Holt McCallany

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Holt McCallany
Holt Quinn McAloney

(1963-09-03) September 3, 1963 (age 55)[1]
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationActor, writer, producer
Years active1987–present

Holt McCallany (born Holt Quinn McAloney; September 3, 1963) is an American actor, writer, and producer working primarily in film and television.

Early life[edit]

McCallany was born September 3, 1963, in New York City, to theatrical parents. His mother, Julie Wilson (1924–2015), was an American singer and actress, "widely regarded as the queen of cabaret."[2] His father, Michael McAloney (1924–2000), was an Irish actor and producer best known for his Tony Award-winning production of Brendan Behan's Borstal Boy, an autobiographical play about a young member of the Irish Republican Army, which was the first Irish production to win top honors on Broadway.

Because his father wanted a classical education for his two sons, Holt and his younger brother were sent to live with another family in Dublin, while his parents stayed in New York City, working. In Ireland, he attended [[National school in Howth.[3] However, following his parents' divorce the children moved back to the United States. Holt attended school first in New Jersey and was later sent to live with his maternal grandparents in Omaha, Nebraska, where he had a troubled childhood and was expelled from the Jesuit Creighton Preparatory School. At the age of 14, he ran away from home and took a Greyhound bus to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming an actor but ended up with a job in a screwdriver factory unloading trucks. His parents eventually tracked him down and sent him back to Ireland to a boarding school in County Kildare that his father had attended forty years earlier, Newbridge College.[4]

He soon left Ireland and eventually was allowed to return to Creighton Preparatory School and graduated in 1981. After high school, Holt went to France for to continue his education, first to study French at the Sorbonne and art at the Paris American Academy, and later Theater at L'École Marcel Marceau and L'École Jacques Lecoq. Holt spent a summer studying Shakespeare at the University of Oxford in England, and went with a production of Twelfth Night to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, before moving to New York City to begin his professional acting career.[5]


His first job in the professional theater was as an apprentice actor at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, in the same apprenticeship once served by Tom Hanks, among others. Subsequently, he returned to New York City and was cast as an understudy in the Broadway production of Biloxi Blues.

Holt landed a series of supporting parts in such films as Casualties of War, Alien 3, Creepshow 2, The Search for One-eye Jimmy, Jade and The Rough Riders. After playing the legendary boxing trainer Teddy Atlas in the HBO telefilm Tyson, he became a supporter of the Atlas Foundation Charity, a grassroots organization dedicated to helping children and families with medical and financial hardships.[citation needed]

He continued working in films and television throughout the nineties and 2000s with roles in films such as Fight Club, Three Kings, Men of Honor and Below, among others. He played a detective with psychological problems who commits suicide in the season three finale of CSI: Miami, and a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder on Criminal Minds.[citation needed]

He appeared in the 2010 Warner Bros. film, The Losers, based on the graphic novel from DC Comics. Holt also was the star of the 2011 FX television series, Lights Out, playing an aging boxer ("Patrick 'Lights' Leary") forced out of retirement and into a comeback bid to regain the heavyweight title, despite having pugilistic dementia.[citation needed]

He followed this with roles in films like Sully, Shot Caller, and Blackhat, among many others.

Since 2017, McCallany co-stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter for director David Fincher. He plays Bill Tench, an FBI agent researching serial killers in the late 1970s.[6] His first French language film will be released in September, 2019, an adaptation of the George Feydeau comedy Le Dindon.



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Creepshow 2 Sam Whitemoon
1988 Shakedown Roadblock Officer
1989 Casualties of War Lt. Kramer
1992 Alien 3 Junior
1994 Amateur Usher
1994 The Search for One-eye Jimmy Les
1995 Jade Bill Barrett
1995 Tyson Teddy Atlas TV movie
1997 Rough Riders Sgt. Hamilton Fish
1997 The Peacemaker Mark Appleton
1999 Fight Club The Mechanic
1999 Three Kings Capt. Doug Van Meter
2000 Men of Honor MM1 Dylan Rourke
2002 Below Loomis
2004 Against the Ropes Doug Doherty
2006 Underfunded Alex Breech TV movie
2006 Alpha Dog Detective Tom Finnegan
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Rourke
2008 Vantage Point Agent Ron Matthews
2008 Toxic Van
2009 A Perfect Getaway Police Lieutenant
2010 The Losers Wade
2012 Bullet to the Head Hank Greely
2013 Gangster Squad Karl Lennox
2015 Run All Night Frank
2015 Blackhat Deputy United States Marshal Jessup
2015 The Perfect Guy Detective Hansen
2016 Sully Mike Cleary
2016 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Col. Sam Morgan
2016 Monster Trucks Burke
2017 Shot Caller Jerry "The Beast" Manning
2017 Justice League Burglar Uncredited
2018 Beyond White Space Richard Bentley
2019 Le Dindon


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Rough Riders Sgt. Hamilton Fish 2 episodes
2000–2001 Freedom Owen Decker 12 episodes
2003–2005 CSI: Miami Detective John Hagen 11 episodes
2004 Monk Pat van Ranken Ep. "Mr. Monk and the Three Pies"
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Walter Inman Ep. "Manipulated"
2007 Heroes Ricky McKenna 4 episodes
2007 Criminal Minds Roy Woodridge 1 episode
2007–2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Det. Patrick Copa 2 episodes
2009 Burn Notice Santora 1 episode
2011 Lights Out Patrick "Lights" Leary 14 episodes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Donald O'Keefe Ep. "Official Story"
2013 Golden Boy Detective Joe Diaco 13 episodes
2014–2015 Blue Bloods D.A. Robert McCoy 5 episodes
2017–present Mindhunter Bill Tench 18 episodes

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 Star Wars: Demolition Wade Vox
2004 Fight Club Mechanic


  1. ^ "Holt Mccallany". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  2. ^ "Julie Wilson, Sultry Cabaret Legend and Actress, Dies at 90," New York Times, 6 April 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Mindhunter star Holt McCallany on channelling his late Irish father for role in hit new Netflix series - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2011-03-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Holt McCallany - educational background".
  6. ^ "David Fincher's Netflix Drama 'Mind Hunter' Finds Its Star". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-11-10.

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