Desmond Harrington





10/19/1976 , Savanah, Georgia, USA

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Film and television actor Desmond Harrington, known for movies like Ghost Ship (2002), Wrong Turn (2003), and TiMER (2009), was born in Savannah, Georgia but was raised in Bronx, New York, where his mother was originally from. As a child, he used to watch films repeatedly until he could memorize their lines. After graduating from a Jesuit-run high school in New York, Desmond enrolled at Manhattan College. But it only took him six weeks to realize that what he really wanted was to be an actor. He then dropped out of college and attended acting training courses under John Strasberg. While honing his craft and auditioning for minor parts in film and on television, Harrington took on odd jobs to support himself.

He began his film career by playing Aulon in the 1999 biopic drama, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, which also starred Milla Jovovich (as the title character), Faye Dunaway, and Dustin Hoffman. Before he was cast as Jesse Keys in the Steven Spielberg mini-series Taken in 2002, Harrington would portray a variety of film roles such as a stock broker trainee in Boiler Room (Vin Diesel, Giovanni Ribisi), Bobby in Riding in Cars with Boys (Drew Barrymore, Brittany Murphy), and a Vietnman war combatant in We Were Soldiers (Mel Gibson, Greg Kinnear).

In the 2002 suspense thriller Ghost Ship, Desmond played Jack Ferriman, the Canadian Air Force pilot who spotted the mysterious vessel drifting in the Bering Sea. In Wrong Turn (2003), he portrayed medical student Chris Flynn, who got lost driving through the West Virginia mountains on his way to an interview. On television, Harrington has had significant recurring and series regular roles in prime-time shows, including Det. Jimmy McCarron on the crime drama L.A. Dragnet, Wylie Blake on the family comedy Sons & Daughters, and Troy on the action-suspense series Rescue Me. In 2008, he was hired as Joey Quinn, the newest cop for the Miami Metro Police Department on Showtime's critically-acclaimed drama Dexter. Early the following year, Desmond played Jack Bass, the scheming older brother of Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), in multiple episodes of CW's Gossip Girl.