Aug. 7th, 1963
Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Harold Perrineau (born August 7, 1963) is an American actor. He's best known for the role of Michael Dawson in the U.S. television series Lost.
Perrineau is a native of Brooklyn, he studied music and theater 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 theater, where he performed in a number of shows, including Dreamgirls, Avenue X and the off-Broadway revival of Godspell.
While he was working on the stage, Perrineau also began appearing on TV in such series 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 1980s and had his first memorable role 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 interpretation of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet.
Perrineau subsequently appeared in a number of supporting roles in films, ranging from Auster's Lulu on the Bridge to The Best Man. In addition to appearances in various independent films, Perrineau starred in Woman on Top, a comedy that cast him as the drag queen best friend of a young woman (Penelope Cruz) experiencing romantic woes. Perrineau also starred in Fox's hit 28 Weeks Later.
Perrineau reached an even wider audience through a string of high-profile projects, including a starring role in the final two installments of The Matrix trilogy (The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Reloaded). His more recent films include roles in Kathryn Bigelow's Academy Award-nominated Zero Dark Thirty and The Best Man Holiday, alongside Taye Diggs, Nia Long, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan and Regina Hall.
In addition to his film work, Perrineau has an impressive television resume that includes a memorable role as a paraplegic prisoner on the acclaimed HBO drama series Oz. He's also known to millions of viewers as Michael in the Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated series Lost, which also garnered him a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2006 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Drama Series.
Perrineau also starred as one of the leads of the TBS series The Wedding Band last year as well as recurring on Sons of Anarchy in his critically acclaimed performance as drug dealer Damon Pope.
Perrineau stars as Manny, John Constantine's (Matt Ryan) morally ambiguous guardian angel on the NBC drama Constantine.
- Grew up in Brooklyn.
- He studied music & theater at the Shenandoah Conservatory.
- (7th May 2008) His wife 'Brittany Perrineau' (qv) gave birth to their second daughter, Wynter Aria, in Los Angeles.
- Harold's wife Brittany is a model/actress.
- Perrineau is his mother's maiden name, and his father is Harold Williams Sr. His parents never married, so he used both names growing up, eventually settling on Williams. When he joined SAG there was already a Harold Williams, so he took the Perrineau from his mom and the Jr. from his dad for his stage name, even though there is no actual Harold Perrineau Sr.
- He and his wife Brittany have a daughter, Aurora Robinson Perrineau