Why David Harbour is The Most Slept Upon Actor in Hollywood

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David Harbour got his big break in the Netflix hit series, Stranger Things. However, the fact is, he has had a career before that. Sadly, he remained quite underrated as an actor. His performance in the show as Chief Hopper is a fan favourite. He has a charming personality and is quite talented. It is the loss of the wider film industry, which couldn’t use him to the best of his potential. Nevertheless, he remains quite popular amongst fans. Today, we made of list of reasons why David Harbour is the most slept upon an actor in Hollywood. Let us know your opinion of Harbour in the comments section below.


Related: Stranger Things Season 4: David Harbour Says Hopper Will Have “Gandalf” Style Rebirth

1. Graduated From an Ivy League School

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David Harbour

David Harbour turns out to be academically gifted! He graduated from an Ivy League school, Dartmouth College, in 1997. Apparently, life was rough for him back then. He developed an alcohol dependency. In 2017, talking to Dartmouth alumni Magazine, he said:


“I just wanted to create this void to destroy myself. But that kind of drinking is a tremendous form of narcissism. You don’t realize you’re affecting other lives. You think, “F*ck you, I’m not bothering anyone.” But no. You’re a son, you’re a friend, you’re a boyfriend. You have these responsibilities. You are not so special that you can’t be part of the world.”


2. Posed With a Fan for her School Photos

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David Harbour in a still from Stranger Things

One of the most unconventional fan requests, Harbour ever received from a fan, was to feature in her school photos. In 2017, a high school student asked him to pose with her in her senior photos. Harbour hit back with a challenge, that if the tweet received more than 25k retweets, he would follow through with the request. That happened, and the photos were taken!


3. Has a Relatable Phobia

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Harbour in the film, Black Widow

It turns out that Harbour has quite a relatable phobia. In 2017, while talking to Woman’s Health, he confessed that he has a fear of the ocean. Adding further, he said, “I think it’s beautiful and magical, but I never go in. That deep, dark water, with no understanding of what goes on behind it – I think that’s a metaphor for a lot of things. I’m terrified of the unknown, which is a driving force for me. I like this idea that the things that terrify us also draw us in.”

4. Learned a lot from Denzel Washington

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A still from the movie The Equalizer (2014)

Denzel Washington and David Harbour both shared screen space in the 2014 film, The Equalizer. He is on record for saying that he learned the most about acting from Washington. Sharing an interesting anecdote with the New York Daily News, he recollected that once he was asked by the director to let Denzel, more or less, kick him in the face! He explained: “How it translated in that take was, “Denzel’s going to kick you in the face.” So he just kicked me in the face for one take. Initially, it was like, whoa, “I’m getting kicked in the face” – until you remember it’s been a childhood dream to get kicked in the face by Denzel Washington. Check that one off the list.

5. Visited Antarctica to meet Penguins!

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A still from Stranger Things

In 2018, Harbour launched a social media campaign to get Greenpeace to send him somewhere “to tell emperor penguin couples [he] think[s] they have terrific parenting ideologies”


As it turns out, Greenpeace was on board. They had 1 condition though, that his tweet should get 200,000 retweets. It took just 5 hours and the number was reached. Harbour along with his girlfriend boarded a ship on February 8, 2018, to go to Antarctica!


Angad Singh

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