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Harold Perrineau Jr. Biography - Began As A Dancer, Played Paraplegic Prisoner In Oz - Selected works

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Perrineau, Harold, photograph. Frederick M Brown/Getty Images.

Whether playing a character from Shakespeare or a contemporary felon, actor Harold Perrineau, Jr., has demonstrated a wide-ranging talent over the course of his two-decade career. With recent prominent roles in the Matrix films as well as the 2005 TV series Lost, Perrineau has achieved recognition as one of the country's new generation of important African-American actors.


Shakedown, 1988.

King of New York, 1990.

Smoke, 1995.

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, 1996.

The Edge, 1997.

The Best Man, 1999.

Woman on Top, 2000.

Prison Song, 2001.

On-Line, 2003.

The Matrix Reloaded, 2003.

The Matrix Revolutions, 2003.


The Cosby Show, NBC, 1989.

Law & Order, NBC, 1990.

I'll Fly Away, NBC, 1992-1993.

Oz, HBO, 1997-2003.

ER, NBC, 1997.

Lost, ABC, 2004-2005.


Godspell, Lambs Theatre, New York, NY, 1988.

Avenue X, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1994.

Joe Fearless, Atlantic Theatre Company, New York, NY, 2000.

Blue/Orange, Atlantic Theatre Company, 2002-2003.



Boston Globe, July 11, 1999, p. N1; February 5, 2002, p. E1; September 22, 2004, p. E1.

Entertainment Weekly, November 8, 1996, p. 46; November 14, 2003, p. 31.

New York Times, September 19, 2004.

Newsweek, November 4, 1996, p. 73.

People Weekly, July 14, 1997, p. 15.

Variety, July 14, 1997, p. 34; December 14, 1998, p. 42.


"From Prison Blues to High-Heeled Shoes," SPLICE Dwire, www.splicedonline.com (February 4, 2005).

"Lost Helps Viewers Find Perrineau," Zap2It, http://tv.zap2it.com (February 4, 2005).

—E. M. Shostak

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