Harold Perrineau Jr.

Harold Perrineau Jr.

Birth name: Harold Williams
Born: August 7, 1963
Age: 55
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
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Biography

Harold Perrineau (formerly Harold Williams; born August 7, 1963) is an American actor, best known for the roles of the psychiatrist in The Bachelors, Michael Dawson in the U.S. television series Lost, Link in The Matrix films and games, Augustus Hill in the American television series Oz, Damon Pope in the FX bike gang drama Sons of Anarchy, and Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. He starred in ABC's comedy-drama television series The Unusuals, playing NYPD homicide detective Leo Banks and has appeared in several high-profile films, including The Best Man, 28 Weeks Later, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, and Zero Dark Thirty. He also starred with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in the survival drama The Edge.

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Personal life

Perrineau was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Harold Williams and Sylvia Perrineau. His parents changed his name to Williams when he was seven. Harold later legally changed his name back to his birth name, after discovering there was already a Harold Williams in the Screen Actors Guild union. Perrineau attended Shenandoah University, but did not graduate. Perrineau and his wife, Brittany, have three daughters, Aurora Perrineau, born 1994, Wynter Aria, born on May 7, 2008, and Holiday Grace, born on March 21, 2013. Brittany had recurring appearances on US TV show Lost, appearing in the Season 1 episodes of "Outlaws", as the girlfriend of Sawyer, and in the episode "Numbers", as the woman who read the lottery numbers. Her acting credits also include the role of Dara in the romantic-comedy Saving Face, as well as appearing in Your Name Here.

Acting career

In 1989, Perrineau was cast as the original Tyrone Jackson in the world premiere of the stage adaptation of the 1980 hit movie Fame (now known as Fame: The Musical) at the Walnut Street Theatre, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Perrineau took the role of Link in The Matrix series after the original operator Tank was written off the script when Marcus Chong was fired over monetary disputes. Lost co-star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje starred with Perrineau on the HBO series Oz.

Perrineau played the character Michael Dawson on ABC's hit show Lost. He was temporarily written off when his character left the island with his son at the end of season two and did not appear at all in season three. In July 2007, it was announced Perrineau would return to the main cast for the show's fourth season. However, this return was short lived, as the fourth season was his last as a regular cast member. He made one guest appearance in the sixth and final season.

He stars also in 30 Days of Night: Dark Days along with Rhys Coiro, Mia Kirshner, Kiele Sanchez (also a Lost co-star), Diora Baird and Monique Ganderton.

Perrineau appeared in the 2008 music video, "Yes We Can".

Perrineau voiced the title character from Marvel's Blade anime series on G4 January 2012. He was cast to play the character of Damon Pope the main antagonist of Season 5 of the hit show Sons of Anarchy.

Perrineau starred as Stevie, the bass player, in the TBS comedy Wedding Band, which ran from 2012 to 2013.

Perrineau starred as Manny, an angelic messenger, in Constantine, the short-lived 2015 television series based on the DC Comics/Vertigo character John Constantine.

He makes his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov and adapted by Stephen Karam. The play runs from September 2016 to December 4, 2016. Perrineau plays the role of Lopakhin with Diane Lane as Ranevskaya. Also in 2016, Perrineau co-starred in the Amazon Studios legal series Goliath.

Music

Since his debut single "Stay Strong" in 2007 Perrineau has been working on his musical career. He is actively collaborating with music producer Tomo in der Muhlen, known as DJ Tomo Tom Tom, on his debut album, Seeker. The first single, "Moving On," was released October 15, 2011. Having his creative roots on the stage, Perrineau enjoys doing live shows where he performs with a full band: two guitars, bass, drums and keyboards. He performed at Los Angeles club The Mint in April 2010. Perrineau has appeared in the MKTO - Thank You Music Video and J. Cole's - She Knows music video.

Filmography

Film

Year Film Role Notes
1988 Shakedown Tommie
1990 King of New York Thief on the subway
1995 Smoke Thomas "Rashid" Cole Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Actor
Professor X Genki Pierce
1996 Blood and Wine Henry
Romeo + Juliet Mercutio
1997 The Edge Stephen
On The Line Sam
The Crazy Professor Isaiah
1998 Lulu on the Bridge Bobby Perez
1999 The Best Man Julian Murch Nominated - Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Macbeth in Manhattan The Chorus
2000 Woman On Top Monica Jones
2001 Prison Song Uncle Cee
2002 On Line Moe Curley
Superman Must Die Sleepy
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Link
The Matrix Revolutions
2007 28 Weeks Later Flynn
2008 Your Name Here Richard Roundtree
Gardens of the Night Orlando
Ball Don't Lie Jimmy
Felon Lt Jackson
2010 30 Days of Night: Dark Days Todd
The Killing Jar John Smith
2011 Seeking Justice Jimmy
2012 Transit Losada
Zero Dark Thirty Jack
2013 Snitch Jeffrey Steele
Go for Sisters Wiley
Sexy Evil Genius Marvin
The Best Man Holiday Julian Murch
The Championship Rounds Darryl
2014 Sabotage Jackson
2017 The Bachelors Psychiatrist
2018 Dumplin' Lee Wayne / Rhea Ranged

Television

Year Title Role Episodes
1989 The Cosby Show Scott Episode: "Dead End Kids Meet Dr. Lotus"
1990 Law & Order Jordan Hill Episode: "Out of the Half-Light"
1991-1993 I'll Fly Away Robert Evans 8 episodes
1993 Law & Order Kenny Rinker Episode: "Virus"
1997 ER Isaac Price Episode: "Freak Show"
1997 Living Single Walter Jackson Episode: "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"
1997-2003 Oz Augustus Hill 55 episodes
2003 Dead Like Me Aroun Levert Episode: "Rest in Peace"
2004-2010 Lost Michael Dawson 47 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2007 CSI Rev. Rhodes Episode: "Go to Hell"
2009 The Unusuals Detective Leo Banks 10 episodes
2010 CSI: NY Reggie Tifford Episode: "Redemptio"
2012 Marvel Anime Blade (voice) 12 episodes
Sons of Anarchy Damon Pope 8 episodes (season 5)
Phineas and Ferb Additional voices 2 episodes
2012-2013 Wedding Band Stevie Series regular; 10 episodes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Brian Tremore Episode: "Secrets Exhumed"
2014 Growing Up Fisher Fred Episode: "Pilot"
Z Nation Lt. Hammond Episode: "Puppies And Kittens"
Newsreaders Harold Perrineau Episode: "F- Dancing, Are You Decent?"
2014-2015 Constantine Manny 9 episodes
2016 The Mysteries of Laura Charles Baptiste Episode: "The Mystery of the Morning Jog"
Goliath Judge Reston Keller 6 episodes
2017 Criminal Minds Calvin Shaw Recurring role; 5 episodes
2017-present Claws Dean Simms Lead role; 10 episodes

Video game voice-overs

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Enter the Matrix Voice Link

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