Accomplished stage and film actor Jason Butler Harner grew up in Virginia and attended secondary school at Alexandria's T.C. Williams High. Though reportedly a heavy-set adolescent, Harner found his niche and his passion in school plays and soon lost whatever awkwardness had initially threatened to hamper him. He also set his focus on the graduate program in drama at New York University, where he triumphed. Within several years, Harner began racking up dozens of prestigious and covetable theatrical assignments, culminating with a 2004 run opposite Sally Field in Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie at Lincoln Center. Cinematically, Harner moved into film near the end of the 2000s, beginning on an uncharacteristic note with a small role in the Nicolas Cage-headlined, Lee Tamahori-directed sci-fi thriller Next. Harner then accepted a supporting turn opposite Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich in Clint Eastwood's period thriller Changeling (2008).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Worked as an usher at the Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C.
- Appeared in episodes of Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
- Received an Obie Award in 2005 for his performance in a New York Theatre Workshop production of Hedda Gabler.
- Appeared in the U.S. debut of Tom Stoppard's acclaimed play The Coast of Utopia.
- Portrayed twins in the 2008 pilot episode of Fringe.
- Narrated the audio-book version of Dark Prophecy: A Level 26 Thriller.