05/23/2013 08:52 am ET Updated May 23, 2013

Woody Harrelson Says He Got His Job On 'Cheers' By Blowing His Nose (VIDEO)

Woody Harrelson became famous as the dim-witted, but sweet bartender Woody Boyd on "Cheers." During his visit to "Late Show," David Letterman reminded him that it was 20 years ago this week that "Cheers" wrapped its 11-season run. Harrelson joined the show in Season 4 after Nicholas Colasanto, who played Coach, passed away.

He said it was an unexpected occurrence at his audition that changed his fate. According to Harrelson, the job was pretty much already another guy's, but then Harrelson walked in.

"I blew my nose and it was like, ‘Honk!,’ as I’m opening the door to come in, and all of them started laughing," he said. "It was the perfect icebreaker. And that’s why that other fellow didn’t get that job.”

Harrelson was a part of the cast for the next eight seasons, during which he earned five Emmy nominations, including one win in 1989. Despite his success, he admitted to Letterman that he wasn't as responsible at the time and did miss a few rehearsals along the way. It didn't seem to slow him down any.

These days, he takes his craft even more seriously, and doesn't miss rehearsals. Fans can see his efforts pay off in his latest film, "Now You See Me," in theaters May 31.

Catch "Late Show with David Letterman" every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

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