Brian O'Halloran

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Brian O'Halloran
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O'Halloran at the Florida Supercon, June 2015.
Brian Christopher O'Halloran

(1969-12-20) December 20, 1969 (age 49)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Years active1991–present

Brian Christopher O'Halloran (born December 20, 1969) is an American actor who played Dante Hicks in Smith's debut film Clerks and its 2006 sequel, Clerks II. He has also made appearances in most of Smith's View Askewniverse films, either as Dante Hicks or one of Dante's cousins.

Early life[edit]

O'Halloran was born in Manhattan, New York City, and lived in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey from the age of 13.[1] A first-generation Irish-American, both his parents emigrated from Ireland. His father died when O'Halloran was 15 years old.[2] He graduated from Cedar Ridge High School.[3]


O'Halloran is the lead actor in the 2000 film Vulgar, about a small town clown who is traumatized after he is attacked during one of his performances. Writer/director Bryan Johnson wrote the lead specifically with O'Halloran in mind.

He has worked on theatre productions since high school. He has said on the subject of doing theatre:

Oh, yeah. It's the best training you can do, as an actor. To be in front of a live audience. There's no 'Stop, wait, oh geez, what was that line again?' It just sharpens your reflexes. It sharpens your interaction. And it definitely sharpens your memory because you have to know an entire show from beginning to end.[4]

Since Clerks, O'Halloran has primarily been a stage actor, working with the Boomerang Theatre Company, the New Jersey Repertory Company and the Tri-State Actors Theatre, among others.

Personal life[edit]

He is currently a resident of Staten Island.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Clerks Dante Hicks
1995 Mallrats Gill Hicks
1997 Chasing Amy Executive Jim Hicks
1999 Dogma Grant Hicks as Brian Christopher O'Halloran
2000 Clerks: The Animated Series Dante Hicks voice-only
Vulgar Will Carlson/Flappy/Vulgar as Brian Christopher O'Halloran
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Dante Hicks as Brian Christopher O'Halloran
Drop Dead Roses Shawn as Brian C. O'Halloran
2002 The Flying Car Dante Hicks
2003 Moby Presents: Alien Sex Party Clerk
2006 Clerks II Dante Hicks
2007 Brutal Massacre Jay
The Junior Defenders Mitch Stone originally titled Groupies; its principal photography occurred in February–March 1997.[4]
2008 The Happening Jeep Driver
Hooking Up Dr. Jordan
2011 Pokémon: Black & White Mr. Garrison Episode 694: Gotta Catch a Roggenrola!
2012 Cry for Revenge TBA
2017 Right Before Your Eyes John McCann
TBA Flea Scavenger Post production
2019 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Dante Hicks, Grant Hicks
TBA Shooting Clerks Elis Heimermann Also associate producer and special thanks
TBA Clerks III Dante Hicks [6]


  1. ^ Cahillane, Kevin. "For the Stars of 'Clerks,' It's Take Two" Archived 2012-11-06 at the Wayback Machine. The New York Times. July 16, 2006. Accessed February 15, 2011. "Mr. O'Halloran, a resident of Old Bridge since age 13, has not had to go the McJob route."
  2. ^ Filichia, Peter. "Brian O'Halloran goes from 'Clerks' to 'The Crucible'", The Star-Ledger, July 23, 2010. Accessed March 26, 2011.
  3. ^ O'Donnell, Chuck. "O'Halloran revisits Central Jersey theater roots", Courier News, August 3, 2015. Accessed October 6, 2019. "Playing Dante Hicks in Clerks has made Brian O'Halloran a working-class hero to generations of register jockeys.... Funny thing is, it all almost never happened. The skinny kid with glasses who once played the titular role of Snoopy at Cedar Ridge High School in the late 1980s had given up acting."
  4. ^ a b "Interview with Brian O'Halloran". View Askew. February 2, 1998. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
  5. ^ Filichia, Peter. "Brian O'Halloran goes from 'Clerks' to 'The Crucible'", The Star-Ledger, July 23, 2010. Accessed December 2, 2010. "Although he now lives on Staten Island ..."
  6. ^ "Kevin Smith Announces Clerks 3". Retrieved 1 October 2019.

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