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Daniel Eric Gold
Born Daniel Eric Gold
September 19, 1975 (1975-09-19) (age 34)
Spouse(s) Jane Green

Daniel Eric Gold (born September 19, 1975) is an American theater, TV and movie actor. He is a 2004 recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for acting in the Craig Lucas Obie winning play, Small Tragedy."

Gold was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the son of Benjamin K. Gold, a biochemist, and Susan E. Gold, an artist and calligrapher. His father was an American of European Jewish descent, and his mother is English. Gold's parents met while working together in Los Angeles. Gold grew up in Los Angeles, and New York's Long Island and Rockland County. He attended Lee Strasberg's Theater Institute as a teenager, and went on to graduate from Penn State in 1996, with a degree in Theater Arts.

Early theater career

Gold moved to Chicago after college where he performed as Michael in Jean Cocteau's Indescretions, Oak Park Festivals Much Ado About Nothing and Patrick Marber's Dealer's Choice. In May 1998, he landed the part of Ste in Jonathan Harvey's coming of age play Beautiful Thing at The Famous Door Theater in Chicago. Its success there brought the whole cast to the Cherry Lane Theatre in NY, where it opened to rave reviews in February 1999.

Since moving to NY's West Village in 2000, Gold has played several theater roles. For Craig Lucas, he has done This Thing of Darkness at the Atlantic Theater, A Small Tragedy and a role written especially for him in The Singing Forest. He has done both Loot and Singing Forest for the regional theater Intiman in Seattle.

In June 2005, Gold was in Roundabout's The Paris Letter with John Glover and Ron Rifkin. Followed by Eric Bogosian's subUrbia, the very play he produced for his degree, a full circle for the artist. Then, the Second Stage Theater production of Len Asleep in Vinyl before turning to film.

Film roles include War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise. Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks. Definitely, Maybe with Ryan Reynolds, Birds of America again for Craig Lucas and Spinning into Butter with Sarah Jessica Parker.

2009 marked Gold's debut TV role as Matt in Ugly Betty with America Ferrera as a love interest to the title character. Upcoming roles include Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock and Last Night with Kiera Knightley and The Harvest in post production.

Recent Projects

Gold was in the indie production Cafe in Philadelphia, with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy, while Ugly Betty was on summer hiatus.

He also appears in national commercials for McDonald's and AFLAC.

Personal life

Gold lives in Brooklyn with his family.


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