Harvard was born on this day (April 16, 1981) in Pasadena. The 32 year old has already made his mark in both film and stage. The Austin, Texas native grew up deaf, communicating in ASL and lip reading. Harvard’s mother was born deaf and did not learn sign until she was six years old.
After playing roles in stage productions at Gallaudet such as Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing
, Harvard has had parts in CBS’ CSI: New York
with Marlee Matlin and in Deaf West Theatre
’s Sleeping Beauty
. The actor played Daniel Day-Lewis’s grown son in the 2007 film There Will Be Blood.
He played the role of Matt Hamil
in the 2010 film The Hammer.
Harvard won a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance in the Off Broadway show Tribes last year. He received a BA
in Theater Arts from Gallaudet University in 2008.