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

Holt McCallany
Born Holt Quinn McAloney
(1963-09-03) September 3, 1963 (age 54)[1]
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present


Early lifeEdit

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]


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 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]


Feature Year Character
Creepshow 2 1987 Sam Whitemoon
Shakedown 1988 Roadblock Officer
Casualties of War 1989 Lt. Kramer
Alien 3 1992 Junior
Amateur 1994 Usher
The Search for One-eye Jimmy 1994 Les
Jade 1995 Bill Barrett
Tyson 1995 Teddy Atlas
Rough Riders 1997 Sgt. Hamilton Fish
The Peacemaker 1997 Mark Appleton
Fight Club 1999 The Mechanic
Three Kings 1999 Capt. Doug Van Meter
Men of Honor 2000 MM1 Dylan Rourke
Freedom 2000–2001 Owen Decker
Below 2002 Loomis
CSI: Miami 2003–2005 Detective John Hagen
Against the Ropes 2004 Doug Doherty
Monk 2004 Pat van Ranken
Criminal Minds 2006 Roy Woodridge
Alpha Dog 2006 Detective Tom Finnegan
Underfunded 2006 Alex Breech
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ep. "Manipulated" 2006 Walter Inman
Rise: Blood Hunter 2007 Rourke
Heroes 2007 Ricky McKenna
Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ep. "Amends" 2007 Det. Patrick Copa
Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Ep. "Purgatory" 2008 Patrick Copa
Vantage Point 2008 Agent Ron Matthews
Toxic 2008 Van
Burn Notice 2009 Santora
A Perfect Getaway 2009 Police Lieutenant
The Losers 2010 Wade
Lights Out 2011 Patrick "Lights" Leary
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Ep. "Official Story" 2012 Donald O'Keefe
Gangster Squad 2012 Karl Lockwood
Bullet to the Head 2012 Hank Greely
Golden Boy 2013 Detective Joe Diaco
Blue Bloods 2014 D.A. Robert McCoy
Run All Night 2015 Frank
Blackhat 2015 Deputy United States Marshal Jessup
The Perfect Guy 2015 Detective Hansen
Sully 2016 Mike Cleary
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 2016 Col. Sam Morgan
Monster Trucks 2016 Burke
Shot Caller 2017 Jerry 'The Beast' Manning
Mindhunter 2017 Bill Tench
Justice League 2017 Burglar
Angel Has Fallen 2018 Wade Jennings[9]


  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 -". Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Holt McCallany - educational background". 
  6. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Holt McCallany Revs Up Villainous Role In Paramount's 'Monster Trucks'". 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. 
  9. ^ Patten, Dominic (January 10, 2018). "'Mindhunter's Holt McCallany Joins Gerard Butler In 'Angel Has Fallen'". Retrieved February 13, 2018. 

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