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).