Harold at the Plaza Hotel, NYC, 2012
Gale Morgan Harold III
July 10, 1969
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.
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 try 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. 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 2003, Harold starred in Wake, produced by Susan Landau Finch and directed by her husband Henry LeRoy Finch.
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.
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."
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. 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.
In 2011, Harold was also featured in two movies, Low Fidelity and Rehab, as one of the main characters.
Harold appeared on three episodes of the first season of the show (1.06, 1.08 and 1.09). On May 10, 2013, Syfy renewed Defiance for a 13 episode second season to air in 2014. Harold returned for a guest appearance in the second season of the show in the episode "Put the Damage On".
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, and the film Echo Park, which premiered in the LA Film Festival on June 14, 2014. He also appeared in the sci-fi/action movie Andron.
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. The online motorcycle publication Clutch & Chrome, which had followed his recovery closely, celebrated his new Hellcats role with an article on August 3, 2010.
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.
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.
In 2014, Harold filed a restraining order against his ex-girlfriend, actress Danielle Saklofsky.
Filmography and other appearances
|2001||Mental Hygiene||David Ryan||Short film|
|2003||Particles of Truth||Morrison Wiley|
|Rhinoceros Eyes||Det. Phil Barbara|
|Life on the Ledge||Chaz|
|2006||Falling for Grace||Andrew James Barrington Jr.|
|2007||Scott Walker: 30 Century Man||Associate producer|
|2010||Fertile Ground||Nate Weaver|
|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|
|Thirst||John||Short film; premiered on August 7, 2014|
|In my mirror||Post-production - Documentary|
|Echo Park||Simon||Premiered on June 14, 2014|
|The Two Dogs||Max Middlefinger||Post-production|
|Andron: The Black Labyrinth||World Premiere, November 8, 2015 at "Trieste Science + Fiction", Italy|
|2015||Mari Celeste||Jeremy||Short film; Post-production|
|The Green Bench||Father||Short film|
|Kiss Me, Kill Me||Stephen||World Premiere, September 18, 2015 at "The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Film Festival"|
|Weepah Way for Now||Theatrical Agent||Premiered on June 16, 2015 in L.A. Film Festival|
|2018||The Betrothed||Eric||Short film|
|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) |
|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"|
|1997-1998||Me and my friend||Bunny|
|La Indian Queen||La turista|
|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
|2012||Night ItaCon - Fantasy events
|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
|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
|Himself||March 28–30. Queer as Folk convention with co-actors |
Randy Harrison, Scott Lowell & Peter Paige
|2015||ATX Television Festival
|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
|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
|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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- Gummersall, Devon (May 29, 2013). "At long last, we have an official release date for "LOW FIDELITY"! August 6, 2013 it will be available on VOD, digital, etc". Twitter.
- "Syfy Renews DEFIANCE For A Second Season". Seat42f. May 10, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
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- "The Spirit Game short film is now online!". The Spirit Game. Twitter. September 2, 2014. Archived from the original on September 21, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
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- "Pills from the Future". Pardo Live. July 16, 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
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'I’m straight, but the character was too important to me to muddle his world with my private life.
- Bacque, Peter (March 13, 2014). "'Field of Lost Shoes' film to premiere in Richmond". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved March 14, 2014.
- Thirst (July 16, 2014). "Thrilled 2 announce that Thirst will make its World Premiere @ the 67th Locarno Int Film Festival!". Twitter. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
- Howard, Courtney (June 18, 2014). "LA FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW – ECHO PARK (2014)". Very Aware. Archived from the original on August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
- "The Green Bench". Official site of "The Green Bench". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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- "Exclusive: Watch the Trailer for West Hollywood Thriller 'Kiss Me, Kill Me'". Out. August 19, 2015. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
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