Ashton Holmes (born February 17, 1978) is an American actor of film and television and a former soap opera actor. At present, he is probably best known for the role of Jack Stall in A History of Violence.Holmes was born in Albany, New York. At a young age he began taking acting lessons and appeared in community theatre. He attended The Albany Academy. He was also lead singer for the band "Method of Groove", local Albany, NY band.