Josh Stewart

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Josh Stewart
Josh Stewart Comic-Con 2012.jpg
Stewart at the 2012 New York Comic Con, October 14
Born Joshua Regnall Stewart
(1977-02-06) February 6, 1977 (age 38)
Diana, West Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Deanna Brigidi (????–2015)
Children 2

Joshua Regnall "Josh" Stewart (born February 6, 1977) is an American actor best known for his role as Holt McLaren in the FX TV series Dirt and as Detective William LaMontagne, Jr., in Criminal Minds. He was also cast as Brendan Finney in the final season of the NBC TV series Third Watch and as Barsad in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.[1]

Early life[edit]

Stewart was born in Diana, West Virginia,[2] the son of Margie and Charles Regnall Stewart. His father was a high school physical education teacher as well as a former pastor of the First Baptist Church in Webster Springs and Holly River Baptist Church, and is now pastor at the Redeeming Grace Baptist Church in Webster Springs. His mother is an eighth grade school teacher at Webster County High School in Upper Glade. Stewart first attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, then transferred to West Virginia University, where he studied business.[3] After graduating from WVU, he moved to New York to pursue acting.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Stewart got his start doing local theater at the Landmark Theatre in Sutton, West Virginia, and eventually moved to New York City to study at the T. Schreiber studios.[2] He was a company member of the 13th Street Repertory Theatre. He continued his theater in Los Angeles, performing in Light Bulb and Beacon alongside Robert Forster and Brooke Shields.[2]

Stewart appeared as an extra in The WB series Dawson's Creek episode "To Green, With Love". In 2003 he filmed a pilot for a Western for ABC entitled Then Came Jones.[5] In the pilot he played the character of Bill Jenkins.

Stewart later appeared as Sean Cleary the CSI episode "Bad to the Bone", which aired on April 1, 2004. That same year, he also appeared in a commercial for Levi's 501 Original jeans.[6] Stewart also has a recurring role in Criminal Minds as Detective William LaMontagne, Jr., SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau's boyfriend and later, husband.

Starring television roles[edit]

Stewart got his break when he was cast as Brendan Finney in the final season of the NBC series Third Watch.[7] As Finney, he played the son of IAB captain Cathal "CT" Finney.

After Third Watch was cancelled, Stewart started filming a movie entitled Lenexa, 1 Mile (released on DVD as Full Count), alongside William Baldwin, Michael Beach, Jennifer Hall, Timothy Ryan Hensel, Chris Klein, Austin Nichols, Jason Ritter, Michael Rooker, and Paul Wesley.[8] This was also the directing debut of Jason Wiles.[9] After filming wrapped, Stewart began filming a new television series starring Courteney Cox Arquette entitled Dirt, for the FX Network, where he played the character of Holt McLaren.[2] On June 8, 2008, Cox Arquette announced that Dirt had been cancelled.[10] During the 2010-2011 season, he appeared as Joshua in ABC's No Ordinary Family.

Feature films[edit]

Stewart made his mainstream feature film debut in 2008's Curious Case of Benjamin Button playing the character of Benjamin's crewmate, Pleasant Curtis. Also that year, he appeared in The Haunting of Molly Hartley in the role of Mary Hartley's teacher, Mr. Draper. In 2009, he costarred in his first feature film, the horror movie called The Collector, playing the part of Arkin, a man attempting to rob a house to make enough money to pay off his wife's debts to loan sharks. In 2010, he starred, alongside Jamie-Lynn Sigler in the movie Beneath the Dark, (originally titled Wake)[11] inspired by the novel The Shining.[12] He appeared in Christopher Nolan's final film in his Batman Saga, The Dark Knight Rises as Bane's right-hand man, Barsad.[13][14] He appeared as the main protagonist in the 2012 webisodes, The Walking Dead: Cold Storage, which are based on the popular television show The Walking Dead. In 2013, Josh finished filming his directorial debut, The Hunted, in which he also stars. Stewart reunited in 2014 with Director Christopher Nolan as the voice of CASE in the sci-fi epic Interstellar.

Directorial Debut[edit]

Josh recently completed filming his directorial and writing debut, The Hunted. He co-produced the film along with The Collector producers Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti. The 'found footage' film revolves around Jake (Stewart) and Stevie (Ronnie Gene Blevins) who want their own TV show. In an attempt to grab the media's attention, both Jake and Stevie head to the dense, secluded woods in West Virginia, armed with only their bows and a camera, to find the biggest guy they can. However, as the sun sets over the mountains, they soon realise they are not alone in the woods and something supernatural is hunting them instead. The film screened at TIFF[15] and eOne Films have since picked up the North American distribution rights.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Stewart has two children with Deanna Brigidi: daughter Ryan Justine (born 2008) and son River Jacob (born 2010).

On February 27, 2012, Stewart went into cardiac arrest after contracting salmonella. His wife performed CPR for several minutes. Stewart now has an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator in his chest.[16][17]


Year Film Role Notes
2006 Lenexa, 1 Mile T.J. Ketting
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Monk
Jekyll Tommy
2008 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Pleasant Curtis
The Haunting of Molly Hartley Mr. Draper
2009 The Collector Arkin
Law Abiding Citizen Rupert Ames
2010 Beneath the Dark Paul
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Barsad
The Collection Arkin
2013 Event 15 Sergeant Oldsman
The Hunted Jake
2014 Transcendence Paul
Interstellar CASE (Voice)
2015 Cold Moon Nathan Redfield Post-production
2016 The Finest Hours Tchuda Southerland Post-production
Discarnate Casey Blackburn Post-production
Year Film Role Notes
2000 Dawson's Creek Extra Episode: "To Green, With Love"
2003 Then Came Jones Bill Jenkins Pilot, not picked up
CSI Sean Cleary Episode: "Bad to the Bone
2004–05 Third Watch Officer Brendan Finney Main role (season 6), 20 episodes
2007–08 Dirt Holt McLaren Main role, 20 episodes
2007–present Criminal Minds Det. William LaMontagne Jr. Recurring role, 11 episodes
2008 Raising the Bar Dan Denton Episode: "Hang Time"
ER Daniel Episode: "Under Pressure"
2009 CSI: Miami Colin Astor Episode: "Smoke Gets in Your CSI's"
Southland Vid Holmes Episode: "Unknown Trouble"
The Mentalist Harlan McAdoo Episode: "The Scarlett Letter"
2010 Ghost Whisperer Robert Wharton Episode: "Living Nightmare"
2010–11 No Ordinary Family Joshua Recurring role, 14 episodes
2012 Grimm Bill Episode: "The Bottle Imp"
The Walking Dead: Cold Storage Chase Web series, 4 episodes
2016 Lewis and Clark Reuben Field Filming, television miniseries


  1. ^ "Josh Stewart: Credit Listings". Retrieved May 27, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Josh Stewart Featured Star on New FX Show Dirt". January 11, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2009. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Josh Stewart makes directorial debut". Daily Athenaeum (West Virginia University). June 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Webster County native returns home for directorial debut". West Virginia MetroNews. June 9, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Shows A-Z - Then Came Jones on ABC". Retrieved May 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Josh Stewart Levi's 501 Original jeans TV commercial". Retrieved April 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ "NBC's Third Watch Adds Cara Buono and Josh Stewart as Series Regulars and Features Aidan Quinn as Guest Star in Four-Episode Arc Early in New Season". NBC. August 24, 2004. Retrieved May 27, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Lenexa, 1 Mile Cast and Crew Bios". Retrieved May 27, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Lenexa, 1 Mile". Jason Archived from the original on December 23, 2007. Retrieved January 25, 2008. 
  10. ^ "'Dirt': FX Cancels Courteney Cox Arquette Series". TV Series Finale. 
  11. ^ Barton, Steve (June 9, 2010). "IFC Midnight Nabs Chad Feehan's Wake / Beyond the Pale Next for Director". Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ "SXSW '10: Trailer for 'Shining' Inspired 'Wake' -". 
  13. ^ "Marion Cotillard & Gary Oldman CLOSE UP Near InventHelp Filming Scene Dark Knight Rises". YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ "First Look At Marion Cotillad As Talia al Ghul And More Images Of Hathaway As Selena Kyle". YouBentMyWookie. August 5, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Dark Knight Rises, The Collector Actor Directs Horror Film, The Hunted". Shock Till You Drop. 
  16. ^ "Eagle Rocker Thanks LAFD Dispatcher who Helped Save Her Husband's Life". Eagle Rock, CA Patch. March 31, 2012. 
  17. ^ "The Secret Fluffiness of Josh Stewart ... - Me In My Place ® - beautiful women at home". Me In My Place ® - beautiful women at home. 

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