Brian Christopher O'Halloran (born December 20, 1969) is an American actor. He was born in Manhattan, New York. He is best known for his roles in Kevin Smith's View Askewniverse films, notably as Dante Hicks in Smith's debut film Clerks and its 2006 sequel, Clerks II. Aside from this, he has done small appearances in most of Smith's films, either as his Clerks character Dante Hicks or one of his cousins.

O'Halloran is the lead actor in Vulgar (2000), an obscure movie about a small town's clown who is traumatized after he is attacked during one of his performances.

He has worked on theatre productions since high school. He has said on the subject of doing theatre:

Oh, yeah. It's the best training you can do, as an actor. To be in front of a live audience. There's no 'Stop, wait, oh geez, what was that line again?' It just sharpens your reflexes. It sharpens your interaction. And it definitely sharpens your memory because you have to know an entire show from beginning to end.[1]

Since Clerks, O'Halloran has primarily been a stage actor, working with the Boomerang Theatre Company, the New Jersey Repertory Company and the Tri-State Actors Theatre, among others. He has been a resident of Old Bridge Township, New Jersey]since his teens.[2]

Filmography Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Clerks Dante Hicks
1995 Mallrats Gill Hicks, Suitor #3
1997 Groupies
1997 Chasing Amy Executive Jim Hicks
1999 Dogma Grant Hicks as Brian Christopher O'Halloran
2000 Clerks: The Animated Series Dante Hicks
2000 Vulgar Will Carlson/Flappy/Vulgar as Brian Christopher O'Halloran
2001 Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Dante Hicks as Brian Christopher O'Halloran
2001 Drop Dead Roses Shawn as Brian C. O'Halloran
2002 The Flying Car Dante Hicks
2003 Moby Presents: Alien Sex Party Clerk
2004 Clerks: The Lost Scene Dante Hicks
2006 Clerks II Dante Hicks
2007 Brutal Massacre: A Comedy Jay
2007 The Junior Defenders Mitch Stone
2008 The Happening Jeep Driver


  1. Mike McCarthy Interviews Brian O'Halloran
  2. Cahillane, Kevin. "For the Stars of ‘Clerks,’ It’s Take Two", The New York Times, July 14, 2006. Accessed June 8, 2008. "Mr. O’Halloran, a resident of Old Bridge since age 13, has not had to go the McJob route."

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