Michael Harney Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 13 Oct, 2017
Facts of Michael Harney
Date of Birth: 1956 , March-27
Age: 62 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Name Michael Harney
Birth Name Michael J. Harney
Nationality American
Birth Place/City The Bronx
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Net Worth $1 million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Light brown
Face Color White
Married Yes
Married to Notdiscoled
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
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American Michael Harney is an American actor of theater, television, and movies who has graced the stages of many popular TV series. Similarly, he has grown to be particularly known for playing as Sam Healy in the hit Netflix series; Orange is the New Black. His earliest major role in NYPD Blue as Detective Mike Roberts. 

Early life and education

Michael Harney was born as Michael J. Harney on 27th March 1956 in The Bronx, New York City, the United States. He belongs to white ethnicity/race and holds an American nationality.

Harney began acting career since his early age. Firstly, he studied acting with legendary teachers, Phil Gushee and William Esper for seven years.

After that, Harney established Michael Harney Acting Studio where he performed & directed over 80 plays.


Michael Harney first made a television appearance in an American police procedural and legal drama, Law & Order. Later, he played for TV series, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, The Cosby Mysteries subsequently.

Besides television career, Harney also made an appearance in the Movies including Turbulence, Gone in the Night, Erin Brockovich, Sonic Impact, and Bad Hurt. 

Harney gained a huge appreciation from his admirers after appearing in the TV series, Orange is the New Black as Sam Healy. He was alongside actress, Laura Prepon, and Taylor Schilling.

Moreover, Harney played a role of Darth Marr in a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Personal life

Michael Harney, 61 might be married. He has a played a defensive role towards his private life. Despite the popularity, he has managed to keep his personal life low profile. 

Harney has not disclosed about having a wife in life. He has not mentioned about having an affair or girlfriend in the past. Neither the fact about his marriage nor divorce has been confirmed yet.  

Net worth

Till the date, Michael Harney has appeared in various TV series as well as movies. He has made a decent amount of money from his work. As of 2017, his net worth is calculated to be around $1million. He won a Screen Actors Guil Award in 2015, for his significant work in Orange Is the New Black.