Steve Harris (actor)

Steve Harris (born December 3, 1965) is an American actor. He has played Eugene Young on the legal drama The Practice,[1] Detective Isaiah "Bird" Freeman on the NBC drama Awake and Charles McCarter in Tyler Perry’s Diary of a Mad Black Woman.

Steve Harris
Born (1965-12-03) December 3, 1965 (age 56)
Years active1985–present
RelativesWood Harris (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Harris was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John Harris, a bus driver and Mattie Harris, a housewife. He is the older brother of actor Wood Harris.[2] He attended St. Joseph High School in Westchester, IL, a private school with a reputation for developing star athletes. Harris was a running back, and later played linebacker for Northern Illinois University, where he studied drama.[3] His athletic career was cut short due to a torn ligament in his ankle.[citation needed] After graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1989, Harris obtained a master's degree in acting at the University of Delaware.[1][2]


Harris appeared on Law & Order and earlier had a role in Homicide: Life on the Street's pilot.[1][2] In 2006, he appeared in the now-cancelled TV series Heist.[4][5] He also appeared in an episode of Grey's Anatomy. He appeared in several episodes of New York Undercover.[1] He has appeared in a number of films including; Quarantine, Tyler Perry's Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Bringing Down The House,[citation needed] The Rock,[1] The Mod Squad,[2] Takers, and Minority Report

Harris starred in actress Regina King's directorial debut Let The Church Say Amen which was adapted from ReShonda Tate Billingsley's 2005 best selling novel. The film premiered on Black Entertainment Television (BET) in 2013. He appeared in the TNT show Legends, which aired on TNT from August 13, 2014 to December 28, 2015, playing Nelson Gates, the boss of troubled FBI agent Martin Odum (Sean Bean).


Harris was nominated six times for an NAACP Image Award for his work on The Practice and won in 2004.

  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1999 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series The Practice Nominated
2000 Nominated



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Don't Mess With My Sister Radio Announcer
1988 Seven Hours to Judgment Van Driver
1991 The Good Policeman 'Big Blue'
1993 Sugar Hill Ricky 'Goggles'
1994 Against the Wall Cecil Television movie
1996 The Rock Private McCoy
1997 George Wallace Neal Television movie
1998 Nightmare Street Detective Miller Television movie
1998 Lovers and Liars FBI Agent
1999 The Mod Squad Briggs
2000 King of the World Sonny Liston
2000 The Skulls Detective Sparrow
2001 Beyond the City Limits Troy
2002 Minority Report Jad
2003 Bringing Down the House Widow
2004 Death and Texas Bobby 'Barefoot Bobby' Briggs
2005 Diary of a Mad Black Woman Charles McCarter Nominated—Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
2005 The Unseen Roy
2006 Silas Hunt: A Documentary Narrator
2007 Protect and Serve Dennis Harvey Television movie
2008 Good Behavior Will Stone Television movie
2008 Ball Don't Lie Rob
2008 Quarantine Scott Percival
2009 12 Rounds FBI Agent George Aiken
2010 Takers Lieutenant Carver
2013 Let the Church Say Amen Simon Jackson Television movie
2014 In Your Eyes Giddons
2015 Chi-Raq Ole Duke
2017 Burning Sands Dean Richardson Netflix
2018 The First Purge Freddy


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Homicide: Life on the Street Bernard Episode: "Gone for Goode"
1994 New York Undercover Bulldog Episode: "The Friendly Neighborhood Dealer"
1994 Law & Order Joey 'Dogs' Lang Episode: "Wager"
1994 Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III Magic Magee 2 episodes
1995 Dark Eyes Jay Staples Unsold TV pilot
1995 Law & Order Calvin Tiller Episode: "Act of God"
1995 Murder One Daryl Jackson Episode: "Chapter Two"
1995 New York Undercover Terry Ellers 2 episodes
1997 Chicago Hope A.S.A. Charles Lamb Episode: "Lamb to the Slaughter"
1997–2004 The Practice Eugene Young 163 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1998–99)
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (1999–2002, 2005)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1999–2000)
Nominated—Prism Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999–2001)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series
1998 Ally McBeal Eugene Young Episode: "The Inmates"
2000 The Wild Thornberrys Makai Episode: "Critics Masai"
2004–2006 The Batman Detective Ethan Bennett 11 episodes
2005 Higglytown Heroes Sports Coach Hero Episode: "Havin' a Ball"
2006 Heist James Johnson 6 episodes
2006 Grey's Anatomy Omar Troussant Episode: "Time Has Come Today"
2008 Eli Stone Jayson Turk 3 episodes
2009–2010 Friday Night Lights Virgil Merriweather 6 episodes
2011 Eden Max Hunt Episode: "Pilot"
2011 Harry's Law Jeffrey Rollins Episode: "Innocent Man"
2012 Awake Detective Isaiah Freeman 13 episodes
2014 Justified Roscoe 4 episodes
2014 Legends Nelson Gates Main role; 10 episodes
2015 NCIS (TV series) Gerald Tanner Episode: Cadence (1 episode)
2017 Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Captain Jackson #2 Episode: Jane D'oh! (1 episode)
2018 Santa Clarita Diet Bill Ramirez Episode: Hailbut! (1 episode)
2018 The Crossing Beaumont 3 episodes
2019 The Twilight Zone Uncle Neil Episode: "Replay"
2019 Tales McBride Episode: "Slippery"
2020 Filthy Rich Franklin Lee Main role
2020 Chicago PD Brian Rochester Episode 17: "Before The Fall"
2021 Law & Order: Organized Crime Ellsworth Lee Recurring Season 1
2021 Black Mafia Family Detective Bryant Main role


  1. ^ a b c d e Givhan, Robin (September 26, 1999). "HARRIS CHALLENGES STEREOTYPES ON THE PRACTICE". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d "Putting Honor Into 'Practice'". Washington Post. September 5, 1999. Retrieved August 5, 2019.
  3. ^ "Emmy-nominated NIU alum Matt Walsh part of a line of accomplished actors". Daily Chronicle. September 20, 2017. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  4. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (March 22, 2006). "Dougray Scott and Orlando Jones Are Stars in 2 New Crime Series". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  5. ^ Wilkes, Neil (April 11, 2006). "NBC pulls plug on 'Heist'". Archived from the original on April 12, 2006.

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