Brian McNamara

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Brian McNamara
McNamara in 2015
Born (1960-11-21) November 21, 1960 (age 63)
Long Island, New York, USA
Years active1984–present

Brian McNamara (born November 21, 1960, in Long Island, New York, USA) is an American actor. His first major role was in the film The Flamingo Kid (1984). He then went on to appear in a few films, such as Short Circuit (1986), Caddyshack II (1988), Arachnophobia (1990) and Mystery Date (1991).

He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for playing Dean Karny in the television film Billionaire Boys Club (1987). His most popular role was as Michael Holden in the television series Army Wives (2007–2013).


Early in his career, McNamara played Todd Young in Caddyshack II (1988).[1] He had roles in such feature films as Arachnophobia and Short Circuit. He guest-starred in such television series as NYPD Blue, The O.C., Seinfeld, St. Elsewhere, JAG, Ned & Stacey, Star Trek: Voyager, Mad About You, Matlock, Diagnosis: Murder, Ellen, Murder, She Wrote, Murphy Brown, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, CSI: Cyber, and Army Wives. He starred in the 2000 television movie A Diva's Christmas Carol.

One of his earliest roles was as Greg, Alex Keaton's friend who is killed in a car accident in the 1987 Family Ties episode "A, My Name Is Alex" for which the writer won an Emmy Award. He had a lead role in the short-lived 1989 NBC sitcom The Nutt House. He also starred in the Disney sci-fi tele-movie Earth Star Voyager[1] and had a lead role on the television series Manhattan, AZ in 2000. He had a starring role in the film The Legend of Tillamook's Gold. Most recently, he had a starring role as General Holden, husband of Claudia-Joy Holden (Kim Delaney), on the Lifetime series Army Wives (2007-2013).

McNamara guest starred in 2009 Ghost Whisperer (s4e14) as Douglas Marks. He also appeared in the 2010 NCIS: Los Angeles episode "Little Angels" and was in the full motion video game Silent Steel in 1995.


Year Title Role Notes
1984 The Flamingo Kid Steve Dawkins
1986 Short Circuit Frank
1987 In the Mood George
1988 Caddyshack II Todd Young
1988 Earth Star Voyager Jonathan Hays
1989 Tennessee Waltz Deputy sheriff Hewitt
1990 Arachnophobia Chris Collins
1991 Mystery Date Craig McHugh
1992 When the Party's Over Taylor
1996 Punctul zero Peter
1997 Seduction in a Small Town Paul Jenks
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Parking Garage Attendant Uncredited
2000 The Mystery of Spoon River Jesse Hanson
2000 A Diva's Christmas Carol Bob Cratchett
2002 You Got Nothin Willy
2004 The Gunman Roland
2004 Paparazzi Bo's Agent
2006 The Tillamook Treasure Robert Kimbell
2006 Lost Signal Carl Nasland
2007 I Know Who Killed Me Fred Toland
2012 Changing Hearts Henry Reed
2015 Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story Brent Anderson
2019 Christmas in Louisiana Mark

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Silent Steel Executive Officer
2019 Judgment Ryuzo Genda, Presiding Judge [2]
2021 Lost Judgment Ryuzo Genda [2]


  1. ^ a b "Tipoff". Star-News. February 25, 1988. p. 2D. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Brian McNamara (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved May 3, 2022.

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