Josh Lee Holloway is an American actor, model and producer, best known for his roles as James “Sawyer” Ford on the American television show Lost and as Will Bowman on the science fiction drama Colony. Take a look below for 25 more fascinating and interesting facts about Josh Holloway.
1. Holloway was born in San Jose, California, the second of four boys of a nurse mother and a surveyor father.
2. His family moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia when he was two.
3. He was raised in Free Home, Georgia.
4. Holloway is related to Baptist preacher Dr. Dale Holloway and author and World War II prisoner of war Carl Holloway.
5. He is also a descendant of Robert E. Lee.
6. Holloway attended Cherokee High School in Canton, Georgia, graduating in 1987.
7. He developed an interest in movies at a very young age.
8. He studied at the University of Georgia but left after one quarter due to financial constraints.
9. Holloway moved to Los Angeles, where he began a successful career as a runway and print model, including for brands Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan.
10. In 1993, Holloway appeared in the Aerosmith video for the song “Cryin'” as a thief who tries to steal Alicia Silverstone’s purse from a diner, only to be caught and beaten up by her.
11. His first role was as “Good Looking Guy” in an episode of Angel in 1999, followed by a role in the comedy Doctor Benny and in the movies Mi Amigo, Moving August, and Cold Heart.
12. Following these roles, he gained recognition for his lead role in the Sci-Fi Channel movie Sabretooth with David Keith and John Rhys-Davies.
13. His big break came when he was cast as James “Sawyer” Ford in the hit television series Lost.
14. The show propelled Holloway to celebrity status, but left him with little time to leverage his fame with other roles.
15. In May 2007, 20th Century Fox approached Holloway for the second time and offered him the role of Gambit in X-Men 4.
16. In 2005, People magazine named Holloway one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World.”
17. In January 2006, In Touch Weekly named Holloway the “hottest hunk” on television.
18. In the same month, Holloway was voted the seventeenth-sexiest guy worldwide by British readers of OK! magazine.
19. In the same year, he was voted the second-sexiest star in Hollywood by Us Weekly.
20. In March 2007, Holloway was selected as the new face for Davidoff’s “Cool Water” fragrance worldwide.
21. In Spring 2008, Holloway was selected as the first male spokesperson for Magnum ice cream of Turkey.
22. Holloway appeared in the 2009 film Stay Cool, a comedy written by the Polish brothers.
23. In 2016, Holloway began starring in Colony as Will Bowman, a former FBI agent who, in a bid to protect his family, is forced to collaborate with the occupational government to bring down the growing resistance movement inside the L.A. colony in the near future. Colony marks a Lost reunion for Holloway and executive producer Carlton Cuse.
24. At the end of shooting the Lost pilot in Oahu, Hawaii, Holloway proposed to his long-time girlfriend, Yessica Kumala, a native of Indonesia of Chinese descent.
25. The couple married on October 1, 2004. They have two children: daughter Java Kumala (born 2009) and son Hunter Lee (born 2014).