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Born: September 3, 1964 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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For over two decades, character actor Holt McCallany was a go-to for strong, silent and decidedly dangerous men on either side of the moral fence, as evidenced by his small but memorable turns in films like "Alien 3" (1989), "Tyson" (HBO, 1995), "Fight Club" (1999) and "Three Kings" (1999). The scion of an acting family, McCallany paid his dues in a wide variety of projects, rarely vaulting past supporting roles, but always delivering a committed and often unsettling performance. In 2011, he advanced to leading man status with "Lights Out" (FX), a gritty drama about a former heavyweight boxer who forges a comeback to save his family from criminal pressures. The role, both physical and deeply emotional, provided McCallany with the complex and worthy canvas he had long deserved throughout his lengthy career.Born Holt Quinn McAloney on Sept. 3, 1964, Holt McCallany was the oldest of two sons by Irish actor Michael McAloney, who won a Tony Award for his production of Brendan Behanâ¿¿s "Borstal Boy," and actress-singer Julie Wilson. A childhood spent in Dublin was cut short by his parentsâ¿¿ divorce, with McCallany returning with his parents to the United States. There, he was sent to live with his...

For over two decades, character actor Holt McCallany was a go-to for strong, silent and decidedly dangerous men on either side of the moral fence, as evidenced by his small but memorable turns in films like "Alien 3" (1989), "Tyson" (HBO, 1995), "Fight Club" (1999) and "Three Kings" (1999). The scion of an acting family, McCallany paid his dues in a wide variety of projects, rarely vaulting past supporting roles, but always delivering a committed and often unsettling performance. In 2011, he advanced to leading man status with "Lights Out" (FX), a gritty drama about a former heavyweight boxer who forges a comeback to save his family from criminal pressures. The role, both physical and deeply emotional, provided McCallany with the complex and worthy canvas he had long deserved throughout his lengthy career.

Born Holt Quinn McAloney on Sept. 3, 1964, Holt McCallany was the oldest of two sons by Irish actor Michael McAloney, who won a Tony Award for his production of Brendan Behanâ¿¿s "Borstal Boy," and actress-singer Julie Wilson. A childhood spent in Dublin was cut short by his parentsâ¿¿ divorce, with McCallany returning with his parents to the United States. There, he was sent to live with his maternal grandparents in Omaha, NE, but this period was a troubled one for him. After being expelled from school, he ran away to Los Angeles, where he decided to become an actor. McCallanyâ¿¿s parents eventually tracked him down and sent him back to Ireland to finish high school. After graduation, he studied French at the Sorbonne and theater at the Ecole Marcel Marceau.

Upon returning to the States, McCallany apprenticed at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, OH, then relocated to New York City, where he landed a job as an understudy in Neil Simonâ¿¿s "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway. His feature film debut came in 1987â¿¿s "Creepshow 2" as a murderous Native American who receives his comeuppance at the hands of a cigar store Indian come to life. Soon after, he found steady work in films and on television. His intense presence and formidable build made him a natural for men of action on either side of the law, whom he portrayed in minor and supporting roles for such noted directors as Brian De Palma with "Casualties of War" (1989); David Fincher, who cast him as a self-sacrificing convict in "Alien 3" (1989) and as the Mechanic who explains the rules of "Fight Club" (1999); and for William Friedkin in the box office bomb, "Jade" (1995). McCallany found more substantial roles in independent fare or television; the former provided him with his first starring role in "The Search for One-Eye Jimmy" (1994), as a film student who encounters a parade of odd characters upon his return to his hometown of Brooklyn. The latter brought him to the HBO biopic "Tyson" (1995), in which he starred as legendary fight trainer Teddy Atlas, who helped develop Tyson from street tough to boxing legend. The project inspired McCallany to develop his own television program about a trainer, which would eventually bring him to the FX Network and "Lights Out."

McCallany continued to work steadily throughout the late 1990s and early 21st century in steely character roles for films and television shows both major and minor. He was the by-the-books lieutenant who made life difficult for George Clooney in "Three Kings" (1999), enjoyed a recurring role for three seasons of "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ) as a tormented cop who ends his own life after being implicated with tampered evidence, and played an Irish mobster who pressed Peter Petrelli (Milo Ventimiglia) into committing crimes for him on "Heroes" (NBC, 2006-2010). While pitching his boxing trainer series to HBO, he was informed that FX was developing a show about an aging fighter who was forced to return to the ring. McCallany was eventually cast in "Lights Out" as Patrick "Lights" Leary, a forty-something brawler who re-enters the sport after landing in trouble with a local mobster. While drawing critical praise for his performance, McCallany also wrote and developed a TV movie based on the story of Doreen Giuliano, a real-life Brooklynite who fought for her sonâ¿¿s release from prison after a wrongful murder convicion.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Sully (2016)
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 Shot Caller (2016)
4.
 Monster Trucks (2015)
5.
 Concussion (2015)
6.
 Perfect Guy, The (2015)
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 Gangster Squad (2013)
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 Losers, The (2010)
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Raised in Nebraska
1984:
Broadway debut, "Biloxi Blues"
1987:
Co-starred in first segment ("Old Chief Wood'nhead") in horror anthology "Creepshow 2"
1989:
Cast in war drama "Casualties of War"
1992:
Appeared in David Fincher¿s directing debut "Alien 3" with Sigourney Weaver and Charles S. Dutton
1993:
Portrayed Ernest Hemingway in TNT movie "Zelda"
1994:
Starred as a film student who returns to his hometown to shoot a documentary in "The Search for One-eye Jimmy"
1995:
Co-starred in HBO movie "Tyson," about the tumultuous life of the heavyweight boxing champ
1997:
Cast in TNT miniseries "Rough Riders" with Tom Berenger and Sam Elliott
1999:
Appeared on pilot of ABC's short-lived "Wasteland"
1999:
Appeared as a brutal extremist in "Fight Club," reuniting him with director Fincher
2000:
Played a rigid Army captain in "Three Kings"
2001:
Co-starred in drama "Men of Honor" opposite Cuba Gooding Jr.
2002:
Co-starred in WWII-set horror film "Below"
2003:
Landed recurring role on "CSI: Miami" as Detective John Hagen
2004:
Co-starred with Meg Ryan in Charles Dutton directed "Against the Ropes"
2007:
Played a detective in crime drama "Alpha Dog," directed by Nick Cassavetes and based on the true story of drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood
2007:
Joined second season of "Heroes" (NBC) as the ringleader of a group of Irish thugs
2010:
Cast alongside Idris Elba and Zoe Saldana in adaptation of comic book series "The Losers"
2013:
Acted opposite Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling in crime drama "Gangster Squad"
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father:
Michael McCallany. Presbyterian minister.
father:
Michael McCallany. Producer, actor. Born in Dublin, Ireland; divorced from Julie Wilson.
mother:
Julie Wilson. Survived him.
mother:
Julie Wilson. Singer, actor. Her second marriage; divorced from Michael McCallany.
brother:
Michael McCallany. Had two; survived him.
brother:
Michael McCallany. Younger.
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