Andre Holland

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André Holland
Born (1979-12-28) December 28, 1979 (age 35)
Bessemer, Alabama
Occupation Actor

André Holland (born December 28, 1979) is an American actor who has appeared on stage, television and in feature films. He currently stars as Dr. Algernon Edwards on the Cinemax drama The Knick. He portayed politician and activist Andrew Young in the 2014 film Selma and sportswriter Wendell Smith in the 2013 film 42.


He was born on December 28, 1979. He attended Florida State University and New York University[1] and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from NYU in 2006.[2] His first stage performance was in Oliver at the Birmingham Summerfest Theatre at the age of eleven.[1]

Since then, Holland has performed in several theatre productions. In 2006, he portrayed three characters (Simon, Rex and Jesse) in the play Blue Door and Charles Isherwood of The New York Times gave him a positive review for his performance.[2] In 2008, he played Eric in the play Wig Out![3] and Elegba/Marcus in The Brother/Sister Plays the following year.[4] In 2010, he was cast in the Matthew Lopez play The Whipping Man[5] and won the Vivian Robinson/Audelco Award for "Supporting Actor" for The Whipping Man.[6]

In 2011, he starred as Julian 'Fitz' Fitzgerald on the NBC sitcom Friends with Benefits. Holland also appears with Clive Owen in the Cinemax original TV drama The Knick.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 The News DeShawn Burkett Television movie
2008 Sugar Brad Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Cast
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Private Needles
2008 Last Call Pete
2009 Us: A Love Story Carjack victim Short film
2009 Lost & Found Gayle Dixon Television movie
2010 The Rockford Files Angel Martin Television movie
2011 Small, Beautifully Moving Parts Leon
2012 Nobody's Nobody Jason Short film
2013 42 Wendell Smith
2014 Black or White Reggie
2014 Selma Andrew Young Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2016 Moonlight Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Law & Order David Sachs Episode: "Public Service Homicide"
2007 The Black Donnellys Frank Thomas Episode: "Wasn't That Enough?"
2010 Damages Bank Manager Episode: "You Haven't Replaced Me"
2011 Friends with Benefits Julian 'Fitz' Fitzgerald 13 episodes
2011 Burn Notice Dion Carver Episode: "Breaking Point"
2012–2013 1600 Penn Marshall Malloy 13 episodes
2014–present The Knick Dr. Algernon Edwards 20 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film


  1. ^ a b Bird, Alan (2011-06-06). "André Holland - Questions and Answers - Interview". Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  2. ^ a b Isherwood, Charles (2006-10-09). "Blue Door - Theater - Review". Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  3. ^ Blankenship, Mark (2008-09-30). "Wig Out!". Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  4. ^ Hetrick, Adam (2009-09-15). "Holland, Simms, Johnson and More Set for The Brother/Sister Plays at the Public". Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  5. ^ Gans, Andrew (2010-11-22). "Andre Holland and Jay Wilkison Will Join Andre Braugher in MTC's Premiere of Whipping Man". Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  6. ^ Bacalzo, Dan (2011-11-17). "Andre De Shields, Andre Holland, Sanaa Lathan et al. Win Audelco Awards". Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  7. ^ Niles, Jon. "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: 'The Knick' Star André Holland Talks Algernon Edwards & Cornelia Robertson's Relationship, Race Issues & More About New Cinemax Series". Retrieved 17 August 2014. 

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