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Randy Harrison
Born Randolph Clarke Harrison
November 2, 1977 (1977-11-02) (age 32)
Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.
Years active 1984, 2000 - Present

Randolph Clarke "Randy" Harrison (born November 2, 1977) is an American actor best known for his role of Justin Taylor on the Showtime drama Queer as Folk.

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Biography

Harrison was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, but moved to Alpharetta, Georgia, with his family when he was eleven. He attended Pace Academy[1], a private prep school in Atlanta. His father is an executive with a large paper company, his mother he describes as a 'thwarted artist', and his only sibling is his bank manager older brother.[2]

A young veteran of the stage, Harrison has acted since the age of seven. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre (2000) from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, where he starred in such productions as Hello Again, Shopping and Fucking, and Children of Eden. He received his start in theatre at Pace Academy in Atlanta, including a turn as the leading role in the school's 1992 production of Peter Pan. While at Pace, he studied acting with George Mengert and voice with Valerie Kennedy.

Harrison soon went on to perform in other theatrical venues across the U.S., playing in productions such as Violet at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1776 at the St. Louis Municipal Theatre and West Side Story at the Forestburg Playhouse, as well as productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Real Inspector Hound and A Cheever Evening.

Harrison made his television debut playing Justin Taylor, a gay teen, in 2000's American version of Queer as Folk, the British television series. Harrison's character comes out, pursues an intergenerational relationship, faces homophobia, recovers from a hate crime, and develops into a strong young man. In 2002, Harrison was cast as "Sean" in a made-for-television movie entitled Bang Bang You're Dead, which is based on the play of the same name.

In 2002, Harrison starred in the play Deviant at the New York International Fringe Festival. In the summer of 2004, Harrison made his Broadway debut as "Boq" in the musical Wicked. He was cast in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, presented in the Spring of 2006 by the SITI Company (where Harrison has studied extensively at through Skidmore College and in Manhattan[3]). In early 2007, he joined the cast of the Guthrie Theater's production of The Glass Menagerie as 'Young Tom'. He played the young Spenser in Christopher Marlowe's Edward the Second, in New York City in the winter of 2007-8. In the spring of 2008 he appeared as "Eros" in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.

In the past few years, Harrison has become a regular actor at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, first in July 2005 being cast as Alan Strang, the lead character in Equus, returning to the mainstage in July 2006's Amadeus as the title role. At the 2007 Summer BTF, he was cast in two plays: in July taking the role of "Billy Bibbit" in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and in August he starred in Mrs. Warren's Profession as "Frank Gardner". In summer 2008 he played the role of Lucky in Waiting for Godot. The BTF showing of the play, and Harrison's performance in particular, garnered rave reviews from several publications, including Variety. [4]

In 2006, Harrison co-founded the Arts Bureau (tAB) [1], an umbrella organization encompassing theatre, film, music, and writing. In July 2007, Harrison starred in the first play through tAB, a heartwarming story, ultimately, based on the work of Anton Chekhov. In late 2007/early 2008, Harrison shot and starred in the first tAB short film,Thinking, which tAB has been entering in several film festivals. In Summer 2008, tAB shot its first feature film, Return Shift Escape.

Harrison lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with his cats, Ella and Aggie [5].

Credits

Television

Theater

Films

  • Thinking... (2008) as "Boy"
  • Return Shift Escape (2009)

References

  1. ^ "SPEED READS", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 12, 2001. Accessed November 9, 2007. " Harrison, a 1996 graduate of Pace Academy in Buckhead, stars in Showtime's "Queer as Folk," which depicts the lives and loves of a group of gay men and lesbians."
  2. ^ Template:Http://www.stormpages.com/mukthar/randy/intervews.html
  3. ^ http://www.sho.com/site/queer/bio.do?bio=harrison
  4. ^ http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117937882.html?categoryid=33&cs=1
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/13/nyregion/13actorct.html?_r=2

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