André Holland was born on December 28, 1979 in Bessemer, Alabama, USA. He is an actor, known for Moonlight, Selma (2014) and 42 (2013).
His first role was in a Birmingham (Alabama) Summerfest production of "Oliver!"; he was 11 years old.
His undergraduate degree is from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
Graduated from John Carroll High School, a private Catholic high school in Birmingham, Alabama. His drama teacher there, Darrell Revel, was the first person to tell him he was talented enough to be a professional actor.
Graduated from New York University with an MFA in 2006.
Holland grew up in Bessemer, Alabama (a suburb of Birmingham).
Longtime close friend of playwright-screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney in whose plays André often participates.
In a 2017 New York Times article about actors' first exposures to the plays of August Wilson, André Holland said that the first time he ever saw one of Wilson's plays was during high school, when when his mother took him to a production of "The Piano Lesson" at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery. Reflecting on that experience, he said, "I didn't know people could do that onstage: talk the way people I knew talked, face the same issues that people in my community faced." In 2017 Holland went on to appear in one of Wilson's plays himself: the Broadway debut of "Jitney.".