Jason Butler Harner is an American actor best known for his starring role as Deputy Warden E.B. Tiller in the short-lived science fiction television series Alcatraz, in 2012.
Harner is also known for his portrayal of Gordon Northcott in Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated film Changeling, opposite Angelina Jolie.
Equally successful on stage, he completed a sold-out run of Through a Glass Darkly, an adaptation of the Ingmar Bergman film, alongside Carey Mulligan for the Atlantic Theater Company.
Butler Harner's TV work includes Aaron Sorkin's series The Newsroom, with Jeff Daniels. He has appeared in John Adams, The Good Wife, Law & Order, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and as a set of twins in the pilot for Fringe, on which J.J. Abrams also serves as an executive producer.
In film, he starred in the indie drama The Green, released theatrically in October 2011, and for which he won multiple awards in festivals around the country.
Other films include Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, Kill the Irishman, the Jonathan Ames comedy The Extra Man with Kevin Kline and the 2011 Sundance favorite Letters From The Big Man.
Born in Elmira, New York and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Butler Harner received an M.F.A. from New York University's Graduate Acting Program. He made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard's trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, which won seven Tony Awards - the most for any play in Broadway history.
He won a 2005 Obie Award for his portrayal of Tesman in Hedda Gabler at New York Theatre Workshop. That same year he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for The Paris Letter, co-starring Ron Rifkin.
His extensive theatre credits include The Glass Menagerie, with Sally Field at the Kennedy Center; The Cherry Orchard, with Annette Bening and Alfred Molina at the Mark Taper Forum; and Lanford Wilson's Serenading Louie, with Terra Nova's Jason O'Mara at London's Donmar Warehouse.
Butler Harner lives in New York City.