In the mid-'90s, Woody Harrelson climbed redwoods to protest logging and wore hemp clothes to bring attention to marijuana prohibition. In 1996, the same year he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Hustler publisher in The People vs. Larry Flynt, Harrelson was arrested in Kentucky for planting hemp seeds.
At first, the actor who originally gained notoriety for his role as a bartender on Cheers, separated industrial hemp from recreational marijuana. He finally outed himself as a active pot smoker at the Seattle Hempfest in 2001, telling the large crowd, "I recently decided to stop smoking, but I thought more about it and decided I didn't want to be a quitter!" In 2003, he was the keynote speaker at the NORML Conference.
Born on July 23, 1961 in Midland, Texas, Harrelson has appeared in such films as Natural Born Killers, White Man Can't Jump, A Scanner Darkly, Semi-Pro, The Messenger, Zombieland, Friends with Benefits, Rampart, Game Change, The Hunger Games, Seven Psychopaths, LBJ, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Zombieland: Double Tap and Triangle of Sadness.
Harrelson narrated Ron Mann's pot-doc Grass and, in 2003, Mann filmed Harrelson in Go Further, which documents Harrelson's lifestyle that includes raw foods, yoga, biodiesel, bicycling and, of course, hemp.
In 2008, he co-starred with fellow Top CelebStoners Matthew McConaughey and Willie Nelson in the stoner flick, Surfer, Dude.
Harrelson won the Independent Spirit Award and received his second Oscar nomination for his role as Capt. Tony Stone in The Messenger. His third Oscar nom was for his supporrting role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri;
He appeared in the 2012 documentary, Hempsters: Plant the Seed.
Harrelson voices the Freewheelin' Franklin Freek on the TV series, The Freak Brothers.
In 2022, he opened The Woods, a dispensary/lounge in West Harrelson. Bill Maher is a co-owner.
Harrelson is married to Laura Louie. They have three daughters - Deni, Zoe and Makani - and own property in Maui.