Harold Perrineau

Highest Rated: 93% Smoke (1995)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Killing Jar (2010)
Birthday: Aug 7, 1963
Birthplace: Not Available
An accomplished young actor who has graced the stage, screen, and television, Harold Perrineau Jr. has earned a well-deserved reputation as a performer willing to take on just about anything, with roles ranging from drag queens to hardened criminals. A native of Brooklyn, Perrineau studied music and theatre at the Shenandoah Conservatory, but began his career as a dancer with the Alvin Ailey Company, performing with the troupe for a year and a half. A gradual shift to acting led Perrineau to the theatre, where he acted in a number of shows including Dreamgirls, the critically acclaimed Avenue X, and the off-Broadway revival of Godspell.While he was working on the stage, Perrineau also began appearing on TV in such shows as The Cosby Show, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, I'll Fly Away, and Law & Order. He segued onto the big screen in the late '80s, but had his first memorable role as Rashid Cole, a young man searching for his long-absent father (Forest Whitaker) in Smoke, an acclaimed 1995 drama directed by Wayne Wang and based upon the writings of Paul Auster. The following year he gained further exposure for his flamboyant, explosive portrayal of Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. At one point outfitted in a glitter miniskirt and platform heels, Perrineau proved a worthy, if idiosyncratic, foil for Leonardo Di Caprio's Romeo and gave a performance that marked him as one of the more distinctive Mercutios in the play's history.Perrineau subsequently appeared in a number of supporting roles in films ranging from Auster's Lulu on the Bridge (1998) to The Best Man (1999), a celebrated romantic comedy directed by Malcolm D. Lee (cousin of Spike Lee) that saw Perrineau share the screen with other members of a group widely billed as a new generation of African-American actors, including Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, and Nia Long. In addition to appearances in various independent films, Perrineau starred in Woman on Top (2000), a comedy that cast him as the drag queen best friend of a young woman (Penelope Cruz) experiencing romantic woes.In 1997, Perrineau made the move to the small screen, assuming the role of paraplegic convict and narrator Augustus Hill on the acclaimed HBO series Oz. The brutally violent, hard-hitting series generated Perrineau thousands of fans, and he stayed with the show until 2003 - the same year he took up the role of Link in The Matrix Reloaded, the second film in the explosive Matrix franchise. He would reprise the role the next year for the third and final installment in the series, The Matrix Revolutions, before returning to television just months later for the role of Michael on the cryptic ABC sci-fi/mystery/drama Lost. Playing a conflicted and sometimes morally ambiguous character, Perrineau soon proved to be a vital member of the cast, taking a hiatus from the series in 2007 only to return in 2008.Despite becoming a pivotal component of primetime TV, the actor remained as active in movies as ever. He took on the role of Flynn in the 2007 horror sequel 28 Weeks Later, and starred alongside Michael Madsen in the 2008 thriller The Killing Jar. After Lost ended in 2010, Perrineau continued to alternate between TV and film, playing the villain in season 5 of Sons of Anarchy and a decidedly lighter role as the bass player in a wedding band in the short-lived TBS comedy Wedding Band. He also played a supporting role in the controversial Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty (2012).


Highest Rated Movies



85% Dumplin' Lee Wayne / Rhea Ranged 2018
No Score Yet The Best Man Wedding Murch 2018
20% Sabotage Jackson $8.2M 2014
72% The Best Man Holiday Julian Murch 2013
74% Go For Sisters Wiley $56.5K 2013
56% Snitch Jeffery Steele $43M 2013
91% Zero Dark Thirty Jack $95.8M 2013
No Score Yet Sexy Evil Genius Marvin Coolidge 2013
50% Transit Losada 2012
27% Seeking Justice Jimmy $0.5M 2012
0% The Killing Jar Dixon 2010
No Score Yet Case 219 Franklyn Bonner 2010
17% 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days Todd 2010
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots Actor 2010
20% Ball Don't Lie Jimmy 2008
54% Gardens of the Night Orlando 2008
61% Felon Lt. Jackson 2008
No Score Yet Your Name Here Actor 2008
No Score Yet Garfield Gets Real Husband 2007
71% 28 Weeks Later... Flynn $28.6M 2007
35% The Matrix Revolutions Link $139.1M 2003
38% On_Line Moe Curley $26.2K 2003
73% The Matrix Reloaded Link $281.6M 2003
No Score Yet A Day in Black and White Actor 2001
34% Woman on Top Monica $4.6M 2000
No Score Yet Overnight Sensation Experience PA 2000
72% The Best Man Murch 1999
No Score Yet The Bestman Actor 1999
No Score Yet Tempest Actor 1999
0% Lulu on the Bridge Man in Coffeehouse 1998
No Score Yet The Tempest Ariel 1998
63% The Edge Stephen 1997
61% Blood and Wine Henry 1997
72% Romeo + Juliet Mercutio 1996
80% Flirt Men's Room Man No. 1 1996
93% Smoke Rashid Cole 1995
71% King of New York Thug Leader 1990
63% Shakedown Tommie 1988


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Bobby Brooks Bobby
  • 2019
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89% Claws
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82% Goliath
Judge Roston Keller
  • 2018
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No Score Yet Z Nation
Hammond Mark Hammond
  • 2018
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No Score Yet Criminal Minds
Smitty Calvin Shaw
  • 2017
No Score Yet Full Circle
Damon Houserman
  • 2016
23% The Mysteries of Laura
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72% Constantine
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35% Growing Up Fisher
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No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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54% Wedding Band
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No Score Yet The Talk
  • 2013
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50% The Whole Truth
Paul Braun
  • 2013
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No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
  • 2012
88% Sons of Anarchy
Damon Pope
  • 2012
No Score Yet CSI: NY
Reggie Tifford
  • 2010
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • 2010
90% Lost
Michael Dawson Michael
  • 2010
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78% The Unusuals
Leo Banks Det. Leo Banks
  • 2009
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Rev. Rhodes
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • 2006
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89% Oz
Augustus Hill
  • 2003
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No Score Yet ER
Isaac Isaac Price
  • 1997
No Score Yet Living Single
  • 1997
No Score Yet Law & Order
Jordan Hill Kenny Rinker
  • 1993
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No Score Yet The Cosby Show
  • 1989
No Score Yet Growing Up Fisher