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Everyone likes Woody Harrelson, a charming, talented actor who is pretty “chill” off screen for obvious reasons. The noted hemp supporter has also had an interesting career on screen, with films in every genre and with all types of success and failure. Here are 11 things about Harrelson you may not have known…
1. Harrelson, in his free time, is the lead singer of a band called Manly Moondog and the Three Kool Hats.
2. His father, Charles Harrelson, was sentenced to two life sentences for the murder of Federal Judge John Howland Wood on the orders of drug dealer Jimmy Chagra, who reportedly paid him $250,000. Harrelson has claimed to be one of the “hobos” taken away from “the grassy knoll” right after the shooting of John F. Kennedy. He died in prison in 2007.
3. In 1996, Harrelson was arrested for planting 4 hemp seeds in Kentucky. His defence he said he was challenging a state law that makes no distinction between marijuana and hemp, even though hemp contains little of the drug found in marijuana and can be used to make a variety of industrial products.
4. He owns an oxygen bar in California.
5. In 1991, he went to Nairobi, Kenya and lived in a tent on the outskirts of town for a few weeks to experience Africa and get away from it all.
6. He once climbed the Golden Gate Bridge and put up a sign that read, “Hurwitz. Aren’t ancient redwoods more precious than gold?” in protest of MAXXAM/Pacific Lumber CEO Charles Hurwitz, who once stated, “He who has the gold, makes the rules.”
7. In 2001, Woody and approximately a dozen other hemp activists and environmentalists took a bicycle tour down the west coast of America, starting in Seattle, Washington and 1000 miles later ending at the University of Santa Barbara in California. The tour was escorted by the Mothership, a Chicago city transit bus fueled by hemp oil and powered by solar panels.
8. He claims to have had 17 jobs in the span of one year.
9. He was arrested in Columbus, Ohio in June 1983, charged with disorderly conduct – he was dancing in the street, halting traffic; he later jumped out of a moving police van laughing maniacally and finally punched one of the two arresting officers.
10. He was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2003 in Austin, Texas.
11. The ex-son-in-law of playwright Neil Simon, one of Woody’s first plays was Simon’s Biloxi Blues in 1984.