Holt McCallany

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Holt McCallany
Born Holt Quinn McAloney
(1963-09-03) September 3, 1963 (age 55)[1]
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–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, 1964, 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 an Irish 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 and Holt attended school in New Jersey. He 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.[4]

He soon left Ireland and eventually graduated from Creighton Preparatory School. After high school, Holt went to France for college, 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, but was expelled. Holt spent a summer studying Shakespeare in Oxford, 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]

Career[edit]

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 brazers production of Biloxi Blues.

McCallany 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 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 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. McCallany 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]

McCallany is a writer and producer of the film version of the true-life story of Doreen Giuliano, a Brooklyn wife and mother, who claims her son John Giuca was wrongfully convicted of murder after being targeted by a corrupt prosecutor.[6] Giuliano's story of her attempts to prove her son's innocence was optioned by a major network.[citation needed]

McCallany co-starred as a villain in Paramount Animation's first mostly live-action film, Monster Trucks (2016).[7]

In 2017, McCallany co-starred in the Netflix series Mindhunter as Bill Tench, an FBI agent researching serial killers in the late 1970s.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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
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 Alpha Dog Detective Tom Finnegan
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Rourke
2008 Vantage Point Agent Ron Matthews
2008 Toxic Van
2009 Burn Notice Santora
2009 A Perfect Getaway Police Lieutenant
2010 The Losers Wade
2012 Gangster Squad Karl Lockwood
2012 Bullet to the Head Hank Greely
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

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000–2001 Freedom O wen Decker
2003–2005 CSI: Miami Detective John Hagen
2004 Monk Pat van Ranken
2006 Criminal Minds Roy Woodridge
2006 Underfunded Alex Breech TV movie
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Walter Inman Ep. "Manipulated"
2007 Heroes Ricky McKenna
2007–2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Det. Patrick Copa 2 episodes
2011 Lights Out Patrick "Lights" Leary
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Donald O'Keefe Ep. "Official Story"
2013 Golden Boy Detective Joe Diaco
2014 Blue Bloods D.A. Robert McCoy
2017 Mindhunter Bill Tench

References[edit]

  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. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 2011-03-07. Retrieved 2011-03-07. 
  5. ^ "Holt McCallany - educational background". 
  6. ^ "Mother-Justice.com". Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Holt McCallany Revs Up Villainous Role In Paramount's 'Monster Trucks'". Deadline.com. May 20, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2014. 
  8. ^ "David Fincher's Netflix Drama 'Mind Hunter' Finds Its Star". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 

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