Josh Stewart

Joshua Regnall Stewart (born February 6, 1977) is an American actor who is 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. He also has a role in Netflix's The Punisher (2019).[1]

Josh Stewart
Stewart at the 2012 New York Comic Con
Joshua Regnall Stewart

(1977-02-06) February 6, 1977 (age 44)
OccupationActor, Director, Writer
Years active1999–present
Deanna Brigidi
(m. 2007⁠–⁠2016)

(m. 2019)

Early lifeEdit

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 a sixth grade teacher at Webster Springs Elementary.[3] Stewart first attended West Virginia Wesleyan College, then transferred to West Virginia University, where he studied business.[4] After graduating from WVU, he moved to New York City to pursue acting.[5]

Acting careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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.[6] 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.[7] Stewart also had a recurring role in Criminal Minds as Detective William LaMontagne, Jr., SSA Jennifer "JJ" Jareau's boyfriend and later, husband.

Starring television rolesEdit

Stewart got his break when he was cast as Brendan Finney in the final season of the NBC series Third Watch.[8] 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.[9] This was also the directing debut of Jason Wiles.[10] 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.[11] During the 2010–2011 season, he appeared as Joshua in ABC's No Ordinary Family.

In 2017, Stewart starred as Solotov on the second season of the USA Network thriller drama Shooter.[12]

On February 26, 2018, it was announced that Stewart would join as a series regular in the second season of Netflix's The Punisher.[13] Stewart joined alongside cast member Alexa Davalos, who is Stewart's wife in real life.

Feature filmsEdit

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 had his first feature film starring role, in the horror movie 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)[14] inspired by the novel The Shining.[15] He appeared in Christopher Nolan's final film in his Batman Saga, The Dark Knight Rises as Bane's right-hand man, Barsad.[16][17][18] 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. The same year Stewart was cast in the Disney film The Finest Hours.[18]

Directorial debutEdit

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[19] and eOne Films have since picked up the North American distribution rights.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Stewart has two children with Deanna Brigidi: daughter Ryan Justine (born 2008) and son River Jacob (born 2010). They have been separated since 2014.

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.[20][21]

Stewart married actress Alexa Davalos on May 19, 2019. Both were costars on the second season of the Netflix series The Punisher.


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 Also Director
2014 Transcendence Paul
Interstellar CASE (voice)
2016 Discarnate Casey Blackburn
The Finest Hours Tchuda Southerland
Cold Moon Nathan Redfield
The Neighbor John
2018 Insidious: The Last Key Gerald Rainier
Malicious Adam Pierce
2019 The Mustang Dan
2019 Back Fork Waylon Also Director
2020 The Collected Arkin
Tenet Male Voice
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
Criminal Minds Det. William LaMontagne Jr. Recurring role (season 4–15)
16–present , 19 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 Main role, 4 episodes
2017–18 Shooter Solotov Main role (Season 2–3), 9 episodes
2019 The Punisher John Pilgrim Main role (Season 2), 11 episodes
2021 The Rookie Graham Porter Episode: "Lockdown"


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  2. ^ a b c d "Josh Stewart Featured Star on New FX Show Dirt". January 11, 2007. Retrieved May 27, 2009.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Webster Springs Elementary School". Archived from the original on October 29, 2016. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Josh Stewart makes directorial debut". Daily Athenaeum. West Virginia University. June 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Webster County native returns home for directorial debut". West Virginia MetroNews. June 9, 2014.
  6. ^ "Shows A-Z - Then Came Jones on ABC". Retrieved May 27, 2009.
  7. ^ "Josh Stewart Levi's 501 Original jeans TV commercial". Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ "Lenexa, 1 Mile Cast and Crew Bios". Retrieved May 27, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Lenexa, 1 Mile". Jason Archived from the original on December 23, 2007. Retrieved January 25, 2008.
  11. ^ "'Dirt': FX Cancels Courteney Cox Arquette Series". TV Series Finale. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (April 13, 2017). "'Shooter': Josh Stewart Cast As New Regular In Season 2". Deadline. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (February 26, 2018). "'Marvel's The Punisher': Josh Stewart, Floriana Lima & Giorgia Whigham Join Cast Of Netflix Series For Season 2". Deadline. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  14. ^ Barton, Steve (June 9, 2010). "IFC Midnight Nabs Chad Feehan's Wake / Beyond the Pale Next for Director". Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  15. ^ "SXSW '10: Trailer for 'Shining' Inspired 'Wake' -".
  16. ^ "Marion Cotillard & Gary Oldman CLOSE UP Near InventHelp Filming Scene Dark Knight Rises". YouTube. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  17. ^ "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.
  18. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (August 25, 2014). "'Dark Knight Rises' Actor Josh Stewart Joins Chris Pine in 'Finest Hours'". Variety. Retrieved January 16, 2016. Josh Stewart, who played the villain Barsad in “The Dark Knight Rises”...
  19. ^ "Dark Knight Rises, The Collector Actor Directs Horror Film, The Hunted". Shock Till You Drop.
  20. ^ "Eagle Rocker Thanks LAFD Dispatcher who Helped Save Her Husband's Life". Eagle Rock, CA Patch. March 31, 2012.
  21. ^ "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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