David Harbour

David Kenneth Harbour is an American actor. He gained recognition for his portrayal of Jim Hopper in the Netflix science fiction drama series Stranger Things, for which he earned a Critics' Choice Television Award in 2018. For the role, he also received Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations.
Harbour had supporting roles in films such as Brokeback Mountain, Quantum of Solace, The Green Hornet, End of Watch, The Equalizer, Black Mass, and Suicide Squad. He portrayed the title character in the superhero film Hellboy.

Early life

Harbour was born on April 10, 1975, in White Plains, New York, to parents Kenneth and Nancy Harbour. Both of his parents work in real estate, his mother in residential and his father in commercial. He attended Byram Hills High School in Armonk, New York, along with actors Sean Maher and Eyal Podell. Harbour graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, in 1997.


Harbour began acting professionally on Broadway in 1999, in the revival of The Rainmaker. He then made his television debut that same year in an episode of Law & Order, playing a waiter. He appeared again in 2002 in an episode of ', playing a child murderer. Harbour portrayed the recurring role of MI6 Agent Roger Anderson in the ABC series Pan Am. In 2005, he was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
Harbour is also known for his role as CIA Agent Gregg Beam in Quantum of Solace, as Shep Campbell in Revolutionary Road, and as Russell Crowe's source in State of Play. He also received praise for his role as spree killer Paul Devildis in a 2009 episode of
'. Harbour's other film credits include Brokeback Mountain, The Green Hornet, End of Watch, and Between Us. In 2013, he played a small role of a head doctor in the television series Elementary. From 2012 to 2014, he also played the recurring role of Elliot Hirsch in The Newsroom.
In 2014, Harbour portrayed the recurring character of Dr. Reed Akley in the first season of the historical drama series Manhattan. In 2015, Harbour was cast as Chief Jim Hopper in the Netflix science fiction horror series Stranger Things. For his role in the series, Harbour has received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. Harbour has won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series along with the rest of the cast.
Harbour starred as the title character in the superhero reboot film Hellboy. He is also set to co-star as Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero film Black Widow.

Personal life

Since 2019, Harbour has been in a relationship with singer Lily Allen. They made their red carpet debut during the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Harbour has believed in several religions including Catholicism and Buddhism; however, now he does not believe in the "paranormal" and believes people "create a life with... consciousness." He once believed in ghosts, but now does not.
Harbour struggled with alcoholism in his past, and has been sober since his early 20s. At age 25, Harbour was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.




1999Law & OrderMikeEpisode: "Patsy"
2002'Terry JessupEpisode: "Dolls"
2003HackChristopher ClarkEpisode: "Presumed Guilty"
2004'Wesley John KendersonEpisode: "Silver Lining"
2007The UnitGary WeberEpisode: "Five Brothers"
2008Law & OrderJay CarlinEpisode: "Submission"
2009Law & Order: Criminal IntentPaul DevildisEpisode: "Family Values"
2009Lie to MeFrank AmbroseEpisode: "The Better Half"
2009Royal PainsDan SamuelsEpisode: "It's Like Jamais Vu All Over Again"
2011–2012Pan AmRoger Anderson6 episodes
2012Midnight SunEthan DaviesUnsold NBC TV pilot
2012–2014The NewsroomElliot Hirsch10 episodes
2012–2015BlueCooper3 episodes
2013ElementaryDr. Mason BaldwinEpisode: "Lesser Evils"
2014RakeDavid Potter11 episodes
2014ManhattanDr. Reed Akley10 episodes
2014–2015State of AffairsDavid Patrick13 episodes
2015–2016BansheeRobert Dalton2 episodes
2016Crisis in Six ScenesVicEpisode: "#1.2"
2016–presentStranger ThingsJim HopperMain role
2018Drunk HistoryVietnam Memorial HeadEpisode: "Underdogs"
2018AnimalsHawk Episode: "Roachella"
2019Saturday Night LiveHimself Episode: "David Harbour/Camila Cabello"
TBAThe SimpsonsUndercover Mr. Burns Episode: "Undercover Burns"


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