Harold Perrineau

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Harold Perrineau
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Perrineau in 2014
Born (1963-08-07) August 7, 1963 (age 57)
Other namesHarold Perrineau Jr.
Harold Williams
Years active1986–present
Brittany Robinson
(m. 2002)
Children3; including Aurora Perrineau

Harold Perrineau (born August 7, 1963) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Michael Dawson on the television series Lost (2004–2008; 2010), Link in The Matrix franchise (2003), and Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996). He has also starred in the films Smoke (1995), The Edge (1997), The Best Man (1999), 28 Weeks Later (2007), and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). His other television credits include Oz (1997–2003), Sons of Anarchy (2012), Constantine (2014–2015), Claws (2017–present), and The Rookie (2019–2021). He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in the hit indie film Smoke .


Early life

Perrineau was born in Brooklyn, New York City. [1] [2] His parents changed his name to Williams when he was a child, but he later changed it back, after discovering there was already a Harold Williams in the Screen Actors Guild. [3] He attended Shenandoah University and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. [1]


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. [4] He 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. [5] Lost co-star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje starred with Perrineau on the HBO series Oz .

Perrineau played 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 in season three. In July 2007, it was announced he would return to the main cast for the show's fourth season. [6] However, the 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 with Rhys Coiro, Mia Kirshner, Kiele Sanchez, Diora Baird and Monique Ganderton. [7]

Perrineau appeared in the 2008 music video "Yes We Can". [8]

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 . [9] [10]

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.[ citation needed ]

He made his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, adapted by Stephen Karam. The play ran from September 2016 to December 4, 2016. Perrineau played Lopakhin, with Diane Lane as Ranevskaya. [11] [12] Also in 2016, Perrineau co-starred in the Amazon Studios legal series Goliath .

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. 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. Perrineau starred as a cop, Nick Armstrong on "The Rookie" for most of Season 2 and as a guest on Season 3. [ citation needed ]

Personal life

Perrineau has been married to former actress and model Brittany Perrineau (née Robinson) since 2002. They have three daughters, including actress Aurora Perrineau. [13] [14]



1988 Shakedown Tommie
1990 King of New York Thief On The Subway
1995 Smoke Thomas 'Rashid' ColeNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Professor X GenkiPierce
1996 Romeo + Juliet Mercutio
1997 Blood and Wine Henry
The Edge Steve
On the LineSam
The Crazy ProfessorIsaiah
1998 Lulu on the Bridge Bobby Perez
1999 The Best Man Julian MurchNominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Macbeth in ManhattanThe 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 Lieutenant Bill 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 Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Steele
Go for Sisters Wiley
Sexy Evil Genius Marvin
The Best Man Holiday Julian Murch
The Championship RoundsDarryl
2014 Sabotage Jackson
2017 The Bachelors Dr. Rollens
I'm Not Here Santana
Stephanie Leader (uncredited)
Without WardLord Voraz Esquire
Virginia MinnesotaMister
2018 Dumplin' Lee Wayne / Rhea Ranged
Cold BrookGil Le Deux


1989 The Cosby Show ScottEpisode: "Dead End Kids Meet Dr. Lotus"
1990 Law & Order Jordan HillEpisode: "Out of the Half-Light"
1991–1993 I'll Fly Away Robert EvansRecurring role, 8 episodes
1993 Law & Order Kenny RinkerEpisode: "Virus"
1997 ER Isaac PriceEpisode: "Freak Show"
Living Single Walter JacksonEpisode: "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"
1997–2003 Oz Augustus Hill Main role, 55 episodes
2003 Dead Like Me Aroun LevertEpisode: "Rest in Peace"
2004–2008; 2010 Lost Michael Dawson Main role, 47 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2007 CSI Reverend RhodesEpisode: "Go to Hell"
2009 The Unusuals Detective Leo Banks10 episodes
2010 CSI: NY Reggie TiffordEpisode: "Redemption"
2012 Marvel Anime Blade (voice)12 episodes
Sons of Anarchy Damon Pope 8 episodes
Phineas and Ferb Additional voices2 episodes
2012–2013 Wedding Band StevieMain role, 10 episodes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Brian TremoreEpisode: "Secrets Exhumed"
2014 Growing Up Fisher FredEpisode: "Pilot"
Z Nation Lieutenant HammondEpisode: "Puppies And Kittens"
Newsreaders Harold PerrineauEpisode: "F- Dancing, Are You Decent?"
2014–2015 Constantine MannyMain role, 12 episodes
2016 The Mysteries of Laura Charles BaptisteEpisode: "The Mystery of the Morning Jog"
Goliath Judge Reston Keller6 episodes
2017 Criminal Minds Calvin ShawRecurring role, 5 episodes
2017–present Claws Dean SimmsMain role; 30 episodes
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2018 Star Bobby BrooksRecurring role, 9 episodes
2019–2021 The Rookie Nick ArmstrongRecurring role, 10 episodes
2020 The Good Doctor Wes KeelerEpisode: "Fixation"
2021 The Best Man: The Final Chapters Julian "Murch" MurchisonRecurring role, 10 episodes

Video games

2003 Enter the Matrix Link Voice
2004 The Matrix Online Link Voice

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