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Brian Hooks
Born Brian Hooks
July 27, 1973 (1973-07-27) (age 36)
Bakersfield, California, United States

Brian Hooks (born July 27, 1973 in Bakersfield, California) is a highly prolific actor, producer and director. In addition to his recent starring roles in feature films (such as the 2008 smash hit, Fool’s Gold, with Matthew McConaughey) as well as television (most notably as a series regular on UPN’s Eve from 2003-06), Brian has also enjoyed remarkable success as a leading star, producer and director in numerous highly profitable independent films commencing in the 1990s.

Brian’s first major role in film occurred as the central character in the urban classic, Phat Beach (1996), which was written and directed by Doug Ellin (creator of HBO’s Entourage). The success of Phat Beach ignited considerable demand in Hollywood for Brian, as he thereafter landed roles in many blockbuster films: High School High (1996), Bulworth (1998), Beloved (1998) and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999). The big-screen notoriety was accompanied by his concurrent guest starring roles in many television series in the late 1990s, such as Cracker, NYPD Blue, Moesha, ER and The Parkers.

In 2000, with a dual film/television career in full swing, Brian sustained his momentum in Hollywood by delivering a hilarious performance as the central character in the comedy classic film 3 Strikes (2000), which has received considerable rotation on various cable channels for many years subsequent to its successful movie theatre and home video releases. Following 3 Strikes, Brian continued to star in, as well as executive produce, many low-budget straight-to-DVD hits: including Nothin’ 2 Lose (2000), The Luau (2001), The Chatroom (2002) and Malibooty (2003).

This decade, while furthering his on-camera success with additional major roles in popular films such as Soul Plane (2004), Brian began to refine his position by redirecting some of his efforts to the off-camera aspects of production. After developing and producing a low-budget film which produced a remarkable five-thousand percent return (5000%) on investment, Q: The Movie, Brian was first able to observe the distinct advantages, and lucrative nature, of successfully creating and developing motion pictures. As a result, and backed by major film distributors such as MGM, Brian began to produce low-budget independent films in between his many film/television acting roles.

Brian’s procession of straight-to-DVD films have been so wildly popular and successful throughout urban America that he was once anointed “The King of DVD” by the urban media. Currently, his production career remains as stirring as ever, as he has recently released a horror film thriller, 7eventy5ive (2008) (where Brian also makes his directorial debut), in addition to his current film, I Do… I Did (2009), which is slated for release in August. In light of the convincing success of his many previous film and television endeavors, and supported by a solid urban movie fan base, considerable achievements undoubtedly remain on the horizon in the multi-dimensional career of Brian Hooks.


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Phat Beach Durrel Jackson
1996 High School High Anferny Jefferson
1998 Bulworth Marcus Garvey
1998 Beloved Young Paul
1999 Q: The Movie Cedrick Executive producer
2000 Obstacles Caffeine
2000 3 Strikes Rob Douglas
2000 Nothin' 2 Lose Kwame Gatmon Executive Producer
2001 The Luau Cedric Executive producer
2002 Chat Room Max Executive producer
2003 Malibooty Donzelli Waters Executive Producer
2003-2006 Eve Nick Delaney
2004 Soul Plane DJ
2005 Brian Hooks' All Starz Live Himself, Host Executive Producer
2007 7eventy 5ive Marcus Director, Producer, Writer
2008 Fool's Gold Curtis
2009 I Do... I Did Executive Producer

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