Brian Boland is an American film and television actor.
In 2002, Boland joined Second City, a well-known improv group in Chicago, and became a local celebrity after performing regularly with them. He kept trying to break into the movie industry by doing minor roles, while performing with Second City.
Boland’s big break came in the year 2006 when he played the role of a secret service agent in Gabriel Range’s political thriller, Death of a President, about the fictional assassination of George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States of America. The film got a lukewarm response from critics and audiences, alike.
In 2008, Boland played the role of Cleveland Browns assistant coach in the American sports biopic, The Express, directed by Gary Fleder. The film was based on the life of Ernie Davis, a Syracuse University Football player, and the first African-American recipient of the Heisman Trophy. The film bombed at the box office.
His next role came in the 2009 horror film, The Unborn, directed by David S. Goyer, and produced by Gary Pictures. Though the film got negative reviews from film critics, it made around $77 million on a budget of $16.5 million.
In 2010, Boland was roped into playing the role of Daniel in the supernatural horror film, Paranormal Activity 2, written by Michael R. Perry and directed by Tod Williams. The film was a sequel to the 2007 release, Paranormal Activity. The film got negative reviews from critics, but broke many box office records on its release. It became a commercial success, grossing $177 million on a mere budget of $3 million.
Boland appeared as an abusive policeman in Joe Maggio’s 2011 indie drama, The Last Rites of Joe May. The film was rated 7 on a scale of 10 on the Internet Movie Database, and got favorable reviews from many other critics. The box office response was lukewarm, as the film was released to a limited audience. The same year, he appeared in a minor role in the comedy horror film, The Mole Man of Belmont Avenue, directed by Mike Bradecich and John LaFlamboy. The film was released on DVD in 2013.
In 2012, Boland appeared as Seth Ross in Fox’s TV crime drama, The Mob Doctor. The series got an average response from critics and audience, alike. This was followed by the role of John, in the TV mini-series, Altar Man, in 2013.
In 2014, he joined the cast of NBC’s police procedural drama series, Chicago P. D. as Sam Whiting. The series received mixed to average reviews from critics. The series ran for 3 seasons and was renewed for a 4th season in 2015.
Boland also had an uncredited role in the 2016 superhero film, Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, starring
Henry Cavill and
Jesse Eisenberg in lead roles.