Desmond Harrington


Date Of Birth

October 19, 1976


Actor Desmond Harrington found it difficult to stay in school during his teenage years as trouble seemed to follow him around. He studied at Manhattan college but his education there was only short-lived. After dropping out, he landed odd jobs, which eventually led him to attend an acting class and sparked his interest in the world of show business.

Harrington made his movie debut in 1999 in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. This was followed by roles in Boiler Room, Drop Back Ten, Riding in Cars with Boys, The Hole, Ghost Ship and We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson. Though he continued to be visible in the big screen through Love Object, Wrong Turn, Taphephobia, Exit Speed and Life Is Hot in Cracktown, he also started to make waves on the small screen. After appearing in three episodes of Taken, he starred as Det. Jimmy McCarron on the TV series Dragnet, in which he appeared for 10 episodes. In 2006, he was also cast as Wylie Blake on Sons & Daughters, followed by a recurring role on Rescue Me as Troy.

In 2008, Harrington landed the role of Joey Quinn on the Showtime series Dexter, which is his biggest role thus far. Subsequently, he was cast as Jack Bass on the CW's Gossip Girl.

Place of Birth

Savannah, GA

Birth Name

Desmond Harrington



Fun Facts

-Prior to becoming an actor, he worked as a landscaper and bartender.


2004: Malaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema - Best Actor for Love Object


1999 The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
2000 Boiler Room
2000 Massholes
2000 Drop Back Ten
2001 Riding in Cars with Boys
2001 The Hole
2001 My First Mister
2002 Life Makes Sense If You're Famous
2002 Ghost Ship
2002 We Were Soldiers
2003 Wrong Turn
2003 Love Object
2004 3-Way
2006 Taphephobia
2006 Bottom's Up
2007 Fort Pit
2008 Exit Speed
2009 TiMER
2009 Life Is Hot in Cracktown
2009 Not Since You

2002 Taken
2003-2004 Dragnet
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2006 Kidnapped
2006-2007 Sons & Daughters
2007 Rescue Me
2008-present Dexter Joey Quinn
2009-present Gossip Girl Jack Bass






"I could have taken a bigger role in a smaller movie, but for me it's never about the size of the role. I figured I could really learn something."