David Anders (born David Anders Holt; March 11, 1981) is an American television and stage actor. He is best known for his roles as Julian Sark on Alias, as Adam Monroe on Heroes, as John Gilbert in the TV series The Vampire Diaries, and as Victor Frankenstein/Dr. Whale on ABC's Once Upon A Time. Although Anders is American, a few of his noted roles required him to use a British Home counties accent.
David Anders began acting as a young boy in school plays and summer conservatories in Southern Oregon. He was immediately bitten by the acting bug but put his thespian aspirations on hold while pursuing his other dreams. Athletics kept David occupied until he was a senior in high school.
At age 17, David auditioned for a highly respected, regional theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar and got the small part of Philip the Apostle. It didn't matter to David how small the role was -- he was thrilled to be part of such an amazing ensemble and production. Needless to say, his love for the stage, though dormant for some time, came back in full force.
The following year, David won the part of George in his high school's production of Our Town. Directly following that went on to portray Freddy Eynsford-Hill in a production of My Fair Lady, where his solo of the well-known "On the Street Where You Live" was very well received.
Following the closing of My Fair Lady in August of 1999, David faced some big decisions regarding his life and career. He had been accepted at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California but decided to make the huge leap of immersing himself in the business immediately. A week and 800 miles later David landed in Los Angeles.
Two weeks after David his arrival in L.A., a talent showcase brought with it three agencies clamored for David's services. None very big, none very small -- two very respected. David ended up signing with the largest of the three agencies, anticipating big things. Unfortunately, that was not to be.
After a year of few auditions, David left the agency and went on to another mid-size office where his talent was nurtured and cared for. After only a few auditions David landed the part of "Mr. Sark" on Alias. What started off as a guest starring role has now evolved into a series regular part.
Prior to Alias, David was involved in many plays. Most of which have been with the West Coast Ensemble, where he is a member. One play, The Diary of Anne Frank, received an award for "Best Ensemble Performance" at the Back Stage West Garland Awards.
Most recently, David played young Knute Rockne in the world premiere of Rockne: The Musical. The premiere was staged in South Bend, Indiana where Knute Rockne became famous coaching at the University of Notre Dame. That, according to David, was "an absolute honor."
His film and TV, credits include a small independent film called The Source, an educational film, and a bit part in the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson show So Little Time on Fox Family.
David's education includes one year of private coaching, one year studying with the groundbreaking improv group The Second City, two years of studying voice, and one year of musical performance.
David was born on March 11th, 1981 in Grants Pass, Oregon to Dr. Tony & Jeri Holt. He has two brothers, Jason and Arik and one sister, Maili.
From David Anders Official Website
Full Name at Birth...David Anders Holt
Date of Birth...11 March, 1981
Birthplace...Grants Pass, Oregon
Height...6' (183 cm)
Hair Color...Brown - Light
Claim to Fame...Alias
Brother(s)...Jason Holt (Adopted)
Sister(s)...Maili Holt (Adopted)
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