Alex O'Loughlin

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Alex O'Loughlin
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O'Loughlin at 2009 Outfest Legacy Awards
Born Canberra, Australia
Occupation Actor, writer
Years active 2001–present
Height 6'2" [1]

Alex O'Loughlin is an Australian actor, currently playing Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett on CBS' remade TV series of Hawaii Five-0. He had starring roles in the films Oyster Farmer (2004) and The Back-up Plan (2010), as well as on such television series as Moonlight (2008) and Three Rivers (2009).

Early life[edit]

O'Loughlin was reportedly born on August 24, 1976,[2] although other years have also been cited,[3] in Canberra, Australia, of Irish and Scottish descent.[1] His father is a physics and astronomy teacher in Sydney and his mother is a nurse.[4][5]

O'Loughlin suffered from asthma,[6] attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD)[6][7] and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) when he was a child, making school a continuous struggle, and he left at age 14, after which he began working in various fields.[clarification needed][6] He enrolled at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia, in 1999 and graduated in June 2002 after completing a three-year, full-time Bachelor of Dramatic Art program.[6][8][9]

Career[edit]

O'Loughlin was already working in short film and fringe theater as a teenager in Sydney. One of his first acting jobs was an extra in a commercial, playing a marine.[10] After graduating from NIDA, he began his career in Australian television and film productions and some of his TV credits include roles in BlackJack: Sweet Science, Love Bytes and White Collar Blue.[10]

His film career started off in 2004 when he landed his first lead role in Oyster Farmer.[11] He later appeared in Man-Thing, Feed, and in the Australian mini-series The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, for which he was nominated as Best Lead Actor in Television from the Australian Film Institute Awards in 2005 and as Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series from the Logie Awards in 2006.[12][13] O'Loughlin joined the cast of The Shield in 2007 as Detective Kevin Hiatt, the newest member of the strike team.

In 2005, he screen-tested for the movie role of James Bond. As he told one interviewer: "I met with [director] Martin Campbell here in Los Angeles at his office on the Sony [Pictures] lot and he asked me to fly to London and test and we tested at Pinewood [Studios]. It was the biggest screen test I've ever done. It was very comprehensive. I had tuxedos and suits cut for it and hair cuts."[14]

He left The Shield after he won the lead role on the CBS series Moonlight, where he played private investigator and vampire Mick St. John.[8][15] The filming of Moonlight was interrupted by the Hollywood writers strike. There was speculation that the series would be dropped but fan pressure prevailed and the show was given four additional episodes to try to regain its audience share. Despite being the highest rated show in its Friday evening slot[citation needed] CBS did not commission a second season. After its cancellation, a fan-based charity campaign to win a second-season renewal for Moonlight by holding blood drives proved unsuccessful.[16]

In August 2008, it was announced that CBS had signed a talent development deal with O'Loughlin as the star of a TV series to be developed by writer Mark Gordon, but it never materialised.[17] However, he was subsequently cast in the lead role of the CBS hospital drama Three Rivers, developed by producer Carol Barbee, which aired Sunday evenings in the 2009–2010 season.[18]

In April 2009, he guest-starred in an episode of Criminal Minds, most notably in the Season Four episode, "The Big Wheel", as an OCD-ridden serial killer, Vincent Rowlings who sends the BAU a videotape, asking them for help in stopping him from killing people. In December 2009 CBS pulled Three Rivers from its schedule.[19] O'Loughlin starred alongside Jennifer Lopez in the 2010 romantic comedy film The Back-up Plan.[20]

O'Loughlin was cast in the CBS remake of Hawaii Five-0 portraying Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Steve McGarrett,[21] which premiered on 20 September 2010. The show won "Favorite New TV Drama" at the 2010–11 People's Choice Awards. Subsequently, BuddyTV ranked him # 2 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010" list[22] and # 9 in 2011.[23]

On 2 March 2012, CBS announced that O'Loughlin would miss shooting some episodes of Hawaii Five-0 to seek drug treatment related to pain management medication prescribed after a shoulder injury. He was slated to miss at least one episode from the second season.[24][25]

In August 2013, the Los Angeles based non-profit Australians in Film announced that O'Loughlin will be honored with a Breakthrough Award at an exclusive ceremony held on October 24, 2013 in Los Angeles.[26]

Personal life[edit]

O'Loughlin's first child was born to a girlfriend with whom he has since separated.[27] He separated from his long-time girlfriend, Australian actress/singer Holly Valance in February 2009.[8][14][28] O'Loughlin and his girlfriend Malia Jones have a son.[29][30]

O'Loughlin lives in West Hollywood, California, but while filming Hawaii Five-0 he lives in Hawaii. He is the current ambassador for Donate Life America.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 White Collar Blue Ian Mack 1 episode: 2:01
2004 Oyster Farmer Jack Flange
Love Bytes Dave 1 episode: Net Nanny
Black Jack: Sweet Science Luke Anderson
2005 Man-Thing Eric Fraser
Feed Michael Carter
Mary Bryant Will Bryant Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actor in Television
Nominated – Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
2006 The Holiday Kissing Couple
2007 The Invisible Marcus Bohem
August Rush Marshall
The Shield Kevin Hiatt 7 episodes
2007–2008 Moonlight Mick St. John 16 episodes (Won People's Choice Award 2007–08 as best drama series)
2009 Whiteout Russell Haden
Criminal Minds Vincent Rowlings 1 episode ("The Big Wheel")
2009–2010 Three Rivers Dr. Andy Yablonski 13 episodes
2010 The Back-up Plan Stan
2010–present Hawaii Five-0 LCDR Steve McGarrett Won: Best New TV Drama – People's Choice Awards 2010–2011

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work nominated Result
2005 AFI Award Best Lead Actor in Television Mary Bryant Nominated
2006 Silver Logie Award Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Mary Bryant Nominated
2013 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award For International Success Career Won

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b O'Hare, Kate (23 September 2007). "Alex O'Loughlin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Alex O'Loughlin profile". Tribute. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Sams, Christine (28 September 2009). "Aussie actor part of J-Lo's Back-Up Plan". The Age. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Cooper, Gael (19 July 2007). "New Show: The Vampire from 'Moonlight' is not Bon Scott's son". MSNBC's Test Pattern. Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2007. 
  5. ^ O'Hare, Kate (23 September 2007). "Alex O'Loughlin profile". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 8 November 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  6. ^ a b c d [1] Alex Interview on Alexoloughlin.com
  7. ^ [2] Quote on ADD in various publications posted on O'Loughlin's own webpage
  8. ^ a b c "Moonlight Cast Bio – Alex O'Loughlin". CBS. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  9. ^ Hahn, Kate (14 December 2007). "Alex O'Loughlin Shares His Spot in the Moonlight". SeattlePi.com. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  10. ^ a b Alex O'Loughlin profile/career, Alexoloughlinrocks.com
  11. ^ Mitovich, Matt (28 September 2007). "Interview with a Vampire: Inside CBS' Bloody-fun Moonlight". TV Guide. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  12. ^ "AFI nominees". The Age. 21 October 2005. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "Australian Television: 2006 Logie Awards". Australian Television.net. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  14. ^ a b Barker, Lynne (19 July 2007). "Alex O'Loughlin: "Moonlight"'s Hot Vampire". TeenTelevision.com. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  15. ^ Fickett, Travis. "Moonlighting with Alex O'Loughlin: The IGN TV Interview". IGN. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  16. ^ Hidek, Jeff (5 June 2008). "Rest in peace, cancelled shows we loved". MSNBC. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 
  17. ^ "Untitled Alex O'Loughlin Project". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  18. ^ "Three Rivers Cast and Crew". TV.com. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  19. ^ Owen, Rob (2 December 2009). "Tuned In: CBS's 'Three Rivers' has likely run its course". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  20. ^ The Back-up Plan official site
  21. ^ "Alex O'Loughlin Booked for Hawaii Five-O". TVGuide.com. 
  22. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010". BuddyTV. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  23. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "O'Loughlin to miss shooting some episodes of Hawaii Five-O", insidetv.ew.com, 2 March 2012.
  25. ^ O'Loughlin enters treatment for prescription drug issues, usmagazine.com
  26. ^ " 'Next big things' Sullivan Stapleton and Jacki Weaver to be honored at Australians in Film reception." news.com.au, 28 August 2013]
  27. ^ Johnson, Zach (22 May 2013). "Alex O'Loughlin Shares First Picture of Son". Us Weekly. 
  28. ^ Carne, Lucy (3 September 2006). "In The Flesh". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  29. ^ Natalie Finn (26 October 2012). "Alex O'Loughlin Welcomes a Son with Malia Jones". E!Online. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  30. ^ Sarah Michaud (10 November 2012). "Alex O'Loughlin and Malia Jones Name Son". People.com. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  31. ^ "Alex O'Loughlin and Donate Life America in New TVGuide.com Feature". AlexOLoughlinRocks.com. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2011.