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Gale Harold
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Harold at the Plaza Hotel, NYC, 2012
Gale Morgan Harold III

(1969-07-10) July 10, 1969 (age 52)
Years active2000–present

Gale Morgan Harold III (born July 10, 1969) is an American actor, known for his leading and recurring roles on Queer as Folk, Deadwood, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, The Secret Circle and Defiance. He also starred in the romantic comedy Falling for Grace.

Early life[edit]

Harold was born in Atlanta, Georgia. His father was an engineer and his mother a real estate agent. Because Harold's parents were devout Pentecostals, he had strict religious upbringing. At age 15, he left the church.

Following graduation from the Lovett School, Harold attended American University in Washington, D.C., on a soccer scholarship. He began a Liberal Arts degree in romance literature, departing after a few months and moved to San Francisco, California to study photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. He worked a variety of jobs including construction, bartender, waiter, and apprentice motorcycle mechanic.

In 1997, Susan Landau, daughter of actor Martin Landau, suggested Harold tries acting. He dropped out of the San Francisco Art Institute and relocated to Los Angeles, where he began a three-year period of intensive drama study.[1] He was accepted into the Actors Conservatory Program with the classical theater company A Noise Within. In his theatrical debut, Harold appeared as "Bunny" in Gillian Plowman's Me and My Friends.


In 2000, Harold was cast as Brian Kinney, a central character on Showtime's popular gay drama Queer as Folk.

During the summer hiatus from Queer as Folk, Harold made his New York theatrical debut in Uncle Bob along with George Morfogen.[2]

In 2003, Harold starred in Wake, produced by Susan Landau Finch and directed by her husband Henry LeRoy Finch.

Harold had the lead role of Special Agent Graham Kelton in the short-lived FOX series Vanished in 2006.

Harold also guest-starred as Wyatt Earp in two episodes of the HBO series Deadwood and appeared twice on the CBS series The Unit. Alongside David Bowie, Harold was an associate producer of the documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man.

Gale Harold returned to the New York stage in Tennessee Williams' play Suddenly Last Summer on November 15, 2006, in the role of Dr. Cukrowicz ("Dr. Sugar"). Harold's co-stars in the Roundabout Theatre repertory production, a limited Off-Broadway engagement running through January 20, 2007, were Blythe Danner and Carla Gugino.

Harold was the male lead in the indie romantic comedy Falling for Grace, which debuted favorably at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival (under the working title East Broadway). Harold played an eligible New York bachelor in an interracial relationship with an Asian-American woman.

Harold appeared in November 2007 in a guest role on ABC's Grey's Anatomy as Shane, a paramedic and white supremacist who is injured in an ambulance crash.

He appeared in Desperate Housewives on the fourth season finale May 18, 2008 as Jackson Braddock, Susan Mayer's love interest. Six months after a serious motorcycle accident, Harold returned to play Jackson on the May 3, 2009 episode of the show.[3]

In January and February 2010, Harold performed alongside Denise Crosby and ex-model Claudia Mason in Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending at Theater/Theatre in Los Angeles. The production and cast received mostly positive reviews, with the Los Angeles Times calling his performance "brilliant" and adding "Harold, ideally cast, beautifully ignites with Crosby, whose unconventional interpretation is an affecting revelation."[4]

In July 2010, it was announced at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour that Harold had accepted a recurring role as a law professor in the upcoming series Hellcats.[5] The series concluded its season with Harold's character involved in an affair with the show's lead character Marti (played by Aly Michalka). The series was cancelled after one season.

The CW picked up The Secret Circle for the fall of 2011. The series revolved around a coven of teenage witches in a small town in Washington, each a member of a different witch clan dating back to the 17th Century. Harold played a scheming and powerful male witch who is the father of one of the teenagers. On May 11, 2012, The CW announced the cancellation of the series.[6]

In 2011, Harold was also featured in two movies, Low Fidelity and Rehab, as one of the main characters.[7]

Harold appeared on three episodes of the first season of the show Defiance (1.06, 1.08 and 1.09). On May 10, 2013, Syfy renewed Defiance for a 13 episode second season to air in 2014.[8][9] Harold returned for a guest appearance in the second season of the show in the episode "Put the Damage On".[10]

In 2013, Harold appeared in a short film, The Spirit Game. The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and it was released online on September 2, 2014.[11]

At the Rise 'n Shine Convention (June 9, 2013), Harold said that he was currently working on a project about Civil War, Field of Lost Shoes.

In 2014, Harold participated in different projects including the short film, Thirst, which was directed by Rachel McDonald and premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland on August 7, 2014,[12][13][14] and the film Echo Park, which premiered in the LA Film Festival on June 14, 2014.[15] He also appeared in the sci-fi/action movie Andron.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

On October 14, 2008, Harold was hospitalized at the LAC+USC Medical Center after a motorcycle accident. He remained in critical condition after swelling of the brain was discovered as well as a fractured shoulder. Harold was subsequently released from intensive care and returned to complete his role on Desperate Housewives.[18][19] The online motorcycle publication Clutch & Chrome, which had followed his recovery closely, celebrated his new Hellcats role with an article on August 3, 2010.[20][21]

During the shootings of Vanished in 2006, Harold shot a short video for the Amber Watch Foundation showing his support about missing children. In the video he stated that "nationwide 1.3 million children go missing each year" and urged people to be champions for child safety.[22]

Harold is a supporter of the LGBT community. On July 16, 2012, at the first Annual Hot 100 Party hosted by the website AfterEllen, he recorded an It Gets Better video sending his message and advising gay teens to remember their heroes.[23]

In 2014, Harold filed a restraining order against his ex-girlfriend, actress Danielle Saklofsky.[24]

The actor's sexual orientation was the subject of speculation from the public for many years, until Harold finally identified himself as a straight man.[25]

Filmography and other appearances[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2000 36K Booker O'Brien
2001 Mental Hygiene David Ryan Short film
2003 Particles of Truth Morrison Wiley
Rhinoceros Eyes Det. Phil Barbara
Wake Kyle Riven
2005 The Unseen Harold
Fathers and Sons Elliott
Life on the Ledge Chaz
2006 Falling for Grace Andrew James Barrington Jr.
2007 Scott Walker: 30 Century Man Associate producer
Documentary film
2009 Passenger Side Karl
2010 Fertile Ground Nate Weaver
2011 Low Fidelity Ted
Rehab Dr. Daniel Brody Post-production
2013 The Spirit Game Reggie Short film
Cafe Attitude Waiter Short film
The Being Experience (In the Woods) Post-production
2014 Field of Lost Shoes Charles Semple Premiered on April 13, 2014[26]
Thirst John Short film; premiered on August 7, 2014[13][14][27]
In my mirror Post-production - Documentary
Echo Park Simon Premiered on June 14, 2014[28]
The Two Dogs Max Middlefinger Post-production
Andron: The Black Labyrinth World Premiere, November 8, 2015 at "Trieste Science + Fiction", Italy[16]
2015 Mari Celeste Jeremy Short film; Post-production
The Green Bench Father Short film[29][30]
Kiss Me, Kill Me Stephen World Premiere, September 18, 2015 at "The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival"[31]
Weepah Way for Now Theatrical Agent Premiered on June 16, 2015 in L.A. Film Festival[32]
2018 The Betrothed Eric Short film

TV shows[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000–2005 Queer as Folk Brian Kinney Main cast; 83 episodes (Seasons 1–5; 2000–2005)
2003 Street Time Geoff Beddoes Episode 2.08: Gone
Episode 2.09: Get Up, Stand Up
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Garrett Lang Episode 4.24: "Perfect"
2005 Fathers and Sons Elliott Made-for-television film
Martha: Behind Bars Peter Bacanovic Made-for-television film
2006 The Unit Rory Episode 1.07: "Dedication"
Episode 1.10: "Unannounced"
Deadwood Wyatt Earp Episode 3.08: "Leviathan Smiles"
Episode 3.09: "Amateur Night"
Vanished Agent Graham Kelton Main cast (Episodes 1-7)
8 episodes
2007 Grey's Anatomy Shane Episode 4.09: "Crash Into Me, Part 1"
Episode 4.10: "Crash Into Me, Part 2"
2008–2009 Desperate Housewives Jackson Braddock 14 episodes (4.17, 5.01, 5.02, 5.03, 5.04, 5.05, 5.06, 5.07, 5.08,
5.11 (voice), 5.12 (voice), 5.21, 5.22 & 5.23)
2010 CSI: NY Kevin Scott Episode 6.22: "Point of View"
2010–2011 Hellcats Julian Parrish 9 episodes (1.03, 1.05, 1.06, 1.10,
1.13, 1.15, 1.19, 1.20 & 1.21)
2011-2012 The Secret Circle Charles Mead Main cast - Harold didn't appear in 6 episodes
(1.04, 1.07, 1.11, 1.14, 1.16 & 1.18)
2013-2014 Defiance Connor Lang Episodes: 1.06, 1.08, 1.09 & 2.05
2018 Criminal Minds Dr. Daryl Wright Episode: 14.09: "Broken Wing"
2020 Equal Howard Smith Docuseries


Year Title Role Notes
1997-1998 Me and my friend Bunny
La Indian Queen La turista
1999-2000 Cymbeline
The Misanthrope
Miss Julie Jean
Sweet Birth of Youth Wayne
The Importance of Being Earnest Mr. Algernon Moncrieff
Long Day's Journey into Night Edmund
2001 Uncle Bob Josh Summer 2001. Co-star George Morfogen
Gale's New York theatrical debut
2006-2007 Suddenly Last Summer Dr. Cukrowicz November 15, 2006 - January 20, 2007
Co-stars Blythe Danner & Carla Gugino
2010 Orpheus Descending Valentine Xavier January - February. Co-stars Denise Crosby & Claudia Mason
Theater/Theatre in Los Angeles
2013 Rocco Rosso Riche Rocco Rosso November. Co-stars Olivia d'Abo
National Theatre in London


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Night ItaCon - Fantasy events
Bologna, Italy
Himself August 31 - September 2. The con was about fantasy characters.
Gale was there due to his role as Charles Mead on The Secret Circle.
2013 Showtime Con - Zarata events
Bilbao, Spain
Himself February 15–17. Gale participated due to his role as Brian Kinney
on Showtime's Queer as Folk.
2013 Rise 'n Shine Con
Los Angeles, California, USA
Himself June 9. QAF convention with co-actors Randy Harrison, Scott Lowell,
Peter Paige, Robert Gant, Michelle Clunie & Ryan Scott Greene
2014 Queens of the Road Con
Bilbao, Spain
Himself March 28–30. Queer as Folk convention with co-actors
Randy Harrison, Scott Lowell & Peter Paige
2015 ATX Television Festival
Austin, Texas
Himself June 4–7. Gale participated due to his role as Brian Kinney
on Showtime's Queer as Folk convention with co-actors
Randy Harrison, Robert Gant & Peter Paige.
2015 Gale Harold Fan Meet - Zarata events
Bilbao, Spain
Himself September 26–27. Gale participated due to his role as Brian Kinney
on Showtime's Queer as Folk.
2016 Gale Harold Fan Meet - Zarata events
Bilbao, Spain
Himself September 9–11. Gale participated due to his role as Brian Kinney with co-actor Randy Harrison
on Showtime's Queer as Folk.


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