Erik LaRay Harvey

Erik LaRay Harvey is an American actor known for his roles as Dunn Purnsley in Boardwalk Empire,[1] Willis Stryker / Diamondback in Luke Cage, and his role in The Charnel House (2016).[2]

Erik LaRay Harvey
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Erik LaRay Harvey in 2019
Born1972 (age 48–49)
EducationNew York University (MFA)
Years active1996–present

Early lifeEdit

Erik LaRay Harvey was drawn into acting when he saw a theatrical performance of The Wiz. In his youth, he aspired to be a dentist.[3]


Harvey has performed in feature films, television series, and TV movies. Early TV roles include two episodes of Law & Order (1994 and 1998); two episodes of NYPD Blue (1997 and 2003); Now and Again; and Third Watch.[4] He appears in two additional Law & Order series: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (two episodes; 2003 and 2013) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent (one episode; 2005).[4] Roles in feature films include Twister, The Caveman's Valentine and Rounders.[4]

His two major roles have been on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire as Dunn Purnsley (2011–2013)[3] and the Netflix series Luke Cage as Willis "Diamondback" Stryker.[4][5]



Year Title Role
1996 Twister Eric
1998 Rounders Roy
2001 The Caveman's Valentine Young Rom
2001 K-PAX Security Guard
2003 Marci X Stage Manager
2004 Everyday People Bartender
2004 Proud Kevin / James Graham
2005 Crazy for Love Orderly
2014 Friends and Romans Qarl with a 'Q'
2016 The Charnel House Devin Pyles
2018 Proud Mary Reggie
2018 Can You Ever Forgive Me? Agent Solonas
2019 Bolden Bartley
2021 The United States Vs. Billie Holiday Monroe


Year Title Role Notes
1994, 1998 Law & Order Marty Pine, Off. Anthony Loomis 2 episodes
1997, 2003 NYPD Blue Wexler, Nathan Dale 2 episodes
1999 Now and Again Cyrus Jones Episode: "Pulp Turkey"
as Eric LaRay Harvey
2001 Third Watch Redd Episode: "A Rock and a Hard Place"
as Eric LaRay Harvey
2003 Queens Supreme Lawyer Episode: "Mad About You"
as Eric LaRay Harvey
2003, 2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sam Randall, Randy Fowler 2 episodes
2004 Clubhouse Officer Episode: "Pilot"
as Eric LaRay Harvey
2005 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Deputy Warden Episode: "Prisoner"
as Eric Laray Harvey
2006 Brotherhood Lee Mayberry Episode: "Mark 8:36"
2011–2013 Boardwalk Empire Dunn Purnsley 15 episodes
2012 NYC 22 Sgt. Crown Episode: "Self Cleaning Oven"
2014 Chicago P.D. Devon Tucker Episode: "Prison Ball"
2014 Believe Marcus Krakauer 2 episodes
2016 Luke Cage Willis Stryker / Diamondback Series regular; 7 episodes
Nominated—SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series
2017 Godless Elias Hobbs 4 episodes
2018 Sneaky Pete Ray Chapman / Bratton Episode: "Inside Out"
2018 Bull William Flanigan Episode: "Keep Your Friends Close"
2018 The Blacklist FBI Agent Brandon Graves Episode: "The Capricorn Killer (No. 19)"
2019 Godfather of Harlem Del Chance

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2014 Wolfenstein: The New Order Bombate


  1. ^ Sarene Leeds. "Dunn's Violent 'Boardwalk Empire' Exit". Roling Stone.
  2. ^ Damore, Meagan (May 25, 2016). "Look: New "Luke Cage" Photos Reveal Classic Marvel Comics Villain". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on May 26, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "The Boardwalker: A Sit Down with Erik LaRay Harvey". September 4, 2013. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d Erik LaRay Harvey at IMDb
  5. ^ Matadeen, Renaldo (June 26, 2018). "Luke Cage Season 2 Finally Gives Us Power Man's Biggest Enemy". Comic Book Resources.

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