Alex O’Loughlin

Born 24 August 1976
Canberra, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actor, writer

Alex O’Loughlin /oʊˈlɒklɪn/ (born 24 August 1976) is an Australian actor, who plays Lieutenant Commander Steve McGarrett on CBS’ remake of the TV series Hawaii Five-0. He had starring roles in the films Oyster Farmer (2004) and The Back-up Plan (2010), as well as on such television series as Moonlight (2008) and Three Rivers (2009).

O’Loughlin was born on 24 August 1976, in Canberra, Australia, of Irish and Scottish descent. His father is a physics and astronomy teacher in Sydney and his mother is a nurse.

O’Loughlin suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder when he was a child. He enrolled at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney in 1999 and graduated in June 2002 after completing a three-year, full-time Bachelor of Dramatic Art program.

O’Loughlin began working in short films and fringe theatre as a teenager in Sydney. One of his first acting jobs was an extra in a commercial, playing a marine. After graduating from NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Arts), he began his career in Australian television and film productions. Some of his TV credits include roles in BlackJack: Sweet Science, Love Bytes and White Collar Blue.

In 2004 he landed his first film role, the lead in Oyster Farmer.[10] He later appeared in Man-Thing, Feed, and in the Australian mini-series The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant, for which he was nominated as Best Lead Actor in Television from the Australian Film Institute Awards in 2005 and as Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series from the Logie Awards in 2006. O’Loughlin joined the cast of The Shield in 2007 as Detective Kevin Hiatt, the newest member of the strike team.

On 2 March 2012, CBS announced that O’Loughlin would miss shooting some episodes of Hawaii Five-0 to seek drug treatment related to pain management medication prescribed after a shoulder injury. He was slated to miss at least one episode from the second season.

In August 2013, the Los Angeles-based non-profit Australians in Film announced that O’Loughlin will be honored with a Breakthrough Award at an exclusive ceremony held on 24 October 2013 in Los Angeles.

Personal life

O’Loughlin’s first child, a son, was born in 1997, to a girlfriend from whom he has since separated. He separated from his long-time girlfriend, Australian actress/singer Holly Valance, in February 2009. He and his then-girlfriend, Malia Jones have a son born in 2012. O’Loughlin and Jones married in Hawaii on 18 April 2014. They and their three sons (O’Loughlin’s son, O’Loughlin and Jones’ son, and Jones’ son from a previous relationship) live in Hawaii where he films Hawaii Five-0. He is the current ambassador for Donate Life America



Year Title Role

2004 Oyster Farmer Jack Flange
2005 Man-Thing Eric Fraser
2005 Feed Michael Carter
2006 The Holiday Kissing Couple
2007 The Invisible Marcus Bohem
2007 August Rush Marshall
2009 Whiteout Russell Haden
2010 The Back-up Plan Stan


Year Title Role Notes
2003 White Collar Blue Ian Mack Episode: “2:01”
2004 Love Bytes Dave Episode: “Net Nanny”
2004 Black Jack: Sweet Science Luke Anderson TV movie
2005 The Incredible Journey of Mary Bryant Will Bryant TV mini-series
Nominated‍—‌Australian Film Institute Award for Best Lead Actor in Television (2005)
Nominated‍—‌Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2006)
2007 The Shield Kevin Hiatt 7 episodes
2007–08 Moonlight Mick St. John 17 episodes
Won‍—‌People’s Choice Award for Best Drama Series (2007–08)
2009 Criminal Minds Vincent Rowlings Episode: “The Big Wheel”
2009–10 Three Rivers Dr. Andy Yablonski 13 episodes
2010–present Hawaii Five-0 LCDR Steve McGarrett 167 episodes
Won‍—‌People’s Choice Award for Best New TV Drama (2010–11)