HISTORY's Project Blue Book
Michael J. Harneyis an American actor of film, television and theater, wellknown for his starring role on the three-time SAG Award winning Netflix original series Orange Is The New Blackas Corrections Officer Sam Healy. Harney will next be seen this winteras General Hugh Valentine in HISTORY’s upcoming UFO drama series Project Blue Book.
Previous to this award-winning role, Harney frequently played tough men with deeply complicated interior lives in such acclaimed series as NYPD Blue (ABC 1993-2005), Deadwood (HBO 2005-2006) and Weeds(Showtime 2005-2012). Harney starred with Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the highly acclaimed series True Detective (HBO 2014). Harney's ability to tap into the emotional and spiritual elements of his characters was the result of substantial training and work on the New York theater scene, as well as his early career path as a social worker and prison reform advocate. Additional recent recurring roles include Unsolved (USA) and Suits (USA). Other television guest star credits includeLethal Weapon, Chicago Med, Law And Order, Bull, Cold Case, The Practice, Boston Public, ER, Crossing Jordon, The Fugitive, to name a few.
Harney’s performances in many notable films includes Erin Brockovich and Ocean’s Thirteen. He starred in the moving independent drama Bad Hurt (Tribeca Film Festival 2015) where he played ‘Ed Kendall’ a proud war veteran with PTSD trying to keep his family together despite struggles with mental illness and substance abuse. He also starred in the independent drama Soy Nero (Berlin Film Festival 2016).He will next be seen in the Warner Bros’ remake of A Star Is Born, opposite Lady Gaga, directed by Bradley Cooper, which will premiere at this year’s Venice Film Festival. He will also premiere this year in the Widows, directed by Steve McQueen (New Regency/20thCentury Fox).
Born in the Bronx, New York, Harney went on to intensive study with legendary acting teachers William Esper and Phil Gushee, both of whom studied and taught with Sanford Meisner for many years at The Neighborhood Playhouse. Hewent on to run The Michael Harney Acting Studio in New York City for 8 years. During his time in New York City Michael acted in and/or directed over 80 plays and one acts and starred in On The Waterfront on Broadway playing the role of Charlie Malloy.