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Gale Harold
BornGale Morgan Harold III
(1969-07-10) July 10, 1969 (age 44)
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active2000–present
 
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Gale Harold
BornGale Morgan Harold III
(1969-07-10) July 10, 1969 (age 44)
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active2000–present

Gale Morgan Harold III (born July 10, 1969) is an American actor widely known for his roles on Queer as Folk, The Secret Circle, Desperate Housewives and Hellcats.

Early life[edit]

Harold was born in Decatur, Georgia, the son of an engineer father and a mother who was a real estate agent. The second of three children (he has an older sister, Ann, and a younger brother, David), Harold's parents were devout Pentecostals, and Harold had a strict Pentecostal upbringing. At age 15, he left the church, saying that he "knew it was bullshit." Harold's father left the church several years later.

After graduating from The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia, Harold attended American University in Washington, DC, on a soccer scholarship. He began a Liberal Arts degree in romance literature, departing after a year and a half following a conflict with his coach. Harold then moved to San Francisco, California, United States to pursue an interest in photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. He worked a variety of jobs including positions as a Ducati motorcycle technician and a construction worker.

In 1997, friend Susan Landau, daughter of actor Martin Landau, suggested Harold try acting. He relocated to Los Angeles and began a 3-year period of intensive drama study. At 28, he was accepted into the Actors Conservatory Program with the classical theater company A Noise Within. In his theatrical debut, Harold appeared as "Bunny" in Me and My Friends.

Career[edit]

In 2000, Harold was cast as Brian Kinney, a central character on Showtime's popular gay drama Queer as Folk.

During the summer-hiatus from Queer as Folk (between seasons one and two) Harold made his New York theatrical debut playing Josh in Uncle Bob along with George Morfogen. The role of Josh was difficult and very different from the one he was playing in Queer as Folk. The play received mostly positive reviews and Harold made an auspicious debut on New York theatrical stage.[1]

In 2003, Harold starred in Wake, produced by Susan Landau Finch and directed by her husband Henry Leroy Finch.

Harold had the lead role of Special Agent Graham Kelton in the short-lived FOX series Vanished in 2006, but his character was killed off in the seventh episode and appeared only as a corpse in the eighth episode.

Harold also guest-starred as Wyatt Earp in two episodes of the HBO series Deadwood and appeared twice on the CBS series The Unit. Alongside childhood idol David Bowie, Gale is an associate producer of the documentary Scott Walker: 30 Century Man.

Gale Harold returned to the New York stage in Tennessee Williams' play Suddenly, Last Summer on November 15, 2006, in the role of Dr. Cukrowicz ("Dr. Sugar"). Harold's co-stars in the Roundabout Theatre repertory production, a limited Off-Broadway engagement running through January 20, 2007, were Blythe Danner and Carla Gugino.

Harold was the male lead in the indie romantic comedy Falling for Grace, which debuted favorably at the 2006 Tribeca Film Festival (under working title East Broadway). Harold played an eligible New York bachelor in an inter-racial relationship with an Asian-American woman. The film screened at festivals, theaters and campuses in the U.S., China and Germany; it was released on DVD in March, 2010.

Harold appeared in November 2007 in a guest role on ABC's Grey's Anatomy as Shane, a paramedic and white supremacist with a swastika tattooed on his abdomen, who is injured in an ambulance crash.

Harold joined the cast of Desperate Housewives on the fourth season finale May 18, 2008 as Jackson Braddock, Susan Mayer's love interest.[2] Six months after a serious motorcycle accident, Harold returned to play Jackson on the May 3, 2009 episode of the show.[2]

In January and February 2010, Gale performed alongside Denise Crosby (Star Trek TNG) and ex-model Claudia Mason in Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending at Theater/Theatre in Los Angeles. The production and cast received mostly positive reviews, with the Los Angeles Times calling his performance "brilliant" and adding "Harold, ideally cast, beautifully ignites with Crosby, whose unconventional interpretation is an affecting revelation."[3]

In July 2010, it was announced at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour that Harold had accepted a recurring role as a law professor in the upcoming series Hellcats.[4] The series concluded its season with Harold's character involved in a sexual affair with the show's lead character Marti (played by Aly Michalka). However, the series was cancelled after one season. Prior to cancellation, however, it was announced that Harold would be a regular in another prospective CW series, The Secret Circle, based on a trilogy of popular young adult novels.

Following considerable buzz in the press, the CW picked up The Secret Circle for the fall of 2011. The series revolved around a coven of teenaged witches in a small town in Washington State (changed from Maine in the novels), each a member of a different witch clan dating back to the 17th Century. Harold played a scheming and powerful male witch who is the father of one of the teenagers.

Reaction from journalists who saw the show's pilot episode were almost uniformly positive, with one writer predicting: "We feel like Gale Harold is going to steal every single scene he's in on the show, just like he basically stole this extended trailer. He was creepy as hell threatening Adam's father (Adam Harrington) and even creepier when he was putting on the nice guy act for Cassie... after killing her mother. We already love to hate him."[5]
Unfortunately, the ratings decline in the second half of the season and combined with the expensive cost of special effects, on May 11, 2012 the CW announced the cancellation of the series.[6]

In 2011 Harold was also featured in two movies, Low Fidelity and Rehab, as one of the main characters. Low Fidelity was released on VOD, digital etc. on August 6, 2013.[7]

On January 2013, it was announced that Harold was a recurring character on the new TV series "Defiance".[8] The show would air on the SyFy network from April 15, 2013.
When he was asked about his character (Conor Lang) on the show Harold said: He’s a government agent who works for the Earth alliance. He’s climbing the ranks. He’s very ambitious. He sort of walks the line between diplomacy and some of the more hard-knuckled aspects of the world that they’re all in – this post-apocalyptic tribal war zone. I think, like any good politician, he’s taking his chances when they present themselves. But he’s got some past history with Amanda (played by Julie Benz) and I think he’s sort of trying to get reunited with her on some level. He’s really interested in having her come on board with his vision of how the Government should be run.[9]

Harold appeared on three episodes of the first season of the show (1.06: "Brothers in Arms", 1.08: "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times" and 1.09: "If I Ever Leave This World Alive"). On May 10, 2013, Syfy renewed Defiance for a 13 episode second season to air in 2014.[10][11]

Due to his role as a gay character, Brian Kinney, on Showtime's Queer as Folk, Harold was interviewed by Ilana Rapp for NYCastings about whether the same-sex scenes are a challenge for an actor. Among other things, he stated: "I'm straight, but the character was too important to me to muddle his world with my private life. As a nobody, I got away with that deflection. I think it may have helped to introduce Brian as a believable gay man. Maybe not. However it played, it's been out of my hands for a long time".[12] The interview was published on April 15, 2013.[13]

In 2013, Harold was casted as Reggie in a short film named The Spirit Game. The film had its World Premiere at the Canes Film Festival and the screening took place on May 20, 2013.[14]

At the Rise 'n Shine Convention (June 9, 2013), Harold said that he was currently working on a project about Civil War, Field of Lost Shoes. Shooting of the Civil War drama began that week (June 2, 2013)[15] in Lexington, Virginia.[16] Dave Kennedy (screenwriter, director) said that the goal was to get Field of Lost Shoes in theaters by November 2013.[16] The movie is directed by Sean McNamara and produced by Thomas Farrell. It's based on the novel The Battle of New Market by William C.Davis.

Personal life[edit]

On October 14, 2008, Harold was hospitalized at USC Medical Center's intensive care unit after a serious motorcycle accident. He remained in critical condition after swelling of the brain was discovered as well as a fractured shoulder. Harold was subsequently released from intensive care and returned to complete his interrupted role on Desperate Housewives.[17][18] The online motorcycle publication Clutch & Chrome, which had followed his recovery closely, celebrated his new Hellcats role with an article on August 3, 2010.[19][20]

During the shootings of "Vanished" in 2006, Harold shot a short video for the Amber Watch Foundation showing his support about missing children. In the video he stated that "nationwide 1.3 million children go missing each year" and urged people to be a champion for child safety.[21]

Harold is a supporter of the LGBT community. On July 16, 2012 at the first Annual Hot 100 Party[22] by the site After Ellen/After Elton, he recorded an It Gets Better video sending his message and advises gay teens to remember their heroes. In the one minute video he says: "Some of the most important people in my life lived through what a lot of you are going through right now. And they stayed true no matter how painful and they probably considered backing out many times, but I thank God that they didn't. For instance, someone like Tennessee Williams. If he hadn't done what he did, we wouldn't have that beautiful art to read and to watch on the stage" and he closes with the phrase: "The truth will come out. It gets better."[23]

Filmography & other appearances[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
200036KBooker O'Brien
2001Mental HygieneDavid RyanShort film
2003Particles of TruthMorrison Wiley
2003Rhinoceros EyesDet. Phil Barbara
2003WakeKyle Riven
2005The UnseenHarold
2005Life on the LedgeChaz
2006Falling for GraceAndrew James Barrington, Jr.
2007Scott Walker: 30 Century ManAssociate producer
Documentary film
2009Passenger SideKarl
2010Fertile GroundNate Weaver
2011Low FidelityTed
2011RehabDr. Daniel BrodyPost-production
2013The Spirit GameReggieShort film
2013The Being Experience (In the Woods)Post-production
2013Field of Lost ShoesSemplePost-production[24][25]
2013ThirstJohnShort film, post-production
2014The Diary Of A Teenage GirlMonroeFilming[26]
2014In my mirrorPost-production - Documentary
2014Echo ParkSimonPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000–2005Queer as FolkBrian KinneyMain cast (Seasons 1-5; 2000–2005)
2003Street TimeGeoff BeddoesEpisode 2.08: Gone
Episode 2.09: Get Up, Stand Up
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDr. Garrett LangEpisode 4.24: "Perfect"
2005Fathers and SonsElliottMade-for-television film
Martha: Behind BarsPeter BacanovicMade-for-television film
2006The UnitRoryEpisode 1.07: "Dedication"
Episode 1.10: "Unannounced"
DeadwoodWyatt EarpEpisode 3.08: "Leviathan Smiles"
Episode 3.09: "Amateur Night"
VanishedAgent Graham KeltonMain cast (Episodes 1-7)
8 episodes
2007Grey's AnatomyShaneEpisode 4.09: "Crash Into Me, Part 1"
Episode 4.10: "Crash Into Me, Part 2"
2008–2009Desperate HousewivesJackson Braddock14 episodes (4.17, 5.01, 5.02, 5.03, 5.04, 5.05, 5.06, 5.07, 5.08,
5.11 (voice), 5.12 (voice), 5.21, 5.22 & 5.23)
2010CSI: NYKevin ScottEpisode 6.22: "Point of View"
2010–2011HellcatsJulian Parrish9 episodes (1.03, 1.05, 1.06, 1.10,
1.13, 1.15, 1.19, 1.20 & 1.21)
2011-2012The Secret CircleCharles MeadMain cast - Harold didn't appear in 6 episodes
(1.04, 1.07, 1.11, 1.14, 1.16 & 1.18)
2013DefianceConnor LangEpisode 1.06: "Brothers In Arms"
Episode 1.08: "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times"
Episode 1.09: "If I Ever Leave This World Alive"

Theatre[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997-1998Me and my friendBunny
La Indian QueenLa turista
1999-2000Cymbeline
The Misanthrope
Miss JulieJean
Sweet Birth of YouthWayne
The Importance of Being EarnestMr. Algernon Moncrieff
Long Day's Journey Into NightEdmund
2001Uncle BobJoshSummer 2001. Co-star George Morfogen
Gale's New York theatrical debut
2006-2007Suddenly Last SummerDr. CukrowiczNovember 15, 2006 - January 20, 2007
Co-stars Blythe Danner & Carla Gugino
2010Orpheus DescendingValentine XavierJanuary - February. Co-stars Denise Crosby & Claudia Mason
Theater/Theatre in Los Angeles
2013Rocco Rosso RicheRocco RossoNovember. Co-stars Olivia d'Abo
National Theatre in London

Conventions[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2012Night ItaCon - Fantasy events
Bologna, Italy
HimselfAugust 31 - September 2. The con was about fantasy characters.
Gale was there due to his role as Charles Mead on the The Secret Circle.
2013Showtime Con - Zarata events
Bilbao, Spain
HimselfFebruary 15–17. Gale participated due to his role
as Brian Kinney on Showtime's Queer as Folk.
2013Rise 'n Shine Con
Los Angeles, California, USA
HimselfJune 9. QAF convention with co-actors Randy Harrison, Scott Lowell,
Peter Paige, Robert Gant, Michelle Clunie & Ryan Scott Greene
2014Queens of the Road Con
Bilbao, Spain
HimselfMarch 28–30. Queer as Folk convention with co-actors
Randy Harrison, Scott Lowell & Peter Paige

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uncle Bob - Review". 
  2. ^ a b "Gale Harold Gets Desperate". TV Guide. 
  3. ^ "Theater review: 'Orpheus Descending' at Theatre/Theater". LA Times. January 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gale Harold will have recurring role on CW’s new "Hellcats" series as a sexy attorney". Greginhollywood. 
  5. ^ "'The Secret Circle' extended trailer: Gale Harold is a bad, bad man and other observations". Zap2it. 
  6. ^ "‘Secret Circle’ says goodbye: Britt Robertson tells us Season 2 just is ‘not happening’ - From Inside the Box - Zap2it". Blog.zap2it.com. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  7. ^ Gummersall, Devon (May 29, 2013). "At long last, we have an official release date for "LOW FIDELITY"! August 6, 2013 it will be available on VOD, digital, etc.". Twitter. 
  8. ^ "Rise 'n Shine - Gale Harold". 
  9. ^ "Gale Harold Talks Politics in the Post Apocalypse, New Movie ‘Thirst’ & More with ScreenSpy". 
  10. ^ Seat42f (May 10, 2013). "Syfy Renews DEFIANCE For A Second Season". Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Nellie Andreeva (May 10, 2013). "Syfy’s ‘Defiance’ Renewed For Season 2". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Guys: Are Same-Sex Scenes A Challenge?". 
  13. ^ Rapp, Ilana (April 15, 2013). "My new article w #GaleHarold of #QAF , Freddie Smith of #DOOL & Dan Feuerriegel of #Spartacus is up!...". Twitter. 
  14. ^ "The Spirit Game to Premiere in Canes". 
  15. ^ Gould, Nolan (June 2, 2013). "First day of shooting "Field of Lost Shoes". Reaching into my southern past to remember how to do the accent.". Twitter. 
  16. ^ a b "VMI ready for close up as movie begins filming in Lexington". 
  17. ^ "Gale Harold Get Better and Return Soon!!!". 
  18. ^ "Gale Harold Returns To 'Desperate Housewives'". 
  19. ^ "http://www.clutchandchrome.com/news/news/actors-new-role-motorcycle-accident". Clutch & Chrome. 
  20. ^ "Actors New Role After Severe Motorcycle Accident". 
  21. ^ Amber Watch (August 8, 2012). "Amber Watch thanks Gale Harold for his support". Amber Watch Channel, You Tube. 
  22. ^ Ayers, Dennis (June 28, 2012). "Men of the 2012 Hot 100 Respond. Plus, Our First Ever Hot 100 Live Event!". The Backlot. 
  23. ^ On Top Magazine Staff (September 5, 2012). "Gale Harold Names Tennessee Williams A Hero In 'It Gets Better' Video". On Top Magazine. 
  24. ^ Kennedy, Dave (June 22, 2013). "3 weeks filming for FIELD OF LOST SHOES complete! Recharging batteries for the big week ahead! Stunning performances / shots!". Twitter. 
  25. ^ Kennedy, Dave (July 7, 2013). "Girding for the next phase of battle -- post production! Visit to UVa for psychic renewal". Twitter. 
  26. ^ Ford, Rebecca (January 10, 2014). "Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard Join 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl'". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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