Sons of Anarchy Exclusive: Lost's Harold Perrineau Joins Cast as Big Bad Damon Pope

Harold Perrineau Sons of Anarchy Sons of Anarchy has tapped Harold Perrineau to join the Season 5 cast in the critical role of Damon Pope.

The Lost vet will play the ex-drug kingpin whose daughter was murdered by Tig in the Season 4 finale, creating what series creator Kurt Sutter recently called a “clusterf***” for Jax and SAMCRO.

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“I definitely wanted to lay some track for Season 5 and put some complications already on Jax’s shoulder as he’s sitting at the head of the table,” Sutter told TVLine last year. “He’s already got a problem [going into Season 5].”

This marks SOA‘s second major Season 5 hire. Last month, Jimmy Smits was cast in a major season-long arc as Neron “Nero” Padilla, a Latino gangster who becomes an unlikely (and dangerous) mentor for Jax.

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  1. Singingal says:

    I will always remember him as Mercutio in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet…and he was fantastic! Very excited to see him on SOA. Not sure how I feel about Jimmy Smits. I didn’t like his work on Dexter, though hopefully he’ll redeem himself.

    • Hulia says:

      Why in the hell are they dragging all these new characters into the mix? Harold Perrineau is like casting the Situation or JWow, The past seasons have been exceptional until they drug the Irish into the mix along with half the flippin Mexican cartel. Christ…if your gonna drag newbies into a situation make sure they look like Hells Angels…Not Victoria’s Secret Angels! Get flippin real.

      • Duane Grant says:

        sorry to say you sound like a racist if i’m wrong i apologize.Great addition new blood will keep SOA going.

        • tonisbro says:

          Didn’t take long for the “racist” card to be played, did it? Are you for real Duane? Or maybe just too sensitive? Give me a break! I think he is a great actor, and will make a wonderful addition. But you pulling out the “R” card, makes me want to vomit.

          • d says:

            tonisbro get over your self! your a self righteous prick in need of a good ass kicking.

      • pat loveless says:

        i have to laugh i hate newbies too. you get used to the guys, get some more bker types to the group, i mean it only looks like 8 bikes hitting the road add some more bikers not suits but its still the best show ever, the irish did bore me but i will watch anyway

      • Miztre says:

        You obviously haven’t seen Harold in the movie Felon. He was brilliant.

        • Te amo Mucho says:

          Harold is a fantastic actor that will definitely take the black gangster element to another level.
          The gang banger thing is done to death, next level ………

          • ruling through anarchy says:

            I agree 100%. He is such a great dramatic actor and brings that insane intelligence to the roles he plays. I think he will be amazing. So excited to see how this character plays out.

      • TONYA says:


      • Chad L. Ward says:

        How can you compare Harold Perrineau to a reality show celebrity? Even if you hated Lost, look at the mans other work. Every time I see him in any role, I cant help but think of the many amazing episodes he was in from HBO’s Oz. He can be an awesome addition to SOA if he is well written… and this is Kurt Sutter we are talking about; he can make him a total bad ass.

      • Jenne says:

        Neither of the additions to the cast are going to be part of Samcro, they are outsiders so they shouldn’t really look like bikers. Most gangsters don’t look like Hells Angels but that’s just my 2 cents.

      • Brumyers says:

        You are so right Hulia. As to Duane, get a grip dude. Nobody said anything about his color or race. If anything Hulia complimented him by saying he looks like a model. People with attitudes like yours turn people into racists!!

        • Sedrick says:

          I didn’t take Hulia was comparing Perrineau to a model nor attempting to pay him a compliment. And further more, if Duane’s comment is enough to “turn people into racists”, I dare to say those small-minded individuals were already racists and didn’t need any assistance to finding their way to the ignorant racism train. In fact, they are already on it.

          • ruling through anarchy says:

            Well put…couldn’t have said it better myself. People are raised to be racist & only stop being so when they learn to think for themselves & are open minded

        • cptnewamerica says:

          That is a ridiculous statement. I dont agree with what he said originally when he stated that the comment was racist. But you are playing mind tricks, saying his comment will make you turn into a racist. Thats just ridiculous, either you were raised a ignorant racist scumbag or not, there is no in between. A comment such as the one he made should not turn you into a racist. People who love themselves and are happy with their own life, shouldnt have the time or motivation to be racist.

      • Tina says:

        Have to say I agree… way to much on top of to much… its a small town not the city….

      • weresmurf says:

        Damon Pope isn’t meant to be a biker, he’s a bloody criminal from the city area…

      • LOL USA hells angels out of shape wimps c3nts and cowards. Seems all USA hells angels are in the news for is harming raping molesting and murdering women and children all acrosss the USA for the last 5-6 decades. USA hells angels also famous for child porn transporting child porn collecting and child porn supporting.
        USA hells angels famous for dating rich men like kurt sutter and finding men that will date and support their sorry ass.
        If Kunt sutter makes a show about USA hells angels it would have to be about a gang of cowards and nothing like SOA.

        I am sure anything has to be better then watching a show with Kurt Sutter and the USa hells angels he dates and supports.
        I know all the women and child Victims and the families of the women and child victims of the USA hbells angels don’t think a show with Kurts Kunt USA hells angels is respectful making Heroes out of scumbags.

        • Village crew says:

          USA Hells angels are Famous for beating and killing women and children
          The God of the USA hells angels is famous for treating USA hells angels the way USA hells angels treat women and children.

          ThE God of the USa HELLS ANGELS WOULD KILL TIG

        • Tom says:

          You sound like one, intelligent, jerk…………………what a loser!!!!

        • Jhance916 says:

          You are a idiot , your obviously not from USA . You watch to much gangland or your in another club that wishes you can be a H A . I grew up around 81 90 percent of my life , I’ve even had the pleasure as a young child to meet sonnie barger ( who plays Lenny the pimp in SOA ) , who is known to be one of the baddest H.A. Around , he is a wonderful man , and was very kind to me as a child , my dad was in a affiliated club and would do meetings with them a lot , he was such a awesome guy he took me in the kitchen , made me and him a ice cream cone and he talked to me about life ( granted I was about 9 years old ) . Of course it is a MC , and some illegal things do happen , but SOA is a drama tv show , it’s supposed to have all the illegal stuff otherwise we wouldn’t watch it , stupid shows like gangland are the same way , they make things look worse for tv , because it sparks your interest , they always fail to mention all the good things 81 and other clubs do , charity runs , toys for tots , the list goes on , 99% percent of 81 mc bikers are good men with a heart of gold , a band of brothers , do your research before you run your mouth , USA hells angels will kill your woman and children , really your a idiot .

    • Becca says:

      Oh, my god, thank you! I will always know him as Mercutio, screw Lost, lol.

  2. David says:

    Love this- he’s going to be great

  3. A.Rae says:

    I’ve been waiting for this to break all day, and it was worth the wait… He’s going to be a great addition to my favorite cast!

  4. Kidwynn says:

    Fantastic…LOVED him on lost and I think he’ll be a great fit on the show.

  5. Should be an awsome role , glad to see hes gonna be back on the screen. Was just talking about him the other day wondering when he was gonna be showing up on something and must admit he struck gold being cast on SOA. Great Great show and I always look forward to it , fantastic characters and love all the story lines.

  6. michelle crute says:

    I think Blake Perlman should play his old lady or daughter she’s such a lovely sexy young lady and her father Ron perlman could see to her being an asset to the show.

  7. TattooChick says:

    Tig is a baaad man. I look forward to seeing what psychological kink this guy has in his hose to take on a character who says it’s only ‘humane’ to use lube but holds a death grudge over someone taking his best girl…a flipping German Shepard?! I think Tig is Pan and his flute is well, see earlier humane reference.

  8. pamala parker says:

    I got to like Damon on OZ.. SHOULD BE S GOOD ASSET TO SOA…

  9. TheDude says:

    Sorry, somebody had to do it.

  10. TheDude says:

    Tig was a serious idiot for getting them into this one.

  11. neddel griffin says:

    I just can’t wait for season 5 to start It’s going to be a long long summer lol

  12. Kathy says:

    I can’t wait it will be a great season.

  13. Keith says:

    this guy is awesome, he was great on Lost even though he didn’t hang around for the entire run, but I enjoyed him more so on the old HBO show OZ this should be an interesting addition to the SOA universe, can’t wait to see how it plays out.

  14. BJ PENN says:

    I hope they capcher the cut throat mentality that the gangsters in Oakland have.

  15. Nadine says:

    I have been waiting foever to find out who was chosen and I love Harold’s work but I can’t see him playing this character so he better bring it!!!!

  16. Boo Roq Nodrama says:

    Kudos to the writers for keeping the storyline HOT!!!

  17. Chris says:

    I cannot wait for season 5!! He was brilliant in Romeo and Juliet, this should be good. Gonna be some serious heat!

  18. Michael Lightbody says:

    really? thats it? the guy from lost! lol wow talk about anticlimactic!!!!

  19. Blaine Drapeau says:

    I didn’t see Jimmy Smith on “Dexter”but he was amazing on “NYPD Blue!”His last few episodes hit a chord with me with how my mom passed.For me,the 2 biggest blunders by the Emmy voters,Jimmy Smits for “NYPD Blue” and Walton Goggins for “The Shield!”

  20. When does season 5 start????? I wish it ran longer…too short of a season. Just when the plot really thickens….it’s over!

    • pat loveless says:

      sept and its a hell of a wait, i love summer except no soa, i adore everyone on this show, cannot wait to see it again, we met jaxx (charlie) at the outlaw jam and he took his time talking to me and a friend and even came and saw our bikes and actually asked if we wanted to have a beer lordy if i had been only in my 30s instead of 51, he was so nice but isnt jaxx a bit, so that tells he can act, a totally different person i took pics of us and my facebook blew up loved it

  21. marko says:

    have you seen my girl? tiiiiiiig!

  22. LOVED him when he played Drag in “Women On Top” w/ Penelope Cruz – He was HILARIOUS! :D

  23. Jake C. says:

    I agree get sum more real bikers on there great show but let’s make it more like club life

    • pat loveless says:

      i so agree jake with you need more bikers and more tig like people lol

      • Jdogg says:

        Happy a real biker I love Tig but they need more guys like Happy!!!love S.O.A. Can’t wait tell season 5!!

      • Katherine Hamilton says:

        There are no “Tig-like” people. Tig is one of a kind, and completely un-reproduceable. JMO
        Miss the show, and really looking forward to Season 5.

  24. Casey opp says:

    Hp was awesome on oz. Good actor and jimmy smite is a real good actor. See l a law

  25. Tom Evans says:

    Samcro needs more members, the club seems to be getting smaller with no real important new members to bring anything to the club. I am looking forward to the new characters though

  26. matt says:

    Doesn’t madder who they bring :n the show is goin to kick ass. Can’t wait. Its almost as good as justified.

  27. Desirae says:

    Awesome! Loved him on my other favorite show, OZ. Can’t wait to see him on my new favorite.

  28. kimpdx says:

    I loved Jimmy Smits on NYPD Blue and a few other nameless tv shows. Love Harold Perrineau have since OZ and romeo and Juliet Not sure about Chuck whatever from Sopranos. hes the biker type but hes so… idk. i think new blood is needed but im not sure how this is going to play out. I want more Happy Time!

  29. leland clah says:

    Really.he to skinny and fragile. Shouls have got micheal duncan or tiny lester someone who fits as a gangster.

  30. When does the new season start

  31. Stepen Anderson says:

    I think this show is the baddest show ever created, when I watch each episode, I feel like beatin the crap out of someone. It’s that intense. Kirt Sutter is a genius. If this shoe gets pushed out to 7seasons that would be awesome. One suggestion, add some more people to the redwood chapter, its lookin a little bleek.

  32. beth says:

    For those who question Harold’s chops, did anybody see him in OZ? He was awesome!

  33. linda chaklos says:

    I am craving this show. I need my soa fix

  34. Terry Inzauro says:

    I am getting so sick of SOA cast going no where. Use what ya already got, a fine cast. But looks like the show is sinking, no new or interesting story lines involving current cast. Plus not even reruns. Oh the FX reruns of those stupid shows. I;m sad.

  35. MARINA says:

    I LOVE THIS SHOW AND ITS ALOT BETTER THAN MOST SHOWS ON NOWADAYS! So if u dont like it then dont watch it duh!

  36. ARLENE says:

    Love this show..when is season 5 going to air???

  37. AMY says:

    It doesn’t matter who they add, this show us AWESOME! I love everything about it, even bad Tig & Clay. They all add character & each character adds depth. Y’all will see, before the season’s over, it will make sense! Kurt Sitter is the man!

  38. michelle says:

    I just love the show and cannot wait for the new season. The summer is way to long without SOA. I cannot wait to see what happens to the guys in the club and I just love cibs.

  39. Ckdiesl says:

    When are they gona cross the bridge and have a black guy prospect for his three piece. Let’s reflect the times and the charters that are being amended across America to allow black guys to prospect, even in 81 supported MC’s. I’m proof times are a changing!!

  40. I really pictured Ving Rames in the role of Pope not the guy that rocked a wheelchair in OZ but we will see I knew we would get a couple of newbies Pope I knew for sure but get over it is still the best show on tv after Spartacus and Game of Thrones

  41. Linda &Mike Guinn says:

    Love the fact you have someone new and “fresh” in cast. My husband and I have all 3 seasons…bought t-shirts and zippies..I’m lookn for your music. Don’t have time for “lost”. So this character will be “new” for us. It’s always a new adventure, a new storyline, don’t all of you know? The creators have figured it out! They have figured out how to keep us wanting more..kuddos to you..We support you SOA!

  42. dtothep2 says:

    SOA is starting to watch like a Benny Hill end scene when Benny gets chased around the block by various people he had groped. endless chasing, round and round, in ffwd.

  43. Shaun says:

    I just wanna know if Jax’s sister is ever gonna be mentioned or seen again?You’d think that finding a sibling would be pretty great for Jax.

    • handmadeblogger says:

      the whole ireland storyline kind of sucked. that was the weakest part of the series for me. so i hope they do not bring the sister back into the mix – especially since he made out with her and all. gross

  44. Rotten Ray says:

    Has S.O.A. started to jump the shark? That whole IRA Irish thing has me worried about the direction the show is going in. I thinking that kurt is taking the show to its end with Jax taking over as the P with him being so conflicted. Why not a good old fashion Biker turf war with a lot more bikers.

  45. Stevie says:

    Ok I don’t know who this guys is but come on really???’ the “biker” thing has been done to death?? The show is about a MC!!!!!!!!!

  46. Heidi says:

    I don’t know how…but some way…somehow…Juliette Lewis needs to be added to the cast of SOA …just sayin’…

  47. Boppar says:

    Now if sam elliot turned up as jax long lost uncle and ge had intrest in jemma as well As the club this would make it real gritty

  48. pfauch says:

    What does everyone think of Opie not at the table as last season ended? Who would be VP if Opie bails on the club?