1. He is a two-time Academy Award nominee and has won one Emmy Award out of seven nominations.
2. His breakout role came in 1985, joining the television sitcom Cheers as bartender Woody Boyd, for which he earned five Emmy Award nominations .
3. Larry Flynt and The Messenger, Harrelson earned Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, respectively. In 2014, he starred as Detective Martin Hart in the HBO crime drama True Detective with Matthew McConaughey, which earned him and McConaughey nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
4. Harrelson was born in Midland, Texas, the son of Diane Lou and Charles Voyde Harrelson, who divorced in 1964; he has two brothers, Jordan and Brett.
5. He attended Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana, where he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity.
6. He received a Bachelor of Arts in theater and English in 1983.
7. He told Playboy in October 2009: “I was getting into theology and studying the roots of the Bible, but then I started to discover the man-made nature of it.
8. My eyes opened to the reality of the Bible being just a document to control people.
9. Harrelson is widely known for his work on the NBC sitcom Cheers.
10. He joined the cast in 1985 for season four and lasted eight seasons on the show.
11. His character of Boyd was from Hanover, Indiana, the town where Harrelson attended college.
12. In 1999, Harrelson guest-starred in the Cheers spin-off success Frasier, in which he reprised the role of Woodrow Huckleberry Tiberius “Woody” Boyd.
13. Harrelson was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for this performance.
14. On the November 12, 2009 episode of the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, Harrelson was interviewed by Stephen Colbert, to promote his movie The Messenger.
15. Harrelson returned to television in 2014, starring along with Matthew McConaughey in the first season of the HBO crime series True Detective, where he plays Marty Hart, a Louisiana cop investigating murders that took place over a timespan of 17 years.
16. On June 6, 2010, Harrelson took part playing in Soccer Aid 2010 for UNICEF UK at Old Trafford in Manchester, UK.
17. After being brought on as a substitute for Gordon Ramsay, Harrelson took the final penalty in the penalty shootout, following a 2–2 draw after 91 minutes.
18. Despite being initially unaware of exactly from where his kick had to be taken, Harrelson scored to win the game for “The Rest of the World” team, beating England for the first time since the tournament began.