Woody Harrelson keynote speaker

Award-Winning Actor
  • College & University
  • Inspiration and Motivation
  • Storytelling
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Woody Harrelson’s rare mix of intensity and charisma consistently surprises and delights audiences and critics alike in both mainstream and independent projects. His portrayal of a casualty notification officer, opposite Ben Foster, in The Messenger, garnered him a 2010 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was previously nominated by the Academy, the Golden Globes and SAG Awards in the category of Best Actor for his portrayal of controversial magazine publisher 'Larry Flynt' in The People vs. Larry Flynt.

Harrelson recently completed filming on Triple Nine for and By Way of Helenaopposite Liam Hemsworth. He was last seen reprising his role of 'Haymitch Abernathy' in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and HBO’s True Detectiveco-starring Matthew McConaughey, for which he was nominated for Emmy and SAG Awards in the lead actor category and a Golden Globes Award for lead actor in a Mini Series. In 2013, Harrelson appeared in Out of the Furnacestarring opposite Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, Relativity’s animated film, Free Birds with Owen Wilson, Now You See Me and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

In 2012 Harrelson starred opposite Julianne Moore and Ed Harris in the HBO film Game Change, for which he earned Primetime Emmy, SAG Awards, and Golden Globe nominations for his role as 'Steve Schmidt,' and Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths.

Other highlights from Harrelson’s film career include Rampart; the box office hit Zombieland; Friends with Benefits; 2012; Semi-Pro; No Country For Old Men; Seven Pounds; After The Sunset; EDtv; The Thin Red Line; Wag The Dog; Natural Born Killers; Kingpin; Indecent Proposal; White Men Can’t Jump and was recently seen as the on screen host for the political documentary Ethos.

Harrelson first endeared himself to millions of viewers as a member of the ensemble cast of NBC's long-running hit comedy, Cheers. For his work as the affable bartender ‘Woody Boyd,’ he won a Primetime Emmy in 1988 and was nominated four additional times during his eight-year run on the show. In 1999, he gained another Primetime Emmy nomination when he reprised the role in a guest appearance on the spin-off series Frasier. He later made a return to television with a recurring guest role on the hit NBC series, Will and Grace.

Balancing his film and television work, in 1999 Harrelson directed his own play, Furthest From The Sun at the Theatre de la Juene Lune in Minneapolis. He followed next with the Roundabout's Broadway revival of The Rainmaker; Sam Shepherd’s The Late Henry Moss, and John Kolvenbach's On An Average Dayat London’s West End. Harrelson directed the Toronto premiere of This Is Our Youth at Toronto’s Berkeley Street Theatre. In the winter of 2005 Harrelson returned to London's West End, starring in Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana at the Lyric Theatre. In 2011, Harrelson co-wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical comedy Bullet for Adolf at Hart House Theatre in Toronto. In the summer of 2012 Bullet for Adolf made its Off-Broadway debut at New World Stages.

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