Harold Perrineau

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Harold Perrineau
Harold Perrineau, Constantine, 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Perrineau in 2014
Born (1963-08-07) August 7, 1963 (age 58)
New York City, U.S.
Other namesHarold Perrineau Jr.
Harold Williams
Years active1987–present
Brittany Robinson
(m. 2002)
Children3, including Aurora

Harold Perrineau (born August 7, 1963) is an American actor best known for his roles as Michael Dawson on the television series Lost (2004–2008; 2010), Link in The Matrix franchise (2003), and Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996). He has also starred in the films Smoke (1995), The Edge (1997), The Best Man (1999), 28 Weeks Later (2007), and Zero Dark Thirty (2012). His other television credits include Oz (1997–2003), Sons of Anarchy (2012), Constantine (2014–2015), Claws (2017–present), and The Rookie (2019–2021). He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in the hit indie film Smoke.

Early life[edit]

Perrineau was born in Brooklyn, New York City.[1][2] His parents changed his name to Williams when he was a child, but he later changed it back, after discovering there was already a Harold Williams in the Screen Actors Guild.[3] He attended Shenandoah University and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.[1]


In 1989, Perrineau was cast as the original Tyrone Jackson in the world premiere of the stage adaptation of the 1980 hit movie Fame (now known as Fame: The Musical) at the Walnut Street Theatre, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4] He took the role of Link in The Matrix series after the original operator Tank was written out of the script when Marcus Chong was fired over monetary disputes.[5] Lost co-star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje starred with Perrineau on the HBO series Oz.

Perrineau played Michael Dawson on ABC's hit show Lost. He was temporarily written off when his character left the island with his son at the end of season two and did not appear in season three. In July 2007, it was announced he would return to the main cast for the show's fourth season.[6] However, the return was short-lived, as the fourth season was his last as a regular cast member. He made one guest appearance in the sixth and final season.

Perrineau starred in 30 Days of Night: Dark Days with Rhys Coiro, Mia Kirshner, Kiele Sanchez, Diora Baird and Monique Ganderton.[7] Perrineau appeared in the 2008 music video "Yes We Can".[8]

Perrineau voiced the title character from Marvel's Blade anime series on G4 January 2012. He was cast to play the character of Damon Pope, the main antagonist of season 5 of the hit show Sons of Anarchy.[9][10]

Perrineau starred as Stevie, the bass player, in the TBS comedy Wedding Band, which ran from 2012 to 2013.

Perrineau starred as Manny, an angelic messenger, in Constantine, the short-lived 2015 television series based on the DC Comics/Vertigo character John Constantine.[citation needed]

He made his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Anton Chekov's The Cherry Orchard, adapted by Stephen Karam. The play ran from September 2016 to December 4, 2016. Perrineau played Lopakhin, with Diane Lane as Ranevskaya.[11][12] Also in 2016, Perrineau co-starred in the Amazon Studios legal series Goliath.

From 2017 to 2022, Perrineau played a black man with autism in TNT's Claws. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.[13] Perrineau starred as a cop, Nick Armstrong, on The Rookie for most of season 2 and as a guest on season 3.[citation needed]

Since his debut single "Stay Strong" in 2007 Perrineau has been working on his musical career. He is actively collaborating with music producer Tomo in der Muhlen, known as DJ Tomo Tom Tom, on his debut album, Seeker. The first single, "Moving On", was released October 15, 2011. Perrineau enjoys doing live shows where he performs with a full band: two guitars, bass, drums and keyboards. He performed at Los Angeles club The Mint in April 2010. Perrineau has appeared in MKTO's "Thank You" music video and J. Cole's "She Knows" music video.

Personal life[edit]

Perrineau has been married to former actress and model Brittany Perrineau (née Robinson) since 2002. They have three daughters, including actress Aurora Perrineau.[14][15]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Shakedown Tommie
1990 King of New York Thief On The Subway
1995 Smoke Thomas "Rashid" Cole Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Professor X Genki Pierce
1996 Romeo + Juliet Mercutio
1997 Blood and Wine Henry
The Edge Steve
On the Line Sam
The Crazy Professor Isaiah
1998 Lulu on the Bridge Bobby Perez
1999 The Best Man Julian Murch Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Macbeth in Manhattan The Chorus
2000 Woman on Top Monica Jones
2001 Prison Song Uncle Cee
2002 On Line Moe Curley
Superman Must Die "Sleepy"
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Link
The Matrix Revolutions
2007 28 Weeks Later Flynn
Garfield Gets Real Husband (voice)
2008 Your Name Here Richard Roundtree
Gardens of the Night Orlando
Ball Don't Lie Jimmy
Felon Lieutenant Bill Jackson
2010 30 Days of Night: Dark Days Todd
The Killing Jar John Smith
2011 Seeking Justice Jimmy
2012 Transit Losada
Zero Dark Thirty Jack
2013 Snitch Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Steele
Go for Sisters Wiley
Sexy Evil Genius Marvin
The Best Man Holiday Julian Murch
The Championship Rounds Darryl
2014 Sabotage Investigator Darius Jackson
2017 The Bachelors Dr. Rollens
I'm Not Here Santana
Stephanie Leader Uncredited
Virginia Minnesota Mister
2018 Dumplin' Lee Wayne / Rhea Ranged
Cold Brook Gil Le Deux
TBA Without Ward Lord Voraz Esquire Completed


Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Cosby Show Scott Episode: "Dead End Kids Meet Dr. Lotus"
1990 Law & Order Jordan Hill Episode: "Out of the Half-Light"
1991–1993 I'll Fly Away Robert Evans Recurring role, 8 episodes
1993 Law & Order Kenny Rinker Episode: "Virus"
1997 ER Isaac Price Episode: "Freak Show"
Living Single Walter Jackson Episode: "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"
1997–2003 Oz Augustus Hill Main role, 55 episodes
2003 Dead Like Me Aroun Levert Episode: "Rest in Peace"
2004–2008; 2010 Lost Michael Dawson Main role, 47 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Reverend Rhodes Episode: "Go to Hell"
2009 The Unusuals Detective Leo Banks 10 episodes
2010 CSI: NY Reggie Tifford Episode: "Redemption"
2012 Marvel Anime Blade (voice) 12 episodes
Sons of Anarchy Damon Pope 8 episodes
Phineas and Ferb Additional voices 2 episodes
2012–2013 Wedding Band Stevie Main role, 10 episodes
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Brian Tremore Episode: "Secrets Exhumed"
2014 Growing Up Fisher Fred Episode: "Pilot"
Z Nation Lieutenant Hammond Episode: "Puppies And Kittens"
Newsreaders Harold Perrineau Episode: "F- Dancing, Are You Decent?"
2014–2015 Constantine Manny Main role, 12 episodes
2016 The Mysteries of Laura Charles Baptiste Episode: "The Mystery of the Morning Jog"
Goliath Judge Reston Keller 6 episodes
Full Circle Damon Houserman 10 episodes
2017 Criminal Minds Calvin Shaw Recurring role, 5 episodes
2017–present Claws Dean Simms Main role; 30 episodes
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
2018–2019 Star Bobby Brooks Recurring role, 9 episodes
2019–2021 The Rookie Nick Armstrong Recurring role, 10 episodes
2020 The Good Doctor Wes Keeler Episode: "Fixation"
TBA The Best Man: The Final Chapters Julian "Murch" Murchison Recurring role, 10 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Enter the Matrix Link Voice
2004 The Matrix Online Link Voice


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  2. ^ Handler, Rachel (September 10, 2020). "Harold Perrineau Answers Every Question We Have About Romeo + Juliet". Vulture.
  3. ^ Perrineau, Harold (August 7, 2019). "Harold Perrineau on Twitter: "Actual fact, I was Born Harold Perrineau."". Twitter.
  4. ^ "History of "Fame: The Musical" Productions". Famenetwork.com. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Wilkinson, Peter (January 12, 2006). "The Mystery of Larry Wachowski". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 4, 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
  6. ^ "TCA: ABC's McPherson Pressed Into Divulging Lost News". Media Week. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved July 25, 2007.
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  8. ^ Kaufman, Gil (February 4, 2008). "Will.I.Am Gathers Common, Nick Cannon, Scarlett Johansson For Barack Obama Video". Mtv.com. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  9. ^ "Harold Perrineau Cast as Damon Pope on Sons of Anarchy". Tvfanatic.com. May 18, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  10. ^ Michael Ausiello (May 18, 2012). "Sons of Anarchy Exclusive: Lost's Harold Perrineau Joins Cast as Big Bad Damon Pope". Tvline.com. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  11. ^ "Perrineau Broadway", ibdb.com, accessed October 17, 2016
  12. ^ Viagas, Robert. "See What the Critics Said About 'The Cherry Orchard' on Broadway", Playbill, October 16, 2016
  13. ^ Hunter, Samantha (July 9, 2019). "'Claws' Star Harold On Playing An Autistic Black Man, The Fate Of 'Star' And Interracial Marriage". bet.com. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
  14. ^ Finn, Natalie; Rosenbaum, Claudia (May 31, 2008). "Lost's Perrineau Uncovers Child No. 2". E! Online.
  15. ^ Takeda, Allison (March 21, 2013). "Harold Perrineau, Wife Brittany Welcome Third Daughter, Holiday Grace". Us Weekly.

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