MY SHINE TO QUEER’S AS FOLK….. PART 1

‘BOUT BRIAN…..

Gale Harold was born Gale Morgan Harold III on July 10, 1969, in Decatur, Georgia. He is an actor most notably known for his role of Brian Kinney in the Showtime series

Queer as Folk. Gale prefers to avoid publicity so not much is publicly known about his childhood, although he has stated that it was a "bizarre Pentecostal" experience. He has credited Jack London, David Bowie, and Gandalf, a character from the Lord of the Rings books, as early influences.

Gale graduated from The Lovett School in Atlanta, Georgia, and proceeded to Washington D.C. to attend American University. He was granted a soccer scholarship and his major was in Liberal Arts. Harold dropped out after just a year and a half, due to a conflict with his athletics coach. From there he moved to San Francisco and attended the San Francisco Art Institute to study photography. He held several different positions while residing there, including mechanic and carpenter, before moving to Los Angeles at the prompting of a friend in 1997.

In Los Angeles, Gale began an intensive two-year study of dramatic arts. When he was 28 he was accepted into the Actors Conservatory Program with the theater company A Noise Within. Three years later he landed the role of Brian Kinney on Showtime’s Queer as Folk. This role led to growing popularity for Harold, who prefers to keep his personal life out of the spotlight. Fans were very curious to know if Gale was straight or gay, because he played the role of over-sexed Brian Kinney so easily and believably. Gale finally admitted after season one had come to a close that he is straight, but that he hadn’t discussed it because he wanted it to have no bearing on how people viewed his character on the show, who is an unapologetic gay man who prefers casual sex to romantic intimacy.

During his years portraying Brian on QAF, Gale accepted roles in several independent films and a couple of episodes on other TV series. A year after the five-year run of QAF came to a close, Gale appeared on television again, this time as FBI agent Graham Kelton in FOX’s short-lived series Vanished. His character, billed as the male lead, was killed off in episode 7. Ratings plummeted following Harold’s departure, and the final few episodes were viewable only online. Gale then moved from small screen to stage, reprising the role of Dr. Cukrowicz in Tennessee Williams’ play Suddenly Last Summer.

Television Credits:


Vanished (2006) Agent Graham Kelton (episodes 1-7)
Deadwood (2006) Wyatt Earp
The Unit in episode in episodes "Dedication" and "Unannounced" (2006)
Martha Behind Bars (2005) Peter Bacanovic
Law & Order: SVU in episode "Perfect" (2003)
Street Time in episodes "Get Up, Stand Up" and "Gone" (2003)
Queer as Folk (2000-2005) Brian Kinney
Larry King Live as himself in April 2002

Film Credits:


Scott Walker: 30 Century Man (2006) (associate producer)
East Broadway (2005) Andrew
The Unseen (2005) Harold
Life on the Ledge (2004) Chaz
Fathers and Sons (2004) Elliot
Wake (2003) Kyle Riven
Rhinoceros Eyes (2003) Phil Barbara
Particles of Truth (2003) Morrison Wiley
Mental Hygiene (2001) David Ryan
36K (2000) Booker O’Brien

BRIAN…………………….. BRIAN, WAS INTENDED AT FIRST TO BE THE SOLE STAR OF THE SHOW I THINK, BUT IN TIME THE CHARACTERS WERE SO STRONG AND THE SHOW WAS SO WELL WRITTEN THAT 8 OR 9 CHARACTERS BECAME THE STARS ~ WHICH TO ME IS THE IDEAL WAY TO WRITE PROGRAMS OR MOVIES, DON’T PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET AS THEY SAY….. ! PLUS I THINK THEY ORIGINALLY DEPENDED TOO MUCH ON BRIAN’S HANDSOME GOOD LOOKS, WITHOUT THINKING THAT HE WOULD AGE AS THE 5 YEARS WENT ON ? BUT MAYBE THEY DIDN’T THINK THE SHOW WOULD LAST 5 YEARS….

 

NOW BRIAN………. HIS GOOD LOOKS DID WORK, HE MADE NO CLAIMS OF BEING THE BEST LOOKING MAN IN EVERY CLUB HE WENT TO, BUT MADE SURE HE GOT THE BEST ‘PIECE’ OF ASS AVAILABLE ON ANY GIVEN NIGHT. HIS FAMOUS LINE WAS : " I DON’T BELIEVE IN LOVE, I BELIEVE IN FUCKING." AND HE DID, A LOT ! HE WAS ARROGANT, MASCULINE, AND HAD THE MOST AMAZING TASTE IN CLOTHES, AND HOME, HIS LOFT WAS STUNNING AND TOOK YOUR BREATH AWAY. THE PERFECT LOFT FOR ANY SINGLE MAN. ESPECIALLY SINCE THE PROGRAMMED (TAPED IN TORONTO ), PRETENDED TO BE IN PITTSBURGH. BRIAN WAS A ADVERTISING GURU, WHO WAS VERY CONFIDENT WITH HIS WORK AND LIFE. HE WAS INTRODUCED AS THE SHOWS UNATTAINABLE BACHELOR, BUT THANKS GREATFUL FANS WERE HAPPY THAT HE MET JUSTIN ON THE VERY FIRST SHOW. AND EVEN IF HE DID REMAIN SEMI-SINGLE FOR A SPELL – BRIAN WORE HIM DOWN TO THE POINT OF EVEN PROPOSING IN THE LAST SEASON….

 THE CASTING OF ALL THE CHARACTERS WERE PERFECT BECAUSE AS A FAN – I COULD NOT PICTURE ANYONE ELSE AS ANY OF THE CHARACTERS EXCEPT THE PEOPLE PLAYING THEM. BRIAN WAS ALSO THE GUY WITH THE BIGGEST HEART ON THE PLANET, HE JUST REFUSED TO LET PEOPLE KNOW IT. HE SAVED SO MANY TRAGEDIES, OR NEAR MISSES – AND NEVER ASKED FOR EVEN A THANK YOU WHEN HIS SECRET WAS @ TIME REVEALED THAT HE WAS THE HELP THAT SAVED MANY INSTANCES. HE HAD A HEART OF GOLD – AND ALWAYS KNEW HOW TO REASON THINGS OUT. HE MADE NO EXCUSES, NOR APOLOGIES.

  

END OF PART ONE………

AN ORIGINAL PIECE BY GUY D. BREAU

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One Response to MY SHINE TO QUEER’S AS FOLK….. PART 1

  1. FeLiCiAnO VaMoS says:

    Oh what a nice Idea ! Now I\’m addicted to part 3,4 etc…

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