William Jackson Harper
William Jackson Harper
Harper at San Diego Comic-Con International in 2018
William Fitzgerald Harper
February 8, 1980
|Alma mater||College of Santa Fe|
William Fitzgerald Harper was born on February 8, 1980, in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from the College of Santa Fe in 2003. Harper chose the stage name "William Jackson Harper" when registering for the Actors' Equity Association; most permutations of "William Harper" were already in use, and he thought that "Fitzgerald" was too long. Harper opted to use the middle name "Jackson", his mother's maiden name, to honor her.
In 2016, Harper was cast on the NBC comedy The Good Place. Before landing the role of Chidi Anagonye, he considered quitting acting. Harper did not learn about the show's real premise until after he was cast. His performance has received critical praise. In 2017, in between filming the show's first and second seasons, he had a leading role in Zoe Kazan's After the Blast at Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theatre. He was in the podcast 1865.
|2010||All Good Things||Moynihan's Assistant|
|2012||That's What She Said||Harry|
|2015||True Story||Zak Rausch|
|2019||Dark Waters||James Ross|
|TBA||The Man in the Woods||Buster Heath||Post-production|
|2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Chayne Danforth||Episode: "Self-made"|
|2009||Great Performances||Melville||Episode: "Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story"|
|2009||Mercy||David Green||Episode: "I Believe You Conrad"|
|2009–2013||The Electric Company||Danny Rebus||52 episodes|
|2010||Law & Order||Officer Derek Waldron||Episode: "Boy on Fire"|
|2011||30 Rock||Rioter||Episode: "Plan B"|
|2013||Unforgettable||Andry Fotre aka Willis||Episode: "Incognito"|
|2014||High Maintenance||Andrew||Episode: "Geiger"|
|2015||Person of Interest||Strobel||Episode: "Control-Alt-Delete"|
|2015||The Blacklist||Security||Episode: "Tom Connolly (No. 11)"|
|2016–present||The Good Place||Chidi Anagonye||Series regular |
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
|2016||Deadbeat||Adam||Episode: "Death List Three"|
|2017||The Breaks||Stephen Jenkins||3 episodes|
|2019||Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan||Xander||2 episodes|
Awards and Nominations
|2019||Critics' Choice Television Award||Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||The Good Place||Nominated|||
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- "William Jackson Harper". Playbill. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
- "Alumni". Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Retrieved October 4, 2017.
- "Inside Playbill Gallery". Playbill. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
- Meslow, Scott (January 4, 2018). "The Good Place's William Jackson Harper Had No Idea What He Was Auditioning For". GQ. Archived from the original on January 30, 2018.
- Andreeva, Nellie (February 12, 2016). "'Good Place' NBC Comedy Series Casts William Jackson Harper". Deadline. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- Snierson, Dan (July 12, 2017). "'The Good Place' Star William Jackson Harper Promises 'Acupuncture and Pigs' in Season 2". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 3, 2017.
- Magee, Ny (September 25, 2016). "'The Good Place' Saved William Jackson Harper From Quitting Hollywood". EURweb. Archived from the original on January 30, 2018.
- Radish, Christina (October 5, 2017). "'The Good Place': William Jackson Harper on That Big Twist and Season 2 Challenges". Collider. Archived from the original on January 30, 2018.
- Perkins, Dennis (January 19, 2017). "The Good Place ends an outstanding first season with its most masterful twist yet". The A.V. Club. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- Cleary, Skye (June 21, 2017). "Philosophy on TV: "The Good Place"". American Philosophical Association. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- "After The Blast". Lincoln Center Theater. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- Brantley, Ben (October 23, 2017). "Review: Romancing the Bot in Zoe Kazan's 'After the Blast'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
- "William Jackson Harper". Ensemble Studio Theatre. Archived from the original on January 30, 2018.
- "William Jackson Harper theatre profile". AboutTheArtists.com. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- Tapley, Kristopher (January 13, 2019). "'Roma,' 'The Americans' and 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Win Top Critics' Choice Honors". Variety. Retrieved October 18, 2019.