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. He changed his name from William Fitzgerald Harper to William Jackson Harper due to union rules on stage names: "I just took my mom's maiden name and put that in the middle, which was nice, to be able to honor both of my parents."
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.
|2010||All Good Things||Moynihan's Assistant|
|2012||That's What She Said||Harry|
|2015||True Story||Zak Rausch|
|2019||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"|
|2009–13||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|
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