About Brian Van Holt
Born July 6, 1969 in Waukegan, IL, Brian Van Holt was raised in California and grew to embody the surfer boy ideal. Discovered at an Orange County strip mall, Van Holt entered and won a sportswear-modeling contest, earning a contract. He put himself through UCLA thanks to modeling work and began to amass small credits, including guest spots on "Flipper" (syndicated, 1995-2000), "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000) and in the big screen comedy "A Very Brady Sequel" (1996). Working steadily, Van Holt booked jobs on "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99) and "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004), where he played a movie star who adds Charlotte (Kristin Davis) to his entourage. He replaced Dash Mihok as the romantic male lead of the rich girl/poor boy sitcom "Love & Money" (CBS, 1999-2000) and shot a small role in the mean-spirited, battle-of-the-sexes comedy "Whipped" (2000), which starred his then-girlfriend Amanda Peet.
A series of action-heavy roles as soldiers or similarly tough guys followed, with Van Holt appearing in "Black Hawk Down" (2001), "Windtalkers" (2002), "Basic" (2003) and "S.W.A.T." (2003). He flexed his comedic muscles in the Tommy Lee Jones sorority comedy "Man of the House" (2005) and then did double duty as a pair of murderous twins in the Paris Hilton-starring horror flick "House of Wax" (2005). Van Holt played another military operative in the sci-fi series "Threshold" (CBS, 2005-06), but earned his best reviews to date as the heroin-addicted, tormented professional surfer Butchie Yost on the mystical-tinged drama "John from Cincinnati" (HBO, 2007). Riding high, Van Holt booked another flurry of guest spots, including episodes of "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 2008- ), "Entourage" (HBO, 2004- ), "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ) and "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ).
His profile hit a peak when he was cast as Bobby Cobb, the quasi-homeless, good ole' boy ex-husband of Jules (Courteney Cox) on "Cougar Town" (ABC, 2009- ). Although the premise of the series involved Jules's return to dating after divorcing the unfaithful Bobby, Van Holt's charm helped make his character a lovable and vital addition to the show's "Cul-de-sac Crew," and he managed to nail both the comedy and drama of his sweet-but-stupid character's relationship with his gawky son Travis (Dan Byrd). Grounding his goofiness in an unexpected amount of heart, Van Holt proved enormously charming both onscreen and off, sparking rumors that he and Cox were dating in real-life.
|Amanda Peet. Acted together in "Whipped" (2000); began dating 2000; separated late 2001|
|University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles , California|
|Cast as Bobby in the ABC comedy, "Cougar Town"|
|Had a small role, as an actor-playing a firefighter, in the Fifth Season of HBO's "Entourage"|
|Cast in David Milch's HBO series, "John from Cincinnati," as Butchie Yost, son of surfing legend Mitch Yost|
|Cast as paramilitary operative Sean Cavennaugh in the short-lived CBS drama, "Threshold"|
|Portrayed the dual roles of Bo and Vincent in the horror film, "House of Wax"|
|Starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the Stephen Herek directed, "Man of the House"|
|Co-starred with Colin Farrell and Samuel L. Jackson in "S.W.A.T."|
|Starred in director John McTiernan's military-thriller, "Basic"|
|Teamed with Edward Burns to swindle money from Dustin Hoffman in "Confidence"|
|Played a young U.S. Marine officer assigned to protect a Navajo code-talker in John Woo's "Windtalkers"|
|Starred opposite Josh Hartnett in Ridley Scott's "Black Hawk Down"|
|Made major film debut, opposite Amanda Peet, in the romantic comedy, "Whipped"|
|Replaced Dash Mihok as the lead in the CBS sitcom, "Love & Money"|
|Guest starred on an episode of HBO's "Sex in the City"|
|Had a small role in "A Very Brady Sequel"|
|Debuted on TV in an episode of "Flipper" (syndicated)|
|As a teenager, began performing in several stage productions at the Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles|