Mar. 11th, 1981
Grants Pass, Oregon, USA
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David Anders was David Anders Holt (born March 11, 1981) is an American television and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Julian Sark on Alias, and as Adam Monroe on Heroes. Although Anders is American, both of these noted roles required him to use a British accent.
Anders was born in Grants Pass, Oregon, to parents Dr. Tony and Jeri Holt. Anders is the youngest of four children, he has three older siblings; a biological brother, an adopted brother, and an adopted sister.
Anders began acting in school plays at a young age but spent most of high school playing sports such as basketball and tennis. When he was a senior in high school, at 17, he played Philip the Apostle in a regional theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar. When he was 18 Anders won the part of George in his high school's production of Our Town, following that, he went on to portray Freddy Eynsford-Hill in a production of My Fair Lady.
After moving to Los Angeles, California he took the stage name of David Anders due to another actor using the name David Holt. In 2001 Anders took a role playing a high school senior in the Olsen twins' series So Little Time. In 2001 Anders landed the role of Julian Sark in Alias, originally a guest star role of Anders playing Julian Sark was made a regular and lasted until 2006. Before his acting debut in Alias Anders worked at The Gap and taught tennis. Between 2001 and 2006 while working on Alias Anders made guest appearances on television shows such as Charmed, CSI and Grey's Anatomy, worked on an independent film, and was involved in several plays.
In 2002 Anders played in the independent film, The Surge. In December 2001 he appeared in The Source magazine in an ad for the rapper Canibus, in which Anders doubles as Eminem. In 2005 Anders joined the cast of Beautiful, an Off-Broadway rock musical, as the lead. Beautiful was shown during the New York International Fringe Festival. In the same year he participated in the film Circadian Rhythm. In 2006 Anders worked on the horror film Left in Darkness alongside actress Monica Keena.
In 2007 Anders played the role of ELI in the film of the same name, ELI. He went on to be cast in a regular role in the second season of NBC’s hit Heroes as Adam Monroe/Takezo Kensei, a new character with the ability to regenerate. Anders was once again asked to use his British accent from Alias, despite being an American actor. He is also working in two other movies; Into the Blue 2: The Reef and The Revenant. He recently join the eighth season of 24.
On stage Anders has played the lead role in the world premiere of Rockne: The Musical. He also appeared in The Diary of Anne Frank, in 2001, which received an award for Best Ensemble performance at the Back Stage West Garland Awards.
In 2006 Anders became a part of Alias (and in 2007 Heroes) costar Greg Grunberg's band, Band From TV. He sings main vocals alongside Bonnie Somerville. Other than Grunberg, Hugh Laurie (House) on keyboards and James Denton (Desperate Housewives) on guitar will be a part of the project. The band's main goal is to raise money for major charities. According to Grunberg they "charge an incredible amount of money to play corporate events, but if it's all going to charity, then it's worth every dime".
- Was accepted at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, but decided to head to Los Angeles instead.
- Oldest brother is African-American; sister is Vietnamese.
- Is not British, even though he frequently plays characters who have a British accent.
- Played Philip the Apostle in a regional theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar when he was 17.
- Son of Dr. Tony and Jeri Holt.
- To make ends meet while he pursued his dream, he worked in retail sales and taught tennis.
- Took the stage name of David Anders because there is already an actor named David Holt. He made the decision to go by his middle name, Anders.
- Just before he landed Alias he played the part of a young Knute Rockne in Rockne: The Musical. The play written by Laurence O'Keefe, of Bat Boy fame, fittingly had its world premiere in South Bend, Indiana.