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David Kenneth Harbour (born April 10, 1975) is an American actor, renowned for his portrayal of the lead character Chief Jim Hopper in the Netflix original television series, Stranger Things.

Early Life[]

Harbour was born in New York, U.S. and graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire in the year of 1997.

Career[]

Harbour began performing in film, theater and television since 1999. Harbour's most notable performances are in War of the Worlds (2005), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2005) and Stranger Things (2016). He also portrayed the titular character in Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen (2019).

Harbour's only award nomination as of August 13th, 2016 was a 2005 Tony Award for a Best Featured Actor in a Play for the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? However, with the release of Stranger Things, Harbour's reputation rose deliberately as he was recognized for many awards and nominations, including two Emmy nominations for his acclaimed portrayal of Jim Hopper in the TV horror show.

Filmography[]

Film[]

Year Film Role
2004 Kinsey Robert Kinsey
2005 Confess FBI Agent McAllister
Brokeback Mountain Randall Malone
War of the Worlds Dock Worker
2006 The Wedding Weekend David
2007 Awake Count Dracula
2008 Revolutionary Road Shep Cambell
Quantum of Solace Gregg Beam
2009 State of Play PointCorp Insider
2010 Every Day Brian
2011 The Green Hornet D.A. Frank Scanlon
W.E. Ernest Simpson
2012 End of Watch Van Hauser
Between Us Joel
2013 Snitch Jay Price
Parkland James Gordon Shanklin
2014 X/Y Todd
A Walk Among the Tombstones Ray
The Equalizer Frank Masters
2015 Black Mass John Morris
2016 Suicide Squad Dexter Tolliver
2017 Sleepless Doug Dennison
2019 Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein David Harbour III, David Harbour Jr., Frankenstein
Hellboy Hellboy
2020 Extraction Gaspar
2021 Black Widow Red Guardian/ Alexei Shostakov
No Sudden Move Matt Wertz
2022 Violent Night Santa Claus
2023 We Have a Ghost Ernest the Ghost
Gran Turismo Jack Salter
2025 Thunderbolts Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian

Television[]

Title Role
1999 Law & Order Waiter
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Terry Jessup
2003 Hack Christopher Clark
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Wesley John Kenderson
2006 The Book of Daniel Kevin Warwick
2008 Law & Order Jay Carlin
2009 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Paul Devildis
2011 Pan Am Roger Anderson
2012–2014 The Newsroom Elliott Hirsch
2013 Elementary Dr. Mason Baldwin
2014 Rake David Potter
Manhattan Dr. Reed Akley
2014–2015 State of Affairs David Patrick
2015 Banshee Robert Dalton
2016- Stranger Things Chief Jim Hopper
2018 Drunk History Vietnam Memorial Head
Animals Hawk (voice)
2019 Saturday Night Live Himself (host)
2020 The Simpsons Fred Kranepool (voice)
2021 Big City Greens Rick (voice)
Q-Force Agent Rick Buck (voice)
Star Wars: Visions Tajin (voice)
2024 Creature Commandos Eric Frankenstein
TBA My Dentist’s Murder Trial TBA

Theater[]

Year Title Role
1999 The Rainmaker Noah Curry
2000 Stranger Steward / Frank / Pato
2001 The Invention of Love Moses John Jackson
2002 Twelfth Night Antonio
2003 Fifth of July Moses John Jackson
A Bad Friend Fallon
The Two Noble Kinsmen Arcite
2004 Between Us Joel
2005 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nick
2006–2007 The Coast of Utopia: Part 1 – Voyage Nicholas Stankevich
The Coast of Utopia: Part 2 – Shipwreck George Herwegh
The Coast of Utopia: Part 3 – Salvage Doctor at the Seashore
2008 Hamlet Laertes/Ghost of Hamlet’s Father
2009 Time Stand Stills James Dodd
2010–2011 The Merchant of Venice Bassanio
2012–2013 Glengarry Glen Ross John Williamson
2016 Cal in Camo Tim
2022 Mad House Michael

Awards & Nominations[]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 Tony Awards Best Featured Actor in a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Nominated
2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Stranger Things Won
Fangoria Chainsaw Award Best TV Supporting Actor Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actor Hellboy Nominated

Official Account[]

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • David Harbour was the officiant at a fan's wedding, appearing dressed as his character Jim Hopper from the show.[1]
  • Harbour revealed that the dog portraying Chester was one of the worst "actors" to work with, even making him storm off set on one occasion.[2]
  • He was really into Dungeons & Dragons when he was a kid.
  • He grew up in White Plains, Westchester County, New York.
  • He can speak Italian.
  • Michael Jackson once appeared in a dream of his, MJ knocked on his door and he asked to teach him dancing.
  • As a young man he delivered pizzas to get money.
  • He had a mental break when he was 25 years old and subsequently, was institutionalized by his parents.
  • He has Bipolar Disorder.

References

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