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Harold Perrineau

Harold Perrineau
Perrineau at the 2014 Comic Con presentation for Constantine
Born (1963-08-07) August 7, 1963
Brooklyn, New York,
United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–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 1
  • Acting career 2
  • Music 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Video game voice-overs 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Personal life

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. 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] Brittany had recurring appearances on US TV show Lost, appearing in the Season 1 episodes of "Outlaws", as the girlfriend of Sawyer, and in the episode "Numbers", as the woman who read the lottery numbers. Her acting credits also include the role of Dara in the romantic-comedy Saving Face, as well as appearing in the upcoming movie Your Name Here, currently in post-production.

Acting career

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 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.



Year Film Role Notes
1988 Shakedown Tommie
1990 King of New York Thief on the subway
1995 Smoke Thomas "Rashid" Cole Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Actor
1996 Blood and Wine Henry
Romeo + Juliet Mercutio
1997 The Edge Stephen
1998 Lulu on the Bridge Bobby Perez
1999 The Best Man Julian Murch Nominated - Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Macbeth in Manhattan The Chorus
2000 Woman On Top Monica Jones
2001 Prison Song Uncle Cee
2002 On Line Moe Curley
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Link
The Matrix Revolutions Link
2007 28 Weeks Later Flynn
2008 Your Name Here Richard Roundtree
Gardens of the Night Orlando
Ball Don't Lie Jimmy
Felon Lt Jackson
2010 30 Days of Night: Dark Days Todd
The Killing Jar John Smith
2011 Seeking Justice Jimmy
2012 Transit Losada
Zero Dark Thirty Jack
2013 Snitch Jeffrey Steele
Go for Sisters Wiley
Sexy Evil Genius Marvin
The Best Man Holiday Julian Murch
2014 Sabotage Jackson
2016 The Best Man Wedding Julian Murch Filming


Year Title Role Episodes
1989 The Cosby Show Scott Season 5 – "Dead End Kids Meet Dr. Lotus" (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
1990 Law & Order Jordan Hill 1 Episode – "Out of the Half-Light"
1991–1993 I'll Fly Away Robert Evans
1993 Law & Order Kenny Rinker 1 episode
1997 ER Isaac Price
1997–2003 Oz Augustus Hill 55 episodes
2003 Dead Like Me Aroun Levert 1 episode
2004–2006; 2008; 2010 Lost Michael Dawson 48 episodes
Won - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2007 CSI Rev. Rhodes 1 episode
2009 The Unusuals Detective Leo Banks
2010 CSI: NY Reggie Tifford S06E19
2012 Marvel Anime Blade 12 episodes
Sons of Anarchy Damon Pope Season 5 antagonist
Phineas and Ferb Additional Voices
Wedding Band Stevie Series regular
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Brian Tremore Season 14 (episode - "Secrets Exhumed")
Growing Up Fisher Fred
2014–2015 Constantine Manny
2014 Z Nation Lt. Hammond 1 episode - "Puppies And Kittens"

Video game voice-overs

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Enter the Matrix Voice Link


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  2. ^ "Lost’s Perrineau Uncovers Child No. 2". 2008-05-30. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "History of "Fame: The Musical" Productions". Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  5. ^ Wilkinson, Peter (12 January 2006). "The Mystery of Larry Wachowski".  
  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". 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". Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  9. ^ "Harold Perrineau Cast as Damon Pope on Sons of Anarchy". 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". Retrieved 2012-09-21. 

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