Don Harvey was born in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, the sixth of eight children. His father, Don Sr., worked in the automobile advertising business during the 50's, 60's and 70's. His mother, Patricia, was an elementary school teacher.

He attended the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama before moving to New York City to pursue film, television and theatre work.

He has done theatre in New York and throughout the country, performing in classical plays by Shakespeare, Williams, Pinter and others as well as contemporary and new works.

He has appeared in over forty feature films, but his most notable performances are in Casualties of War, alongside Sean Penn and Michael J. Fox, Eight Men Out with John Cusack and Charlie Sheen and American Heart, with Jeff Bridges.

His television work includes performances on Miami Vice, NYPD Blue, The Pretender, Medium, Numb3rs, Criminal Minds, LUCK, The Good Wife, Touch and Justified.

He is also an accomplished musician as well as an acting coach and teacher.

He is married to Dyanne Court Harvey and shares his time between New York and Los Angeles.