Josh Holloway

Josh Holloway


7/20/1969, San Jose, California, USA

Birth Name

Joshua Lee Holloway


  • Josh Holloway as Sawyer on Lost.
  • Josh Holloway of Lost.
  • The cast and executive producers of Lost.
  • Josh Holloway as Sawye of Lost.
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Just like Sawyer, his famous brooding bad boy character on Lost, American actor Josh Holloway is a stubborn survivor from the South. It may have taken Josh nearly a decade before being recognized onscreen, but his hard work and perseverance has surely paid off. Being part of the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He played a burlesque bar patron in the 1998 Billie Myers music video for "Tell Me".

    • Holloway appeared in the movie Mi amigo (2002) as Younger Pal and in the film Stay Cool (2009).

    • Josh has been married to Yessica Kumala since October 1, 2004. They have one daughter, Java Kumala Holloway (b. April 9, 2009).

    • After years of people telling him to lose his Southern accent, he went to his Lost audition trying to talk without an accent. The producers saw him trying to cover it up, and told him to speak with it. They then changed the role of Sawyer to a con man from Tennessee, instead of from New York.

    • It took Josh practically ten years to achieve his status as a television star. He landed small parts on TV shows (including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation). He was going to quit acting and become a real estate agent after he got married, because he wanted to be able to support his wife. However he got the call for the part on Lost right before pushing through with his plan.

    • Josh has appeared as a face of Davidoff Cool Water worldwide, outside of North America. The first TV commercial and print ad for the fragrance first appeared In July 2007. The ads are still playing in December 2007 for Christmas.

    • When asked which man on Lost he would sleep with if his life depended on it, Josh chose Jorge Garcia, who plays Hurley, because he is "more cuddly than the others."

    • According to TV Guide (Oct. 23-29, 2006), Josh makes $80,000 per episode of Lost.

    • Josh voiced the PC/Xbox 360 video game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars.

    • When Josh went in to audition for the part of Sawyer on Lost, the producers weren't sure if he was right for the part. However in the course of reading his lines, he blanked, and in frustration and anger, kicked a chair across the room. He was later offered the part, the incident actually having helped him.

    • Awards & Nominations:
      2005 (N) - Choice TV Breakout Performance - Male, Teen Choice Awards, for Lost
      2006 (N) - TV - Choice Chemistry, Teen Choice Awards, for Lost, shared with Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly
      2006 (W) - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Lost, shared with castmates
      2007 (N) - Best Supporting Actor in a Television Program, Saturn Award, for Lost
      2008 (N) - Choice TV Actor: Action Adventure, Teen Choice Awards, for Lost
      2008 (N) - Best Supporting Actor on Television, Saturn Award, for Lost
      2009 (N) - Best Supporting Actor in Television, Saturn Award, for Lost
      2009 (N) - Choice TV Actor: Action Adventure, Teen Choice Awards, for Lost

    • Although there have been reports of Josh hating his long hairstyle he wears in Lost, he has since confirmed that he likes it, and thinks it looks great, but that it can be hard to work with in windy conditions.

    • For their honeymoon, Josh and his wife Yessica went to Alaska for 18 days. They drove across the state in an RV, and spent lots of time fishing.

    • List Rankings & Appearances:
      2005 - listed, People Magazine's Most Beautiful People
      2006 - In Touch magazine's Hottest Hunk on Television
      2006 - No.17, OK! magazine's Sexiest Guy Worldwide poll
      2006 - listed, People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, "Sexy Surroundings" section
      2007 - listed, People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive
      2008 - listed, TV Guide's Sexiest Stars
      2009 - No.9. Entertainment Weekly's Sci-fi Hotties (Men)

    • Josh and his Lost co-stars, Matthew Fox and Dominic Monaghan, have been reported to go skinny dipping after shooting scenes and during filming breaks. The producers of the show have since banned them from doing so, in fear that photographers will catch them, and tarnish their image, as well as the shows.

    • Josh is 6'1½" (1.87 m) tall and is left-handed. He has blonde hair and green eyes. Josh is of Dutch and Scottish heritage.

    • Josh was 11 when he had his first job picking up dead chickens at a farm. He also worked in a restaurant and with a construction crew as a teen.

    • Josh's debut into television was as a guest star on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off, Angel. He played the part of a vampire Angel kills in the opening minutes of the first episode. Two of Josh's co-stars on Lost, Sam Anderson and Daniel Dae Kim, had recurring roles in the show.

    • Josh's favorite movie is The Shining. His favorite color is dark blue.

    • He and his wife own homes in both Hawaii and Los Angeles, California.

    • Josh has been an avid movie watcher since he was a child.

    • Josh enjoys boating, sailing, snowboarding, martial arts, motorcross, fishing and playing guitar.

    • Both of Josh's parents have medical experience. His mother worked as a nurse while his father completed two years of medical school. He has three brothers -- one older brother, Brad, and two younger brothers, Sam and Ben.

    • Josh and his wife Yessica were robbed at gunpoint at 4:30 a.m. of October 13, 2005. They were unhurt, but the robber got away with credit cards, cash, jewelry, and drove off in Josh's Mercedes-Benz. Since the robbery, Josh and his wife have installed a home security system.

    • Josh has appeared as the main feature on the cover of TV Guide three times to date. The issue dates for the covers are January 30, 2005, April 3, 2005, and October 2, 2006.

  • Quotes

    • Aside from the ones below, more quotes are found on the Quips & Quotes thread in the forum.

    • Josh: (on his character, Sawyer, in "Lost") He's the kind of guy I would not tolerate in the real world. I don't have any respect for people who treat other people like that. I would beat his ass in a second... I love playing someone I wouldn't tolerate in real life. That's not how I live, so it's a release for me.

    • Josh: (revealing he believes the cast of "Lost" are being targeted by the police) First of all we're on an island which means it's very easily patrolled. And we happen to be famous. I told them they should be embarrassed about giving me a ticket for doing 53 in a 35 zone. I mean, come on! Go catch real criminals!

    • Josh: In order to break through the movie thing, you've got to burn through that atmosphere and it's hard. You've got to work all year at this pace that Lost is; it's a fierce pace and you're constantly doing something.

    • Josh: (referring to his wife on how he kisses other women on "Lost") Thank God she is confident and secure in our love. It's not an issue in our relationship and it should not be. It's my job.

    • Josh: I love to laugh and play and have fun. Do I have some of that bad boy in me? Hell, yeah. There's definitely an intense anger that I have inside, and I don't know where it came from. I've had it all my life. My mom was always like, 'You're going to end up in jail with that temper!' Now I use that to help me.

    • Josh: Fortunately and unfortunately, people don't see me as a character actor. They see me as a leading man or nothing, which makes it really hard to get work.

    • Josh: (on how he'd like Sawyer to leave the series, "Lost") In the current atmosphere of TV shows the writers are willing to kill a main character without any problem. So that's a possibility. But when it happens, I want a big, bloody Braveheart-style battle. I want Sawyer to die badly!

    • Josh: I'm looking to do a really different role next, more of a character who maybe even keeps his shirt on most of the time.

    • Josh: (after his house was robbed in October 2005) My family and I are fine and appreciate everyone's concerns and good thoughts... We are very grateful for the help of the Honolulu Police Department and the support of the local community.

    • Josh: I have three brothers and they're all into computers. They're all intellects. My mother would pay me a quarter a page to read a book and I couldn't make 50 cents. I just couldn't do it.

    • Josh: I'm an outdoorsman kind of person, so I don't like the buzz of the crowd, crowd, crowd and all that so much. I mean I don't mind it, but I don't seek it out.

    • Josh: Being Southern and being the guy I've been all my life, I've lived more on the lighter side of life. I have a dark side, but that's not where I come from. A lot of artists like to come from that.

    • Josh: I wanted to do everything. I wanted to be a pilot. I wanted to be a secret agent. I wanted to be a fireman and a doctor, all that. So I related that through movies and stuff.

    • Josh: I get to actually experience what it would be like to be a psycho, which is not a fun one, or to be a cowboy, or to be a weird character of some sort. For me, it suits me. It suits my personality. I'm an emotional kind of person anyway.

    • Josh: I'm a fickin' romantic. I can't help it. Love is huge to me. I've found that, and it's awesome.

  • Josh for Fifty Shades / Christian Grey

    I think he would make a hell of a Christian Grey ... See im in a suit ... see him in a nothing but torn denim short ... he could probably convince me to get spanked with a led pipe if he thought it was forplay . Not to forget he is a great actor with the exact fysical description and he does mysterious, wounded and badass so well...
  • Why is this man not a major star!??

    OMG! Just finished watching the "Lost" series on was blown away by the entire series, but in particular by Josh Holloway (Jack Sawyer). Not only is he gorgeous to look at (and my favorite of the entire cast!), but loved his portrayal of the good looking bad boy. Thought his acting was great and looked for him in every scene, especially those scenes with Kate!! So my question is this man not a household is he not being offered choice roles, and except for a 5 second stint on Ghost Protocol, where has he been since "Lost"??? He needs a new and better agent or something!! I already miss the series and am suffering from serious withdrawal!moreless