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Meet David Harbour, Whose Rousing Speech Electrified the SAGs

Meet David Harbour, Whose Rousing Speech Electrified the SAGs
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When "Stranger Things" was awarded the SAG for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, lead actor David Harbour brought the house down with a rousing speech that related his show's plot with current political events.

"In light of all that is going on in the world today," he began, "it is difficult to celebrate the already-celebrated 'Stranger Things.' But this award from you, who take your craft seriously and earnestly believe — like me — that great acting can change the world, is a call to arms from our fellow craftsmen and -women to go deeper and through our art, to battle against fear, self-centeredness and the exclusivity of a predominantly narcissistic culture, and through our craft to cultivate a more empathetic and understanding society by revealing intimate truths that serve as a forceful reminder to folks that when they feel broken and afraid and tired, they are not alone."

He went on to say, in the tone of a preacher at a revival meeting, "We are united in that we are all human beings and we are all together on this horrible, painful, joyous, exciting and mysterious ride that is being alive. Now, as we act in the continuing narrative of 'Stranger Things,' we 1983 Midwesterners will repel bullies. We will shelter freaks and outcasts, those who have no home. We will get past the lies. We will hunt monsters. And when we are at a loss amidst the hypocrisy and casual violence of certain individuals and institutions, we will, as per Chief Jim Hopper, punch some people in the face when they seek to destroy what we have envisioned for ourselves and the marginalized. And we will do it all with soul, with heart, and with joy. We thank you for this responsibility!"

The audience gave Harbour, 41, a standing O for his emotional speech, which left Jonah Hill — who followed him — in stunned awe.

Fast facts about David Harbour:

  • Made his debut on Broadway in 1999 in a revival of the play "The Rainmaker"
  • Had a recurring role on the ABC series "Pan Am" from 2011-2012
  • Starred on HBO's "The Newsroom" from 2012-2014
  • Nominated for a Tony in 2005 for his supporting role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
  • Has appeared in the films "Kinsey," "Brokeback Mountain" and Madonna's "W.E."
  • Was last seen in the 2016 smash hit "Suicide Squad" as Dexter Tolliver