The Long Way from Oregon to Hollywood...

David Anders Holt was born on March 11, 1981 in Grants Pass, Oregon, to his parents Dr. Tony and Jeri Holt. Anders is the youngest of four children. He has three older siblings: a biological brother (Arik), an adopted brother (Jason), and an adopted sister (Maili).

Although Anders began acting in school plays at a young age he spent most of his high school years playing sports such as basketball and tennis. At the age of 17, when he was a senior in high school, he played Philip the Apostle in a regional theater production of "Jesus Christ Superstar".

The year after, Anders won the part of George in his high school's production of Our Town; following that, he went on to portray Freddy Eynsford-Hill in a production of "My Fair Lady. David Anders' musical education includes: each one year of private coaching, studying with the groundbreaking group "The Second City" and of musical performance as well as two years of studying voice. Anders was accepted at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, but decided to head to Los Angeles instead.

After moving to Los Angeles, he took the stage name of David Anders (dropped the last name Holt and used the middle name Anders) due to another actor using the name David Holt.

In 2001, Anders took a role playing a high school senior in the Olsen twins' series "So Little Time". Just before he landed "Alias" he played the part of a young Knute Rockne in "Rockne: The Musical". The play written by Laurence O'Keefe, of Bat Boy fame, fittingly had its world premiere in South Bend, Indiana. On stage he also appeared in "The Diary of Anne Frank", in 2001, which received an award for Best Ensemble performance at the Back Stage West Garland Awards.
Besides he appeared in The Source magazine in December 2001, in an ad for the rapper Canibus, in which David doubles as the Real Slim Shady himself, Eminem.

When David Anders decided to move to LA to advance his career, he signed up in the biggest of the 3 agencies that wanted his talent. Only when he moved to a smaller company, after a year of only a few auditions, he won the role of Julian Sark in "Alias" - his career breakthrough. Originally planned as a guest star appearance, Anders was made a regular and lasted until 2006.

Before his acting debut in "Alias", Anders worked at The Gap and taught tennis.

Between 2001 and 2006, while working on "Alias", Anders made guest appearances on television shows such as "Charmed", "CSI" and "Grey's Anatomy". Besides he also worked in independent films, such as "The Surge" (2002), and was involved in several plays. In 2005, Anders joined the cast of "Beautiful", an Off-Broadway rock musical, as the lead. Beautiful was shown during the New York International Fringe Festival. In the same year, he participated in the film "Circadian Rhythm". In 2006, Anders worked on the horror film Left in Darkness alongside actress Monica Keena.

2006, David also became a part of his co-star Greg Grunberg's band, Band From TV, in which he sings main vocals alongside Bonnie Somerville. Both actors knew each other from Alias and Heros. Other than Grunberg, Hugh Laurie (House) on keyboards and James Denton (Desperate Housewives) on guitar will be a part of the project. The band's main goal is to raise money for major charities. According to Grunberg they "charge an incredible amount of money to play corporate events, but if it's all going to charity, then it's worth every dime.”

Later in 2007, Anders played the role of ELI in the film of the same name, "ELI". He went on to be cast in a regular role in the second season of NBC’s hit "Heroes" as Adam Monroe/Takezo Kensei, a new character with the ability to regenerate. Anders was once again asked to use his British accent from "Alias", despite being an American actor.

He also worked on two other movies: "Into the Blue 2" and "The Revenant" and guest-starred in the eighth season of "24".

Besides we also saw Anders in the TV series "The Vampire Diaries" in 2010 and 2011 as Elena's (played by Nina Dobrev) biological father, a recurring character.

2011 David joined the cast of "Once upon A Time" as Dr. Whale. As the fans loved the character he became a constant member of the series cast.

In 2012 David starred in a lead role of a short movie called "Neighbours" and continued his work on the set of "Once Upon A Time".

2013 was a very sucessful year for David. Not only could he snatch one of the leading parts in the third season of the hit series "Necessary Roughness" but will also remain as the recurring part of Dr. Wale / Frankenstein in "Once Upon A Time". Moreover he convinced with his guest parts in tv shows like "Arrow" and "Criminal Minds". Furthermore he awarded an important featured part in his private life: his dog named GUS is a loyal companion at David's side since May 2013.

Trivia - More about David Anders...

  • To make ends meet while he pursued his dream, he worked in retail sales and taught tennis.

  • Named 79th sexiest man in 100 Sexiest Men In The World [Sneak magazine, UK, 2005].

  • Named 83rd sexiest man in 100 Sexiest Men In The World [Sneak magazine, UK, 2004].

  • Oldest brother is African-American; sister is Vietnamese.

  • Is not English, even though he frequently plays characters, who have an English accent.

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