About Holt McCallany
Born Holt Quinn McAloney on Sept. 3, 1964, Holt McCallany was the oldest of two sons by Irish actor Michael McAloney, who won a Tony Award for his production of Brendan Behan's "Borstal Boy," and actress-singer Julie Wilson. A childhood spent in Dublin was cut short by his parents' divorce, with McCallany returning with his parents to the United States. There, he was sent to live with his maternal grandparents in Omaha, NE, but this period was a troubled one for him. After being expelled from school, he ran away to Los Angeles, where he decided to become an actor. McCallany's parents eventually tracked him down and sent him back to Ireland to finish high school. After graduation, he studied French at the Sorbonne and theater at the Ecole Marcel Marceau.
Upon returning to the States, McCallany apprenticed at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, OH, then relocated to New York City, where he landed a job as an understudy in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway. His feature film debut came in 1987's "Creepshow 2" as a murderous Native American who receives his comeuppance at the hands of a cigar store Indian come to life. Soon after, he found steady work in films and on television. His intense presence and formidable build made him a natural for men of action on either side of the law, whom he portrayed in minor and supporting roles for such noted directors as Brian De Palma with "Casualties of War" (1989); David Fincher, who cast him as a self-sacrificing convict in "Alien 3" (1989) and as the Mechanic who explains the rules of "Fight Club" (1999); and for William Friedkin in the box office bomb, "Jade" (1995). McCallany found more substantial roles in independent fare or television; the former provided him with his first starring role in "The Search for One-Eye Jimmy" (1994), as a film student who encounters a parade of odd characters upon his return to his hometown of Brooklyn. The latter brought him to the HBO biopic "Tyson" (1995), in which he starred as legendary fight trainer Teddy Atlas, who helped develop Tyson from street tough to boxing legend. The project inspired McCallany to develop his own television program about a trainer, which would eventually bring him to the FX Network and "Lights Out."
McCallany continued to work steadily throughout the late 1990s and early 21st century in steely character roles for films and television shows both major and minor. He was the by-the-books lieutenant who made life difficult for George Clooney in "Three Kings" (1999), enjoyed a recurring role for three seasons of "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ) as a tormented cop who ends his own life after being implicated with tampered evidence, and played an Irish mobster who pressed Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) into committing crimes for him on "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010). While pitching his boxing trainer series to HBO, he was informed that FX was developing a show about an aging fighter who was forced to return to the ring. McCallany was eventually cast in "Lights Out" as Patrick "Lights" Leary, a forty-something brawler who re-enters the sport after landing in trouble with a local mobster. While drawing critical praise for his performance, McCallany also wrote and developed a TV movie based on the story of Doreen Giuliano, a real-life Brooklynite who fought for her son's release from prison after a wrongful murder convicion.
|Cast in the adaptation of the comic book series "The Losers"|
|Joined the second season of ABC's "Heroes" (ABC) as the ringleader of a group of Irish thugs|
|Played a detective in the drama, "Alpha Dog," directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the true story of Jesse James Hollywood|
|Co-starred in the Charles Dutton directed, "Against the Ropes," with Meg Ryan|
|Had a recurring role on "CSI: Miami," as Detective John Hagen|
|Co-starred in the WWII horror film, "Below"|
|Co-starred in the drama, "Men of Honor" opposite Cuba Gooding Jr.|
|Played a rigid Army captain in "Three Kings"|
|Appeared as a brutal extremist in "Fight Club" reuniting him with director Fincher|
|Appeared in the pilot of ABC's short-lived television series "Wasteland"|
|Cast in the TNT miniseries, "Rough Riders" with Tom Berenger and Sam Elliott|
|Co-starred in the HBO movie "Tyson," about the tumultuous life of the heavyweight boxing champ|
|Starred as a film student who returns to his hometown to shoot a documentary in "The Search for One-eye Jimmy"|
|Portrayed Ernest Hemingway in the TNT movie, "Zelda"|
|Appeared in David Fincher's directing debut, "Alien 3" with Sigourney Weaver and Charles S. Dutton|
|Cast in the war drama, "Casualties of War"|
|Co-starred in the first segment, Old Chief Wood'nhead in the horror anthology film, "Creepshow 2"|
|Broadway debut, "Biloxi Blues"|
|Raised in Nebraska|