||Brian Van Holt
|Date of Birth
||6 July 1969
|Place of Birth
||Waukegan, Illinois, USA
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.
He will soon be seen in the remake of the classic horror thriller House of Wax.