Josh Holloway

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Josh Holloway
Holloway at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Josh Lee Holloway[1]

(1969-07-20) July 20, 1969 (age 54)
Years active1993–present
Yessica Kumala
(m. 2004)

Josh Lee Holloway (born July 20, 1969) is an American actor best known for his roles as James "Sawyer" Ford on the ABC television show Lost and as Will Bowman on the USA Network science fiction drama Colony. He also had a recurring role in the third season of the Paramount Network western series Yellowstone.

Early life[edit]

Holloway was born in San Jose, California, the second of four boys of a nurse mother and a surveyor father.[2] His family moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia when he was two. He was raised in Free Home, Georgia. Holloway is related to Baptist preacher Dr. Dale Holloway, and author and World War II prisoner of war Carl Holloway.[3] He is also a descendant of Robert E. Lee.[1] Holloway attended Cherokee High School in Canton, Georgia, graduating in 1987. He developed an interest in movies at a very young age. He studied at the University of Georgia but left after one quarter due to financial constraints.[4]


Holloway moved to Los Angeles, where he began a successful career as a runway and print model, including for brands Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan.[4] In 1993, Holloway appeared in the Aerosmith video for the song "Cryin'" as a thief who tries to steal Alicia Silverstone's backpack from a diner, only to be caught and beaten up by her.[1]

Holloway eventually started acting. His first role was as "Good Looking Guy" in an episode of Angel in 1999, followed by a role in the comedy Doctor Benny and in the movies Mi Amigo, Moving August, and Cold Heart. Following these roles, he gained recognition for his lead role in the Sci-Fi Channel movie Sabretooth with David Keith and John Rhys-Davies. He also made appearances in Good Girls Don't episode "Addicted To Love"; NCIS episode "My Other Left Foot"; The Lyon's Den episode "Separation Anxiety"; Walker, Texas Ranger episode "Medieval Crimes"; and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode "Assume Nothing".

Holloway at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con International

His big break came when he was cast as James "Sawyer" Ford in the hit television series Lost. The show propelled Holloway to celebrity status, but left him with little time to leverage his fame with other roles. According to USA Today, he took himself out of consideration for a role in a Brad Pitt Western due to the demands of his filming schedule.[5] Nevertheless, he found time to star in the thriller Whisper and he also ventured into the world of video games in Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars. In the game, he plays the role of a Brotherhood of Nod intelligence officer named Ajay whose primary role is to assist players by supplying information that is crucial to upcoming battles. In May 2007, 20th Century Fox approached Holloway for the second time and offered him the role of Gambit in X-Men 4. In 2005, People magazine named Holloway one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World".[6] In January 2006, In Touch Weekly named Holloway the "hottest hunk" on television.[7] In the same month, Holloway was voted the seventeenth-sexiest guy worldwide by British readers of OK! magazine. In the same year, he was voted the second-sexiest star in Hollywood by Us Weekly.[8]

In March 2007, Holloway was selected as the new face for Davidoff's fragrance Cool Water worldwide.[9] In Spring 2008, Holloway was selected as the first male spokesperson for Magnum ice cream of Turkey. Previous Magnum spokespersons include Eva Longoria and Elizabeth Hurley. In the same year he made the top ten list of TV Guide's Sexiest Stars.[10]

Holloway appeared in the 2009 film Stay Cool, a comedy written by the Polish brothers. Artist Salvador Larroca is believed by Comic Book Resources columnist Timothy Callahan to have used Holloway as the model for his rendition of Tony Stark during his run on Iron Man, which began in 2008.[11] In June 2010, Holloway won a Saturn Award for "Best Actor on Television" for his role on Lost. In September 2010, Holloway was added to the cast of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which was released in December 2011. In 2014, Holloway starred in the lead role in the CBS television show Intelligence as a cybercrime agent who can "access the entire electromagnetic spectrum" with his mind.

In 2016, Holloway began starring in Colony as Will Bowman, a former FBI agent who, in a bid to protect his family, is forced to collaborate with the occupational government to bring down the growing resistance movement inside the L.A. colony in the near future. Colony marked a Lost reunion for Holloway and executive producer Carlton Cuse.[12][13]

Personal life[edit]

At the end of shooting the Lost pilot in Oahu, Hawaii, Holloway proposed to his long-time girlfriend, Yessica Kumala.[1][14] The couple married on October 1, 2004. They now have two children, Java and Hunter Holloway.



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Cold Heart Sean Clark
2002 Moving August Loren Carol
Mi Amigo Younger Pal
My Daughter's Tears Uncredited
2003 Doctor Benny Pheb
2006 Just Yell Fire Himself
2007 Whisper Max Truemont
2009 Stay Cool Wino
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol IMF Agent Trevor Hanaway
2013 Battle of the Year: The Dream Team Jason Blake
2013 Paranoia FBI Agent Gamble
2014 Sabotage DEA Agent Eddie "Neck" Jordan


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Angel Good-Looking Guy Episode: "City Of"
2001 Walker, Texas Ranger Ben Wiley Episode: "Medieval Crimes"
2002 Sabretooth Trent Parks Television movie
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kenny Richmond Episode: "Assume Nothing"
The Lyon's Den Lana's Boytoy Episode: "Separation Anxiety"
2004 NCIS Sheriff Episode: "My Other Left Foot"
Good Girls Don't Eric Episode: "Addicted to Love"
2004–2010 Lost James "Sawyer" Ford Main role
2009-2010 Cougar Town “Paul” Episode 1x15 2x01 2x10
2011 Community Black Rider[15] Episode: "A Fistful of Paintballs"
Five Bill Television film
2013 Yo Gabba Gabba! Farmer Josh[16] Episode: "Farm"
2014 Intelligence Gabriel Vaughn Main role
2016–2018 Colony Will Bowman[13] Main role
2020 Amazing Stories Wayne Wilkes Episode: "Signs of Life"[17]
Yellowstone Roarke Morris Recurring role (season 3)
TBA Duster[18] Jim Upcoming series[19]

Music videos and games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Cryin' Thief Acting debut
2007 Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Ajay

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Male Breakout Star Nominated
2006 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry (shared with Evangeline Lilly and Matthew Fox) Nominated
2007 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
2008 Best Supporting Actor on Television Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action Nominated
2009 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actor: Action Nominated
2010 Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated


  1. ^ a b c d The Late Late Show with James Corden, January 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "Josh Holloway profile at". Retrieved May 21, 2012.
  3. ^ "Happy the Pow: A Short Story About a Long Ordeal", Quail Ridge Press – August 1981
  4. ^ a b "Josh Holloway". Biography. A&E Television Networks. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  5. ^ Keck, William (November 29, 2005). "Fame's a breeze for Holloway". USA Today. Retrieved September 1, 2008.
  6. ^ PEOPLE's 50 Most Beautiful People Archived January 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine People (magazine). April 27, 2005
  7. ^ 'Lost's' Josh Holloway is top In Touch hunk January 25, 2006
  8. ^ George Clooney – Clooney tops sexiest star poll Contact Music., November 10, 2006.
  9. ^ "Lilly Gets A Splash Of Cool Water". The Internet Movie Database. July 17, 2008. Retrieved September 1, 2008.
  10. ^ Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Love Hewitt TV Guide Sexiest Stars 2008 Pop Crunch, May 1, 2008.
  11. ^ Callahan, Timothy. Review of "Invincible Iron Man #28". Comic Book Resources. July 18, 2010.
  12. ^ Abrams, Natalie (February 3, 2015). "USA orders Carlton Cuse drama Colony to series". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (February 3, 2015). "USA Network's 'Colony,' Starring Josh Holloway, Ordered to Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  14. ^ Fame's a breeze for Josh Holloway
  15. ^ Keck, William (April 25, 2011). "Keck's Exclusives: First Look at Josh Holloway Back in Action". TV Guide. Retrieved April 27, 2011.
  16. ^ "Yo Gabba Gabba! Series 4 Episode 12 Farm". Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2013.
  17. ^ "'Amazing Stories': Apple Unveils First Look Photo & Premiere Date For Steven Spielberg's Anthology Series – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. January 19, 2020. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  18. ^ "Josh Holloway to Star in HBO Max Series 'Duster' From LaToya Morgan, J.J. Abrams".
  19. ^ "Roads closing for HBO filming in Tucson's downtown, Saguaro National Park".

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