Jason Thomas Butler Harner (born October 9, 1970) is an American actor.

Life and career

Harner was born in Elmira, New York and grew up in suburban Northern Virginia, where he saw a handful of plays at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage. His middle name Butler is his mother’s maiden name. He graduated from T. C. Williams High School, Alexandria, Virginia, in 1988. Although Harner was the president of his high school drama club, he spent his time building sets rather than acting since many of his relatives were carpenters or plumbers.

After graduating from high school, he worked as an usher at the age of 17 at the Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C.

He graduated from VCU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting in 1992. After graduating from VCU, he was an apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville; he subsequently moved to New York City and received a Master of Fine Arts in the Graduate Acting Program from Tisch School of the Arts in 1997. Harner returned to VCU as a Master Teacher during their 2007-08 Guest Artist program.

Harner completed filming for Changeling in December 2007. He played Gordon Stewart Northcott, a mechanic accused of murder.

He appeared in the HBO miniseries John Adams as Oliver Wolcott, Jr., the second United States Secretary of the Treasury. Harner had a guest role on the pilot for Fringe, which premiered in September 2008 on Fox. He was cast as the regular character Silas Hunton on the cable series Possible Side Effects, until Showtime cancelled the series in April 2008. He plays Associate Warden Elijah Bailey "E.B." Tiller on the Fox series Alcatraz which debuted in January 2012.

He made his London theater debut in February 2010 in the Lanford Wilson play Serenading Louie at Donmar Warehouse, London, England. During his stay in London, Harner read Michael Chabon's Manhood for Amateurs on BBC Book of the Week in April 2010.

Theatrical career



2000Trifling with FateWalter Skritcher (Artist Who Doesn't Know His Muse)
2001The 3 Little WolfsElliot Wolf
2002GarmentoJasper Judson
2006The Good ShepherdTeletype Communications Officer
2007NextJeff Baines
2008ChangelingGordon Northcott
New Orleans, Mon AmourTBA
2009The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3Mr. Thomas
2010The Extra ManOtto
2011Kill the IrishmanArt Sneperger
Letters from the Big ManSean
The GreenMichael
2014Non-StopKyle Rice
The Family FangYoung Caleb Fang


2000Guiding Light"May 19, 2000"Palace aide
2002Law & Order"American Jihad"Bernard Noah
Law & Order: Criminal Intent"Phantom"Bob
2004Hope & Faith"Prom and Circumstance (Almost Paradise)"Ronnie Fuller
2006Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"Clock"Greg Hartley
The Closer"The Other Woman"Sammy Rawley
2008John Adams"Unnecessary War"Oliver Wolcott, Jr.(mini)
Moonlight"The Mortal Cure"Lance
Fringe"Pilot"Steig Brothers
2009The Good Wife"Stripped"William Ericcson
Law & Order"Rapture"Nathan Reese
2010CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"418/427"Daniel Moore
2012AlcatrazRegular castAssociate Warden E.B. Tiller
The Newsroom"We Just Decided To"Lewis
2013Homeland"A Red Wheelbarrow", "Game On", "Tower of David"Paul Franklin
Betrayal"...One More Shot", "...We're Not Going to Bailey's Harbor.", "...Nice Photos", "...That Is Not What Ships Are Built For"Zarek
2014The Blacklist"Madeline Pratt (No. 73)"Walter Gary Martin
2015Scandal"Run"Ian McLeod

Other works

Harner narrates the audio book version of Dark prophecy: a Level 26 thriller featuring Steve Dark, ISBN 978-0-525-95185-8. The book is written by Anthony Zuiker and Duane Swierczynski.