What happened to Desmond Harrington? Where is he today?

March 21, 2024
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Who is Desmond Harrington?

An actor who rose to prominence after his role as Joey in the popular crime series “Dexter”, Desmond Harrington made his acting debut in Luc Besson’s biographic drama “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc” in 1999, and since has starred in numerous movies and TV series, making his way in the entertainment industry.

He has over 40 acting credits to his name, and besides the mentioned roles, he’s perhaps known best for starring in horror movies such as “The Hole”, “Taken” and “Wrong Turn”, while to the television series lovers Desmond is well-known for his recurring role as Jack Bass in “Gossip Girl”.

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Early life and education

Desmond Harrington was born under the zodiac sign of Libra on 16 October 1976, in Savannah, Georgia USA, thus he holds American nationality, and his ethnicity is White. He was raised in The Bronx, New York by his parents, about whom nothing is known since they prefer to keep their lives away from media attention. Desmond hasn’t spoken about his childhood, however, many people assume that he was raised as an only child.

Talking of his educational background, he attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1994, he enrolled at Manhattan College, from which he graduated with a BA degree in 1998.


Roles in movies

After his first big-screen appearance opposite Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, and Rab Affleck in “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc”, he followed with his role as Spanks Voley in “Drop Back Ten” in 2000, and then was seen in “Boiler Room” and “Massholes” before he was cast to play Randy in the 2001 movie “My First Mister”.

After this role, Desmond portrayed Mike in “The Hole”, and then he appeared as Bobby in “Riding in Cars with Boys”, while in 2002, he starred in “We Were Soldiers”, “Ghost Ship”, and “Life Makes Sense If You’re Famous”.

In the following year, he was seen as Kenneth Winslow in “Love Object”, which brought him a nomination for the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actor, and won him the Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema Award-Best Actor. He was next cast to play Chris Flynn in “Wrong Turn”, a famous horror thriller, also starring Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chiriqui and Eliza Dushku, directed by Rob Schmidt.


In the 2004 movie “Three Way”, Desmond was seen as Ralph Hagen, and his next role came two years later, when he starred in the thriller “Taphephobia”, followed by his role as Jay in “Stories USA” in 2007, and the same year, he played Mike Sokeletski in the TV movie “Fort Pit”.

Desmond was Sam Cutter in the 2008 movie “Exit Speed”, and then starred in “Timer”, “Life Is Hot in Cracktown”, and “Not Since You” in 2009. Three years later, Desmond had a role as Uniform in “The Dark Knight Rises”, starring Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale.

In 2016, Desmond was cast to play Jack in “The Neon Demon”, which was his most recent movie role.


Roles in series

Desmond made his first television appearance portraying Jesse Keys in the 2002 TV mini-series “Taken”, produced by Steven Spielberg, which won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries, followed by his role as Detective Jimmy McCarron in “Dragnet” during 2003 and 2004. Then he was seen as Wylie Blake in “Sons & Daughters” in 2006 and ‘07.

Later in 2007, Desmond portrayed Troy in “Rescue”, before he was cast to play his most notable role as Detective Joseph ‘Joey’ Quinn in the mystery crime-drama “Dexter” (2008-2013), which brought Desmond and the rest of the crew four nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2009, ’10, ’11 and ’12.


Concurrently, from 2009 until 2012, Desmond was Jack Bass in “Gossip Girl”, and then in 2014, he portrayed Bronte in “Those Who Kill”, followed by his roles as Alan Shepard in “The Astronaut Wives Club”, and as Agent Casey Rooks in “Limitless” in 2015.

From 2016 until 2017, he had the recurring role of Lon Scott in the series “Shooter”, and then Desmond was cast to play Joe in “Sneaky Pete” during 2017 and ‘18, while he was also heard as the voice of Michael in the 2018 animated series “Elementary”.

His most recent television role was his portrayal of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Head Louis Freeh in the biographic crime drama “Manhunt” in 2020.


Love life and relationships

There have been various rumors concerning both Desmond’s love life and his sexual orientation, however, it’s widely known that he’s been in a relationships with girls.

At the time he launched his acting career, Desmond was dating Gabbie Hanna, but soon after he became famous, the two broke up, and he started dating Amber Valletta, an American actress and model, from 1999 until 2000.

In 2002, Desmond dated Jennifer Meyer, a jewelry designer, who later married Tobey Maguire, a famous actor from Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy.

Desmond next dated an actress, Eve Mauro, known for her role in “Dexter”, – the two were a couple from 2010 until 2012, after which Desmond was in a relationship with Amanda Seyfried, an actress and model, and their love story lasted until 2013.

After that, it seems that Desmond decided to keep his love life away from the media’s attention since he hasn’t been seen publicly with anyone with whom he could be romantically linked.

In 2022, started some rumors about him being seen to be shopping for an engagement ring, and that he’s engaged to an anonymous girl, however, according to mediamass.net, it seems that this was a false rumor.

As of July 2022, Desmond is single, he hasn’t been married or engaged, and he doesn’t have children.

What happened to him? Where is he today?

After his most recent movie role, Desmond’s fans started wondering what happened to him, and some of them assumed that he might have quit acting. Some rumors were saying that he might be using drugs, and others believed that he might be afflicted with a disease since many noticed his weight loss during the last season of “Dexter”. However, Desmond criticized the rumors, and stated that he has just changed his lifestyle, among other things, saying: ‘I didn’t have any plastic surgery, I’m not sick – it’s called running and eating better! You understand?’

He has an Instagram account, which has been followed by over 10,000 people, however, he hasn’t uploaded any posts, so his fans are struggling to keep track of his life and work. Desmond also has a Twitter account, established in April 2020, however, he’s deleted all of his tweets.


We are happy to announce that Desmond hasn’t stopped acting and that he will be seen starring in the new movie entitled “Butterfly in the Typewriter”, written and directed by David DuBos, also starring Susan Sarandon and Diane Kruger. Desmond will be seen as Jack Kerouac in this biographic drama of unstable author John Kennedy Toole, who is endeavoring to have his masterpiece “A Confederacy of Dunces” published.

Age, height, and net worth

Desmond’s age is 45, and has light brown hair and blue eyes; he weighs around 160lbs (72kgs) and is 5ft 9ins (1.78m) tall.

According to sources, his net worth has been estimated at over $4 million, most of the wealth has been earned thanks to his acting talent.

Martha Clifford

As an Author at Net Worth Post, I guide a dedicated team in the art of revealing the stories behind the world's most influential personalities. Fueled by a relentless curiosity and a knack for uncovering hidden stories, I immerse myself in the intricacies of our subjects' lives, weaving together accurate data and compelling narratives. My involvement spans the entire editorial process, from the seed of research to the final flourish of publication, ensuring that every article not only educates but also captivates and motivates our audience.

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