A square-jawed, stark-countenanced actor whose features naturally projected more than a passing undercurrent of menace, David Harbour gravitated almost by default to edgy characterizations. He debuted on-camera with appearances on television series programs including Hack and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, then transitioned to the big screen with a portrayal of Robert Kinsey, a relative of controversial sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, in Bill Condon's well-received period biopic Kinsey (2004), before signing for additional supporting roles in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (2005) and Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain (2005). In the meantime, Harbour also eked out an impressive stage career, reaching his pinnacle as Nick in the 2005 Broadway revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opposite Kathleen Turner, Bill Irwin, and others.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Attended high school with fellow actors Sean Maher and Eyal Podell and composer Tom Kitt.
- Made his Broadway debut in the play The Rainmaker in 1999.
- Appeared in the three-part play The Coast of Utopia, opposite Billy Crudup, in 2006.
- Played Bassanio in the 2010 Broadway revival of The Merchant of Venice, with Al Pacino, Lily Rabe and Jesse L. Martin.
- Performed his own stunt of being kicked in the face by Denzel Washington during the filming of The Equalizer.