Josh Holloway (born July 20, 1969 in San Jose, California) is an American actor most known for his role as James “Sawyer” Ford on ABC’s Emmy award-winning show Lost.
Holloway was born in the California region that would become known as Silicon Valley, but his family moved to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia when he was two. He has one sister and three brothers; he’s the second boy.
Josh also has a large extended family, including Baptist preacher Dale Holloway and author Carl Holloway. He also is the great-grandson of “Lulu” Holloway, who wrote a book during the 20th century about the Holloway family. Holloway attended Free Home Elementary and Cherokee High School, in Canton, Georgia. He developed an interest for movies at a very young age. He studied at the University of Georgia but quit after only one year to become a successful male fashion model, which took him all over Europe and North America.
Holloway says his interests include boating, sailing, snowboarding, martial arts, motocross, and playing guitar. He also said on a Channel 4 trailer in the UK that “I do enjoy my beer,” and noted that the greatest invention of all time was “distilled alcohol”, whereas his Lost contemporaries noted “pen and paper, the wheel, and the guitar” as their picks. Holloway married his long time girlfriend Yessica.
On the morning of October 12, 2005, he and his wife Yessica were robbed at gunpoint in their home. The couple were asleep when the gunman awoke them and took cash and credit cards before driving off in Holloway’s Mercedes-Benz, which was found abandoned a short time later. There was no evidence that the criminals knew whom they were robbing, or had targeted them because Holloway was a celebrity.
In the summer of 2006, Holloway lent his celebrity status to the self-defense project Just Yell Fire, aimed at teaching teenage girls techniques with which to defend themselves against abductors and rapists.
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