What is it with vampires? Who cares….they\’re hot!! Alex O\’Loughlin is no exception. The Australian native has an impressive resume, but his portrayal of Mick St. John, a private detective who happens to be a vampire wrestling with his immortality while trying to reconcile with his love for a mortal woman, in the short-lived television series “Moonlight” was responsible for bringing Alex to the attention of American TV audiences.
Born in 1976 in Sydney, O\’Loughlin first gained popularity with his role of Jack Flange in the acclaimed 2004 Australian film, “Oyster Farmer.” Drawing his first major critical notices, he played a man who takes on a new job as an oyster farmer to pay his sister\’s medical bills, only to discover that it is not enough and that he must hold up an armored car.
He followed his “Oyster Farmer” role with a part in the Australian made-for-television crime movie, “Blackjack: Sweet Science,” followed by the horror film, “Man-Thing” (2005). Based on the lower-rung Marvel comic book character, he played Deputy Fraser in the film which, not surprisingly, was broadcast on the Sci-Fi Network before its release on DVD.
O\’Loughlin\’s counted as his next project, the Australian low-budget thriller “Feed” (2005), in which he starred and produced. Teaming again with “Man-Thing” director Brett Leonard, O\’Loughlin was credited with originating the idea for the story, centering on an investigator, in pursuit of a cyber-criminal suspected of killing women by force-feeding them to death (played by O\’Loughlin).
Alex continued to do more Australian television including the TV movies “White Collar Blue” (2002) and “Love Bytes” (2004). He next starred in the Showtime miniseries, “The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant” (2005), in which he played Will Bryant, the husband of the title character – a woman who was among the first of the British convicts sentenced to an experimental penal colony in Australia in the late 1700s. For his performance, O\’Loughlin was nominated for an Australia Film Institute Award for Best Actor in 2005, as well as nominated for a Silver Logie in 2006 for the same role.
Alex is currently filming The Back Up Plan with Jennifer Lopez, which has a scheduled release date of Jan 2010. This fall, Alex will star as “Dr. Andy Yablonski” in the CBS drama “Three Rivers” which focuses on three aspects of organ transplants. It will use a “split screen” to the tell the stories from the viewpoint of the doctors, the donors and the recipient. “Three Rivers” will air on Sundays at 9pm. Alex also is featured in Whiteout, the Kate Beckinsale thriller based on the Greg Rucka graphic novel. Whiteout is scheduled for a Sept 11, 2009 release date.
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