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Brian Van Holt Biography


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Birth Name: Brian Van Holt
Born: 07/06/1969
Birth Place: Waukegan, Illinois, USA


Born July 6, 1969 in Waukegan, IL, Brian Van Holt was raised in California and grew to embody the surfer boy ideal. Discovered at an Orange County strip mall, Van Holt entered and won a sportswear-modeling contest, earning a contract. He put himself through UCLA thanks to modeling work and began to amass small credits, including guest spots on "Flipper" (syndicated, 1995-2000), "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000) and in the big screen comedy "A Very Brady Sequel" (1996). Working steadily, Van Holt booked jobs on "Spin City" (ABC, 1996-2002), "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99) and "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004), where he played a movie star who adds Charlotte (Kristin Davis) to his entourage. He replaced Dash Mihok as the romantic male lead of the rich girl/poor boy sitcom "Love & Money" (CBS, 1999-2000) and shot a small role in the mean-spirited, battle-of-the-sexes comedy "Whipped" (2000), which starred his then-girlfriend Amanda Peet.

A series of action-heavy roles as soldiers or similarly tough guys followed, with Van Holt appearing in "Black Hawk Down" (2001), "Windtalkers" (2002), "Basic" (2003) and "S.W.A.T." (2003). He flexed his comedic muscles in the Tommy Lee Jones sorority comedy "Man of the House" (2005) and then did double duty as a pair of murderous twins in the Paris Hilton-starring horror flick "House of Wax" (2005). Van Holt played another military operative in the sci-fi series "Threshold" (CBS, 2005-06), but earned his best reviews to date as the heroin-addicted, tormented professional surfer Butchie Yost on the mystical-tinged drama "John from Cincinnati" (HBO, 2007). Riding high, Van Holt booked another flurry of guest spots, including episodes of "Sons of Anarchy" (FX, 2008- ), "Entourage" (HBO, 2004- ), "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ) and "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ).

His profile hit a peak when he was cast as Bobby Cobb, the quasi-homeless, good ole' boy ex-husband of Jules (Courteney Cox) on "Cougar Town" (ABC, 2009- ). Although the premise of the series involved Jules's return to dating after divorcing the unfaithful Bobby, Van Holt's charm helped make his character a lovable and vital addition to the show's "Cul-de-sac Crew," and he managed to nail both the comedy and drama of his sweet-but-stupid character's relationship with his gawky son Travis (Dan Byrd). Grounding his goofiness in an unexpected amount of heart, Van Holt proved enormously charming. While "Cougar Town" took a lengthy hiatus as the show moved from ABC to TBS, Van Holt co-starred in the Sylvester Stallone action flick "Bullet To The Head" (2012). In June 2013, gossip magazines revealed that Van Holt and Cox were dating.