Who is Josh Stewart?

Born on 5 February 1977, in Diana, West Virginia, USA, under the air sign of Aquarius, Josh Stewart is a 42-year-old American actor and director, probably best known for his role of Holt McClaren in the hit FX TV drama “Dirt”, alongside Courtney Cox and Ian Hart. In addition, Stewart also amassed popularity because of his time in “Criminal Minds” as Detective William LaMontagne Jr. In the third season of NBC’s “Third Watch”, he was cast as Brendan Finney, an NYPD police officer who plays an important role in the season’s main plotline. If you’ve seen “The Dark Knight Rises”, you might remember him as Barsad. Josh has built a career by delivering strong performances in support roles, mostly playing criminals or law enforcement officers and agents.

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Early Life and Education: Growing Up in West Virginia

Josh Stewart was born to parents Margie and Charles Regnall Stewart – his mother worked as a teacher to sixth graders at Webster Springs Elementary School in West Virginia, where she met Charles, who was a physical education (PE) teacher. At the same time, he held the position of pastor at the First Baptist Church in Webster Springs, with an additional stint at the Holly River Baptist Church. Currently, he is employed at the Redeeming Grace Baptist Church, also in Webster Springs. Young Josh went to the same school his parents worked at, and was an exceptional student in all of his subjects. After matriculating in 1996, he enrolled at West Virginia Wesleyan College, before transferring to West Virginia University. Despite being a passionate actor from a young age, Stewart was afraid he wasn’t going to make it in the world of show business, so he played it safe and studied Business. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, he moved to New York City to test his acting talents.

Career Beginnings: Devoted to Theater

Given that he wasn’t famous enough to get big roles, start from the bottom and chose theater, his first love, as the foundation for his career, having as a child done local theater in Sutton, West Virginia. Even though he was fairly young, he focused on classical plays, becoming adept in assuming many roles in the plays of William Shakespeare. Upon relocating to The Big Apple, Josh found a home at the T. Schreiber studios, where he could work on his craft, meantime performing with the 13th Street Repertory Theatre. At a certain point, Josh realized that he needed to move to Los Angeles, California, if he were to experience the full range of acting and enter the movie industry. He continued to appear on stage in LA, with performances in plays such as “Beacon” and “Light Bulb”, alongside Brooke Shields and Robert Forster. As his prominence in acting circles rose, Josh made his debut on television as an uncredited extra in “Dawson’s Creek”. In 2003, he was finally ready for a big role, as he assumed the part of Bill Jenkins in “Then Came Jones”, a TV western movie.

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Making a Name for Himself: CSI, Third Watch, Jekyll

In 2004, Stewart finally succeeded in landing a role in a major show, playing Sean Cleary in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in the episode “Bad to the Bone”. Almost immediately afterwards, he was cast as Brendan Finney in “Third Watch”, an action drama about New York’s police officers and other emergency services, playing the role for a total of 20 episodes, which showed everyone that he had potential, and the ability to develop his character as the plot unravels. After being T.J. Ketting in “Lenexa, 1 Mile”, Josh played Tommy in “Jekyll”, a modern adaptation of the old 19th century novella – “Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”. In this 21st century version, Dr. Jekyll uses a computer to create a sinister alter ego who goes on a killing rampage. Even though the movie didn’t receive positive reviews, Stewart was noticed by critics and important people in the industry, and in 2007 he was cast in one of his most important roles, as Holt McClaren in “Dirt”, a show about a fictional tabloid. This part showed his full range and potential.

Continued Success: ER, The Mentalist, No Ordinary Family and More

After managing to impress fans and critics alike with his role in “Dirt”, Josh was ready for a breakthrough. He joined popular shows such as “ER” and “Raising the Bar” for single episodes in 2008, with subsequent appearances in “Law Abiding Citizen”, “CSI: Miami” and “The Collector”. All of these parts showcased Stewart’s versatility and gave him the opportunity to gain some much needed publicity. He was exceptional in “The Mentalist”, which then saw him land a role in “No Ordinary Family”, an action comedy about a family whose members gain superpowers after their plane crashes in the Amazonian rainforest. After “Rehab”, he scored his biggest role to date, as Barsad in “The Dark Knight Rises”, and was then Chase in “The Walking Dead: Webisodes”. Not many people know this, but it was Stewart who gave the voice to CASE in the movie “Interstellar”.

Criminal Minds and Recent Works

Despite being in some of the biggest movies in the last decade, Josh is mainly known for his role as William LaMontagne Jr. in the hit crime drama “Criminal Minds”, playing an intermittently  appearing detective, actually about once a season – since 2007 he’s been in 17 episodes. In recent years, Stewart has mainly focused on diversifying his portfolio, with roles such as John Pilgrim in “The Punisher”,  and as Solotov in “Shooter”, neither lead roles, but Josh demonstrated an ability to convey emotion, all while remaining the proverbial “badass” he is known to be.

Directorial Work

In 2014, Stewart surprised everyone when he announced that he was ready to release his directorial debut – “The Hunted”. He also produced this film, which is a found footage thriller based around a pair of friends who venture into the woods of West Virginia, where they are hunted by a monster. Even though the movie wasn’t all that successful, Stewart expressed his desire to direct more films in the future.

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Personal Life: Is Josh Stewart Married? Who is His Wife?

Josh Stewart is married to actress Alexa Davalos, who is known for her roles in “Clash of the Titans”, “The Mist”, “The Chronicles of Riddick”. They tied the knot on 19 May 2019. Previously, he was married to Deanna Brigidi for nine years, until their  divorce in 2016; together, they have a daughter named Ryan Justine and a boy named River Jacob, 11 and nine years-old, respectively. On 27 February 2012, Josh almost lost his life when he went into cardiac arrest, due to complications that arose when he contracted salmonella poisoning. His wife Deanna saved his life by performing CPR until the paramedics arrived. As a result, Stewart now lives with an implanted cardioverter-defibrillator inside his chest. In his free time, he enjoys snowboarding and boxing, which have resulted in a few injuries. He also loves hunting with his father. As for siblings, Josh has a brother and two sisters, one of whom is adopted.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Josh Stewart?

Josh Stewart is 5ft 10ins (178cm) tall, but his weight and other measurements are unknown. He has blue eyes and dark brown hair. As of July 2019, he has no tattoos or other body modifications.

Net Worth: How Rich is Josh Stewart?

Have you ever wondered how affluent Josh Stewart really is? According to several authoritative sources, he has a net worth of approximately $1.5 million, as of mid-2019, accumulated by appearing in a myriad of popular movies and TV shows, which resulted in him becoming one of the most respected supporting actors in Hollywood. Given the fact that he’s showing no signs of stopping, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his net worth rise significantly in the next few years.

Social Media Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. Josh himself is no stranger to this popular trend, as his dedication to posting updates on his public profiles and engaging with his fans is at an all-time high. He is most active on his Instagram account, which features a lot of artistic photography, which is another one of his passions. There are also movie posters and announcements included, which is something his 80,000 followers are always happy to see. He also uses Twitter, on which he interacts with a total of 70,000 fans.

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Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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