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.

Career[edit]

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 Caesar 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]

Credits[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 – 2005 Queer as Folk (U.S. version) Justin Taylor Main cast; 83 episodes
2015 Mr. Robot Harry Recurring role[9]

Theater[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Music Man
Hello Again
Shopping and Fucking
Children of Eden
Violet
1776
West Side Story
The Real Inspector Hound
A Cheever Evening
2002 Deviant
2004 Wicked Boq
2005 Equus Alan Strang Berkshire Theatre Festival
2006 A Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander/Thisbe/Cobweb
2006 Amadeus Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Berkshire Theatre Festival
2006 An Oak Tree The father
A Letter From Ethel Kennedy
2007 The Glass Menagerie Young Tom Guthrie Theater
2007 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Billy Bibbit Berkshire Theatre Festival
2007 Mrs. Warren's Profession Frank Gardner Berkshire Theatre Festival
2007/2008 Edward the Second Young Spencer
2008 Antony and Cleopatra Eros April/May
2008 Waiting for Godot Lucky Summer
Berkshire Theatre Festival
2009 The Singing Forest Laszlo Fickes/Gerhardt Zeitzler April/May
The Public Theater
2009 Ghosts Oswald Summer
Berkshire Theatre Festival
2009 POP! Andy Warhol Fall
Yale Repertory Theatre
2010 Caligula by Albert Camus Scipio January
Red Bull Theatre Revelations Reading
2010 Endgame Nagg Summer
Berkshire Theatre Festival
2011 The Who's Tommy Tommy Summer
Berkshire Theatre Festival
2011 The Habit of Art Tim Fall
The Studio Theatre
2012 Red Ken January 31 - February 26 at George Street Playhouse
March 23 - April 4 at Allen Theatre, Cleveland
2012 Silence! The Musical Dr. Chilton July 18 - September 9 at Elektra Theater, NYC
2013 Harbor Kevin July 23 - September 8
by Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters, NYC
2014 Atomic Musical Paul Tibbets and Edward Teller[10] June 26 - August 16
The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row[11]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Bang Bang You're Dead Sean
2008 Thinking... "Boy"
2010 Julius Cesar Brutus
2011 Lorton Lake
2012 Gayby Barman Cameo appearance
2014 Such Good People Alex Reardon

References[edit]

  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. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (May 1, 2015). "USA Network's Mr. Robot Adds Shield, Queer as Folk and Smash Alums". TV Line. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Mandell, Jonathan (June 13, 2014). "Randy Harrison’s Manhattan Project". New York Theater. Retrieved June 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Randy Harrison Replaces Preston Sadleir in New Off-Broadway Musical ATOMIC". Broadway World. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 

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