Add hotel owner to actor Woody Harrelson's resume

Woody Harrelson, seen most recently in HBO's "True Detective" series, has played many roles. His newest: hotel owner. The former "Cheers" star has joined John "Jack" Dwyer, chairman of the family of Capital Funding companies, in a 50-50 venture to purchase the Inn at Black Olive in Baltimore, Md., in the Fells Point neighborhood, for $4.5 million after being connected by Dimitris Spiliadis, whose family opened the 12-room hotel in 2011 and lost it to foreclosure last summer.

Spiliadis, who will reportedly remain as the operator of the eco-friendly boutique hotel, as The Baltimore Sun described it, said he became friends with Harrelson during the actor's stay at the Inn for the filming of "Game Change," an HBO movie released in 2012.

As The Sun writes, "Around the time of the foreclosure, Spiliadis said Harrelson texted him to see how he was doing — and offered to provide financing when he heard about the hotel's troubles."

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Compass Properties, a subsidiary of First Mariner Bancorp., took ownership of the property in August, after the bank bought it for $3.9 million at a June auction. The $4.5 million sale to 803 South Caroline Street LLC closed in January, according to land records.

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