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Harold Perrineau, Jr. (born August 7, 1963) is an Americanmarker 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 (his character also serves as the narrator for the series), and Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. He recently starred in ABC's comedy-drama television series The Unusuals, playing NYPD homicide detective Leo Banks.


Personal life

Perrineau, Jr. was born Harold Perrineau in Brooklyn, New Yorkmarker, the son of Harold Williams, Sr. and Sylvia Perrineau. His parents changed his name to Williams at the age of 7. 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. His French surname is actually his mother's maiden name. Perrineau attended Shenandoah Universitymarker, but did not graduate. Perrineau and his wife, Brittany, have a daughter, Aurora Robinson Perrineau, born 1994. Their second daughter, Wynter Aria, was born on May 7, 2008.

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 Theatremarker, in Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker.

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. Lost co-star Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje starred with Perrineau on the HBO series Oz.

Perrineau played the character Michael Dawson on Lost. He was temporarily written off Lost when his character left the island with his son at the end of season two and did not appear at all in season three; however, his return to the show for its fourth season was announced in July 2007. He was later killed off in the season four finale.Following his "Lost" departure, news broke that Perrineau had been cast in the upcoming pilot for ABC dramedy "The Unusuals." He stars also in 30 Days of Night: Dark Days alongside Rhys Coiro, Mia Kirshner, Kiele Sanchez, Diora Baird and Monique Ganderton.

Perrineau appeared in the 2008 music video, Yes we can, to Barack Obama.


Year Film Role Notes
1990 King of New York thief on the subway
1995 Smoke Thomas "Rashid" Cole
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
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 Gardens of the Night Orlando
Ball Don't Lie Jimmy
Felon Lt Jackson
Television Appearances
Year Title Role Episodes
1991–1993 I'll Fly Away Robert Evans
1997–2003 Oz Augustus Hill
2003 Dead Like Me Aroun Levert 1 episode
2004–2006, 2008 Lost Michael Dawson 47 episodes
2007 CSI Rev. Rhodes 1 episode
2009 The Unusuals Detective Leo Banks
Video Game Voice-overs
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Enter the Matrix Voice Link


  1. Lost’s Perrineau Uncovers Child No. 2
  2. History of "Fame: The Musical" Productions
  3. "Lost"'s Michael Scores New Television Role :: Headline Planet
  4. 30 Days of Night: Dark Days Casting News
  5. Will.I.Am Gathers Common, Nick Cannon, Scarlett Johansson For Barack Obama Video

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