André Holland

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André Holland (born December 28, 1979 in Bessemer) is an actor best known for his role in Moonlight (2016)

Holland is the son of Donald and Mary Holland of Bessemer. He was encouraged to participate in arts as well as sports from a young age, and appeared in the Summerfest production of "Oliver!" when he was 11 years old. He was a standout in Darrell Revel's theater classes at John Carroll Catholic High School and was encouraged by him to pursue acting as a career. He attended Florida State University and completed a master of fine arts at New York University in 2006.

Holland made his television debut on Law & Order in 2006 while also working as a stage actor. His film debut came in 2008 with Sugar.

Holland had major roles as journalist Wendell Smith in 42 and as Andrew Young in Selma, for which he was nominated for an NAACP "Image Award". He was case for a recurring role in the Cinemax series "The Knick" in 2014. His breakout role was as Kevin in the 2016 best picture nominee Moonlight.

In 2017 Holland purchased the former Lincoln Theatre in Bessemer with plans to restore it as a community asset.


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