About Brian Hooks
Brian Hooks is a highly prolific actor, comedian, producer, writer, and director. In addition to his 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.
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 independent 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 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, Brian’s production career remains as stirring as ever, he released a horror film thriller, 7eventy5ive (2008) (where Brian also makes his directorial debut). He starred in FOX Studios series The Ropes (2012) produced by Vin Diesel. He recently celebrated the success of his theatrical feature Laughing to the Bank (2013), which was written, produced, directed, and starring Brian. He’s just wrapped production on the second season on the highly buzzed about Centric/BET show According to Him and Her (2015). And currently he’s in negotiations for a theatrical release of his latest independent film What Are The Chances (2016).
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.