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Harold Jr. Perrineau

Harold Jr. Perrineau

An accomplished young actor who has graced the stage, screen, and television, Harold Perrineau Jr. has earned a well-deserved reputation as a performer willing to take on just about anything, with roles ranging from drag queens to hardened criminals. A native of Brooklyn, Perrineau studied music and theatre 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 theatre, where he acted in a number of shows including Dreamgirls, the critically acclaimed Avenue X, and the off-Broadway revival of Godspell. While he was working on the stage, Perrineau also began appearing on TV in such shows 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 '80s, but had his first memorable role as Rashid Cole, a young man searching for his long-absent father (Forest Whitaker) 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 William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. At one point outfitted in a glitter miniskirt and platform heels, Perrineau proved a worthy, if idiosyncratic, foil for Leonardo Di Caprio's Romeo and gave a performance that marked him as one of the more distinctive Mercutios in the play's history. Perrineau subsequently appeared in a number of supporting roles in films ranging from Auster's Lulu on the Bridge (1998) to The Best Man (1999), a celebrated romantic comedy directed by Malcolm D. Lee (cousin of Spike Lee) that saw Perrineau share the screen with other members of a group widely billed as a new generation of African-American actors, including Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, and Nia Long. In addition to appearances in various independent films, Perrineau starred in Woman on Top (2000), a comedy that cast him as the drag queen best friend of a young woman (Penelope Cruz) experiencing romantic woes. In 1997, Perrineau made the move to the small screen, assuming the role of paraplegic convict and narrator Augustus Hill on the acclaimed HBO series Oz. The brutally violent, hard-hitting series generated Perrineau thousands of fans, and he stayed with the show until 2003 - the same year he took up the role of Link in The Matrix Reloaded, the second film in the explosive Matrix franchise. He would reprise the role the next year for the third and final installment in the series, The Matrix Revolutions, before returning to television just months later for the role of Michael on the cryptic ABC sci-fi/mystery/drama Lost. Playing a conflicted and sometimes morally ambiguous character, Perrineau soon proved to be a vital member of the cast, taking a hiatus from the series in 2007 only to return in 2008. Despite becoming a pivotal component of primetime TV, the actor remained as active in movies as ever. He took on the role of Flynn in the 2007 horror sequel 28 Weeks Later, and starred alongside Michael Madsen in the 2008 thriller The Killing Jar. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide


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Harold Jr. Perrineau Trivia

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau portray in On_Line?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Moe Curley in On_Line

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in Woman on Top?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Monica Jones in Woman on Top

What role did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in 28 Weeks Later?
Harold Jr. Perrineau played Flynn in 28 Weeks Later

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in Oz: Season 06?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Augustus Hill in Oz: Season 06

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau portray in Oz: Season 05?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Augustus Hill in Oz: Season 05

What role did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in Oz: Season 04?
Harold Jr. Perrineau played Augustus Hill in Oz: Season 04

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau portray in Oz: Season 03?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Augustus Hill in Oz: Season 03

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in Oz: Season 02?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Augustus Hill in Oz: Season 02

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau portray in Oz: Season 01?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Augustus Hill in Oz: Season 01

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in The Edge?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Stephen in The Edge

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau portray in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Mercutio in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in Smoke?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Thomas (Rashid) Cole in Smoke

What role did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in The Best Man?
Harold Jr. Perrineau played Murch in The Best Man

What role did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in The Matrix Reloaded?
Harold Jr. Perrineau played Link in The Matrix Reloaded

What role did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in Lost: Season 02?
Harold Jr. Perrineau played Michael in Lost: Season 02

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau portray in Lost: Season 01?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Michael in Lost: Season 01

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau portray in The Matrix Revolutions?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Link in The Matrix Revolutions

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in Lost: Season 04?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Michael Dawson in Lost: Season 04

Who did Harold Jr. Perrineau play in Shakedown?
Harold Jr. Perrineau was Tommie in Shakedown

What role did Harold Jr. Perrineau portray in King of New York?
Harold Jr. Perrineau played Thug Leader in King of New York


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