Harold Perrineau

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Harold Perrineau
Harold Perrineau, Jr.jpg
Harold Perrineau, 2007
Born(1963-08-07) August 7, 1963 (age 51)
Brooklyn, New York,
United States
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Brittany Robinson Perrineau[1] (2002–present; 3 children)
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Harold Perrineau
Harold Perrineau, Jr.jpg
Harold Perrineau, 2007
Born(1963-08-07) August 7, 1963 (age 51)
Brooklyn, New York,
United States
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Brittany Robinson Perrineau[1] (2002–present; 3 children)

Harold Perrineau (born August 7, 1963) is an American actor, known for the roles of Michael Dawson in the U.S. television series Lost, Link in The Matrix films and games, Augustus Hill in the American television series Oz, Damon Pope in the FX bike gang drama Sons of Anarchy, and Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. He starred in ABC's comedy-drama television series The Unusuals, playing NYPD homicide detective Leo Banks and has appeared in several high-profile films, including The Best Man, 28 Weeks Later, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, and Zero Dark Thirty. He also starred alongside Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in the survival drama The Edge.

Personal life[edit]

Perrineau was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Harold Williams and Sylvia Perrineau. His parents changed his name to Williams when he was seven.[citation needed] Harold later legally changed his name back to his birth name, after discovering there was already a Harold Williams in the Screen Actors Guild union. Perrineau attended Shenandoah University, but did not graduate. Perrineau and his wife, Brittany, have three daughters, Aurora Perrineau, born 1994, Wynter Aria, born on May 7, 2008,[2] and Holiday Grace, born on March 21, 2013.[3]

Acting career[edit]

In 1989, Perrineau was cast as the original Tyrone Jackson in the world premiere of the stage adaptation of the 1980 hit movie Fame (now known as Fame: The Musical) at the Walnut Street Theatre, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[4] Perrineau took the role of Link in The Matrix series after the original operator Tank was written off the script when Marcus Chong was fired over money disputes.[5] Lost co-star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje starred with Perrineau on the HBO series Oz.

Perrineau played the character Michael Dawson on ABC's hit show Lost. He was temporarily written off when his character left the island with his son at the end of season two and did not appear at all in season three. In July 2007, it was announced Perrineau would return to the main cast for the show's fourth season.[6] However, this return was short lived, as the fourth season was his last as a regular cast member; Dawson died in the season finale. He made one guest appearance in the sixth and final season.

He stars also in 30 Days of Night: Dark Days along with Rhys Coiro, Mia Kirshner, Kiele Sanchez (also a Lost co-star), Diora Baird and Monique Ganderton.[7]

Perrineau appeared in the 2008 music video, "Yes We Can".[8]

Perrineau voiced the title character from Marvel's new Blade anime series on G4 January 2012. He was cast to play the character of Damon Pope the main antagonist of Season 5 of the hit show Sons of Anarchy.[9][10]

Perrineau starred as Stevie, the bass player, in the TBS comedy Wedding Band, which ran from 2012 to 2013.


Since his debut single "Stay Strong" in 2007, Perrineau has also been working on his musical career, and is actively collaborating with music producer Tomo in der Muhlen, known as Tom Tom, on his soon-to-be-released debut album, Seeker. The first single, "Moving On," was released October 15, 2011. Having his creative roots on the stage, Perrineau enjoys doing live shows where he performs with a full band: two guitars, bass, drums and keyboards. He performed at Los Angeles club The Mint in April 2010. He also appeared in the MKTO - Thank You Music Video. In addition, he appeared in J. Cole's - She Knows music video.


1990King of New YorkThief on the subway
1995SmokeThomas "Rashid" ColeNominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Actor
1996Blood and WineHenry
Romeo + JulietMercutio
1997The EdgeStephen
1998Lulu on the BridgeBobby Perez
1999The Best ManJulian MurchNominated - Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Macbeth in ManhattanThe Chorus
2000Woman On TopMonica Jones
2001Prison SongUncle Cee
2002On LineMoe Curley
2003The Matrix ReloadedLink
The Matrix RevolutionsLink
200728 Weeks LaterFlynn
2008Your Name HereRichard Roundtree
Gardens of the NightOrlando
Ball Don't LieJimmy
FelonLt Jackson
201030 Days of Night: Dark DaysTodd
The Killing JarJohn Smith
2011Seeking JusticeJimmy
Zero Dark ThirtyJack
2013SnitchJeffrey Steele
Go for SistersWiley
Sexy Evil GeniusMarvin
The Best Man HolidayJulian Murch

Television Appearances[edit]

1989The Cosby ShowScottSeason 5 – "Dead End Kids Meet Dr. Lotus" (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
1990Law & OrderJordan Hill1 Episode – "Out of the Half-Light"
1991–1993I'll Fly AwayRobert Evans
1993Law & OrderKenny Rinker1 episode
1997ERIsaac Price
1997–2003OzAugustus Hill55 episodes
2003Dead Like MeAroun Levert1 episode
2004–2006; 2008; 2010LostMichael Dawson48 episodes
Won - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2007CSIRev. Rhodes1 episode
2009The UnusualsDetective Leo Banks
2010CSI: NYReggie TiffordS06E19
2012Marvel AnimeBlade12 episodes
Sons of AnarchyDamon PopeSeason 5 antagonist
Phineas and FerbAdditional Voices
Wedding BandStevieSeries regular
2013Law & Order: Special Victims UnitBrian TremoreSeason 14 (episode - "Secrets Exhumed")
Growing Up FisherFred
2014Z NationLt. Hammond1 episode - "Puppies And Kittens"
Video Game Voice-overs
2003Enter the MatrixVoiceLink


  1. ^ http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2006-09-17/business/LAPROP17_1_josh-holloway-four-bedrooms-Brittany
  2. ^ "Lost’s Perrineau Uncovers Child No. 2". Uk.eonline.com. 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  3. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2013/03/21/harold-perrineau-welcomes-daughter-holiday-grace/
  4. ^ "History of "Fame: The Musical" Productions". Famenetwork.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  5. ^ Wilkinson, Peter (12 January 2006). "The Mystery of Larry Wachowski". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "TCA: ABC's McPherson Pressed Into Divulging Lost News". Media Week. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  7. ^ "30 Days of Night: Dark Days Casting News". Dreadcentral.com. 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  8. ^ Kaufman, Gil (2008-02-04). "Will.I.Am Gathers Common, Nick Cannon, Scarlett Johansson For Barack Obama Video". Mtv.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  9. ^ "Harold Perrineau Cast as Damon Pope on Sons of Anarchy". Tvfanatic.com. 2012-05-18. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  10. ^ Michael Ausiello (2012-05-18). "Sons of Anarchy Exclusive: Lost's Harold Perrineau Joins Cast as Big Bad Damon Pope". Tvline.com. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 

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