The Wild Reason Woody Harrelson's Dad Spent Years Behind Bars

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By BROOKE HARDINGTON

Woody Harrelson has made a name for himself in Hollywood, appearing in "True Detective," "The Hunger Games," and "Cheers." It's safe to say he's forged one of the most interesting and varied careers in the entertainment biz — but he's far from the only Harrelson with an interesting backstory.

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Charles Harrelson was a known hitman with one "murder-for-hire" conviction on his record, as well as an acquittal for another in the case of slain carpet salesman, Alan Berg. In 1979, Charles was arrested for the assassination of U.S. District Judge John Wood Jr.

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Evidence at Charles' trial established that he'd been paid $250,000 by drug lord Jamiel "Jimmy" Chagra to gun down Wood. The murder, which is "still etched in the city's lore," earned Charles two consecutive life terms, plus an additional five years.

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"I was 11 or 12 when I heard his name mentioned on a car radio," Woody said to The Guardian. "I was in the car ... listening to the radio and it was talking about Charles V Harrelson and his trial for murder ... I'm sitting there thinking there can't be another Charles V Harrelson. I mean, that's my dad!"

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