Brian Van Holt
Birth Date:
July 6, 1969
Birth Place:
Waukegan, Illinois, USA
6' 1" (1.85 m)
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American actor and advertising model Brian Van Holt is known for playing roles in such films as “Black Hawk Down” (2001), “Windtalkers” (2002), “Confidence” (2003), “Basic” (2003), “S.W.A.T.” (2003) and “House of Wax” (2005, earned a Teen Choice nomination). On the small screen, he is perhaps most recognized for portraying Bobby Cobb on the ABC sitcom “Cougar Town” (2009-?), opposite Courteney Cox. He also played regular roles in “Love & Money” (CBS, 1999-2000), “Threshold” (CBS, 2005) and “John from Cincinnati” (HBO, 2007) and has guest starred in a number of TV series, including “CSI: Miami,” “Entourage,” “Sex and the City,” “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.” Holt is frequently cast as hard-headed military men and police. Despite his Dutch last name, he is of chiefly Scotch-Irish lineage.      


Childhood and Family:

Brian E. Van Holt was born on July 6, 1969, in Waukegan, Illinois. He was raised in  Huntington Beach, California and graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology. He currently resides in Venice Beach, California. He is an avid golfer and surfer.    

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Brian Van Holt was spotted by producer Stephen Douglas in front of a GAP store in a strip mall. Douglas, who at the time was promoting a sportswear modeling competition, asked him to enter the contest, which Holt eventually won. Holt was subsequently signed to the Jack Rose Agency in Hollywood.

Over the next seven years, Holt did a few print ads and commercials as a model. His professional acting career began in 1996 when he landed a guest spot in the PAX television series “Flipper,” starring Jessica Alba. Later that same year, he made his feature film debut in “A Very Brady Sequel,” a sequel to the 1995's “The Brady Bunch Movie.” Holt continued to appear in episodes of  “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1997, as Eric Anderson), “Spin City” (1997, as Brent), “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1998, as Peter Fields), “Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction” (1998, as Michael), “Sins of the City” (1998), “Martial Law” (1998),  “LateLine” (1999, as Grant Kendall) and “Sex and the City” (1999, as Wylie Ford). In 1997, he played the supporting role of Chris in his first television film, “ L.A. Johns” (FOX), starring Thomas Calabro, Brittney Powell and John Terry.

Following roles in the made for television movies “Steel Chariots” (Fox, 1997), starring John Beck, Kathleen Nolan and Ben Browder, and “Texarkana” (1998), starring Sam Elliott, Judith Ivey and Teri Polo, Holt returned to the big screen with a bit part as lifeguard in “The Underground Comedy Movie” (1999), a comedy directed and co-written by and starring Vince Offer. He was cast as Eamon McBride in the short lives CBS series “Love & Money” (1999-2000), which won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series for the pilot. Co-stars in the series included Brian Doyle-Murray, John Livingston and Judy Greer.     

Holt co-starred with Amanda Peet and Beth Ostrosky in the independent film “Whipped” (2000), directed and written by Peter M. Cohen, and played Chad in the pilot of Fox's drama “The $treet” (2000) before gaining first major exposure with the high profile war movie “Black Hawk Down” (2001), where he played SSG Jeff Struecker. Directed by Ridley Scott and featuring an ample ensemble cast that included Josh Hartnett, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner and Sam Shepard, the film received mostly positive reviews from critic, and won two Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Sound at the 74th Academy Awards. With a production cost of $92 million, it made a total of $172,989,651worldwide, with over $108 million from the domestic market. Holt followed it up with a role in another big budget war movie, “Windtalkers” (2002), which was directed by John Woo and starred Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater. It earned negative reviews from critics and was a flop at the box office.

After appearing in video short “A Day in the Life of Nancy M. Pimental” (2002), Holt  was cast as a conman in the James Foley directed crime/drama film “Confidence” (2003), opposite Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman. The film grossed $23,014,206 against a budget of $15 million. He co-starred with John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Connie Nielsen, Tim Daly, Giovanni Ribisi, Roselyn Sanchez, Taye Diggs and Harry Connick, Jr. in the American/German thriller film “Basic” (2003), directed by John McTiernan and written by James Vanderbilt. The film received generally negative reviews and was not a success at the box office. He reunited with Samuel L. Jackson later that same year for the action/crime movie “S.W.A.T.,” which is adapted from the 1975 television series of the same name. Directed by Clark Johnson, the film was a box office success with a worldwide total of over $207 million despite receiving mixed reviews from critics. There he was cast as a member of an elite Los Angeles police squad, Michael Boxer.  

Holt worked with Jake Cherry, Marisa Coughlan and Dorothea Harahan in the ABC made for television movie “Kat Plus One” (2004), portrayed FBI agent Eddie Zaine in the not well received crime/comedy film “Man of the House” (2005), which was directed by Stephen Herek and starred Tommy Lee Jones, and starred as mechanic Bo Sinclair / Vincent Sinclair in the commercially successful horror film “House of Wax” (2005), opposite Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams and Robert Ri'chard. For his work in the latter, he was nominated for a Teen Choice Award in the category of Choice Movie Rumble, sharing with Elisha Cuthbert and Chad Michael Murray.

In 2005, Holt landed the main role of Sean Cavennaugh on the science fiction/drama series “Threshold,” opposite Carla Gugino, Brent Spiner, Rob Benedict, Peter Dinklage and Charles S. Dutton. The show premiered on CBS on September 16, 2005, but was canceled in November 2005 after nine episodes aired.  

After appearing in the pilot of “Secrets of a Small Town” (2006), Holt played the regular role ofButchie Yost, Mitch's heroin-addicted son and professional surfer on the HBO drama “John from Cincinnati,” opposite Bruce Greenwood, Rebecca De Mornay, Austin Nichols, Ed O'Neill and Luke Perry. The show ran from June 10, 2007 to August 12, 2007. He next made guest appearances in “Sons of Anarchy” (2008, as Kyle), “The Ex List” (2008, as Shane), “Entourage” (2008, as Malone), “CSI: Miami” (2009, as Terrance Chase), “Burn Notice” (2009, as Harlan), “The Cleaner” (2009, as Greg) and “The Middle” (2011).

Holt was cast as Bobby Cobb, Jules (played by Courteney Cox)'s good nature ex-husband, on the television sitcom “Cougar Town,” which premiered on ABC on September 23, 2009.


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