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Josh Holloway played the role of James "Sawyer" Ford.


Joshua Lee Holloway, (born July 20, 1969), in San Jose, California is an American actor and former model. His family moved to Georgia when he was a baby, and he grew up in Free Home, Georgia (to this day, he still considers himself a "Blue Ridge Mountain boy"). He had a successful career as a model until he got bitten by the acting bug and relocated to Los Angeles. He had minor acting parts in shows such as Walker: Texas Ranger, Angel and CSI, and co-starred with Nastassja Kinski and Jeff Fahey in the B-movie thriller Cold Heart, in which he played the role of a married woman's lover/stalker.

However, times were tough, and competition fierce for good roles. He was in serious need of acting work just prior to Lost. He relates the timing of his casting as a fortuitous windfall for him because it came just when he was about to give up on acting. He had been waiting to get a secure job before proposing to his then-girlfriend Yessica Kumala, to whom he finally proposed on the set of the "Pilot, Part 1", and married on Kauai in October 2004. (Finding Lost: The Unofficial Guide).


Title Medium Character Year(s)
Battle of the Year: The Dream Team Movie Derrek 2013
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Movie Trevor Hanaway 2011
Community (Episode: 'Fistful of Paintballs') TV series The Black Rider 2011
Stay Cool Movie Wino 2009
Whisper Movie Max Truemont 2007
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars Video game Ajay 2007
Lost (104 episodes) TV series James "Sawyer" Ford 2004 - 2010
Good Girls Don't... (Episode: 'Addicted to Love') TV series Eric 2004
NCIS (Episode: 'My Other Left Foot') TV series Sheriff 2004
Doctor Benny Movie Pheb 2003
The Lyon's Den (Episode: 'Separation Anxiety') TV series Lana's Toyboy 2003
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Episode: 'Assume Nothing') TV Series Kenny Richmond 2003
Mi Amigo Movie Younger Pal 2002
Moving August Movie Loren Carol 2002
Sabretooth TV Movie Trent Parks 2002
Cold Heart Movie Sean 2001
Walker, Texas Ranger (Episode: 'Medieval crimes') TV series Ben Wiley 2001
Angel (Episode: 'City of...') TV series Good Looking Guy 1999


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Media appearances[]

Talk show[]

Holloway has appeared as a talk show guest in the following:


Holloway has been featured on the magazine cover or as the main topic of the following articles:

  • TV Guide - June 5-11, 2005 (cover) - TV's Sexiest Men!
  • Men's Health- May 2006 (cover)
  • TV Guide - May 8, 2006 (cover) - Lost: Deaths, Hookups, Betrayals, Only TV Guide has the Finale Scoop [1]
  • TV & Satellite Week (UK) (cover) - May 2006 - Lost: What's next for the castaways? [2]
  • Entertainment Weekly - May 19, 2006 (cover) - Lost: Secrets of the Shocking Finale [3]
  • Details - June 2006 (cover) - Lost: Josh Holloway puts Gilligan to shame [4]
  • TV Guide - October 2, 2006 (cover) - Lost: Inside Josh's private world [5]
  • Men's Journal - November 2006 (cover) - My Island Paradise: Exploring Secret Oahu with Lost star Josh Holloway [6]
  • TV Week - February 11, 2007 (cover) [7]
  • Best Life - March 13, 2007 (cover) - Lost star Josh Holloway: How he found his best life [1]
  • DVD + (Turkey) - April 2007 (cover) [8]
  • TV Guide - May 7, 2007 (cover) - Finale Fever Preview [9]
  • OK! (UK) - 2008 #15 (cover) [10]
  • TV Week - January 2008 Week 27 (cover) - Rescue Me: Lost is back with 8 new episodes [11]
  • TV & Satellite Week (UK) - February 2008 Week 9 (cover) - The castaways reveal what's in store for the new series [12]
  • Sky Magazine (UK) - March 2008 (cover) - Lost's Sawyer [13]
  • DigiTurk (Turkey) - June 2008 (cover) [14]
  • Outside - September 2008 [15]

Web press[]

  • Best Life - July 14, 2008 - The Natural - Lost star Josh Holloway [16]
  • Men's Health - August 23, 2007 - Guy Wisdom:Life Lessons column, The Lost Man, Found [17]



  • A movie-buff since the age of 3. His favorite film is The Shining. [2]
  • His first job involved collecting dead chickens on a farm. [18]
  • Played a purse thief in Aerosmith's "Cryin'" video; his character was beaten up by Alicia Silverstone.
  • In Angel, he appeared in the pilot episode only as a co-star simply credited in the end credits, while Tracy Middendorf appeared as a guest star of that same episode.
  • Lessened his Southern accent to get a wider variety of work, but returned to it for his auditions for Sawyer. [18]
  • Dislikes the long hair he has to wear as Sawyer. He cut his hair short a few months after production on the series ended. [18]
  • Chosen as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People Magazine in 2005. [19]
  • Was featured in a pre-Lost Old Navy Commercial, starring Fran Drescher. His hair was silver-colored.[20]
  • According to Josh Holloway in an interview in Details Magazine, at around 4:30 am on Wednesday, October 13, 2005, he and his wife were robbed at gunpoint in their home in Oahu. The robber took cash and credit cards as well as stealing Holloway's Mercedes-Benz that was later dumped not far from his home in Hawaii Kai, which is about 12 miles east of Honolulu. The couple was shaken but unharmed. An arrest was later made in connection with the robbery.
  • Was featured in People Magazine's 2006 Sexiest Man Alive issue, on page 164.
  • Was offered the Role of Gambit in X-Men: The Last Stand, but turned it down due to similarities to Sawyer. [21]
  • Plays a NOD Officer (Ajay) in the computer game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberian Wars. Interestingly, Billy Dee Williams also starred in this game as the GDI Director.
  • Is the face of aftershave Davidoff Cool Water in Europe and, as of August 2008, in America.


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