Randy Harrison

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Randy Harrison
Randy harrison at edward II in nyc.jpg
Harrison in 2007
Born Randolph Clarke Harrison
(1977-11-02) November 2, 1977 (age 37)
Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.
Alma mater University of Cincinnati
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Randolph Clarke "Randy" Harrison[1] (born November 2, 1977)[1] is an American actor best known for his portrayal of Justin Taylor on the Showtime drama Queer as Folk.

Early life and college[edit]

Harrison was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, but moved to Alpharetta, Georgia with his family at age eleven.[2] He attended Pace Academy, a private prep school in Atlanta.[3] His father is an executive with a large paper company, while he has described his mother as a "thwarted artist."[4] His only sibling, an older brother, is a bank manager.[4]

Harrison attended the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he ultimately received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre. During his time at CCM, Harrison starred in university productions, such as Hello Again, Shopping and Fucking, and Children of Eden. He also had roles in other theatrical venues across the U.S., playing in productions such as Violet at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1776 at the St. Louis Municipal Theatre and West Side Story at the Forestburg Playhouse, as well as productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Real Inspector Hound and A Cheever Evening.


Harrison made his television debut playing Justin Taylor, a gay teen, in 2000's American version of Queer as Folk, based upon the British television series. The series ran for five seasons, ending in 2005. In 2002, Harrison played the character "Sean" in a made-for-television movie entitled Bang Bang You're Dead, which is based on the play of the same name. Harrison stars as Brutus in cinematographer/director/writer Patrick Donelley's upcoming post-modern feature film adaptation of "Julius Cesar" opposite actor John Shea as the title role, which as of 2012 is still in post-production.

In 2002, Harrison starred in the play Deviant at the New York International Fringe Festival. In the summer of 2004, Harrison made his Broadway debut as Boq in the musical Wicked. His Off Broadway credits include "A Letter for Ethel Kennedy" (MCC Theatre, 2002), the Father in "Oak Tree" (Perry Street Theatre, 2006), Young Spencer in "Edward II" (Red Bull Theatre, 2007–2008),Eros in "Antony and Cleopatra" (Theatre for a New Audience, 2008), Laszlo Fickes/Gerhardt Zeitzler in "A Singing Forest" (Public Theatre, 2009), and Kevin Adams-Weller in "Harbor" (Primary Stages, 2013). Harrison has also done several staged readings for Red Bull Theatre, where he starred in their 'In the Raw' workshop production of "A Tyger's Heart" in February 2011.

Harrison has a substantial resume in regional theatre, most prominently as a featured player since 2005 at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Roles with BTF include Alan Strang in "Equus" (2005), the title role in "Amadeus" (2006), Bill Bibbit in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (2007), Frank Gardner in "Mrs. Warren's Profession"(2007), Lucky in "Waiting for Godot" (2008), Osvald Alving in "Ghosts" (2009), Nagg in "Endgame" (2010), and the title character in "The Who's Tommy" (2011). Other regional theatre credits include Lysander/Thisbe/Cobweb in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, presented in the Spring of 2006 by the SITI Company (where Harrison has studied extensively through Skidmore College and in Manhattan); Tom in the Guthrie Theater's production of The Glass Menagerie(2007); Andy Warhol in the Yale Repertory Theatre's production of Pop! (2009); Sebastian in the Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of "Twelfth Night" (2010); Tim in the Studio Theatre's production of "Habit of Art"; and Ken in the George Street Playhouse's production of "Red" (2012).

In 2006, Harrison co-founded the Arts Bureau (tAB) [1], an umbrella organization encompassing theatre, film, music, and writing. In July 2007, Harrison starred in the first play through tAB, a heartwarming story, ultimately, based on the work of Anton Chekhov. In late 2007/early 2008, Harrison shot and starred in the first tAB short film,Thinking, which has shown at several film festivals and is currently available for purchase on the official tAB website. In Summer 2008, tAB shot its first feature film, "Lorton Lake".

Personal life[edit]

Harrison, who is openly gay, dated Advertising Age columnist Simon Dumenco from 2002 to 2008; the two met when Dumenco interviewed Harrison for a New York magazine cover story.[5][6][7] As of December 2009, Harrison lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his cats Ella and Aggie.[8]





  • Bang Bang You're Dead (2002) as Sean
  • Thinking... (2008) as "Boy"
  • Julius Cesar (2010) as Brutus
  • Lorton Lake (2011)
  • Gayby (2012) Cameo appearance
  • Such Good People (2014) as Alex Reardon


  1. ^ a b "Randy Harrison - Biography". IMDb.com, Inc. Amazon. Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ http://www.sho.com/site/queer/bio.do?bio=harrison
  3. ^ "SPEED READS", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 12, 2001. Accessed November 9, 2007. " Harrison, a 1996 graduate of Pace Academy in Buckhead, stars in Showtime's "Queer as Folk," which depicts the lives and loves of a group of gay men and lesbians."
  4. ^ a b "Windy City Times interview". 
  5. ^ "NY Mirror". The Village Voice. 30 March 2004. 
  6. ^ "Simon Dumenco - I Want Media". I Want Media. 28 April 2004. 
  7. ^ "Gay Celebrity Boyfriends". AfterElton. 
  8. ^ Gates, Anita (2009-12-13). "A Musical's Star Plays, and Admires, Warhol". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Mandell, Jonathan (June 13, 2014). "Randy Harrison’s Manhattan Project". New York Theater. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Randy Harrison Replaces Preston Sadleir in New Off-Broadway Musical ATOMIC". Broadway World. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 

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