Michael Harney

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Michael J. Harney
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Harney in 2016
Michael John Harney

(1956-03-27) March 27, 1956 (age 64)
Years active1992–present

Michael John Harney[1] is an American actor of film, television, and theater. He is best known for starring on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black as Corrections Officer Sam Healy. In 2019, he had a recurring role in the Apple TV+ series For All Mankind.

Early life[edit]

Born in The Bronx, New York City, Harney went on to study under acting teachers William Esper and Phil Gushee,[citation needed] both of whom studied and taught with Sanford Meisner for many years at The Neighborhood Playhouse School Of The Theater. After studying acting for 7 years he went on to run The Michael Harney Acting Studio in New York City for 8 years.[citation needed] During his time in New York City, Harney acted in and/or directed more than 80 plays[2] and one acts and starred in On The Waterfront on Broadway playing the role of Charlie Malloy.[3]


Throughout Harney's television career, he has performed in numerous blockbuster films such as Erin Brockovich and Ocean's Thirteen. Before starring on Orange Is the New Black, Harney starred as Detective Mike Roberts in the award-winning television police drama NYPD Blue and also in the HBO historical drama series Deadwood as Steve Fields. Harney first worked with Orange Is The New Black creator Jenji Kohan on the Showtime original dark comedy Weeds, starring opposite Mary-Louise Parker as Detective Mitch Ouellette.

In 2015, Harney returned to his film roots in the independent drama, Bad Hurt, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival.[4] Set in 1999, Bad Hurt chronicles Ed Kendall's (Harney) struggle with PTSD as a proud war veteran and father to son (Theo Rossi) and mentally ill adult daughter (Iris Gilad), and the challenges each of them face during the constant pursuit of maintaining a normal family dynamic.

Personal life[edit]

He has one son.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Italian Movie Mike
1997 Turbulence Marshal Marty Douglas
2000 Sonic Impact Captain Mark Travis
2000 Erin Brockovich Pete Jensen
2003 Shade Micky Swift
2007 Captivity Det. Bettiger
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Blackjack Pit Boss
2008 The Onion Movie Line-Up Detective
2010 Salvation Road Douglas Moorland Short film
2015 Bad Hurt Ed Kendall
2016 Soy Nero Seymour
2018 A Star Is Born Wolfie
2018 Widows Sergeant Fuller
2020 The Banker Melvin Belli


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Law & Order Detective Gullikson Episode: "Trust"
1993–1999 NYPD Blue Det. Mike Roberts 12 episodes
1994 L.A. Law Mr. Justin Episode: "Whose San Andreas Fault Is It, Anyway?"
1994 Law & Order Aaron Packard Episode: "Old Friends"
1994 The Cosby Mysteries Officer Mike Principe Episode: "Self Defense"
1995 The Great Defender Clark Episode: "Twelve Angry Men"
1995 New York News N/A Episode: "A Question of Truth"
1995 Space: Above and Beyond Questioner Episode: "Eyes"
1995 Dead by Sunset Det. John Raines Episode #1.2
1996 The Burning Zone Mr. Davis Episode: "Night Flight"
1996 Viper N/A Episode: "Diamond in the Rough"
1996 Gone in the Night Richard M. Daley Television film
1997 The Practice A.D.A. Walt Frazier Episode: "Trial and Error"
1997 Law & Order Lt. Stu Miller 2 episodes
1997 The Pretender U.S. Marshal Bob Garrison Episode: "Unhappy Landings"
1997 Diagnosis Murder Kurt Vaughn Episode: "The Murder of Mark Sloan"
1997 Night Man Mr. Krueger Episode: "Pilot"
1997 Total Security Charlie Kiplinger Episode: "Pilot"
1997 The Visitor Warden Burke Episode: "Caged"
1997 NightMan Television film
1998 Pensacola: Wings of Gold FBI Agent #1 Episode: "Game, Set and Match"
1998 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Chadwick Episode: "Honor Among Thieves"
1998 Chicago Hope Chuck Lutsky Episode: "Deliverance"
1998 Vengeance Unlimited Officer Carl Witherspoon Episode: "Justice"
1998 Brimstone Det. Charlie Hirrsh Episode: "Pilot"
1998 Touched by an Angel Carl Episode: "An Angel on the Roof"
1999 The '60s Tom Gryzbowski Television film
1999 Millennium Man Lt. Col. Brody Television film
1999 Seven Days Pierce Nolland Episode: "Parkergeist"
1999 ER Mr. Stehly Episode: "Last Rites"
2000 Profiler Mike Caldare Episode: "Random Act"
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Bart Slocum Episode: "The Bachelor Party"
2000 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Xander's Father Episode: "Restless"
2000 Bull Frank Durski Episode: "White Knight"
2000 Strong Medicine Edward Duke Episode: "Dependency"
2001 Nash Bridges Jerry Stevens Episode: "Bear Trap"
2001 Boston Public Mr. Pierce Episode: "Chapter Ten"
2001 The Fugitive Detective DeVries Episode: "Sea Change"
2001 The Invisible Man Malachi Royce Episode: "Father Figure"
2001 Warden of Red Rock Henry Masters Television film
2002 Crossing Jordan John Morrissey Episode: "One Twelve"
2002 JAG Barman 2 episodes
2003 Tremors Gene Fallon Episode: "Ghost Dance"
2003 The Division Bob Willets Episode: "Acts of Betrayal"
2004 Cold Case Charlie Rinzler Episode: "Volunteers"
2005 Without a Trace Detective Roberts Episode: "Lone Star"
2005–06 Deadwood Steve Fields 12 episodes
2006 Vanished Robert Rubia / Roberta Rubia 3 episodes
2007 Lincoln Heights SWAT Commander Episode: "Spree"
2007 Smith Stu Binder Episode: "Seven"
2007 The Unit Crew Chief Episode: "M.P.s"
2007 Life John Garrity 2 episodes
2007 K-Ville Burt Reynolds Episode: "Flood, Wind, and Fire"
2008 Criminal Minds Pat Mannan Episode: "3rd Life"
2008 Raising the Bar Detective Robert Dougherty 2 episodes
2008 Saving Grace Jerry Carver Episode: "It's Better When I Can See You"
2009 Numb3rs U.S. Marshal Episode: "Shadow Markets"
2009 Lie to Me Elliot Greene Episode: "Lack of Candor"
2010 Persons Unknown Sam Edick 7 episodes
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles LAPD Detective Frank Scarli Episode: "Human Traffic"
2010–11 The Defenders Sergeant Smith 2 episodes
2011–12 Weeds Det. Mitch Ouellette 13 episodes
2012–13 Vegas Leo Farwood 3 episodes
2013 hIMPERFECT Pop Television film
2013–19 Orange Is the New Black Sam Healy Main role (seasons 1-4); Guest star (seasons 6-7); 43 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2015–16)
2014 True Detective Steve Geraci 4 episodes
2015 Suits Joe Henderson 2 episodes
2016 Chicago Med Dr. Ron Unger Episode: "Intervention"
2017 Lethal Weapon Mike Ramos Episode: "Unnecessary Roughness"
2017 Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Karl Gilmore Episode: "Listen Up"
2018 Unsolved Lieutenant Paul Larson 5 episodes
2018 Midnight, Texas Phillip Charity Episode: "Drown the Sadness in Chardonnay"
2019 Splitting Up Together Don Apple 2 episodes
2019–20 Project Blue Book General Hoyt Vandenberg 17 episodes[6][7]
2019 For All Mankind Jack Broadstreet 5 episodes

|2020 |Fun Size Patrol |RJ Steele |1 episodes |}

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic Darth Marr


  1. ^ "Harney's IMDB pro page" Entertainment industry public database, as entered by his representatives
  2. ^ "An Interview with 'Orange is the New Black' star Michael Harney". Thedailyquirk.
  3. ^ "IMDB Biography". IMDB.
  4. ^ "The Final Week of Tribeca Film Festival". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  5. ^ "My Son's Athleticism - The INNdustry with Sister Rose: Michael Harney Pt. 10". The IN Network.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (November 21, 2017). "'Blue Book': Michael Harney & Ksenia Solo Join Robert Zemeckis-Produced UFO Series At History". Deadline.com. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Anop, Nirat (November 21, 2017). "Blue Book - Michael Harney & Ksenia Solo Join History's UFO Drama". SpoilerTV.com. Retrieved November 21, 2017.

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