marijuana legalization. 
  2. Problematic kid.
    When Harrelson was 7-years-old his father left and as a little boy Woody held on to a lot of anger which he took off early in his nursery school days. He was kicked out of his nursery and later on in school broke windows with his fists. "I used to go to bars and fight the guys I thought were bullies. I've got scars everywhere," he told The Hollywood Reporter. Despite his trouble childhood, he managed to succeed in life without a father figure.
    Charles Harrelson
  3. Absent father. The actor's father Charles Harrelson, was a contract killer and a gambler. Before serving a double life sentence for the murder of a federal judge he was acquitted and convicted for two prior homicides. He passed away in prison in 2007. Despite everything, Woody used to go and visit him in prison "I never saw him like a father, more like a friend".  

  4. Celebrating fame. Once he landed the already popular sitcom Woody went from rags to riches and splurged on a brand-new Porsche. That same day he was robbed at gun point. He recalls thinking "I'm going to die now." Fortunately someone scared the robber off. After that episode, it is common to see Woody in low-key cars.

  5. Harsh criticism. After well-known movies like Natural Born Killers and Larry Flynt, which earned him a Best Actor nomination, Harrelson received harsh criticism from feminist journalist Gloria Steinem who encouraged people not to see the film. "I wanted to take some time off after that. I needed to back away from this job."

Check out his top films in the following video:

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