Desmond Harrington

Active - 1999 - 2016  |   Born - Oct 19, 1976 in Savannah, Georgia, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Horror, Drama, Comedy Drama, War

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Biography by Andrea LeVasseur

Raised in the Bronx, Desmond Harrington went to a Catholic prep school and worked as a bartender and construction worker before beginning his acting career. His film debut was in Luc Besson's The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, which led to a visit to the Sundance Film Festival and a few small roles in independent features such as Drop Back Ten and Massholes. In 2001, Harrington appeared in two big projects, Christine Lahti's directorial debut, My First Mister, and Riding in Cars With Boys with Drew Barrymore. He continued to work in dramas (We Were Soldiers), but then made the thriller Ghost Ship. He played a starring role in a short film called Life Makes Sense if You're Famous, and made his television debut in the miniseries Taken. In 2003, Harrington stuck with thrillers for a leading role in Wrong Turn.

Harrington found continued success on the small screen with recurring roles in Dragnet, Sons & Daughters, and most prominently the Showtime serial-killer series Dexter. Even with these steady gigs, he worked in projects like TiMER and Life Is Hot in Cracktown.

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  • Worked as a laborer, landscaper and bartender prior to acting.
  • Has appeared in movies including Riding in Cars With Boys (2001) and Ghost Ship and We Were Soldiers (both 2002).
  • Also in 2002, made his TV debut in Taken, a Steven Spielberg miniseries.
  • TV credits include Gossip Girl, and Dexter, for which he has been nominated for multiple Screen Actors Guild awards.
  • His work on Dexter as Det. Joey Quinn finds him in the odd position of being seen as a "bad guy" despite the fact that the title character is a serial killer, played by Michael C. Hall.