Alex O'Loughlin

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Alex O'Loughlin
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O'Loughlin at 2009 Outfest Legacy Awards
BornAlexander James O'Lachlan[citation needed]
(1974-08-24) 24 August 1974 (age 39)
Canberra, Australia
Other namesAlex Trochut
OccupationActor, writer
Years active2001–present
Height6'2" [1]
 
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Alex O'Loughlin
Alex OLoughlin.jpg
O'Loughlin at 2009 Outfest Legacy Awards
BornAlexander James O'Lachlan[citation needed]
(1974-08-24) 24 August 1974 (age 39)
Canberra, Australia
Other namesAlex Trochut
OccupationActor, writer
Years active2001–present
Height6'2" [1]

Alex O'Loughlin (born 24 August 1974[2][dubious ]) is an Australian actor, currently playing Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett on CBS' revamped version of Hawaii Five-0. He had starring roles in the films Oyster Farmer (2004) and The Back-up Plan (2010), as well as on such television series as Moonlight (2008) and Three Rivers (2009).

Early life[edit]

O'Loughlin was reportedly born as Alexander James O'Lachlan[citation needed] in Canberra, Australia, of Irish and Scottish descent.[1] He was educated at Macquarie Primary School, ACT, where his younger sister Jennifer also studied.[3] His year of birth has been given, variously, as 1974[citation needed], 1975,[4] 1976[citation needed], and 1978[citation needed].

His father is a physics and astronomy teacher in Sydney and his mother is a nurse.[5][6]

O'Loughlin suffered from asthma,[7] attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD)[7][8] and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) when he was a child, making school a continuous struggle, and he left at age 14, after which he began working in various fields.[clarification needed][7]

He enrolled at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia, in 1999. Despite a challenging first year, he graduated from NIDA in June 2002, after completing a 3-year, full-time Bachelor of Dramatic Art program.[7][9][10]

Career[edit]

O'Loughlin was already working in short film and fringe theater as a teenager in Sydney. One of his first acting jobs was an extra in a commercial, playing a marine.[11] After graduating from NIDA, he began his career in Australian television and film productions and some of his TV credits include roles in BlackJack: Sweet Science, Love Bytes and White Collar Blue.[11]

His film career started off in 2004 when he landed his first lead role in Oyster Farmer.[12] He later appeared in Man-Thing, Feed, and in the Australian mini-series The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, for which he was nominated as Best Lead Actor in Television from the Australian Film Institute Awards in 2005 and as Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series from the Logie Awards in 2006.[13][14] O'Loughlin joined the cast of The Shield in 2007 as Detective Kevin Hiatt, the newest member of the strike team.

In 2005, he screen-tested for the movie role of James Bond. As he told one interviewer: "I met with [director] Martin Campbell here in Los Angeles at his office on the Sony [Pictures] lot and he asked me to fly to London and test and we tested at Pinewood [Studios]. It was the biggest screen test I've ever done. It was very comprehensive. I had tuxedos and suits cut for it and hair cuts."[15]

He left The Shield after he won the lead role on the CBS series Moonlight, where he played private investigator and vampire Mick St. John.[9][16] The filming of Moonlight was interrupted by the Hollywood writers strike. There was speculation that the series would be dropped but fan pressure prevailed and the show was given four additional episodes to try to regain its audience share. Despite being the highest rated show in its Friday evening slot[citation needed] CBS did not commission a second season. After its cancellation, a fan-based charity campaign to win a second-season renewal for Moonlight by holding blood drives proved unsuccessful.[17]

In August 2008, it was announced that CBS had signed a talent development deal with O'Loughlin as the star of a TV series to be developed by writer Mark Gordon, but it never materialised.[18] However, he was subsequently cast in the lead role of the CBS hospital drama Three Rivers, developed by producer Carol Barbee, which aired Sunday evenings in the 2009–2010 season.[19]

In April 2009, he guest-starred in an episode of Criminal Minds, most notably in the Season Four episode, "The Big Wheel", as an OCD-ridden serial killer, Vincent Rowlings who sends the BAU a videotape, asking them for help in stopping him from killing people. In December 2009 CBS pulled Three Rivers from its schedule.[20] O'Loughlin starred alongside Jennifer Lopez in the 2010 romantic comedy film The Back-up Plan.[21]

O'Loughlin was cast in the CBS remake of Hawaii Five-0 portraying Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Steve McGarrett,[22] which premiered on 20 September 2010. The show won "Favorite New TV Drama" at the 2010–11 People's Choice Awards. Subsequently, BuddyTV ranked him # 2 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010" list[23] and # 9 in 2011.[24]

On 2 March 2012, CBS announced that O'Loughlin would miss shooting some episodes of Hawaii Five-0 to seek drug treatment related to pain management medication prescribed after a shoulder injury. He was slated to miss at least one episode from the second season.[25][26]

In August 2013, the Los Angeles based non-profit Australians in Film announced that O'Loughlin will be honored with a Breakthrough Award at an exclusive ceremony held on October 24, 2013 in Los Angeles.[27]

Personal life[edit]

O'Loughlin's first child was born to a girlfriend with whom he has since separated.[28] He separated from his long-time girlfriend, Australian actress/singer Holly Valance in February 2009.[9][15][29] O'Loughlin and his girlfriend Malia Jones have a son.[30][31]

O'Loughlin lives in West Hollywood, California, but while filming Hawaii Five-0 he lives in Hawaii. He is the current ambassador for Donate Life America.[32]

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
2003White Collar BlueIan Mack1 episode: 2:01
2004Oyster FarmerJack Flange
Love BytesDave1 episode: Net Nanny
Black Jack: Sweet ScienceLuke Anderson
2005Man-ThingEric Fraser
FeedMichael Carter
Mary BryantWill BryantNominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actor in Television
Nominated – Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
2006The HolidayKissing Couple
2007The InvisibleMarcus Bohem
August RushMarshall
The ShieldKevin Hiatt7 episodes
2007–2008MoonlightMick St. John16 episodes (Won People's Choice Award 2007–08 as best drama series)
2009WhiteoutRussell Haden
Criminal MindsVincent Rowlings1 episode ("The Big Wheel")
2009–2010Three RiversDr. Andy Yablonski13 episodes
2010The Back-up PlanStan
2010–presentHawaii Five-0LCDR Steve McGarrettWon: Best New TV Drama – People's Choice Awards 2010–2011

Awards[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWork nominatedResult
2005AFI AwardBest Lead Actor in TelevisionMary BryantNominated
2006Silver Logie AwardMost Outstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesMary BryantNominated
2013Australians in Film Breakthrough AwardFor International SuccessCareerWinner

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kate O'Hare (23 September 2007). "Alex O'Loughlin". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Intelius search showing age, as of 30 November 2013, as 39
  3. ^ Alex O'Loughlin at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Sams, Christine (28 September 2009). "Aussie actor part of J-Lo's Back-Up Plan". The Age. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  5. ^ Cooper, Gael (19 July 2007). "New Show: The Vampire from 'Moonlight' is not Bon Scott's son". MSNBC's Test Pattern. Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2007. 
  6. ^ O'Hare, Kate (23 September 2007). "Alex O'Loughlin profile". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 8 November 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  7. ^ a b c d [1] Alex Interview on Alexoloughlin.com
  8. ^ [2] Alex Quote on ADD in various publications posted on O'Loughlin's own webpage
  9. ^ a b c "Moonlight Cast Bio – Alex O'Loughlin". CBS. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  10. ^ Hahn, Kate (14 December 2007). "Alex O'Loughlin Shares His Spot in the Moonlight". SeattlePi.com. Archived from the original on 17 December 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2007. 
  11. ^ a b Alex O'Loughlin profile/career, Alexoloughlinrocks.com
  12. ^ Mitovich, Matt (28 September 2007). "Interview with a Vampire: Inside CBS' Bloody-fun Moonlight". TV Guide. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  13. ^ "AFI nominees". The Age. 21 October 2005. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Australian Television: 2006 Logie Awards". Australian Television.net. Retrieved 18 October 2009. 
  15. ^ a b Barker, Lynne (19 July 2007). "Alex O'Loughlin: "Moonlight"'s Hot Vampire". TeenTelevision.com. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  16. ^ Fickett, Travis. "Moonlighting with Alex O'Loughlin: The IGN TV Interview". IGN. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  17. ^ Hidek, Jeff (5 June 2008). "Rest in peace, cancelled shows we loved". MSNBC. Retrieved 24 June 2009. 
  18. ^ "Untitled Alex O'Loughlin Project". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 10 October 2009. 
  19. ^ "Three Rivers Cast and Crew". TV.com. 20 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  20. ^ Owen, Rob (2 December 2009). "Tuned In: CBS's 'Three Rivers' has likely run its course". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 
  21. ^ The Back-up Plan official site
  22. ^ "Alex O'Loughlin Booked for Hawaii Five-O". TVGuide.com. 
  23. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010". BuddyTV. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2011". BuddyTV. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  25. ^ "O'Loughlin to miss shooting some episodes of Hawaii Five-O", insidetv.ew.com, 2 March 2012.
  26. ^ O'Loughlin enters treatment for prescription drug issues, usmagazine.com
  27. ^ " 'Next big things' Sullivan Stapleton and Jacki Weaver to be honored at Australians in Film reception." news.com.au, 28 August 2013]
  28. ^ Johnson, Zach (22 May 2013). "Alex O'Loughlin Shares First Picture of Son". Us Weekly. 
  29. ^ Carne, Lucy (3 September 2006). "In The Flesh". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 26 October 2007. 
  30. ^ Natalie Finn (26 October 2012). "Alex O'Loughlin Welcomes a Son with Malia Jones". E!Online. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  31. ^ Sarah Michaud (10 November 2012). "Alex O'Loughlin and Malia Jones Name Son". People.com. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  32. ^ "Alex O'Loughlin and Donate Life America in New TVGuide.com Feature". AlexOLoughlinRocks.com. 2 October 2009. Retrieved 27 January 2011.