Hoyt Fortenberry was a major character on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American starring actor Jim Parrack, Hoyt makes his debut in the series' premiere episode, "Strange Love" in the series' first season. A resident of Bon Temps, Louisiana, Hoyt was working for the State of Louisiana Department of Transportation road crew along with Lafayette Reynolds, under the direction of Jason Stackhouse. Playing a recurring role through the series' first, second, third, fourth, and fifth season, Hoyt was in a relationship with the young vampireJessica Hamby, and moved to Alaska after they broke up. He returns to play a recurring role through the series' seventh season, and winds up marrying Jessica Hamby in the series' finale episode, "Thank You", in the series' seventh, and final, season.
Sweet and good-natured, he is the only person Sookie Stackhouse knows whose thoughts are consistently kind and broad-minded. He is also remarkably progressive toward vampires and other social outcasts. This is in stark contrast to his mother, Maxine Fortenberry, who was extremely prejudiced and judgmental of most people, humans and vampires alike. His lack of experience with, and high respect for, women makes him extremely shy around them. Unlike his best friend Jason Stackhouse, he has no desire for frivolous hook-ups, and remains a virgin until he meets and falls in love with the vampire Jessica Hamby. For the majority of Season 1, he is bossed around by his mother, but begins to assert his independence in Season 2. Throughout the series, his character development shifts from happy-go-lucky to a much more serious and emotional young man.
Although fully human, Hoyt is quite strong, which is likely due to his athletic lifestyle in high school, and his strenuous professions of working on a road crew and an Alaskan oil-drilling ship. He is strong enough to knock out Jason Stackhouse with a single blow. ("Love is to Die")