Actor, Musician, Songwriter
Harold Perrineau, Jr. is an American actor, musician and a songwriter, renowned for his roles of Michael Dawson in the cult television series “Lost,” Link in the Matrix film saga and video games, the unforgettable narrator Augustus Hill in the television series “Oz”, a character of such impact on popular culture that Harold was asked to make an appearance as Augustus on Saturday Night Live.
Collaborating with some of Hollywood’s finest, Harold played the role of Mercutio alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet”, the groundbreaking film version of William Shakespeare’s play, as well as that of Stephen alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins in “The Edge” penned by David Mamet.
Harold also never shied away from unconventional roles as he brilliantly portrayed Penelope Cruz’ character’s cross-dressing childhood friend Monica Jones.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Harold studied music and theatre at the prestigious Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia, before landing his first major role as the original Tyrone Jackson in the world premiere of the stage adaptation of the 1980 hit film “Fame”, which would also be the first of his many successful theatre appearances.
Harold’s various and versatile roles, as well as his unique portrayal of the characters he brings to both the screen and the stage have earned him critical praise and an enviable audience following.
In December 2007, Harold originated the idea and co-wrote the song STAY STRONG as a thank you card to the troops and their service to the country. It was a labor of love, and everyone involved in the making of the video volunteered his or her services, including its director, Daniel Dae Kim. Proceeds from the sale of the video and the cd are being donated to the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain injury. ITunes ” Stay Strong”.
Harold made an appearance in the star-studded music video “Yes We Can” produced by Will.I.Am for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
Harold has recently wrapped up Roger Donaldson’s latest feature “The Hungry Rabbit Jumps” alongside Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce. The film is slated for summer 2011 release.
Harold has been working tirelessly for the past few years on his other passion – music – and is actively collaborating with music producer Tomo J. in der Muhlen on his debut album which reflects the level of the level of creativity Harold has always pursued in his acting career. The first single off the album is titled “Movin On” released in summer 2010.
Constantine (2014) Manny
The Dancing Bull (2014) Ray
The Best Man Holiday (2014) Julian Murch
Growing Up Fisher (2014) Fred
Sabotage (2014) Jackson
Zero Dark Thirty (2013) Jack
The Wedding Band (2011) Stevie
Cooler (2011) Harold
Transit (2011) Losada
The Hungry Rabbit Jumps (2010) Jimmy
30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010) Todd
Case 219 (2010) Franklyn Bonner
Lost (2004-2010) Michael Dawson
The Killing Jar (2009) Smith
The Unusuals (2008) Detective Leo Banks
Felon (2008) Lt. Jackson
Your Name Here (2008) Rich
Ball Don’t Lie (2008) Jimmy
Gardens of the Night (2007-2008) Orlando
Lost: Missing Pieces (2007) Michael Dawson
Garfield Gets Real (2007) Husband (voice)
28 Weeks Later (2007) Flynn
Demons (2005) Mitch
The Matrix Online (Video Game 2003) Link (voice)
The Matrix Revolutions (2003) Link
Enter the Matrix (Video Game 2003) Link (voice)
The Matrix Reloaded (1997-2003) Link
Oz (2002) Augustus Hill
On Line (2001) Moe Curley
A Day in Black and White ( 2001)
Prison Song (2001) Uncle Cee
Someone Like You… (2000) Fantasy sequence tour guide (DVD deleted scenes) (uncredited)
Overnight Sensation (2000) Experienced PA (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
Woman on Top (1999) Monica Jones (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
The Best Man (1999) Julian Murch
Macbeth in Manhattan (1998) Chorus
The Tempest (1998) Ariel
Lulu on the Bridge (1998) Bobby Perez
Come to (1997) Joseph
The Edge (1996) Stephen
Blood and Wine (1995) Henry
Flirt (1995) Men’s Room Man # (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
Smoke (1994) Thomas ‘Rashid’ Cole (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
Law & Order (1991-1993) Jordan Hill / Kenny Rinker
I’ll Fly Away (1991) Robert Evans
King of New York (1990) Thug Leader
Shakedown (1986-1987) Tommie (as Harold Perrineau Jr.)
Fame (1986) Dancer