Early life and college
Harrison was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, but moved to Alpharetta, Georgia with his family at age eleven. He attended Pace Academy, a private prep school in Atlanta. His father is an executive with a large paper company, while he has described his mother as a "thwarted artist." His only sibling, an older brother, is a bank manager.
Harrison attended the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre. During his time at CCM, Harrison starred in university productions such as Hello Again, Shopping and Fucking, and Children of Eden. He also had roles in other theatrical venues across the U.S., in productions such as Violet at the Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1776 at the St. Louis Municipal Theatre and West Side Story at the Forestburg Playhouse, as well as productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Real Inspector Hound and A Cheever Evening.
Harrison made his television debut playing Justin Taylor, a gay teen, in 2000's American version of Queer as Folk, based on the British television series. The series ran for five seasons, ending in 2005. In 2002, Harrison played the character Sean in Bang Bang You're Dead, a made-for-television movie based on the play of the same name. Harrison stars as Brutus in cinematographer/director/writer Patrick Donelley's postmodern feature film adaptation of Julius Caesar opposite actor John Shea as the title role.
In 2002, Harrison starred in the play Deviant at the New York International Fringe Festival. In summer 2004, Harrison made his Broadway debut as Boq in the musical Wicked. His Off Broadway credits include A Letter for Ethel Kennedy (MCC Theatre, 2002), the Father in Oak Tree (Perry Street Theatre, 2006), Young Spencer in Edward II (Red Bull Theatre, 2007–08),Eros in Antony and Cleopatra (Theatre for a New Audience, 2008), Laszlo Fickes/Gerhardt Zeitzler in A Singing Forest (Public Theatre, 2009), and Kevin Adams-Weller in Harbor (Primary Stages, 2013). Harrison has also done several staged readings for Red Bull Theatre and starred in their "In the Raw" workshop production of A Tyger's Heart in February 2011.
Harrison has a substantial résumé in regional theatre, most prominently as a featured player since 2005 at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Roles with BTF include Alan Strang in Equus (2005), the title role in Amadeus (2006), Bill Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (2007), Frank Gardner in Mrs. Warren's Profession (2007), Lucky in Waiting for Godot (2008), Osvald Alving in Ghosts (2009), Nagg in Endgame (2010), and the title character in The Who's "Tommy" (2011). Other regional theatre credits include Lysander/Thisbe/Cobweb in the Alabama Shakespeare Festival production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, presented in spring 2006 by the SITI Company (where Harrison has studied extensively through Skidmore College and in Manhattan); Tom in the Guthrie Theater's production of The Glass Menagerie (2007); Andy Warhol in the Yale Repertory Theatre's production of Pop! (2009); Sebastian in the Shakespeare Theatre Company's production of Twelfth Night (2010); Tim in the Studio Theatre's production of Habit of Art; and Ken in the George Street Playhouse's production of Red (2012).
In 2006, Harrison co-founded the Arts Bureau (tAB) , an umbrella organization encompassing theatre, film, music, and writing. In July 2007, he starred in tAB's first production, a heartwarming story, ultimately, based on the work of Anton Chekhov. In late 2007/early 2008, Harrison shot and starred in the first tAB short film,Thinking, which has been shown at several film festivals. In Summer 2008, tAB shot its first feature film Lorton Lake.
Harrison, who is openly gay, dated Advertising Age columnist Simon Dumenco from 2002 to 2008; the two met when Dumenco interviewed Harrison for a New York magazine cover story. As of December 2009, Harrison lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with his cats Ella and Aggie.
|2000 – 2005||Queer as Folk (U.S. version)||Justin Taylor||Main cast; 83 episodes|
|2015||Mr. Robot||Harry||Recurring role|
|2002||Bang Bang You're Dead||Sean||Television film|
|2014||Such Good People||Alex Reardon|
|Hello Again||Young Thing||University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
|Shopping and Fucking||Robbie||University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
|Children of Eden||Abel||University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
|The Hot Mikado||Gentleman from Japan||University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
|Rags||University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of
|1999||Violet||Billy Dean||Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati|
|1999||1776||The Courier||St. Louis Municiple Theater|
|Grease||St. Louis Municiple Theater|
|Anything Goes||St. Louis Municiple Theater|
|West Side Story||Action||Forestburg Playhouse|
|Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat||Benjamin||Forestburg Playhouse|
|Babes in Arms||Lee Calhoun||Forestburg Playhouse|
|The Real Inspector Hound|
|A Cheever Evening|
|2005||Equus||Alan Strang||Berkshire Theatre Festival|
|2006||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Lysander/Thisbe/Cobweb|
|2006||Amadeus||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||Berkshire Theatre Festival|
|2006||An Oak Tree||The father|
|A Letter From Ethel Kennedy|
|2007||The Glass Menagerie||Young Tom||Guthrie Theater|
|2007||One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||Billy Bibbit||Berkshire Theatre Festival|
|2007||Mrs. Warren's Profession||Frank Gardner||Berkshire Theatre Festival|
|2007/2008||Edward the Second||Young Spencer|
|2008||Antony and Cleopatra||Eros||April/May|
|2008||Waiting for Godot||Lucky||Summer
Berkshire Theatre Festival
|2009||The Singing Forest||Laszlo Fickes/Gerhardt Zeitzler||April/May
The Public Theater
Berkshire Theatre Festival
Yale Repertory Theatre
|2010||Caligula by Albert Camus||Scipio||January
Red Bull Theatre Revelations Reading
Berkshire Theatre Festival
|2011||The Who's Tommy||Tommy||Summer
Berkshire Theatre Festival
|2011||The Habit of Art||Tim||Fall
The Studio Theatre
|2012||Red||Ken||January 31 - February 26 at George Street Playhouse
March 23 - April 4 at Allen Theatre, Cleveland
|2012||Silence! The Musical||Dr. Chilton||July 18 - September 9 at Elektra Theater, NYC|
|2013||Harbor||Kevin||July 23 - September 8
by Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters, NYC
|2014||Atomic Musical||Paul Tibbets and Edward Teller||June 26 - August 16
The Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row
|2014||Amadeus||Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||October 9 - 26 Ensemble Theater Co. at The New Vic, Santa Barbara, CA|
|2016||Cabaret||Emcee||January 26, 2016 - February 19, 2017 Roundabout Theater Co. Nat'l Tour|
|2017||Sunday in the Park with George||George||June 17 - August 20, 2017 Guthrie Theater|
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- "SPEED READS", The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, April 12, 2001. Accessed November 9, 2007. " Harrison, a 1996 graduate of Pace Academy in Buckhead, stars in Showtime's "Queer as Folk," which depicts the lives and loves of a group of gay men and lesbians."
- "Windy City Times interview".
- "NY Mirror". The Village Voice. 30 March 2004.
- "Simon Dumenco - I Want Media". I Want Media. 28 April 2004.
- "Gay Celebrity Boyfriends". AfterElton.
- Gates, Anita (2009-12-13). "A Musical's Star Plays, and Admires, Warhol". The New York Times.
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- Mandell, Jonathan (June 13, 2014). "Randy Harrison's Manhattan Project". New York Theater. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
- "Randy Harrison Replaces Preston Sadleir in New Off-Broadway Musical ATOMIC". Broadway World. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
- "Cabaret the Musical - Tony Award Winner Best Musical Revival". Cabaret the Musical. Retrieved 30 November 2017.