More Brian Van Holt Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Man of the House)Brian Van Holt has captured attention and acclaim in a diverse slate of big screen projects over the last two years, cementing his reputation as one of the screen's burgeoning young talents.
In Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, he starred opposite Josh Hartnett and Tom Sizemore as Task Force Ranger Strueker, who tries to save a squadron of ambushed Marines in Scott's vivid recreation of the 1993 assault in Mogadishu, Somalia. Working alongside Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater, Van Holt starred in yet another fact-based wartime story about Native Americans whose language was used as a code for the Allied forces during World War II in John Woo's Windtalkers.
He next co-starred opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson as one of two survivors of a Special Forces jungle training mission gone awry in John McTiernan's military thriller Basic, for Columbia Pictures, then switched gears to portray a conman alongside Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamatti and Dustin Hoffman in James Foley's Confidence. He reunited with Samuel L. Jackson as a member of an elite Los Angeles police squad in Columbia Pictures' summer hit actioner S.W.A.T.
A native of suburban Chicago, Van Holt grew up in California, where he began his acting career as a teenager, performing in several stage productions at the Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in sociology, he concentrated on his acting career, landing commercial roles before debuting on TV as a blue-collar building superintendent in the CBS sitcom Love and Money and the motion picture screen as a playboy opposite Amanda Peet in the romantic comedy Whipped.
Van Holt has logged a number of memorable guest spots on such popular television series as HBO's perennial Emmy nominee Sex in the City, Late Night with Al Franken, NBC's police drama Homicide: Life on the Streets and ABC'S hit sitcom Spin City. Other television credits include Steel Chariots and a guest stint on Beverly Hills, 90210.
Biography #3 (for Confidence)With a strong understated presence, Brian Van Holt has a quiet intensity that absolutely transcends the big screen. Demonstrating versatility and skill in a range of unique and unconventional performances, Van Holt is quickly proving to be one of the most sought after actors of his generation.
Van Holt, recently starred opposite Josh Hartnett in Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down, portraying Task Force Ranger, Strueker, who leads a convoy of Humvees to rescue a downed Black Hawk pilot in Mogadishu, Somalia. Van Holt was also seen last year in John Woo's action drama Windtalkers. Starring opposite Nicholas Cage and Christian Slater, Van Holt played a young U.S. Marine officer assigned to protect a Navajo code-talker during WW2. Van Holt recently completed production on the John McTiernan-directed military thriller Basic, in which he stars opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson. His other upcoming project includes S.W.A.T. starring Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michelle Rodriguez.
Making his film debut in the romantic comedy feature Whipped, Van Holt has played a variety of rolls, challenging himself to expand and refine his talents. He stared in the CBS comedy series Love and Money, and guest starred on HBO's Sex in the City, playing a womanizing pervert with a distinctive finger fetish. He has also appeared on Late Night with Al Frankin, in which he played the Head of the Christian Coalition, Homicide, portraying a homosexual hustler, and Spin City, where he let his sensitive side shine through as a sexually harassed water boy.
Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "Confidence" (30-Mar-2003)