Brian Van Holt

Brian Van Holt (born July 6, 1969) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Bo Sinclair in House of Wax and Bobby Cobb on the TV series Cougar Town.

Brian Van Holt
Van Holt in July 2014
Born (1969-07-06) July 6, 1969
Alma materUCLA
Years active1996–present

Early life

Brian Van Holt was born in Waukegan, Illinois on July 6, 1969, and was raised in Huntington Beach, California.[1] He is of Irish and Scottish descent (not Dutch as is widely believed), saying in April 2003, "My nickname is 'Dutch' but my family's part of the McGregor clan. No one really knows where 'Van Holt' came from."[2] He graduated from UCLA in 1993, with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology.[2]


Van Holt was cast in several films and television series beginning with A Very Brady Sequel in 1996, followed by appearances in episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210, Spin City, Homicide: Life on the Street, Martial Law, and Sex and the City. He then hit his stride in a string of martial-themed, A-list films beginning with Black Hawk Down and Windtalkers, interspersed with Confidence, and continuing with Basic and S.W.A.T.. He also appeared in an episode of Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction.

He has since appeared in Man of the House, House of Wax, and the short-lived CBS series Threshold. Van Holt revisited his surfer roots when he was cast in David Milch's HBO series John from Cincinnati as Butchie Yost, son of surfing legend Mitch Yost. He also played Kyle Hobart in the TV series Sons of Anarchy. He guest-starred in the hit show CSI: Miami.

In 2008, he had a small role as himself (an actor) playing a firefighter in two fifth-season episodes of Entourage. From 2009 to 2015, Van Holt appeared as one of the seven main characters on Cougar Town as Bobby Cobb, the ex-husband of lead character Jules Cobb and father of their son Travis. He appeared in six seasons of Cougar Town, exiting the show at the beginning of the sixth and final season. He also directed the second episode of the fifth season, "Like a Diamond", which aired on January 14, 2014.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 A Very Brady Sequel Warren Mulaney
1997 L.A. Johns Chris Television film
1997 Steel Chariots Franklin Jones Television film
1999 The Underground Comedy Movie Lifeguard
2000 Whipped Brad
2001 Black Hawk Down Jeff Struecker
2002 Windtalkers Private Andrew Harrigan
2002 A Day in the Life of Nancy M. Pimental Tad Short film
2003 Confidence Miles
2003 Basic Ray Dunbar
2003 S.W.A.T. Michael Boxer
2005 Man of the House Eddie Zane
2005 House of Wax Bo Sinclair and
Vincent Sinclair
Double role
2012 Bullet to the Head Ronnie Earl
2014 Wild Ranger
2018 Den of Thieves Murph


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Flipper N/A Episode: "Surf Gang"
1997 Beverly Hills, 90210 Eric Anderson Episode: "Aloha Beverly Hills: Part 2"
1997 Spin City Brent Episode: "Radio Daze"
1998 Homicide: Life on the Street Peter Fields Episode: "Closet Cases"
1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Michael Episode: "The Plane, The Gun, The Portrait, The Pass & The Caller"
1998 Sins of the City N/A Episode: "Blind Eye for Hire"
1998 Martial Law Lance Carter Episode: "Cop Out"
1999 LateLine Grant Kendall Episode: "The Christian Guy"
1999 Sex and the City Wylie Ford Episode: "The Caste System"
1999–2000 Love & Money Eamon McBride Main cast; 5 episodes
2000 The $treet Chad Episode: "Pilot"
2005–06 Threshold Sean Cavennaugh Main cast; 13 episodes
2007 John from Cincinnati Mitch "Butchie" Yost II Main cast; 10 episodes
2008 Sons of Anarchy Kyle Hobart Episode: "Giving Back"
2008 The Ex List Shane Gallagher Episode: "Do You Love Me, Do You Surfer... Boy"
2008 Entourage Malone 2 episodes
2009 CSI: Miami Terrance Chase Episode: "And They're Offed"
2009 Burn Notice Harlan Episode: "Friends and Family"
2009 The Cleaner Greg Episode: "Split Ends"
2009–15 Cougar Town Bobby Cobb Main cast; 89 episodes
Also directed the episode "Like a Diamond"
2011 The Middle Neighbor Uncredited; episode: "Bad Choices"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Captain Mike Robinson Episode: "CSI on Fire"
2013–14 The Bridge Ray Burton 10 episodes
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Carver / Sebastian Derik 2 episodes
2014 Ascension William Denninger Miniseries; 6 episodes
2015 Community Willy Episode: "Laws of Robotics and Party Rights"
2016 Grandfathered Luke Episode: "Budget Spa"
2017 Training Day Jeff Kullen Episode: "Wages of Sin"
2018 LA to Vegas Dean Episode: "The Affair"
2018 Life in Pieces Wayne Winger Episode : "Parents Ancestry Coupon Chaperone"
2020 Deputy Deputy Cade Walker Main role


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