WATCH: Woody Harrelson Enjoys Newfound ‘Cheers’ Fame During Holidays at Mom’s Ohio Home in 1985

by Kati Michelle

Nowadays, Woody Harrelson finds himself acting in the big leagues with other A-listers like Outsider-favorite, Matthew McConaughey. But that wasn’t always the case. So what better time to reflect on his career than this festive holiday weekend?

2022 will be here in the blink of an eye, but we’d like to take this opportunity to throw it all the way back to 1985. This is the year that Harrelson made his debut as bartender Woody Boyd on the NBC hit sitcom “Cheers.”

A video re-surfacing across the net shows Woddy Harrelson enjoying his newfound fame during the holidays at his mom’s Ohio home that same year. Apart from a full head of hair, not much has changed. His iconic goofy grin is just as recognizable as it is today.

You can catch the throwback right here:

The video introduces us to Harrelson’s brother, Brad, who it turns out also landed a role on the show (as an extra). Woody’s mother talks about his newfound fame and the worries she has about the demands of Hollywood. And ultimately, it just goes to show that moms make the best cheerleaders (Just as Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame).

Remembering That Time Woody Harrelson Played a Zombie-Slaying Santa Claus

After his stint on “Cheers,” Woody Harrelson moved on from TV to film. He continued to see success with movies like “Doc Hollywood,” “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Kingpin,” and “Zombieland.” The last one quickly earned a cult-classic title and a sequel eventually came out in 2019. Per IMDb, the film bears a rating of 6.7/10 stars.

One prominent holiday scene in “Zombieland: Double Tap” involves Woody Harrelson dressed up as Santa Claus fit with a cotton ball beard. The scene opens with the jolly old man decorating his tree with some pretty peculiar ornaments. You can spot dinosaurs, grenades, and even some cans of PBR.

A play on “A Christmas Story,” the holiday scene is aptly titled “A Christmas Gory.” The gift exchange involves guns which makes a whole lot of sense given the fact that the characters are living in a zombie apocalypse. The scene ends with a hilarious bit that involves Jesse Eisenberg’s character sitting on Woody Harrelson’s/Santa’s lap. He asks Santa “You know what I want for Christmas?” to which “Santa” replies “I don’t give a f— what you want,” pushing Eisenberg off his lap. It’s the crude and gritty humor we’ve all come to expect, know, and love from the legendary actor.

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If you’re traveling this holiday, Outsider wishes you and your family safe travels. We also put together this helpful article about what to do in the event that your flight gets canceled (which, unfortunately, is happening a lot this year).