Ларри Холден (Holden, Larry)
Date of birth 24 May 1961
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
6' (1.83 m)
Has an identical twin brother, Hank, who's a self-published writer, but no other siblings. His parents, Henry and Celeste Howlin, are both retired and still reside in Ireland. Moved to Yakima, Washington in 1989, and then spent the next three years driving back and forth across the United States, living in his pick-up truck with his dog, Wendy. Moved to San Pedro, California in February 1992, and began acting full-time in Hollywood.
"Kinda retired" from acting in February 2002, shortly after appearing in Christopher Nolan's third film, "Insomnia" (he was in Nolan's second film, "Memento," as well). Spent a year traveling around the world, and then moved back "home" to Ireland in February 2003, where his production company, Holden Automotive, now keeps its home office. Continues to bounce around the globe, though, trying to make films wherever he goes.
Returned from his two-year long hiatus from acting in 2004 for Christopher Nolan's fourth film, "Batman Begins," and appeared in two independent films in 2005; before announcing he would most likely be taking 2006 and 2007 off to concentrate on his writing and directing, as well as the business side of things at Holden Automotive.
"Larry Holden" was the name that his late, American-based uncle, Larry Howlin, took when he immigrated to the United States in the 1950s. His uncle, who was like a second father to him, died 16 November 1981, coincidentally the exact day and year that actor, William Holden died.
On why he decided to leave Hollywood: "Have you ever been there? No?... Really?... Well, let me put it to you in movie terms, I guess... It's kind of like... the set of 'Blade Runner.'"
On why he decided to leave acting writing and directing: "It's as simple and... corny, I guess, as this, really... If I'm not hearing music I like, I just put one of my own albums on the turn table."
On why he absolutely refuses to let Hollywood finance his films: "But they do. In a way. Not with money, but rather with whatever very minor notoriety I may have achieved with the very minor acting I did manage to get myself to do when I was there. And I feel no shame at all in playing that bent, little Hollywood card or whatever to stir up the press a bit and help my 'little' company and our 'little' films get out there a bit in the world. Sure, sometimes it's hard not to laugh and/or cry while I'm playing that game, but... nowadays it's all about making my own films. And I believe they're worth it. They're more than worth playing along with the whole charade. But one would have to, of course, believe in them, your films, wholeheartedly, or else you wouldn't go through all that crap that you have to just to create them. And hey, if all other options run out down the road, along with whatever's in my bank account, I might have to do more than play that Hollywood card, I might have to play Hollywood itself. Enough said there, I think."
"But I gotta tell ya, after working on "Black Men Can Swim," which was absolutely my worst acting experience ever, I'm not sure if I'll ever get in front of the camera again. It was a complete and total nightmare, from start to finish."
Where are they now
(February 2004) Living in Oslo, Norway with his Norwegian girlfriend Hanne, working on a movie project he plans to direct.
(May 2004) Opened a satellite production office in Norway this past February (where his longtime girlfriend Hanne Kristiansen is from), and has just announced plans to open another one in Hawaii next month.
(June 2004) Reportedly just opened his second "satellite production office" in Hawaii (the first was just opened in Norway in February), where he plans to direct his fourth film, "Through East Texas," in September.
(February 2006) Released his sixth film, "Tucked In His Knuckles."