|Born||August 7, 1963|
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
|Other names||Harold Perrineau Jr.|
|Alma mater||Shenandoah University|
|Children||3, including Aurora|
Harold Perrineau (born August 7, 1963) is an American actor best known for his roles as Michael Dawson in the ABC television series Lost (2004–2010), Augustus Hill in the HBO television series Oz (1997–2003), Sheriff Boyd Stevens in the MGM+ television series From (since 2022), Link in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both 2003), and Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996). He has also starred in the films Smoke (1995), for which he was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, The Edge (1997), The Best Man (1999), Woman on Top (2000), and 28 Weeks Later (2007). His other television credits include Sons of Anarchy (2012), Constantine (2014–2015), Claws (2017–2022), and The Rookie (2019–2021).
Perrineau was born in Brooklyn, New York City. 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. He attended Shenandoah University and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Perrineau has four brothers: Anthony, Bryan, Lance, and Mali K.
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. 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. 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. 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.
Since his debut single "Stay Strong" in 2007 Perrineau has been working on his musical career. He actively collaborated 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 has also done 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.
Perrineau voiced the title character from Marvel's Blade anime series on G4 in 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.
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. Also in 2016, Perrineau co-starred in the Amazon Studios legal series Goliath.
From 2017 to 2022, Perrineau played Dean, a man on the autism spectrum and the brother of Desna, in TNT's Claws. He won the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series at the NAACP Awards. Perrineau starred as a cop, Nick Armstrong, on The Rookie for most of season 2 and as a guest on season 3.
|1990||King of New York||Thug Leader|
|1991||Out for Justice||King's Henchman (uncredited)|
|1995||Smoke||Thomas "Rashid" Cole|
|Flirt||Men's Room Man 1#|
|1996||Blood and Wine||Henry|
|Romeo + Juliet||Mercutio|
|1998||Lulu on the Bridge||Bobby Perez|
|1999||A Day in Black and White||Black Man|
|Macbeth in Manhattan||Chorus|
|The Best Man||Julian Murch|
|2000||Woman on Top||Monica Jones|
|Overnight Sensation||Experienced PA|
|2001||Prison Song||Uncle Cee|
|2002||On Line||Moe Curley|
|2003||The Matrix Reloaded||Link|
|The Matrix Revolutions||Link|
|2007||28 Weeks Later||Flynn|
|Garfield Gets Real||Husband||Voice, video|
|2008||Gardens of the Night||Orlando|
|Ball Don't Lie||Jimmy|
|Your Name Here||Richard Roundtree|
|Felon||Lieutenant Bill Jackson|
|2010||The Killing Jar||John Smith|
|Case 219||Franklyn Bonner|
|30 Days of Night: Dark Days||Todd||Video|
|Taking the Edge Off||–||Short|
|Zero Dark Thirty||Jack|
|2013||Snitch||Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Steele|
|Go for Sisters||Wiley|
|Sexy Evil Genius||Marvin Coolidge||Video|
|The Best Man Holiday||Julian Murch|
|The Championship Rounds||Darryl||Short|
|2014||Sabotage||Investigator Darius Jackson|
|2015||Meet Me at a Funeral||Jeffrey||Short|
|The Bachelors||Dr. Rollens|
|I'm Not Here||Santana|
|Cold Brook||Gil Le Deux|
|Dumplin'||Lee Wayne / Rhea Ranged|
|2022||Without Ward||Lord Voraz Esquire|
|1986–1987||Fame||Fame Dancer||Recurring role (season 6)|
|1989||The Cosby Show||Scott||Episode: "The Dead End Kids Meet Dr. Lotus"|
|1990||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Curtis||Episode: "Flour Babies"|
|Law & Order||Jordan Hill||Episode: "Out of the Half-Light"|
|1991||The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd||Singer||Episode: "Here's a Neat Way to Tie Up the Loose Ends"|
|1991–1993||I'll Fly Away||Robert Evans||Recurring role|
|1993||Law & Order||Kenny Rinker||Episode: "Virus"|
|1994||The Cosby Mysteries||Junior Vansen||Episode: "Camouflage"|
|1995||New York News||Benny||2 episodes|
|1997||ER||Isaac Price||Episode: "Freak Show"|
|Living Single||Walter Jackson||Episode: "Forgive Us Our Trespasses"|
|1997–2003||Oz||Augustus Hill||Main role|
|1998||The Tempest||Ariel||TV movie|
|1999||Saturday Night Live||Augustus Hill||Episode: "Jerry Seinfeld/David Bowie"|
|2003||Spider-Man: The New Animated Series||Louis Wyler/Turbo Jet||Voice, episode: "Heroes and Villains"|
|Dead Like Me||Aroun Levert||Episode: "Rest in Peace"|
|2004–2010||Lost||Michael Dawson||Main role (seasons 1–2 & 4; guest: season 6)|
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Reverend Rhodes||Episode: "Go to Hell"|
|2009||The Unusuals||Detective Leo Banks||Main role|
|2010||CSI: NY||Reggie Tifford||Episode: "Redemption"|
|The Whole Truth||Paul Braun||Episode: "Uncanny"|
|2012||Marvel Anime: Blade||Blade||Voice, main role|
|Phineas and Ferb||Additional Voices||Episode: "Where's Perry?"|
|Sons of Anarchy||Damon Pope||Recurring role (season 5)|
|2012–2013||Wedding Band||Stevie||Main role|
|2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Brian Tremore||Episode: "Secrets Exhumed"|
|2014||HitRecord on TV||Himself||Episode: "The Edge of Space"|
|Growing Up Fisher||Fred||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Z Nation||Lieutenant Hammond||Episode: "Puppies And Kittens"|
|Newsreaders||Harold Perrineau||Episode: "F- Dancing, Are You Decent?"|
|2016||The Mysteries of Laura||Charles Baptiste||Episode: "The Mystery of the Morning Jog"|
|Goliath||Judge Reston Keller||Recurring role (season 1)|
|Full Circle||Damon Houserman||Main role (season 3)|
|Poor Richard's Almanack||Matt||TV movie|
|2017||Criminal Minds||Calvin Shaw||Recurring role (season 12)|
|2017–2022||Claws||Dean Simms||Main role|
|2018–2019||Star||Bobby Brooks||Recurring role (season 3)|
|2019–2021||The Rookie||Nick Armstrong||Recurring role (seasons 2–3)|
|2020||The Good Doctor||Wes Keeler||Episode: "Fixation"|
|2022–present||From||Boyd Stevens||Main role|
|2022||The Best Man: The Final Chapters||Julian "Murch" Murchison||Main role|
|2003||Enter the Matrix||Link||Voice|
|2004||The Matrix Online||Link||Voice|
Awards and nominations
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- "History of "Fame: The Musical" Productions". Famenetwork.com. Archived from the original on August 14, 2016. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
- Wilkinson, Peter (January 12, 2006). "The Mystery of Larry Wachowski". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 4, 2010. Retrieved March 21, 2014.
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- "30 Days of Night: Dark Days Casting News". Dreadcentral.com. October 20, 2009. Archived from the original on October 24, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
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- Piepenburg, Erik (February 18, 2022). "Harold Perrineau Finds His Way". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on March 20, 2023. Retrieved March 20, 2023.
- "Perrineau Broadway" Archived November 7, 2022, at the Wayback Machine, ibdb.com, accessed October 17, 2016
- Viagas, Robert. "See What the Critics Said About 'The Cherry Orchard' on Broadway" Archived September 4, 2017, at the Wayback Machine, Playbill, October 16, 2016
- Hunter, Samantha (July 9, 2019). "'Claws' Star Harold On Playing An Autistic Black Man, The Fate Of 'Star' And Interracial Marriage". bet.com. Archived from the original on November 17, 2021. Retrieved November 17, 2021.
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