Damon Herriman

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Damon Herriman
Damon Herriman 2019 by Glenn Francis.jpg
Herriman in 2019
Born (1970-03-31) 31 March 1970 (age 52)
  • Actor
Years active1978–present

Damon Herriman (born 31 March 1970) is an Australian actor. He is known for his film and television work in Australia and the United States. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Dewey Crowe in Justified. In 2019, he portrayed the cult leader and criminal Charles Manson in both the Netflix series Mindhunter and in the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Early life[edit]

Damon Herriman was born in Adelaide, South Australia. He began acting in local television commercials at the age of eight, but it was not until he was cast as Frank Errol in The Sullivans two years later that his career began to take off. He continued to work solidly as a child actor, with a return to The Sullivans a year later, as well as the Australian series The Patchwork Hero, Sara Dane, For the Term of His Natural Life and Taurus Rising. He received three Logie Award nominations for his performance in The Sullivans.[1]


After appearing in The Flying Doctors, for which he won the Penguin Award for Excellence in a Performance by a Juvenile, and the children's mini-series Elly & Jools, Herriman was cast as Mark Jorgensen, the bespectacled best friend of Ben Mendelsohn's Danny Clark in the Australian cult comedy classic, The Big Steal.[2]

As well as continuing to work solidly in film, television and theatre, Herriman has also written and/or directed many successful short films, including the Tropfest finalists They and The Date. In 2004, he won the Best Screenplay award at Flickerfest for the short film Soar, in which he also performed. He was a performer and contributing writer on the ABC sketch comedy series, The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting.[3]

Herriman's other Australian work includes playing Claudia Karvan's workmate and friend George Wagstaffe in the critically acclaimed Foxtel series Love My Way; Marcus Dwyer in the comedy series, Laid; simpleton Reg in the Australian feature, 100 Bloody Acres; as well as the title role in the ABC telemovie, The Outlaw Michael Howe. In 2014, he was seen as manager Chris Murphy in the miniseries INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, as well as appearing in Josh Lawson's debut feature, The Little Death. Other recent Australian credits include Abe Forsythe's feature, Down Under; the Foxtel series, Secret City and Mr Inbetween; the Oscar nominated short, The Eleven O'Clock; the ABC telemovie, Riot; Jennifer Kent's second feature, The Nightingale; and the Foxtel mini-series, Lambs of God. In 2019 he won the AACTA award for Best Lead Actor in a film for his performance in Judy and Punch.

His American career began in 2004, playing the creepy roadkill truck driver in the US horror film House of Wax. Since 2005 he has worked regularly in the United States, starting with such productions as The Unit; Redbelt (both written and directed by David Mamet); Breaking Bad; Wilfred; Cold Case; and mysterious hitman Mr. Jones on the CBS crime series, Vegas.

He played the convicted kidnapper of the Lindbergh baby, Bruno Hauptmann, in the Clint Eastwood-helmed J. Edgar (2011),[4] and one of the Cavendish gang in Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger (2013). Next he appeared in the Vince Gilligan/David Shore series for CBS, Battle Creek;[5] the homeless Romeo in the Starz limited series, Flesh and Bone; and the violent hitman Buddy in the first season of the HBO/Cinemax series, Quarry. In 2019, he played Charles Manson in both Quentin Tarantino's film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood[6] and the television series Mindhunter.[7]

In 2019, he appeared as Paul Allen Brown in Steven Conrad's Epix series Perpetual Grace, LTD.[8] In 2021, he was the voice of Kabal in Mortal Kombat, with stuntman Daniel Nelson portraying the character in the suit.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Big Steal Mark Jorgensen
1998 Praise Skinhead
2003 Ned Steve Hart / Orderly
2005 Son of the Mask Animagine Employee
House of Wax Lester Sinclair
2006 Candy Roger Moylan
2008 Redbelt Official at Arena
The Square Eddie
Winged Creatures TV Minister Released as Fragments on DVD
2011 J. Edgar Bruno Hauptmann
2012 100 Bloody Acres Reg Morgan
2013 The Lone Ranger Ray
2014 The Water Diviner Father McIntyre
Son of a Gun Wilson
The Little Death Dan
2016 Down Under Jason
2018 The Nightingale Ruse
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Charles Manson
Judy and Punch Punch
2021 Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway Tom Kitten (voice)
Mortal Kombat Kabal (voice)
2022 Nude Tuesday Bruno


Year Title Role Notes
1976 The Sullivans Frank Errol
1981 The Patchwork Hero Hardy Jamieson
1982 Taurus Rising Phil Drysdale
Sara Dane David Miniseries
1983 For the Term of His Natural Life Blinker Miniseries
1988 The Flying Doctors Tod White 2 episodes
1990 Elly & Jools Liam O'Farrell Main cast
Call Me Mr. Brown Bowser Boy TV film
1991 The Miraculous Mellops Felix 3 episodes
Brides of Christ Grant Miniseries
1998 Murder Call Lindsay Cramer 2 episodes
Meteorites! Nick TV film
1998–1999 All Saints Danny Bucknell 2 episodes
2001 Flat Chat Unknown Episode: "The Old Flame"
Water Rats Todd Grierson / Gerry Bourke 4 episodes
South Pacific Professor TV film
2004 Stingers Dale Kemp Episode: "The Weakest Link"
The Cooks Nigel Episode: "Beef with You"
2006 Love My Way George Wagstaffe 18 episodes
The Unit Sgt. Parker Episode: "Old Home Week"
Stupid, Stupid Man Pippy Episode: "The Cobra"
2007 The Loop Harald Juvlunktinston Episode: "The Windows"
2008 Cold Case John Smith Episode: "The Road"
2009 Chandon Pictures Scotty Cornish Episode: "Rockstar"
Lost & Found Anthony Eckel TV film
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dwayne Simmons Episode: "Wild Life"
Satisfaction Dominic Episode: "Bug Crush"
Offspring Boyd Carlisle 3 episodes
Rake Detective Maraco 2 episodes
2010–2015 Justified Dewey Crowe 22 episodes
2011 Breaking Bad Scary Skell Episode: "Cornered"
Wilfred Jesse Episode: "Fear"
2012 Laid Marcus Dwyer 6 episodes
The Strange Calls Adrian Episode: "Roots"
2012–2013 Vegas Mr. Jones 4 episodes
2013 The Elegant Gentleman's Guide to Knife Fighting Various characters 6 episodes
Almost Human Lucas Vincent impersonator Episode: "Are You Receiving?"
The Outlaw Michael Howe Michael Howe TV film
2014 INXS: Never Tear Us Apart Chris Murphy 2 episodes
2015 Battle Creek Detective Niblet 9 episodes
Flesh and Bone Romeo Miniseries; 8 episodes
Scorpion Gleason Episode: "US vs. UN vs. UK"
2016 No Activity Bernie 5 episodes
Quarry Buddy 8 episodes
Secret City Kim Gordon 6 episodes
2016–2017 Incorporated Jonathan Hendrick 9 episodes
2017 Top of the Lake: China Girl Toni Bolloti Episode: "Surrogate"
2018 Squinters Miles 4 episodes
Riot Lance Gowland TV film
2018–2021 Mr Inbetween Freddy Main cast
2019 Perpetual Grace, LTD Paul Allen Brown Main cast
Lambs of God Father Bob Miniseries
Mindhunter Charles Manson Episode #2.5
The Commons Ben 3 episodes
2021 The Serpent Laver 3 episodes
The Underground Railroad Martin
2022 The Tourist DI Lachlan Rogers Miniseries
2022 Thai Cave Rescue Craig Challen Netflix limited series


Year Award Award category Nominated work Result
1981 Logie Awards Most Popular New Talent The Sullivans Nominated
1981 Logie Awards Best Performance by a Juvenile The Sullivans Nominated
1982 Logie Awards Best Performance by a Juvenile The Sullivans Nominated
1989 Penguin Awards Excellence in a Performance by a Juvenile The Flying Doctors Won
2012 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Comedy Performance Laid Nominated
Equity Ensemble Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2013 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries Nominated
2014 Australian Film Critics Association Awards Best Actor 100 Bloody Acres Nominated
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Lead Actor The Little Death Nominated
2015 Best Supporting Actor Down Under Nominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actor – Drama Secret City Won
2017 Logie Awards Most Outstanding Supporting Actor Won
2018 Most Outstanding Actor Riot Nominated
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Lead Actor – Drama Won
Equity Ensemble Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Television Movie or Miniseries Won
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Mr Inbetween Nominated
2019 AACTA Awards Best Actor Judy and Punch Won
Best Supporting Actor The Nightingale Nominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama Lambs of God Nominated
Mr Inbetween Nominated

In 2018 he was awarded the Orry-Kelly Award, recognising a body of work that contributes to Australia's national identity.[10]

Other works[edit]



  1. ^ Amanda Mitchell (10 June 2019). "This Actor Is Playing Charles Manson and the Resemblance Is Eerie". O, The Oprah Magazine. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  2. ^ "National Film and Sound Archive - Kodak/Atlab Cinema Collection - The Big Steal (1990)". 12 November 2009. Archived from the original on 12 November 2009. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Dewey Crowe From 'Justified' Is Australian And His Accent Will Freak You Out". Uproxx. 15 January 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  4. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (23 December 2010). "Exclusive: Damon Herriman Joins Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'". IndieWire. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  5. ^ "CBS' 'Battle Creek' Enlists 'Justified's' Damon Herriman". The Hollywood Reporter. 3 March 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  6. ^ Sharf, Zack (29 August 2018). "'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood': Quentin Tarantino Finds His Charles Manson in Australian Actor Damon Herriman". IndieWire. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Sequel to A Quiet Place Officially in the Works, and More Movie News". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  8. ^ Pedersen, Erik (5 November 2018). "'Our Lady, LTD': Damon Herriman & Chris Conrad Join Epix Drama As Regulars; Two Others Round Out Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Mortal Kombat Movie Confirms Kabal Actor".
  10. ^ "Damon Herriman, Hannah Gadsby Among Australians in Film Awards Honorees". The Hollywood Reporter. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 30 July 2019.

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