Brian Van Holt

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Brian Van Holt
Brian Van Holt July 14, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Van Holt at NBCUniversal's 2014 Summer TCA Tour in July 2014
Born (1969-07-06) July 6, 1969 (age 45)
Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present

Brian Van Holt (born July 6, 1969) is an American actor and director. He is known for playing Bobby Cobb on the ABC sitcom Cougar Town, the ex-husband of main character Jules Cobb, played by Courteney Cox.

Early life[edit]

Van Holt was born in Waukegan, Illinois, and raised in Huntington Beach, California.[1] He is of Scotch-Irish descent.[2] He earned a degree in sociology from UCLA.[2]


Van Holt was cast in several films and television series beginning with A Very Brady Sequel in 1996, followed by episodes in Beverly Hills, 90210, Spin City, Homicide: Life on the Street, Martial Law, and Sex and the City. He then hit his stride in a string of martial-themed, A-list films beginning with Black Hawk Down and Windtalkers, interspersed with Confidence, and continuing with Basic and S.W.A.T.. He also appeared in an episode of Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction.

He has since appeared in Man of the House, House of Wax, and the short-lived CBS series Threshold. Brian revisited his surfer roots when he was cast in David Milch's HBO series John from Cincinnati as Butchie Yost, son of surfing legend Mitch Yost. He also played Kyle Hobart in the TV series Sons of Anarchy. He guest starred in the hit show CSI: Miami.

In 2008, he had a small role as himself (an actor) playing a firefighter in two fifth season episodes of Entourage. Since 2009, he has appeared as one of the seven main characters on Cougar Town as Bobby Cobb, the ex-husband of lead character Jules Cobb and father of their son Travis. He has appeared in all five seasons of the show, and he debuted as a director in the fifth season's second episode.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Very Brady Sequel, AA Very Brady Sequel Warren Mulaney
1997 L.A. Johns Chris Television film
1997 Steel Chariots Franklin Jones Television film
1999 Underground Comedy Movie, TheThe Underground Comedy Movie Lifeguard
2000 Whipped Brad
2001 Black Hawk Down Jeff Struecker
2002 Windtalkers Private Andrew Harrigan
2002 Day in the Life of Nancy M. Pimental, AA Day in the Life of Nancy M. Pimental Tad Direct-to-video short film
2003 Confidence Miles
2003 Basic Ray Dunbar
2003 S.W.A.T. Michael Boxer
2005 Man of the House Eddie Zane
2005 House of Wax Bo Sinclair/Vincent Sinclair
2012 Bullet to the Head Ronnie Earl
2014 Wild Ranger


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Flipper N/A Episode: "Surf Gang"
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Eric Anderson Episode: "Aloha Beverly Hills: Part 2"
1997 Spin City Brent Episode: "Radio Daze"
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Peter Fields Episode: "Closet Cases"
1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Michael Episode: "The Plane, The Gun, The Portrait, The Pass & The Caller"
1998 Sins of the City N/A Episode: "Blind Eye for Hire"
1998 Martial Law Lance Carter Episode: "Cop Out"
1999 LateLine Grant Kendall Episode: "The Christian Guy"
1999 Sex and the City Wylie Ford Episode: "The Caste System"
1999–2000 Love & Money Eamon McBride Main cast; 5 episodes
2000 $treet, TheThe $treet Chad Episode: "Pilot"
2005–2006 Threshold Sean Cavennaugh Main cast; 13 episodes
2007 John from Cincinnati Mitch "Butchie" Yost II Main cast; 10 episodes
2008 Sons of Anarchy Kyle Hobart Episode: "Giving Back"
2008 Ex List, TheThe Ex List Shane Gallagher Episode: "Do You Love Me, Do You Surfer... Boy"
2008 Entourage Malone 2 episodes
2009 CSI: Miami Terrance Chase Episode: "And They're Offed"
2009 Burn Notice Harlan Episode: "Friends and Family"
2009 Cleaner, TheThe Cleaner Greg Episode: "Split Ends"
2009–present Cougar Town Bobby Cobb Main cast
2011 Middle, TheThe Middle Neighbor Uncredited; episode: "Bad Choices"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Captain Mike Robinson Episode: "CSI on Fire"
2013–2014 Bridge, TheThe Bridge Ray Burton 10 episodes
2014 Ascension William Denninger Main cast
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Carver / Sebastian Derik 2 episodes: "A Fractured House", "The Writing on the Wall"


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