Jason Butler Harner

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Jason Butler Harner
Jason Butler Harner by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Harner at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2011.
Born Jason Thomas Butler Harner
(1970-10-09) October 9, 1970 (age 46)
Elmira, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Jason Thomas Butler Harner[1] (born October 9, 1970) is an American actor.

Life and career[edit]

Harner was born in Elmira, New York and grew up in suburban Northern Virginia, where he saw a handful of plays at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage.[2] His middle name Butler is his mother’s maiden name.[1] He graduated from T. C. Williams High School, Alexandria, Virginia, in 1988.[3] Although Harner was the president of his high school drama club, he spent his time building sets rather than acting since many of his relatives were carpenters or plumbers.[4]

After graduating from high school, he worked as an usher at the age of 17 at the Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C.[5]

He graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting in 1992. After graduating from VCU, he was an apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville; he subsequently moved to New York City and received a Master of Fine Arts in the Graduate Acting Program from Tisch School of the Arts in 1997.[6] Harner returned to VCU as a Master Teacher during their 2007-08 Guest Artist program.[7]

Harner completed filming for Changeling in December 2007. He played Gordon Stewart Northcott, a mechanic accused of murder.[8]

He appeared in the HBO miniseries John Adams as Oliver Wolcott, Jr., the second United States Secretary of the Treasury. Harner had a guest role on the pilot for Fringe, which premiered in September 2008 on Fox. He was cast as the regular character Silas Hunton on the cable series Possible Side Effects, until Showtime cancelled the series in April 2008.[9][10] He plays Associate Warden Elijah Bailey "E.B." Tiller on the Fox series Alcatraz which debuted in January 2012.[11][12]

He made his London theater debut in February 2010 in the Lanford Wilson play Serenading Louie at Donmar Warehouse, London, England.[1] During his stay in London, Harner read Michael Chabon's Manhood for Amateurs on BBC Book of the Week in April 2010.[13]

Theatrical career[edit]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Trifling with Fate Walter Skritcher (Artist Who Doesn't Know His Muse)[56][57]
2001 The 3 Little Wolfs Elliot Wolf
2002 Garmento Jasper Judson[58]
2004 Nylon Stephan
2006 The Good Shepherd Teletype Communications Officer[59]
2007 Next Jeff Baines[60]
2008 New Orleans, Mon Amour TBA
Changeling Gordon Northcott[8]
2009 The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Mr. Thomas[61]
2010 The Extra Man Otto Bellman[62]
2011 Kill the Irishman Art Sneperger[63]
Letters from the Big Man Sean[64]
The Green Michael[65]
2014 Non-Stop Kyle Rice
2015 Blackhat George Reinker
The Family Fang Young Caleb Fang


Year Show Episode(s) Role Notes
2000 Guiding Light "May 19, 2000" Palace aide[66]
2002 Law & Order "American Jihad" Bernard Noah[67]
Law & Order: Criminal Intent "Phantom" Bob
2004 Hope & Faith "Prom and Circumstance (Almost Paradise)" Ronnie Fuller[68]
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit "Clock" Greg Hartley[69]
The Closer "The Other Woman" Sammy Rawley
2008 John Adams "Unnecessary War" Oliver Wolcott, Jr.[70][71] (mini)
Moonlight "The Mortal Cure" Lance[72]
Fringe "Pilot" Steig Brothers[73]
2009 The Good Wife "Stripped" William Ericcson[74]
Law & Order "Rapture" Nathan Reese[75]
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation "418/427" Daniel Moore[76]
2012 Alcatraz Regular cast Associate Warden E.B. Tiller[11][12]
The Newsroom "We Just Decided To" Lewis
2013 Homeland "A Red Wheelbarrow", "Game On", "Tower of David" Paul Franklin
Betrayal "...One More Shot", "...We're Not Going to Bailey's Harbor.", "...Nice Photos", "...That Is Not What Ships Are Built For" Zarek
2014 The Blacklist "Madeline Pratt (No. 73)" Walter Gary Martin
2015 Scandal "Gladiators Don't Run" "Run Ian McLeod
Ray Donovan Season 3 Varick Strauss

Other works[edit]

Harner narrates the audio book version of Dark prophecy: a Level 26 thriller featuring Steve Dark, ISBN 978-0-525-95185-8. The book is written by Anthony Zuiker and Duane Swierczynski.[77]



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  3. ^ "Local Boy Performing At Kennedy Center: Jason Butler Harner Will Appear With Sally Field". WRC-TV. 2004-07-21. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  4. ^ Lipsky-Karasz, Elisa (October 2008). "Jason Butler Harner: The New York Theater Veteran Takes to the Big Screen with a Frightening Star Turn". W Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-30. 
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  16. ^ "A CurtainUp Berkshires Review: Transit Of Venus". CurtainUp. 1998-07-10. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
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  18. ^ "An Experiment with an Air Pump". The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
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  21. ^ "Crimes of the Heart". The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  22. ^ "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme". The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  23. ^ "Dallas Theater Center Presents Hamlet". Dallas Theater Center. 2003-08-27. Archived from the original on October 1, 2006. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  24. ^ "Five Flights". Rattlestick. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
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  32. ^ "The Ruby Sunrise". The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
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  34. ^ Hernandez, Ernio (2005-12-12). "Sarah Paulson and Jason Butler Harner Join Bening and Molina in L.A. Cherry Orchard". Playbill. Retrieved 2008-01-28. 
  35. ^ Gans, Andrew (2006-10-03). "Harner, Schall, Herrman and Pascal Join Beane's Cartells". Playbill. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  36. ^ Rooney, David (2006-11-27). "The Coast of Utopia: Voyage". Variety. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  37. ^ Rooney, David (2006-12-21). "The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck". Variety. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  38. ^ Rooney, David (2007-02-18). "The Coast of Utopia: Salvage". Variety. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  39. ^ MacDonald, Sandy (2007-07-09). "This 'Front Page' is a bit too wordy". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
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  41. ^ Isherwood, Charles (2009-04-22). "Chaotic Household? Sell the Kids". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  42. ^ "Harner To Replace Cromer In Off-Bdwy's OUR TOWN 8/25, Bennett, Dame, Schultz & Beiler To Join". Broadway.world.com. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
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  46. ^ "Jason O'Mara Serenades". West End Shows London. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  47. ^ "Serenading Louie By Lanford Wilson". Donmar Warehouse, London, England. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  48. ^ McBride, Walter (2010-10-19). "Photo Coverage: 'The Normal Heart' After Party". Broadway World. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
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  51. ^ Healy, Patrick (2010-10-19). "A Broadway Welcome to 'Normal Heart'". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  52. ^ Bacalzo, Dan (2011-03-11). "Jason Butler Harner to Star in Reading of The Skin of Our Teeth, Directed by Anthony Rapp". Theater Mania. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
  53. ^ "We Hear: Elena Zoubareva, Jason Butler Harner and more...". Boston Herald. 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2011-03-15. 
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