In a film career spanning over 30 years, Holt McCallany has appeared in well over 100 films
and television shows, working with some of the world’s most storied directors.Throughout his varied and versatile career, Holt has worked for David Fincher, David O’Russell, William Friedkin, Lawrence Kasdan, Walter Hill, Clint Eastwood, Brian De Palma and Michael Mann among many others.
In 2011, Holt was the star of one of the most critically acclaimed and innovative television
series of the decade, the raw and gritty Light’s Out on FX where he played an ex-world
champion boxer with pugilistic dementia who must go to work for the mob to continue
to support his family. He lives in New York City.
Holt currently stars in the Netflix series Mindhunter for director David Fincher where he plays Bill Tench, a complex, real life FBI agent researching serial killers in the late 1970s. Mindhunter is one of the most critically acclaimed shows on television and is a cinematic international hit for Netflix.
Holt has appeared in notable and pivotal supporting roles in movies like Fight Club (“His name was Robert Paulson!”), Three Kings, Black Hat, Alien III, Justice League, and Sully, to name a few. He has consistently worked alongside the film industry’s most influential actors including Tom Hanks, Sigourney Weaver, George Clooney, Robert DeNiro, Tom Cruise, Ben Affleck, Sylvester Stallone and Sean Penn.
Born into a theater family, Holt’s father, Michael, was a Tony Award winning Broadway producer (Borstal Boy) and his mother was the legendary cabaret singer Julie Wilson. At 14, Holt ran away to Hollywood to become an actor where he eventually ended up working in a screwdriver factory. His father tracked him down and sent him off to a boarding school in Ireland — Newbridge College, County Kildare — that he himself had attended 40 years earlier. At 18, Holt, a fluent French speaker, travelled to France where he studied at the Sorbonne, The Paris American Academy and, later, theater at L’École Marcel Marceau and L’École Jacques Lecoq. He went on to study Shakespeare at Oxford and to work extensively in theater in the United States and abroad. After leaving France, Holt kept an apartment in the Latin Quarter in Paris for many years.
Holt’s first French language film, Le Dindon, is in post-production and scheduled for release in 2019 from award winning director Jalil Lespert, co-starring French superstar Dany Boon. It will have it’s world premiere in Paris in September.
Holt has worked as a writer and producer. He has supported the Irish Arts Center in New York City and in 2011 was named the American Ireland Fund’s Man of the Year. He also served as president of the jury at Belgium’s international film festival, Festival International du Film de Bruxelles. Holt co-wrote the screenplay, Mother Justice, based on a Vanity Fair article of the same name. It tells the story of Doreen Giuliano, a mother who worked for over a decade and half to free her son who was wrongfully convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. Holt’s work as an activist is prolific including his longtime support of the Dr. Theodore Atlas Foundation, as well as his support for his friend and Nobel Peace Prize nominated leader Ahmed Maher, co-founder of Egypt’s April 6th Youth Movement. The movement played a critical role organizing demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir Square eventually resulting in the removal of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak. Holt has also advocated for the wrongfully convicted around the world.