Brian Oerly grew up in a small town in San Bernardino, California. Accomplishing a childhood dream, he followed in the footsteps of many in his family and became a firefighter. While he thought he had found his dream job, life had other plans.
Fate brought him to Japan for two years, where he made his first appearances in the film and television world as a professional stuntman. While there, he learned the Japanese language and culture, and made life-long friends. After moving back to the States, he graduated to small stunt/acting roles, which transitioned into larger acting guest appearances, and now into large supporting parts and lead roles. He is still a proud member of the stunt community to this day.
Brian has worked with some of the top-rated A-list actors and stunt professionals this industry has to offer, usually playing the bad guy, and often making the hero look like a bad ass as they beat him senseless. Some of his credits include:
Heart Baby (2017) as Taylor, Get Hard (2015), American Horror Story (2013 -2015) playing several different roles, House Of Lies (2015), Bad Ass 3 (2015), Ride Along (2014), Lets Be Cops (2014), Escape Plan (2013), and Modern Family (2010) as a gym member with whom Jay (Ed O’Neill) has a memorable “moon landing,” just to name a few.
Says Brian: “As a firefighter, I never thought being a professional actor and stuntman was ever in the cards. But as a kid, I used to play Squad 51 (from the hit 1970’s television show “Emergency”), and I would put on shows for all the neighborhood kids, complete with hand-written show programs. My shows consisted of either destroying things around the house as The Incredible Hulk (my father was never happy about that), or the old standby, Cowboys and Indians, where I would pretend to get shot and fall off my parents’ roof.”
Life obviously had its own plan for the path Brian was to take. He feels incredibly fortunate, both for his amazing career and the opportunities he’s had to work with so many truly talented people. Brian has accomplished his two childhood dreams, and not many folks can say that.
As Brian puts it…
“Always the bad guy, and loving every minute of it!”