Brian’s first role in acting 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 low-budget straight-to-DVD 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 low-budget independent films in between his many film/television acting roles.
Brian’s procession of 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, his production career remains as stirring as ever, as he has recently released a horror film thriller, 7eventy5ive (2008) (where Brian also makes his directorial debut), in addition to his current film, I Do… I Did (2009), which is slated for release in August. 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. In 2009 stars also in Deon Taylor’s Dead Tone alongside Jud Tylor, Rutger Hauer and Antwon Tanner.