Woody Harrelson is an American institution. He's Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games, Mickey Knox in Natural Born Killers, and Tallahassee in Zombieland and its sequel Zombieland: Double Tap. He's known for starring in countless hit films like Solo: A Star Wars Story, White Men Can't Jump, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Kingpin, Venom, and isn't slowing down anytime soon. He starred in the HBO TV show True Detective and has even appeared in a slew of Oscar-nominated films like No Country for Old Men and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
The man is also recognizable for holding onto his native southern accent like fellow Texan, Matthew McConaughey, after growing up in Midland. Harrelson became a household name playing Woody Boyd on the sitcom Cheers and has gone on to become a major movie star. But despite his rise to fame, his family is the most important thing to him and he's been careful to make sure that his wife and children have a normal life outside of the craziness of Hollywood.
Harrelson had been married once before to Nancy Simon (daughter of playwright Neil Simon) in the mid-80s but called it quits after only a year. He wasn't sure he even really believed in the institution of marriage until he met future wife Laura Louie, who was working as his personal assistant after his career took off from Cheers.
"She was so great that every other person in Cheers got an assistant after that. She became my assistant the day after I met her and for the next three years," the actor explained to the Hollywood Reporter.
"It was one of those things I wouldn't admit to myself: I didn't want to be attracted to my amazing assistant."
So after he just couldn't take it anymore, Harrelson wrote her a song and decided to play it for her to see if she felt the same way. Talk about an incredibly romantic gesture. How do you even say no to that?!
"It was pretty direct. I play her the song, and afterward she says, "Woody, I've been in love with you for the last two and a half years." The insecure actor in me is like, 'What about the other six months?!' I got the most amazing wife I could imagine."
The couple tied the knot in 2008 and have three daughters together -- Deni, Zoe, and Makani. The couple has been raising their children in Maui, Hawaii for years, but the actor recently revealed that he's planning on moving back to his home state of Texas to settle down in Austin.
Deni Montana Harrelson
Oldest daughter Deni was born in 1994. She was kept away from the cameras (giving her the normal life she deserved) and was even homeschooled as a young child.
"I have a few regrets, but my primary one is that I feel like I'm away from home too much and not getting enough time with the kids," Harrelson explained to HuffPost.
"We used to homeschool the first two, which I guess is another way of saying that we didn't worry about their education. I always feel like they learn more by just hanging with me and going places. But no, they eventually wanted to go to school, and that really put a big wedge between our, you know, hang time."
Ultimately, the actor felt like becoming a dad was something he definitely needed at the time and fully embraces his role as 'Dad.'
"I remember my daughter Deni coming along, and she was so pure and caring of everybody and everything. And somehow, this little being managed to get around all the obstacles ? the gun turrets, the walls, the moats, the sentries ? that were wrapped around my heart," he told Esquire in 2008. "My heart at that time needed her. I think it's the best thing going ... parenthood."
Zoe Giordano Harrelson
His daughter Zoe was second born, joining the family in 1996. Similar to her older sister, she has mostly been raised out of the limelight. In 2015 she appeared with her father in a short film, U2: Song for Someone, and led a Ted Talk at her high school.
Makani Ravello Harrelson
The youngest member of the family joined a full decade after her sister Zoe in 2006. Following her birth, the couple released a statement saying that their family was now complete with her addition.
"In this crazy patriarchal world we live in, we are doing our part to balance the energy. We are proud to announce the completion of our goddess trilogy with the birth of our third daughter, Makani Ravello."
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