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David Anders is the American actor who portrays Victor Frankenstein and Dr. Whale on ABC's Once Upon a Time.


David Anders Holt, professionally known as David Anders, was born on March 11, 1981[1] in Grants Pass, Oregon,[2] to Jeri Furness[3] and Tony Holt.[4] He is the youngest of four children. He has three older siblings; biological brother Arik, adopted brother Jason, and adopted sister Maili.[4]

David began acting as a young boy in school plays in his native southern Oregon, but athletics occupied him until he was a senior in high school. At seventeen, he played Philip the Apostle in a regional theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The following year, David won the part of George in his high school's production of Our Town. Directly following that, he went on to portray Freddy Eynsford-Hill in a production of My Fair Lady. After moving to Los Angeles, he took the stage name of David Anders due to another actor already using the name David Holt.[4]

In 2001, he took a role playing a high school senior in the Olsen twins' series So Little Time. Later in 2001, David landed the role of Julian Sark in Alias; originally a guest star and was made a regular, which lasted until 2006. Before his acting debut in Alias, he worked at The Gap and taught tennis. Between 2001 and 2006, while working on Alias, his guest appearances were on television shows such as Charmed, CSI and Grey's Anatomy and he was involved in several plays. In December 2001, he appeared in The Source magazine in an ad for the rapper Canibus doubling as Eminem. In 2002, he played in the independent film The Surge. During 2005, David joined the cast of Beautiful, an Off-Broadway rock musical, as the lead. Beautiful was shown during the New York International Fringe Festival. In the same year, he participated in the film Circadian Rhythm. In 2006, he worked on the horror film Left in Darkness alongside actress Monica Keena.[4]

Busily, David took on many television and movie roles through 2007 and beyond; in the film ELI, the second season of NBC’s hit Heroes as Adam Monroe/Takezo Kensei, a character with the ability to regenerate, two other movies; Into the Blue 2: The Reef and The Revenant, guest starring in the eighth season of 24 and playing John Gilbert, the biological father of Elena, on The Vampire Diaries.[4] From 2015 to 2019, Anders starred as Blaine DeBeers on the CW show iZombie along side Rose McIver, who played Tinker Bell on Once Upon a Time.

On stage, he was the lead in the world premiere of Rockne: The Musical, and performed in The Diary of Anne Frank in 2001, which received an award for Best Ensemble at the Back Stage West Garland Awards.[4]


Rose McIver (Tinker Bell) Show in general McIver plays fellow main character Liv Moore, the series' protagonist and a zombie turned by David's character, Blaine DeBeers
Sarah-Jane Redmond
(Anastasia's Mother)
"Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?", "Liv and Let Clive" and "Virtual Reality Bites" Sex partner of David's character; turned into a zombie by him
Sean Owen Roberts (Thief 2) "Brother, Can You Spare a Brain?" Henchman of one David's character's enemies; gets murdered by him
Ben Cotton (Tweedledum) "Live and Let Clive" Henchman hired by David's character
Aleks Paunovic (Berkley) Multiple episodes of the first season Henchman hired by David's character
Ben Wilkinson
(White Knight and Hank)
"Patriot Brains" Businessman who purchases brains from David's character
Andre Tricoteux
(Argyle and the Massive Brawler)
Multiple episodes of the second season Henchman hired by David's character
Gina Stockdale (Auntie Em) "The Whopper" and "Yipee Ki Brain, Motherscratcher!" Former Babysitter and maid of David's character; accompanies him to the reading of his father's will; watches her be devoured by zombies
Ryan Booth (Man) Multiple episodes of the third and fourth season Henchman hired by the father of David's character; employs him to his side
Giacomo Baessato (Grif) "Are You Ready for Some Zombies?" Patron at the bar David's character owns
Tony Alcantar (Cashier) "Chivalry is Dead" Criminal whose brain David's character eats
Thomas Cadrot (Aesop) "Thug Death" Military officer David's character is bribing
Nevin Burkholder (Villager) "Dot Zom" Patron at the bar David's character owns
Paul Moniz de Sa
(Peasant Ringleader)
"The Scratchmaker" Zombie who pays David's characters for a cure
Artine Browne (Arresting Cop) Multiple episodes of the fifth season Henchman hired by David's character
Seth Isaac Johnson
(Young Hansel)
"Bye, Zombies" and "All's Well That Ends Well" Dying child who is kidnapped by David's character


Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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