Woody Harrelson is of English, Scottish, German, distant Dutch and Welsh, remote Danish and French descent.
Woody Harrelson was born as Woodrow Tracy Harrelson, on July 23, 1961, in Midland, Texas, the United States, to Charles and Diane Harrelson. He has two siblings, brothers Jordan and Brett. His father was a contract killer for the Mafia, who claimed, without evidence, to have participated in the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
Harrelson's father went to prison on a murder conviction for the murder of Federal Judge John H. Wood, Jr, when Harrelson was only seven, leaving Woody's mother, a legal secretary, to raise him and his two brothers in Lebanon, Ohio. Harrelson's family was poor and relied on his mother's wage.