He joined the cast in in season four, spending the final eight seasons — on the show. For this role, Harrelson was nominated for five Emmy Awards ,  winning once in In , Harrelson guest-starred in the Cheers spin-off success Frasier , in which he reprised the role of "Woody Boyd. In response to Colbert's questioning of his support for the troops, Harrelson agreed to let Colbert shave his head on camera.
Harrelson returned to television in , starring along with Matthew McConaughey in the first season of the HBO crime series True Detective , where he played Marty Hart, a Louisiana cop investigating murders that took place over a timespan of 17 years. After being brought on as a substitute for Gordon Ramsay , Harrelson took the final penalty in the penalty shootout , following a 2—2 draw after 91 minutes.
When later interviewed, he claimed that he "didn't even remember the moment of scoring. The match ended 3—1 in favor of England. His first movie had been Wildcats , a football comedy with Goldie Hawn. In , he starred in the comedy Kingpin for the Farrelly brothers. Larry Flynt , in which he played Larry Flynt , publisher of Hustler magazine. After that, Harrelson was cast in more serious film roles.
He starred in the war film Welcome to Sarajevo and in had a featured role as Sergeant Schumann in Wag the Dog. Harrelson did not appear in films again until , when he co-starred as Galaxia in the comedy film Anger Management. Harrelson has also won the Best Supporting Actor award in the National Board of Review award ceremonies and received accolades from various critics' societies.
In , he starred as a bartender and mentor in the futuristic western martial arts film Bunraku. In , he starred as Tommy in the movie Friends with Benefits. Harrelson directed the film ETHOS, which explores the idea of a self-destructing modern society, governed by unequal power and failed democratic ideals. He played Haymitch Abernathy in 's The Hunger Games , and reprised the role in all three subsequent films in the series. Brie Larson played Walls and Harrelson played her father.
The comedic drama was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.