Fred Goss (born March 25, 1961, Orchard Lake, Michigan) is an American TV actor, director, writer, producer and comedian.
Goss began writing and staging his own plays in his twenties. He wrote sketch comedy during his thirties, primarily at the Los Angeles based, ACME Comedy Theater. More recently, Fred wrote many of the episodes of his ABC comedy Sons & Daughters. He's written pilot scripts for ABC, NBC, and FOX. In 2014, he developed a half hour comedy for ABC called The FunHouse. In 2013, he developed a half hour comedy for USA Network called, HR.
As acting student/teacher
Instructors who have taught Goss include Harry Mastrogeorge, Cynthia Szigeti, Stephen Book, Cecily Adams, and Jeffrey Tambor. After studying the Viola Spolin technique, he has taught (Improvisation for the Theater) to adults and children.
Fred Goss began acting at age fourteen. Before he was thirty, Goss had performed in more than 75 stage productions. He has been a member of The New A.R.T.E.F Players, Pacific Rep and Theater East. Goss also performed in two different house improvisation groups at The Comedy Store in Hollywood. and as part of the main company at The ACME Comedy Theater in Los Angeles.
Goss's professional acting debut was a small guest star part in the NBC comedy ALF. Goss starred in the Bravo comedy series Significant Others. He also starred in the short-lived ABC comedy Sons & Daughters portraying the character Cameron Walker, and starred as Gracen Brooker, in the ABC comedy Carpoolers.
Goss began directing theater productions in his twenties. He has directed pilots and presentations for ABC, NBC, VH1, Fox TV Studios and more. Goss directed many episodes of his ABC comedy series, Sons & Daughters. Goss is also a successful commercial director, working exclusively with Company Films in Los Angeles.
In 2015, Goss continues to direct episodic TV. His recent credits include multiple episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl & Marry Me. He has also directed episodes of The Crazy Ones, Community, Happy Endings, Manhattan Love Story, Enlisted, Modern Family, Ben & Kate and Don't Trust The B In Apt 23.
In 2014, Goss developed a half hour comedy for ABC called The Funhouse. He developed a project called HR for USA Network in 2013. Goss has created and executive produced pilot episodes of shows for NBC (The Weekend), ABC (Sons & Daughters, The Owners), and Fox TV Studios (Endless Summer). He also created and executive produced the critically acclaimed but short-lived ABC comedy series, Sons & Daughters. Goss entered an exclusive development deal with ABC TV in the fall of 2006.
Goss and casting director Arlene Schuster-Goss have three adult and teenage children. Goss currently resides in Venice, California.