Dan Byrd in February 2012
November 20, 1985
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Daniel "Dan" Byrd (born November 20, 1985) is an American actor. His most prominent roles include the 2004 film A Cinderella Story, the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes, the 2010 films Easy A and Norman (film), the sitcoms Aliens in America from 2007 to 2008 and since 2009, Cougar Town.
Life and career
Byrd was born in Marietta, Georgia, and began acting at a young age. His feature film debut was in the 1999 film The First of May, which starred Julie Harris and Mickey Rooney. He then went on to make a string of appearances in television series such as Judging Amy, Any Day Now, ER, and Touched by an Angel before gaining his first break-out role in the TNT miniseries Salem's Lot playing schoolboy Mark Petrie. The two part miniseries also starred Rob Lowe, Andre Braugher, James Cromwell and Donald Sutherland.
Also in 2004, Byrd co-starred in A Cinderella Story opposite Hilary Duff as Carter Farrell, the method acting best friend of Duff's Cinderella character Sam Montgomery. The project was followed by short-lived CBS series, Clubhouse, alongside Mare Winningham, Michael Jai White, John Ortiz and Christopher Lloyd.
In 2006, Byrd starred in Alexandre Aja's remake of The Hills Have Eyes. The film, based on Wes Craven's original 1977 cult classic film, costarred Aaron Stanford, Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan.
Also in 2006, Byrd also starred opposite John Travolta in the period crime thriller Lonely Hearts. The story followed real-life killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez (played by Salma Hayek and Jared Leto respectively), who develop a twisted infatuation with each other as they travel the country luring unsuspecting victims through personal ads in the newspaper. Travolta played the lead detective on the case and Byrd played his troubled son. James Gandolfini also stars.
Byrd was set to appear in the 2007 remake of Revenge of the Nerds produced by McG's Wonderland Productions and Fox Atomic, but after three weeks of filming, the project was cancelled. He then went on to star in The CW comedy Aliens in America which follows a Wisconsin homemaker who arranges to host a foreign exchange student, believing the visitor will help her shy son (Byrd) become more popular. However, the show only lasted one season.
In October 2008, Entertainment Weekly reported that Byrd had been cast in Heroes in a recurring role as Sylar's (Zachary Quinto) apprentice. He plays Luke Campbell and has the ability to emit microwave pulses. He appeared in three episodes during Heroes' "Volume 4: Fugitives". Byrd also appeared in an episode of ABC Family's Greek as Clark Duke's character Dale's high school friend.
In 2010, Byrd co-starred in Easy A opposite Emma Stone. He played Brandon, a gay friend of Stone's character Olive Penderghast who she pretends to have sex with at a house party to boost their social standings.
He stars in the film Norman in which Byrd plays the title character. The story follows a high school senior who perpetuates a lie that he is terminally ill with cancer to gain sympathy from his peers. Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins plays his father. Emily VanCamp and Adam Goldberg also star.
|1999||The First of May||Cory|
|The Price of a Broken Heart||Eric Hutlemeyer|
|Just Ask My Children||Brian Kniffen|
|2002||Untitled Eric Gilliland Project||Himself|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jake Bradley|
|Firestarter 2: Rekindled||Paul|
|Any Day Now||Young Colliar Sims|
|The Nightmare Room||Drew|
|State of Grace||Kenny Moss|
|Touched by an Angel||Scott Hardwick|
|2003||Presidio Med||Curtis Altman|
|The Guardian||Jeremy Hetherington|
|2004||Joan of Arcadia||Scott Brooks|
|Salem's Lot||Mark Petrie|
|A Cinderella Story||Carter Farrell|
|2005||Are We There Yet?||Himself|
|Checking Out||Jason Apple|
|2006||The Hills Have Eyes||Bobby Carter|
|Pepper Dennis||Frat boy|
|Lonely Hearts||Eddie Robinson|
|Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy||Jess|
|2007||Ghost Whisperer||Jason Bennett|
|Boston Legal||Edward Scanlon|
|2007–2008||Aliens in America||Justin Tolchuck|
|2009–present||Cougar Town||Travis Cobb|
|2014||Mad Men||Wayne Barnes|
Awards and nominations
- 2000: Burbank International Children's Film Festival: Best Child Actor for The First of May
- 2000: Young Artist Award: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Any Day Now
- 2010: Rhode Island International Film Festival: Best Actor for Norman
- 2001: Young Artist Award: Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Any Day Now
- 2005: Young Artist Award: Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special- Leading Young Actor for Salem's Lot
- "Dan Byrd". TV.com. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- Holden, Stephen (April 13, 2007). "Lonely Hearts (2006) Cops Trail Creeps on the Lam". New York Times. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "'Revenge Of The Nerds' Remake Ceases Production". KillerMovies. November 24, 2006. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- Grossberg, Josh (Nov 22, 2006). "No Revenge for New Nerds". E! Online. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- dos Santos, Kristin (Oct 22, 2007). "Aliens in America's Dan Byrd Talks Teenage Angst, Midwestern Accents and 13-Hour Days". E! Online. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "Aliens in America: CW Cancels Low-rated Sitcom". TV Series Finale. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- Ausiello, Michael (Oct 23, 2008). "'Heroes' Exclusive: 'Aliens in America' Star Goes Bad". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- Markovitz, Adam (Sep 3, 2010). "Easy A (2010) A teen comedy enters virgin territory". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- Bates, D.B. "Norman (2010)". The Parallax Review. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "Cougar Town - Bios". ABC.com. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- Hinckley, David (September 23, 2009). "Courteney Cox and 'Cougar Town' just boy-toying with us in premiere of new ABC comedy". New York Daily News. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "Burbank International Children's Film Festival - Best Film Awards 2000". BurbankFilm.org. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "21st Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "2010 Film Festival Award Winners Announced". RIIFF Awards. August 15, 2010. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "22nd Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- "26th Annual Young Artist Awards". YoungArtistAwards.org. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- Dan Byrd at the Internet Movie Database
- Dan Byrd at AllMovie
- Interview with Dan Byrd about A Cinderella Story