Randolph Clarke Harrison
Date of Birth
2 November 1977, Nashua, New Hampshire, USA
5′ 8″ (1.73 m)
Early life and college
Randy Harrison was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, but moved to Alpharetta, Georgia with his family at age eleven. He attended Pace Academy, a private prep school in Atlanta.His father is an executive with a large paper company, while he has described his mother as a “thwarted artist.”His only sibling, an older brother, is a bank manager.
A veteran of the stage, Randy has been acting since the age of seven. He attended the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where he ultimately received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre. During his time at CCM, Randy starred in university productions, such as Hello Again, Shopping and Fucking, and Children of Eden. He also had roles 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.
- Randy Harrison made his television debut playing Justin Taylor, a gay teen,
Justin “King of Babylon” Taylor
in 2000′s American version of Queer as Folk, based upon the British television series. In 2007, Justin Taylor was voted number 3 on the list of the top 25 gay television characters of all time by AfterElton. The site called him “one of television’s most fully realized gay teenaged characters, Justin was 17 years old when Queer as Folk debuted. He was never one for agonizing over his sexual orientation or struggling with coming out. He may have made a couple of soapy detours through a brief career as a go-go boy and as a member of a gay vigilante
Bang Bang You’re Dead
group, but Justin was the first out, proud, and politically active gay teen on American series television.”
- In 2002, Randy played the character “Sean” in a made-for-television movie entitled Bang Bang You’re Dead, which is based on the play of the same name. That year, he also starred in the play Deviant at the New York International Fringe Festival.
- In the summer of 2004, Randy made his Broadway debut as Boq in the musical Wicked. His Off Broadway credits include “A Letter for Ethel Kennedy” (MCC Theatre, 2002), the Father in “Oak Tree” (Perry Street Theatre, 2006), Eros in “Antony and Cleopatra” (Theatre for a New Audience, 2008), Young Spencer in “Edward II” (Red Bull Theatre, 2007–2008), and Laszlo Fickes/Gerhardt Zeitzler in “A Singing Forest” (Public Theatre, 2009).
- Randy has also done several staged readings for Red Bull Theatre, where he starred in their ‘In the Raw’ workshop production of “A Tyger’s Heart” in February 2011
- Randy has a substantial resume in regional theatre, most prominently as a featured player since 2005 at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Roles with BTF include Alan Strang in “Equus” (2005), the title role in “Amadeus” (2006),
Bill Bibbit in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (2007), Frank Gardner in “Mrs. Warren’s Profession“(2007), Lucky in “Waiting for Godot” (2008), Osvald Alving in “Ghosts” (2009) and Nagg in “Endgame” (2010). In summer of 2011, Randy played the role of Tommy in the Berkshire Theatre Festival’s summer production of The Who’s Tommy at the Colonial Theater.
- Other regional theatre credits include the Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, presented in the Spring of 2006 by the SITI Company (where Randy has studied extensively through Skidmore College and in Manhattan); Guthrie Theater’s production of The Glass Menagerie as ‘Young Tom’ (2007); Andy Warhol in the Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of Pop! (2009); Sebastian in the Shakespeare Theatre Company‘s production of “Twelfth Night” (2010); Tim in the Studio Theatre‘s production of “Habit of Art”; and Ken in the George Street Playhouse‘s production of
- Randy stars as Brutus in cinematographer/director/writer Patrick Donelley’s upcoming post-modern feature film adaptation of “Julius Cesar” opposite actor John Shea as the title role, which as of 2010 is still in post-production.
- In 2006, Randy co-founded the Arts Bureau (tAB), an umbrella
The Who’s Tommy
organization encompassing theatre, film, music, and writing. In July 2007, he starred in the first play through tAB, a heartwarming story, ultimately, based on the work of Anton Chekhov. In late 2007/early 2008, he shot and starred in the first tAB short film, Thinking, which has shown at several film festivals and is currently available for purchase on the official tAB website. In Summer 2008, tAB shot its first feature film, “Lorton Lake“, which is expected to be completed by summer 2011.
Randy Harrison, who is openly gay, dated Advertising Age columnist Simon Dumenco from 2002 to 2008; the two met when Dumenco interviewed Harrison for a New York magazine cover story. Randy lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his cats Ella and Aggie.
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