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André Holland
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Holland in 2019
Born (1979-12-28) December 28, 1979 (age 44)
Education Florida State University (BFA)
New York University (MFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 2006–present

André Holland (born December 28, 1979) is an American actor, widely known for his 2016 performance as Kevin in the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight.

Throughout his career, Holland has acted in film, television, and theatre productions. On television, he has starred as Dr. Algernon Edwards in the Cinemax series The Knick (2014–2015) and as Matt Miller in the FX series American Horror Story: Roanoke (2016). He portrayed politician and activist Andrew Young in the 2014 film Selma and sportswriter Wendell Smith in the 2013 film 42. On stage, he has starred in August Wilson's play Jitney on Broadway in 2017. In 2020, he plays a lead role on the Netflix musical drama series The Eddy, directed by Damien Chazelle.

Early life

Holland was born and raised in Bessemer, Alabama. He graduated from John Carroll Catholic High School. His first stage performance was in a production of Oliver! at the Birmingham Summerfest Theatre, at the age of eleven.

He attended Florida State University and studied abroad at the FSU London study centre during his time there. He also received a Master of Fine Arts degree from New York University in 2006.

Career

2006–2015: Early work

Holland's first on-screen performance was in an episode of Law & Order in 2006. Around this time, Holland began to perform more regularly on stage as well. In 2006, he portrayed three characters in the play Blue Door. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times gave his performance a positive review.

In 2008, he played Eric in the play Wig Out! and took his first film role in the sports drama Sugar. The following year, he portrayed Elegba and Marcus in The Brother/Sister Plays. In 2010, he was cast in the Matthew Lopez play The Whipping Man, for which he won the Vivian Robinson/Audelco Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2011, he starred as Julian "Fitz" Fitzgerald in several episodes of the NBC sitcom Friends with Benefits. In 2013, he portrayed Wendell Smith in the film 42. In 2014, he portrayed Andrew Young in Ava DuVernay's historical drama film Selma. For his performance, he was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.

From 2014 to 2015, he starred in a supporting role opposite Clive Owen in the Cinemax original drama series The Knick.

2016–present: Moonlight and beyond

In 2016, he achieved widespread notice for his performance as Kevin in Barry Jenkins' drama film Moonlight, for which he received critical acclaim and numerous accolades. The film won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture, at the 89th annual ceremony.

Holland's performance was singled out by some film critics, including those at Rolling Stone and GQ, who dubbed him a "standout" in the film. As a member of the film's ensemble cast, he received a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards. He also received nominations for Best Supporting Actor from the Florida Film Critics Circle and Outstanding Supporting Actor at the Black Reel Awards.

Following the success of Moonlight, in 2017, Holland portrayed Youngblood in August Wilson's play Jitney on Broadway. He next appeared in DuVernay's fantasy adventure film A Wrinkle in Time, released in March 2018. The film received mixed reviews from critics. Later that year, he portrayed the leading character Henry Matthew Deaver on the Hulu series Castle Rock; his turn on the series has earned positive reviews from critics, including Amy Woolsey of Vulture, who praised his performance as "textured."

Since July 2018, he has starred in a production of Othello at Shakespeare's Globe, costarring with Mark Rylance. In 2018, he also made his Off Off Broadway directing debut with a production of Greg Keller's Dutch Masters.

In 2022, Holland was cast as Paul Cole in Duke Johnson's upcoming film The Actor, based on the novel Memory by Donald E. Westlake.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Sugar Brad Johnson Nominated – Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Miracle at St. Anna Private Needles
Last Call Pete
2009 Bride Wars DJ Jazzles
Us: A Love Story Carjack Victim Short film
2011 Small, Beautifully Moving Parts Leon
2012 Nobody's Nobody's Jason Short film
2013 42 Wendell Smith
2014 Black or White Reggie Davis
Selma Andrew Young Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2016 Moonlight Kevin Jones Boston Online Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble
Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance
Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
New York Film Critics Online Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Runner-up – Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
2018 A Wrinkle in Time Principal James Jenkins
2019 High Flying Bird Ray Burke
Battle at Big Rock Dennis Short film
2021 Passing Brian Redfield
2022 Bones and All Frank Yearly
TBA The Actor Paul Cole
The Dutchman Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Law & Order David Sachs Episode: "Public Service Homicide"
2007 The Black Donnellys Frank Thomas Episode: "Wasn't That Enough?"
The News DeShawn Burkett Television film
2009 Lost & Found Gayle Dixon Television film
2010 The Rockford Files Angel Martin Television film
Damages Bank Manager Episode: "You Haven't Replaced Me"
2011 Friends with Benefits Julian "Fitz" Fitzgerald 13 episodes
Burn Notice Dion Carver Episode: "Breaking Point"
2012–2013 1600 Penn Marshall Malloy 13 episodes
2014–2015 The Knick Dr. Algernon Edwards 20 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2016 American Horror Story: Roanoke Matt Miller 9 episodes
2018 Castle Rock Henry Deaver 10 episodes
2020 The Eddy Elliot Udo 8 episodes
TBA The Big Cigar Huey P. Newton Upcoming miniseries

See also

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