Like many of his fellow Lost costars, this former model had only a handful of movie and TV credits on his résumé when ABC's über-popular survivor drama catapulted him to fame, but he almost left acting to become a real-estate agent right before landing the part of "James 'Sawyer' Ford." Holloway's bad-boy character became an instant favorite with audiences, and his scruffy good looks earned him a spot on People's 50 Most Beautiful People list in 2005 and another stab at modeling as the face of Davidoff's Cool Water fragrance in 2007. Off screen, this small-town boy is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, sailing, camping and snowboarding.

Fast Facts

  • The second of four brothers, he grew up in a trailer in Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains, and his first job was picking up dead chickens on a farm.
  • Played a purse snatcher in the 1994 video "Cryin'" by Aerosmith.
  • Guest roles included Angel; Walker, Texas Ranger; CSI; and NCIS. Also costarred in the 2002 Sci-Fi Channel movie Sabretooth before being cast in Lost.
  • Proposed to wife Yessica Kumala while filming the Lost pilot in March 2004.
  • Made news in October 2005 when he and Kumala were robbed at gunpoint in their Honolulu-area home. The thief took credit cards and the couple's Mercedes-Benz, which was recovered later the day of the robbery.


  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner


  • Hunter Lee Holloway — Son
  • Yessica Kumala — Wife
  • Sam Holloway — Brother
  • Ben Holloway — Brother
  • Java Kumala Holloway — Daughter
  • Brad Holloway — Brother


  • Attended University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States

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  • Birth Name: Joshua Lee Holloway
  • Birth Place: San Jose, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Model

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