Jason Butler Harner

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Received 2005 Obie Award for his performance in controversial production of "Hedda Gabler" at New York Theatre Workshop.

Jason Butler Harner (born October 91970) in Elmira, New York is an American actor.

Biography

Jason Butler Harner grew up in suburban Virginia, where he had the opportunity of seeing a handful of plays at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage.cite news| last = Harner| first = Jason Butler| title = An Actor's Utopia: Behind the glittering surfaces of Tom Stoppard's epic trilogy, a cadre of actors is having the experience of a lifetime| publisher = Theatre Communications Group| date = 2007-05-01| url = http://www.tcg.org/publications/at/mayjune07/utopia.cfm| accessdate = 2008-03-01 ] He graduated from T. C. Williams High School, Alexandria, Virginia in 1988. [cite news | title = Local Boy Performing At Kennedy Center: Jason Butler Harner Will Appear With Sally Field | publisher = WRC-TV| date = 2004-07-21| url = http://www.nbc4.com/news/3556598/detail.html| accessdate = 2008-01-28 ] Harner states: "I am so grateful for the experiences I had with the T.C. Williams theater department. Designing and building sets, problem solving with peers, and stretching my imagination affected me in ways crucial to my development and career. Without the quality education and theater opportunities available to me at T.C. Williams ... who would I be?" [cite web| title = Alumni Profile - Jason Butler| publisher = Alexandria City Public Schools| date = 2008| url = http://www.acps.k12.va.us/alumni/profiles/harner_jason.php| accessdate = 2008-01-28 ]

He graduated from Theatre VCU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting in 1992. After graduating from VCU, he was an apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and subsequently moved to New York City and received an Master of Fine Arts in the Graduate Acting Program from Tisch School of the Arts in 1997.cite web| title = Graduate Acting Class Notes| publisher = Tisch School of the Arts| url = http://gradacting.tisch.nyu.edu/object/ga_classnotes.html| accessdate = 2008-01-28 ] Harner returned to VCU as a Master Teacher during their 2007-08 Guest Artist program.cite web| title = 2007-08 Guest Artist Biographies| publisher = VCU| Theatre | url = http://www.pubinfo.vcu.edu/artweb/theatre/guestArtists.asp| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]

Jason Butler Harner completed filming for "Changeling" in December 2007. He plays Gordon Stewart Northcott, a mechanic accused of murder.cite news | url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3iff0e5ee8955eaff02ca7844bde8b90a8 | title=3 join Jolie for 'Changeling' | author=Borys Kit | date=2007-10-16 | publisher=The Hollywood Reporter | accessdate=2007-11-25] Harner described his character as "a horrible, horrible, wonderful person." [cite news | url=http://www.playbill.com/news/article/111681.html | title=PLAYBILL ON OPENING NIGHT: Mauritius — A Threepenny Opera | author=Harry Haun | publisher=Playbill | date=2007-10-05 | accessdate=2008-01-30] Samuel Blumenfeld of "Le Monde" called the scene featuring Northcott's execution by hanging "unbearable" due to Eastwood's attention to detail, saying "There is no more convincing plea against the death penalty." Eastwood said that for a supporter of capital punishment, Northcott was an ideal candidate: "In a perfect world, the death penalty might be the appropriate response to such a murderer." But he said that "Whether you're for or against the death penalty, you must recognize that there is something barbaric in making the execution public." Eastwood argued that in putting the guilty party before the families of his victims, "justice" may be done, but after such a spectacle, "what tranquillity can [the family] hope to find?" The scene's realism was deliberate: the viewer hears the sound of Northcott's neck breaking, his body swings, and his feet gesticulate. Eastwood said, "I know it's unbearable to watch, and that was the desired effect."cite news | url=http://www.lemonde.fr/le-monde-2/article/2008/05/16/clint-eastwood-dans-les-tenebres-de-los-angeles_1045803_1004868.html | title=Clint Eastwood, dans les ténèbres de Los Angeles | author=Samuel Blumenfeld | work=Le Monde | publisher=La Vie-Le Monde | language=French | date=2008-05-16 | accessdate=2008-06-12 ]

He is recently appeared in the HBO miniseries, John Adams as Oliver Wolcott, Jr., the second United States Secretary of the Treasury. Harner had a guest role on the pilot for Fringe, which premiered September 9, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX.

Theatrical career

* July 2007: Plays Hildy opposite Richard Kind in "The Front Page" play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Boston, Massachusetts).cite web| title = This 'Front Page' is a bit too wordy| publisher = The Boston Globe| date = 2007-07-09| url = http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2007/07/09/this_front_page_is_a_bit_too_wordy/| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* November 2006: Plays Ivan Turgenev in the trilogy "The Coast of Utopia: Voyage",cite news | last = Rooney| first = David| title = The Coast of Utopia: Voyage| publisher = Variety| date = 2006-11-27| url = http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117932212.html?categoryid=33&cs=1| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ] "The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck",cite news | last = Rooney| first = David| title = The Coast of Utopia: Shipwreck| publisher = Variety| date = 2006-12-21| url = http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117932354.html?categoryid=33&cs=1| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ] and "Coast of Utopia: Salvage"cite news | last = Rooney| first = David| title = The Coast of Utopia: Salvage| publisher = Variety| date = 2007-02-18| url = http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117932853.html?categoryid=33&cs=1| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ] plays by Tom Stoppard (Lincoln Center Theater, New York City, New York).
* March 2006: Plays Trofimov opposite Annette Bening and Alfred Molina in "The Cherry Orchard" play by Anton Chekhov (Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, California).cite news | last = Hernandez| first = Ernio | title = Sarah Paulson and Jason Butler Harner Join Bening and Molina in L.A. Cherry Orchard| publisher = Playbill| date = 2005-12-12| url = http://www.playbill.com/news/article/96777.html| accessdate = 2008-01-28 ]
* November 2005: Plays Tad Rose in "The Ruby Sunrise" play by Rinne Groff (Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Hall, New York City, New York).cite web| title = The Ruby Sunrise | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=4480| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* June 2005: Plays Young Anton/Burt Sarris opposite John Glover in "The Paris Letter" play by Jon Robin Baitz (Laura Pels Theatre, New York City, New York).cite web| title = The Paris Letter | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=4186| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* April 2005: Plays David in "Orange Flower Water" play by Craig Wright (Theater for the New City, New York City, New York).cite news | last = Harvey| first = Dennis| title = Orange Flower Water| publisher = Variety| date = 2005-04-08| url = http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117926761.html?categoryid=33&cs=1| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* August 2004: Plays Tom Wingfield opposite Sally Field in "The Glass Menagerie" play by Tennessee Williams (The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC).cite web| title = Excerpts of reviews of The Glass Menagerie from The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, Arch Campbell WRC-TV, The Washington Times and The Washingtonian| publisher = The Kennedy Center| url = http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/theater/03-04/feature_glass.html| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* September 2004: Plays Tesman opposite Elizabeth Marvel in "Hedda Gabler" play by Henrik Ibsen (New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, New York).cite web| title = Hedda Gabler | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=3792| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ] cite news | last = Walat| first = Kathryn| title = She's In Over Her Head - Ferocity, thy name is Elizabeth Marvel| publisher = Theatre Communications Group| date = 2005-02-01| url = http://www.tcg.org/publications/at/Feb05/hedda.cfm| accessdate = 2008-03-01 ]
* April 2004: Plays Harlequin/Tyler/Stage Crew in "Mr. Fox: A Rumination" play by Bill Irwin (Peter Norton Space, New York City, New York).cite web| title = Mr. Fox: A Rumination | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=3487| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* January 2004: In "Five Flights" play by Adam Bock (Rattlestick, New York City, New York).cite web| title = Five Flights | publisher = Rattlestick| url = http://www.rattlestick.org/pastShows/65| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* September 2003: Plays Hamlet in "Hamlet" play by William Shakespeare (Dallas Theater Center, Dallas, Texas).cite web| title = Dallas Theater Center Presents Hamlet| publisher = Dallas Theater Center| date = 2003-08-27| url = http://www.dallastheatercenter.org/Page.aspx?Doc_ID=1038| accessdate = 2008-01-28 ]
* February 2003: Plays David Craig in "Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme" play by Frank McGuinness (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City, New York).cite web| title = Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=2511| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* April 2001: Plays Barnett opposite Amy Ryan in "Crimes of the Heart" play by Beth Henley (Second Stage Theatre, New York City, New York).cite web| title = Crimes of the Heart | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=108| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* September 2000: Plays Johnny Boyle in "Juno and the Paycock" play by Sean O'Casey (Gramercy Theatre, New York City, New York).cite web| title = Juno and the Paycock | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=192| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* January 2000: Plays Young Housman opposite James Cromwell in the American premiere of "The Invention of Love" play by Tom Stoppard (American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, California).cite news | last = Harvey| first = Dennis| title = The Coast of Utopia: Voyage| publisher = Variety| date = 2000-01-24| url = http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117915066.html?categoryid=33&cs=1| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* October 1999: Plays Thomas Armstrong/Phil in "An Experiment with an Air Pump" play by Shelagh Stephenson (Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, New York).cite web| title = An Experiment with an Air Pump | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=108| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* October 1999: Plays Donalbain/Murderer in "Macbeth" play by William Shakespeare (Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, New York).cite web| title = Macbeth | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=355| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* June 1997: Plays Sir Henry Guildford/Page/Garter/King of Arms "Henry VIII" play by William Shakespeare (Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, New York).cite web| title = Henry VIII | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=427| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* 1997: In "Hydriotaphia, or the Death of Dr. Browne" play by Tony Kushner.
* May 1994: In "Loved Less (The History of Hell)" play by Brian Jucha (Via Theater Downtown Art Company, New York City, New York). [cite news | title = Theater in Review: Loved Less (The History of Hell)| publisher = New York Times| date = 1994-05-18| url = http://www.military.com/Caree…| accessdate = 2008-01-29 ]
* 1990: In "What I Did Last Summer" play by A. R. Gurney (Shafer Street Theatre, Richmond, Virginia).

Filmography

Movies

Television

Awards

* Nominated for a 2006 Drama Desk Award for the Laura Pels Theatre's production of "The Paris Letter".
* Received 2005 Obie Award for his performance in controversial production of "Hedda Gabler" at New York Theatre Workshop.

References

External links

*imdb name|id=0124798|name=Jason Butler Harner
* [http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?ID=423829 Jason Butler Harner] at the Internet Broadway Database
* [http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=people&first=Jason&middle=Butler&last=Harner Jason Butler Harner] at the The Internet Off-Broadway Database
* [http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Star_File.aspx?ci=537168 Jason Butler Harner] at Broadway.com


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