Erik LaRay Harvey was born in Washington, D.C. where he lived until he was 10 years old. It was then, his family moved and traveled throughout Africa where they lived until Erik was 18. He returned to the U.S. and became a graduate of New York University's prestigious School of Drama.
In the Fall of 2011, Erik began his recurring role as Dunn Purnsley in The Emmy® Winning HBO Drama Series, Boardwalk Empire, playing a career criminal from Baltimore who becomes Chalky White's second-in-command. This upcoming fourth season, the focus is on the impulsive Dunn Purns. Season 4 Premieres on September, 8, 2013
Erik received great reviews for his film roles in the award winning films, Rounders, Twister, K-Pax, including numerous television roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order Criminal Intent, Showime’s Brotherhood, CBS’ Queen Supreme among others.
Erik appeared in many New York and regional stage productions; The Exonerated; Intimate Apparel, 7 Guitars (Alliance Theatre), My Children, My Africa, Spunk, Piano Lessons, Fences, Streetcar Named Desire, Othello, Unrequited Love and many more.
Erik currently lives in New York