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Overview (3)

Born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, USA
Birth NameDonald Patrick Harvey II
Height 5' 10¾" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Don Harvey was born in St. Clair Shores Michigan the sixth of eight children. He attended the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama before moving to New York City to pursue film, TV and theatre work.

He has appeared in over forty feature films, but his most notable performances are in Casualties Of War (1989) alongside Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox, Eight Men Out (1988) with John Cusack and Charlie Sheen and American Heart (1993) with Jeff Bridges.

His television work includes starring performances on Miami Vice, NYPD Blue, The Pretender, Medum, Numb3rs and HBO's Luck.

He is constantly doing theater in New York and throughout the country, performing in classical plays by Shakespeare, Williams, Pinter, Mamet and others as well as contemporary and new works.

He is married to Dyanne Court Harvey and shares his time between New York and Los Angeles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Don Harvey

Spouse (1)

Dyanne Court (? - present) ( 1 child)

Trivia (2)

Learned to operate a big rig truck for his role as Flint in Sparkler.
Did two years of classical ballet at the University of Michigan.

Personal Quotes (7)

An actor needs: sensitivity and callousness. Depth and a hard skin. A sense of humor and a serious commitment. A free spirit and a bit of insanity. Richard Burton said, "An actor has to be something a bit less than a man, while an actress has to be something a bit more than a woman." I like that.
If I weren't an actor, I would be a Guitar Player or a Carpenter.
Artists have as much power as they are willing to take. People in our society mistakenly believe that they have a personal relationship with people they see in the movies or on stage. Actors have the implicit trust of many people in the public. If they chose, they can use this to obtain unimaginable power.
I'm always aware of the audience. It's what makes acting so rewarding. Everything I do is put out there to be seen and understood. If there were no audience, there would be no acting.
I come from a large family, where everyone was a bit of an actor. My dad always encouraged us to be creative and put on talent shows for each other. When I was in junior high, some friends of mine appeared in a school play and I was blown away. All the kids were laughing and cheering, and I immediately knew I wanted to be a part of that. Later I studied acting in college and eventually at the Yale School Of Drama. Then I went to New York and began my career.
When I'm performing, I'm always aware that it's an act. I don't believe that anyone actually believes they are the character. The trick is to understand yourself so well and understand the character so well that the character and you become inseparable while you are playing it. Here I am on stage, in front of these people, playing this character. I have absolute freedom to be me, and to be the character at the same time.
The best thing about being an actor is that you get to investigate many different lifestyle choices. I've played athletes, soldiers, cops, killers, lovers, preachers, teachers, musicians and clowns. I like variety.

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