Woody Harrelson is an American actor whose amazing performances have earned nominations for Academy Awards and a good number of other prestigious accolades. Most recently (in 2018), he won the Screen Actors Guild Award and as well bagged nominations for the BAFTA and Academy Awards; these were for his role as Sheriff Bill Willoughby in 2017’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The actor attended Lebanon High School and earned a scholarship to Hanover College, a Presbyterian institution in Indiana. By 1983, he had bagged a Bachelor’s degree in English and Theatrical Arts; thereafter, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting.
Brief Details About His Background
Woody was born in Midland, Texas, to Diane Lou and Charles Harrelson on July 23, 1961. Woody grew up in Lebanon, Ohio (his mother’s hometown) with two brothers, Jordan and Brett Harrelson. It is said that his father didn’t play any major role in his upbringing and his mother had a hard time raising him and his siblings.
Harrelson‘s father was sent to prison on a murder conviction when the actor was only seven, which explains why Woody and his two brothers were raised by their mom in her hometown – Lebanon, Ohio. He – Charles Harrelson – would later die of a heart attack in the Supermax federal prison in 2007 at the age of 69, while serving two life sentences for the murder of a federal judge.
Is Woody Harrelson Married? What We Know
The award-winning American actor has made two trips to the altar and the second one seems destined to last forever. Woody Harrelson is happily married to the love of his life, Laura Louie.
While there is minuscule information concerning Laura’s background available to the public, it is known that she is American by nationality, but of Asian ethnicity. And despite being the wife of an A-list actor, Laura lives a laid back and very private life. She has no forward-facing social media accounts, and there are no pictures of her on Woody’s accounts either.
Laura Louie is a businesswoman who boasts a degree in business management and environmental sciences and is also a co-founder of one of the leading organic food delivery services in the US, Yoganics. Laura and her husband both share a passion for green initiatives in an effort to encourage and imbibe healthy living. The company is an extension of this lifestyle. Yoganics is doing favorably well and as such, she is worth a significant sum. However, Laura’s actual worth is unknown to the public.
Laura Is Very Supportive of Her Husband
She is adept at juggling her personal and professional life. Laura has been incredibly supportive of her husband’s career in all the ways she can. She has also been collaborating with him since the launch of Voice Yourself, their online eco-friendly initiative in 2001. Through this platform, they encourage people to fight against various kinds of pollution.
Although their marriage is in a great place right now, things haven’t always been sunshine and roses for these two. Back in 2002, Harrelson made a terrible transgression. While in London, he had a wild night that ended in a foursome with three women. And even though Harrelson and Laura weren’t married at the time, this threatened to obliterate their entire relationship. After Laura found out about it, she chose the path of compassion instead of breaking up with him as many expected her to. Since then, their relationship has only gotten stronger.
The couple lives in a small eco-friendly community comprised of 200 people located in Maui, Hawaii.
How Long Has Woody Harrelson Been Married to Laura?
Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie have been married for eleven years now. However, their relationship has lasted way longer than that.
Harrelson met his kindhearted and wonderful wife to be in 1987. At the time, he was working on the set of the hit sitcom Cheers and Laura served as his assistant – a duty she carried out for about two years before they decided dating to kindle a romantic relationship. They dated for about 20 years, which makes it the longest courtship in the history of Hollywood.
Eventually, on the 28th of December 2008, the prolific actor was joined in holy matrimony to his beautiful girlfriend and baby mama, Laura Louie. Their simplistic wedding took place on a scenic Maui beach. The guest list for the wedding was quite short, with only a few of their closest friends and relatives in attendance. The wedding was a very private affair. The notable attendees included the likes of Willie Nelson, Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, and Alanis Morissette – who performed during the afternoon ceremony.
Interestingly, the wedding only cost the couple $500, excluding the rings, flight, hotel accommodations, and other external costs. Considering their financial status, this was unexpected. However, according to Harrelson, he and Laura didn’t feel the need to do anything over the top that would require a ton of cash. They just wanted a cluster of good friends hanging out together and having fun in Maui.
Meanwhile, Harrelson was once married to Nancy Simon, the daughter of the popular playwright Neil Simon. But as fate would have it, their union only lasted for 10 months; they divorced in 1986.
What To Know About His Children
Harrelson and Laura are blessed with three beautiful daughters: Deni Montana Harrelson, Zoe Giordano Harrelson, and Makani Ravello Harrelson. The couple often refers to their daughters as the “Goddess Trilogy.”
Their oldest, Deni was born on November 28, 1993, in Malibu. They welcomed Zoe three years later on September 22. During Zoe’s early years, she became interested in the movie and music industry. She debuted in U2’s short film Song for Someone alongside her father. She also appeared on the TV series Entertainment Tonight in 2015.
Like her parents, Zoe prefers to keep her personal life away from the media. She doesn’t grant interviews and seldom appears in mainstream media, so only a tad of information is available about her.
Woody Harrelson and Laura’s last kid, Makani was born on the 3rd of June 2006. Despite his busy schedule, Harrelson makes out time from his acting schedule to spend with his kids and family.