Detective Isaiah "Bird" Freeman
Steve Harris plays a detective who is - in one of the worlds - Michael Britton's (Jason Isaacs) partner in NBC's new drama "Awake."
An accomplished actor who has amazed audiences on television, screen, and stage, Harris has earned a well-deserved reputation for his versatility, charm and charisma.
On the big screen, Harris most recently starred in the Screen Gems bank heist "Takers," opposite Matt Dillon, Idris Elba and Chris Brown. He also starred in Fox Atomic's action-packed "12 Rounds," where he played Special Agent Aiken opposite John Cena. He also starred in the Sony/Screen Gems horror film "Quarantine," and the remake of the horror film "Rec" opposite Jennifer Carpenter and Jonathon Schaech.
In 2005, Harris starred in Tyler Perry's romantic dramedy "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," which opened at number one, grossing over $21 million opening weekend. Harris starred in Adam Shankman's comedy "Bringing Down the House," alongside Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. This film was number one at the box office for three consecutive weeks and grossed over $132 million domestically. He also starred in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi thriller "Minority Report" with Tom Cruise, Collin Farrell and Samantha Morton. "Report" was another box office success that grossed $35 million on its opening weekend and $132 million domestically.
Harris' other film credits include Leon Ichaso's "Sugar Hill" with Wesley Snipes; Michael Bay's "The Rock" with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris; and Rob Cohen's "The Skulls" with Joshua Jackson and Paul Walker.
Harris, who was nominated for an Emmy Award twice for his role on "The Practice," also recently recurred on the hit series "Friday Night Lights," playing the role of Merriweather.
Also on NBC, Harris starred in "Heist" as James Johnson. The hour-long serialized comedic drama centered on a group of professional thieves plotting to simultaneously rob three prominent Beverly Hills jewelry stores during Oscar week.
Harris has received great praise from critics and has received numerous awards for his work such as the Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama in 1998 and 1999, and was again nominated in 2000. Additionally, he was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Harris' other television credits include "Eli Stone," "Law & Order," "Murder One," "New York Undercover" and "Chicago Hope."
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Harris earned a graduate degree in theater from the University of Delaware. He currently resides in Los Angeles.