The mark of a great actor is one who can easily adapt to both stage and screen. Showing true versatility, David Harbour has demonstrated throughout his career that he possesses the discipline required of the theatre, with the star qualities required of Hollywood.
It’s recently been announced that he will be appearing as Hellboy in the reboot of Mike Mignola’s graphic novel series. The original movies starred Ron Perlman, and had Guillermo del Toro at the helm. Fans are eagerly anticipating the remake, which will be directed by Neil Marshall, known for Game of Thrones. It’s safe to say that this will be epic, and it needs to be, too. There’s somewhat of a cult following surrounding the Hellboy name. Just look at the games which still surround the franchise. Like Harbour, invested in both theatre and movies, online slot game theatre of the night accompanies one about Hellboy, too. It’s got a mission to reach the Chamber of Fire, just like in the movies, and so players can really immerse themselhttps://britishtheatre.com/wp-admin/post-new.phpves. There’s also countless examples of Hellboy cosplay, too, showing that people are really drawn into this world.
So how did David Harbour gain the reputation to be given the honour as the star of such a classic? Let’s find out.
Harbour was born in New York City in 1975. He went to high school with other actors, Sean Maher of Fireflies fame, and Eyal Podell from The Young And The Restless. He then went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree from the prestigious Ivy League New Hampshire University, Dartmouth College. Graduating in Drama and Italian, it’s clear that he has had a great education in the art of acting, and that he has always been surrounded by his passion.
He made his TV debut in 1999 in Law & Order, and in the same year, he made his Broadway debut in a revival of The Rainmaker. The rest, as they say, is history.
Harbour made his stage debut at 25, and now, at 42, he has proven his salt in a vast range of performances across Broadway and off-Broadway shows. An impressive list of all of his stage achievements can be found online.
Perhaps the performance which really cemented his reputation as a serious stage actor was his portrayal of Nick in 2005’s revival of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? Starring alongside industry stalwarts Kathleen Turner and Bill Irwin, Harbour was even nominated for the highest of accolades; a Tony. Although he didn’t win, this proved that he was worthy of the respect and attention such roles command.
Of course, with such prestige comes even more serious roles, which performances of the likes of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice alongside Al Pacino prove that he is more than capable.
Film & TV Career
Hellboy obviously isn’t Harbour’s first rodeo, and he has an impressive “rap sheet” of movies he’s appeared in. He’s known for roles in Quantum of Solace, Suicide Squad, and Brokeback Mountain, again proving his impressive range.
Of course, these days, Netflix is leading the pack. With just shy of 99 million users earlier this year, starring in one of their original series is no laughing matter. Harbour appears as Chief Jim Hopper in the cult hit, Stranger Things. It’ll be coming back soon for a second season, so be sure to keep an eye out.
With a versatility that extends to a multitude of varying roles both on-screen and off, it’s safe to say that David Harbour is going nowhere. In the meantime, we anticipate Hellboy, but we know that we can expect equally exciting things to come.