If you've wondered where you have seen Holt McCallany before, he had a blink-and-you-will-miss appearance in David Fincher's 1999 cult classic, Fight Club.
Despite not being on screen for more than a hot minute, he must have made quite the impression on Fincher as he went from background character to the lead.
We look at the intriguing story of Holt McCallany from a background character to a leading man in this list of seven facts.
David Fincher is the visionary behind such classics as Se7en, Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl. He has also lent his directorial and producing talents on such small-screen series as House of Cards and Mindhunter.
Featuring in one Fincher feature is pretty much guaranteed to make you a player in showbiz; feature in two, and you are a bonafide superstar.
Holt McCallany has, indeed, appeared in two Fincher features. He had a background role in the 1999 movie Fight Club, as a background character, colloquially known as the Mechanic.
He then landed the more prominent role as FBI agent Bill Tench in Fincher's Netflix true-crime series Mindhunter. His character is one of the three central characters with Jonathan Groff's character Holden Ford, and Anna Torv's character Dr. Wendy Carr.
Together, they are the behavioural sciences division of the FBI, tasked with interviewing serial killers to understand their mind and stop serial killers at large.
Holt's secretive love life with actress Nicole Wilson has been the subject of many a tabloid conjecture.
The two have been linked since they started going out in 2006. Their near-two-decades age difference provided extra ammunition for gossip sites to scrutinise their relationship.
Despite this, their relationship has been kept remarkably clandestine, especially considering Holt and Nicole's status as Hollywood mainstays. Their private life has not been plagued by gossips and controversy perpetuated by the media.
It is rumoured that they are married, but no one knows the extent of their relationship except people closest to them.
Holt was born into a family of artists, with an actress/singer mother and an actor/producer father.
Despite this, his parents wanted a classical education for their children and shipped Holt and his brother to Dublin, Ireland, while they continued to work from New York. They returned to the States when their parents divorced.
He struggled to fit into a school and ran away from his home at 14 to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. He learned the hard way that real life is nothing like the movies, and after failing to find gigs, worked as a factory hand.
He did return home after being found by his parents and did eventually graduate in 1981. Despite the curve-ball that life threw at him, Holt retained his passion for acting and never gave up on his dream.
Holt is nothing if not resilient! In spite of his early struggles with formal education, Holt formidably pursued his studies. He went to France and studied French at the Sorbonne.
He also pursued art studies at the Paris American Academy and studied theatre at L'École Marcel Marceau and L'École Jacques Lecoq. He also spent a summer at Oxford University studying Shakespeare and performing with the theatre production of Twelfth Night at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
After his extensive body of work, he returned to New York to pursue his acting career a second time, this time to much success.
McCallany's illustrious résumé is capped off by his magnum opus in Mindhunter. By no means does that mean that he is a one-hit-wonder! On the contrary, McCallany has 80 acting credits to his name.
A fixture of the acting industry since the mid-'80s, Holt has featured in numerous acclaimed movies and television shows.
His most notable movie appearances include such movies as Alien 3, Three Kings, The Losers, Gangster Squad, and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, among others.
Holt's numerous TV show appearances include shows like Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Criminal Minds, Heroes, Monk, and Lights Out, to name a few.
He has also dabbled in voice-acting. He voice-acted his Fight Club character in the eponymous 2004 video game. McCallany has also lent his voice to the 2000 game Star Wars: Demolition as Wade Vox.
Holt is a student of the art through and through. He studied theatre and the arts extensively in France and England.
His first professional acting gig was as an apprentice actor at the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. He also worked as a stand-in in the Broadway production of Biloxi Blues.
Since then, he has worked in theatre productions of such plays as By the Sea, A terrible Beauty, Rosetta Street, Crosspatch, and Bovver Boys.
Holt McCallany's net worth is estimated to be $3 million as of 2020. An actor, producer, and screenwriter, Holt has carved a legacy for himself in the annals of Hollywood.
He received exposure through his brief stint in the David Fincher classic, Fight Club. He worked his way through guest appearances in movies and television to more substantial roles.
Holt's magnum opus came in the 2017 true-crime series Mindhunter. He plays FBI agent Bill Tench in the acclaimed Netflix series.
One of Netflix's flagship shows, the show ranks among the best shows of the decade, and as part of the central cast, Holt has appeared in every episode to date.
There are talks about a third season being in the works; however, nothing has been confirmed as of yet. But it is not a stretch to imagine that Holt will be reprising his role.