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Harold Perrineau



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).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Best Man Wedding
  • Murch
2016
20% Sabotage
  • Jackson
2014
69% The Best Man Holiday
  • Julian Murch
2013
72% Go For Sisters
  • Wiley
2013
56% Snitch
  • Jeffery Steele
2013
92% Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jack
2013
No Score Yet Sexy Evil Genius
  • Marvin Coolidge
2013
27% Seeking Justice
  • Jimmy
2012
0% The Killing Jar
  • Executive Producer
  • Dixon
2010
No Score Yet Case 219
  • Franklyn Bonner
2010
17% 30 Days Of Night: Dark Days
  • Todd
2010
20% Ball Don't Lie
  • Jimmy
2008
54% Gardens of the Night
  • Orlando
2008
59% Felon
  • Lt. Jackson
2008
No Score Yet Garfield Gets Real
  • Husband
2007
70% 28 Weeks Later...
  • Flynn
2007
36% The Matrix Revolutions
  • Link
2003
38% On_Line
  • Moe Curley
2003
73% The Matrix Reloaded
  • Link
2003
No Score Yet A Day in Black and White
  • Actor
2001
34% Woman on Top
  • Monica
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
60% The Edge
  • Stephen
1997
61% Blood and Wine
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Blood & Wine
  • Henry
1997
72% Romeo + Juliet
  • Mercutio
1996
80% Flirt
  • Men's Room Man No. 1
1996
93% Smoke
  • Rashid Cole
1995
63% Shakedown
  • Tommie
1988

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Full Circle
2013
  • Damon Houserman
76% The Unusuals
2009
  • Leo Banks Det. Leo Banks
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Jordan Hill Kenny Rinker
77% Goliath
2016
  • Judge Roston Keller
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
47% The Whole Truth
2010
  • Paul Braun
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Actor
No Score Yet Phineas and Ferb
2007-2014
  • Voice
Oz
1997-2003
  • Augustus Hill
90% Sons of Anarchy
2008-2014
  • Damon Pope
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Isaac Isaac Price
36% Growing Up Fisher
2014
  • Actor
Growing Up Fisher
  • Actor
54% Wedding Band
2012-2013
  • Stevie
89% Lost
2004-2010
  • Michael Dawson Michael
No Score Yet Z Nation
2014
  • Hammond Mark Hammond
22% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
  • Actor
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Rev. Rhodes
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Reggie Tifford
72% Constantine
2014-2015
  • Manny

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