Erik LaRay Harvey

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Erik LaRay Harvey
Born 1972
Bainbridge Georgia
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present

Erik LaRay Harvey is an American actor known for his roles as Dunn Purnsley in Boardwalk Empire[1] and Willis Stryker / Diamondback in Luke Cage.[2]

Early life[edit]

Erik LaRay Harvey was drawn into acting when he saw a theatrical performance of The Wiz. In his youth, he aspired to be a dentist. However, while attending New York University, he decided to commit to acting full time.[3]


Harvey has performed in feature films, television series, and TV movies. Early TV roles include two episodes of Law & Order (1994 and 1998); two episodes of NYPD Blue (1997 and 2003); Now and Again; and Third Watch.[4] He appears in two additional Law & Order series: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (two episodes; 2003 and 2013) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (one episode; 2005).[4] Roles in feature films include Twister, The Caveman's Valentine and Rounders.[4]

His two major roles have been on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire as Dunn Purnsley (2011–2013)[3] and the Netflix series Luke Cage as Willis "Diamondback" Stryker.[4][5]



Year Title Role
1996 Twister Eric
1998 Rounders Roy
2001 The Caveman's Valentine Young Rom
2001 K-PAX Security Guard
2003 Marci X Stage Manager
2004 Everyday People Bartender
2004 Proud Kevin / James Graham
2005 Crazy for Love Orderly
2014 Friends and Romans Qarl with a 'Q'
2018 Proud Mary Reggie
TBD Bolden! Bartley


Year Title Role Notes
1994, 1998 Law & Order Off. Anthony Loomis / Marty Pine 2 episodes
1997, 2003 NYPD Blue Nathan Dale / Wexler 2 episodes
1999 Now and Again Cyrus Jones 1 episode
2001 Third Watch Redd 1 episode
2003 Queens Supreme Lawyer 1 episode
2003, 2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sam Randall / Randy Fowler 2 episodes
2004 Clubhouse Officer 1 episode
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Deputy Warden 1 episode
2006 Brotherhood Lee Mayberry 1 episode
2011–2013 Boardwalk Empire Dunn Purnsley 15 episodes
2012 NYC 22 Sgt. Crown 1 episode
2014 Chicago P.D. Devon Tucker 1 episode
2014 Believe Marcus Krakauer 2 episodes
2016 Luke Cage Willis Stryker / Diamondback Series regular; 7 episodes
Pending—SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
2017 Godless Elias Hobbs 4 episodes
2018 Sneaky Pete Ray Chapman / Bratton 1 episode
2018 Bull William Flanigan 1 episode
2018 The Blacklist FBI Agent Brandon Graves 1 episode

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 Wolfenstein: The New Order Bombate


  1. ^ Sarene Leeds. "Dunn's Violent 'Boardwalk Empire' Exit". Roling Stone. 
  2. ^ Damore, Meagan (May 25, 2016). "Look: New "Luke Cage" Photos Reveal Classic Marvel Comics Villain". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 26, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "The Boardwalker: A Sit Down with Erik LaRay Harvey". September 4, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d Erik LaRay Harvey on IMDb
  5. ^ Matadeen, Renaldo (June 26, 2018). "Luke Cage Season 2 Finally Gives Us Power Man's Biggest Enemy". Comic Book Resources. 

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