Harold Perrineau Celebrity
Born and bred in New York City, Perrineau studied dance with the Alvin Ailey Company before segueing to acting in his twenties. He won accolades for his portrayal of a wayward teen in the indie flick Smoke, despite being already in his thirties during film… (more)
Birth Name: Harold Williams
Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
Birthday: August 7, 1963, Leo
Born and bred in New York City, Perrineau studied dance with the Alvin Ailey Company before segueing to acting in his twenties. He won accolades for his portrayal of a wayward teen in the indie flick Smoke, despite being already in his thirties during filming. After tackling a number of TV guest roles and supporting film parts, he came to prominence as the philosophically minded, wheelchair-dependent narrator of Oz. Although Perrineau continued to appear in movies---including two installments of the Matrix trilogy---television remained his medium, and in 2004 he made his biggest splash to date as a single father on Lost.
- Changed last name of Williams to mother's maiden name Perrineau after joining the Screen Actors Guild, which already had a member named Harold Williams.
- Started his acting career in theater.
- Landed first television role on the series I'll Fly Away in 1990.
- Won an NAACP Image Award for his role in Topdog/Underdog in 2001.
- Nominated for Best Supporting Male for the Independent Spirit Award for his part in Smoke (1995).
- Skilled in martial arts.
- Started taking swimming lessons on the location of Lost.
- 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
- Wynter Aria Perrineau — Daughter
- Holiday Grace Perrineau — Daughter
- Aurora Robinson Perrineau — Daughter
- Brittany Robinson — Wife
- Attended Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA
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