Harold Perrineau

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'''Harold Perrineau Jr.''' portrayed Michael Dawson.

==Background==
Born '''Harold Williams Jr.''', Perrineau grew up in wikipediaBrooklyn and went on to study music and theater at the wikipediaShenandoah University in Virginia. He played a wheelchair-bound criminal on the critically acclaimed hit show wikipediaOz (TV series)|''Oz'', on which he co-starred with fellow ''Lost'' cast member Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. He notably played the role of Mercutio, Romeo's cross-dressing, gender confused best friend in wikipediaBaz Luhrman's modern day adaption of William Shakespeare's wikipediaRomeo + Juliet|''Romeo + Juliet''. However, his most well-known movie role to date is that of Link, the Zion hovercraft pilot in wikipediaThe Matrix|''The Matrix'' movies.  He was recently involved in the wikipedia28 Weeks Later to the British zombie movie ''wikipedia28 Days Later''.

His wife Brittany Perrineau is a model/actress who played a minor character in ''Lost'' as Mary Jo, the lotto girl/Sawyer love interest. The couple have two daughters, Aurora Robinson Perrineau and Wynter Aria Perrineau, the latter born May 7, 2008, a week after Perrineau wrapped his ''Lost'' role in {{ep}}. http//www.tvguide.com/news/lost-harold-perrineau/080530-03

==''Lost'' criticism==
After Michael's death in the There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3, Perrineau expressed criticisms with the producers' handling of his role. In an http//www.tvguide.com/news/lost-harold-perrineau/080530-03 interview with ''TV Guide'', Perrineau made several statements expressing displeasure with the writers' decision to discontinue Michael's story. He stated that he was mainly disappointed because he "wanted Michael and Walt to have a happy ending." He added that he felt like his character's death "was sort of pandering to some fans who wanted to see Michael punished because he betrayed people", and that he would have written the story differently.

Perrineau also stated that he felt the idea of Walt becoming a fatherless child was perpetuating a stereotype

{{quote=If I'm being really candid, there are all these questions about how they respond to black people on the show. Sayid gets to meet Nadia again, and Desmond and Penny hook up again, but a little black boy and his father hooking up, that wasn't interesting? Instead, Walt just winds up being another fatherless child. It plays into a really big, weird stereotype and, being a black person myself, that wasn't so interesting.=Harold Perrineau, http//www.tvguide.com/news/lost-harold-perrineau/080530-03 TV Guide}}

Following the interview, Carlton Cuse stated that the producers pride themselves on having a racially diverse cast. Without responding directly to Perrineau's statement, Cuse stated that "Harold is a fantastic actor whose presence added enormously to ''Lost''."

In http//hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2008/06/lost-harold-per.html a follow-up interview with ''Entertainment Weekly'', Perrineau clarified that he was "disappointed", but not "bitter", with the way his character had been handled. He also expressed his satisfaction with the diversity of the cast, saying "I was really, really proud to be part of this group of people that looked like this on network television. We just weren’t used to seeing that kind of diversity on television". Additionally, he expressed his approval of the Awards received by the cast in 2006.

Overall, Perrineau stated that his experience on ''Lost'' was positive, particularly in the Season 1. In both interviews, he indicated he would be willing to return to the show under the right circumstances

{{quote=There are definitely possibilities for Michael to return — and maybe even possibilities for the thing I'm hoping for to happen. Maybe there's some way through Walt's eyes, or through a vision, Michael gets to redeem himself to those people. Or maybe never. When they said, 'We're not going to finish with him here, but as on ''Lost'', you never know who comes back, and dead doesn’t mean you’re gone from the show.'… If they call me up and say, 'Hey, Michael needs to come back and do a thing.' It'd be like, 'What's the thing he needs to do? Yeah, let's go do it!'=Harold Perrineau, http//hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2008/06/lost-harold-per.html Entertainment Weekly}}

==Season 6 Return (2010)==
On January 12, 2010, show-runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse revealed that Perrieanu would be returning along with Cynthia Watros (Libby).http//www.tvguide.com/News/Lost-Harold-Perrineau-1013608.aspx

In a follow-up interview (January 25), Perrineau stated "I was always open to returning because there was stuff I thought was unresolved. I’m hoping we can put Michael to rest in a way we haven’t done so far.” He particularly mentioned making closure with his on-screen son, Walt Lloyd, and Libby.http//www.tvguidemagazine.com/kecks-exclusives/why-harolds-back-on-lost-3854.html

On Saturday, January 30, Perrineau attended Season 6's Sunset on the Beach premiere along with the producers and numerous other cast members, suggesting they were all on good terms.

In a February 2 interview, Lindelof and Cuse both confirmed that all bad ill between Perrineau and them was healed.http//www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/02/lost.producers.take.questions.ppl/index.html

==Trivia==
* Perrineau is his mother's maiden name, and his father is Harold Williams Sr.--his parents never married, so he used both names growing up, eventually settling on Perrineau (an interesting parallel to his character Michael on ''Lost'').
* He took "a bunch of swimming lessons" for his scenes at the boat for the Exodus"was not a strong swimmer".http//www.tvguide.com/news/harold-perrineau-lost/050921-09
* Harold played a yoga teacher on the season finale of ''WikipediaDead Like Me'' where he saluted a starring character with a namaste. http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gcheta9lv84
* Harold supported wikipediaBarack Obama in the wikipediaUnited States presidential election, 2008.S. presidential campaign and appeared briefly in wikipediawill.i.am.I.Am's "wikipediaYes We Can" video. http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSuMdkff0_o
* Harold currently stars in the ABC drama wikipediaThe Unusuals|''The Unusuals'', in which he plays a police officer whose father and grandfather both died at the age of 42.

==Media appearances==
===Filmography===

ImageHaroldPerrineau28WeeksLater.jpg''28 Weeks Later''
ImageHaroldPerrineauMatrixReloaded.jpg''The Matrix Reloaded''
ImageHaroldPerrineauRomeoJuliet.jpg''Romeo + Juliet''


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===Talk show===


Perrineau has appeared as a talk show guest in the following
*May 6, 2005 - 20/20 "Lost Special" (S26 E1396)

===Magazine===
Perrineau has been featured as the main topic of the following magazine articles



===Music single===
On December 18, 2007, Perrineau released a song on iTunes called "Stay Strong". It is a song for the troops overseas, and a portion of the proceeds is donated to support those who return with injuries. http//phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=269236717&s=143441&v0=WWW-NAUS-ITUWEEKLY-MUSIC Download "Stay Strong" on iTunes. It was directed by his Lost co-star Daniel Dae Kim and featured a cameo appearance by another Lost star in Josh Holloway.

===Miscellaneous===
*August 8, 2004 Sunset on the Beach (Season 1 premiere), Honolulu, HI
*September 14, 2005 Sunset on the Beach (Season 2 premiere), Honolulu, HI
*July 26, 2007 Comic conventions 2007 - Lost Panel, San Diego, CA
*May 13, 2010 - Lost Live

==Awards==
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==References==
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===Miscellaneous===

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