Desmond Harrington is an American actor whose rise to fame and fortune has fascinated many people. He started out in a lowly state but worked his way up the ladder of fame and grew through the ranks to become the man he now is. Over the years, he has starred in numerous TV series and feature movies, wowing fans and getting nominated for different awards celebrating his awesomeness in front of the camera. The good looking actor has also won huge admiration from his many female fans who consider him one of the best-looking men in Hollywood.
As an actor, Desmond Harrington is now best known for his performance in Dexter, an American television crime drama mystery series in which played the role of Det. Joseph Quinn across as many as 72 episodes. He is also known for his work on Ghost Ship, a 2002 American-Australian horror film.
Early Life and Career
Desmond Harrington was born on the 19th day of October in the year 1976 in Savannah, a coastal city in Georgia, to a mother identified as Mary Harrington and a father called Michael Harrington. However, it is reported that he spent his early years growing up in the Bronx, New York and shares a close bond with his family.
Growing up, Desmond Harrington attended the Fordham Preparatory School, a private school in New York City. He later proceeded to attend Manhattan College, a liberal arts college in New York City. However, he did not make it to graduation.
As a young man, Desmond did a number of jobs before finding his footing in the American movie industry. He has worked as a laborer and as a landscaper. He has also worked as a bartender and was a cold caller at a brokerage firm. While working as a bartender, Desmond’s colleague on the job convinced him to start taking acting classes. His life changed when he started taking these acting classes and soon his journey in Hollywood began.
Desmond Harrington’s Movies and TV Shows
Desmond Harrington kick-started his acting career in 1999 when he was cast as Aulon in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, an adventure/biography film. The next year, he made appearances in three feature films including Drop Back Ten, a comedy/drama film, Boiler Room, a crime/thriller film and Massholes, a comedy movie.
In 2001, the rising actor scored his first prominent role in The Hole, a British psychological horror film in which he played Mike Steel. His performance in the movie was hailed by fans and critics. In the same year, he starred as Bobby in Riding in Cars with Boys and as Randy in My First Mister. In 2002, he nabbed another prominent role in Ghost Ship, a 2002 American-Australian horror film in which he played Jack Ferriman. The same year, he appeared in We Were Soldiers and Life Makes Sense If You’re Famous.
Desmond Harrington consolidated his place as a truly interesting actor to watch in 2003 when he was cast in Wrong Turn, an American slasher horror film in which he starred as Chris Flynn. That same year, he starred in Love Object and Dragnet, both TV series. He played the role of Det. Jimmy McCarron across 10 episodes of Dragnet.
In 2006, Desmond starred in Sons & Daughters, an American sitcom which saw him playing the role of Wylie Blake. The next year, in 2007, he portrayed Troy in Rescue Me, an American comedy-drama television series. He also starred as Mike Sokeletski in Fort Pit, a feature film.
Going higher in the industry as a good target for directors, Desmond Harrington landed one of his most popular roles in 2008 when he was cast as Det. Joseph Quinn in Dexter, an American TV crime drama mystery series. His performance in Dexter was praised in several quarters and earned him several award nominations including multiple Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
Over the years, Desmond has starred in many other top-ranked feature films and TV series including Life Is Hot in Cracktown, Gossip Girl (2009), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Those Who Kill (2014), The Astronaut Wives Club (2015), Shooter (2016), Sneaky Pete (2017) and Elementary (2018).
Desmond Harrington stunned fans during the 5th season of Dexter when he started losing weight considerably. Fans noticed that he was becoming very thin and more chiseled and as expected, fans began to ask questions. Some became worried that he may have contacted a life-threatening disease and others felt that he had undergone plastic surgery hence the weight loss.
However, the actor came out to silence the rumors during an interview in 2012 and explained that he was not sick and that he did not have plastic surgery but that he was losing weight because he was eating healthier and exercising more.