Nolan Gould

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Nolan Gould
Nolan Gould at 2015 PaleyFest.jpg
Gould at the 2015 PaleyFest for the show Modern Family
Born (1998-10-28) October 28, 1998 (age 17)
New York, NY
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007—present

Nolan Gould (born October 28, 1998)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for his role as youngest sibling Luke Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family.

Early life and education[edit]

Gould was born in New York City, to Angela and Edwin Gould.[2][3] Shortly after his birth, due to his father's military career, he and his parents moved to Phenix City, Alabama, and when Gould was five years old, the family moved to California.[4] His elder brother Aidan is also an actor.

Nolan Gould is a member of Mensa,[5][6] and as of 2012, had accelerated ten grades in school.[6] He stated on The Ellen Degeneres Show that he has an IQ of 150. During the 2012 summer, at age 13, he graduated from high school by taking a General Educational Development (GED) test and said he hopes to take online college courses.[7]


Gould began his career at age 3 doing commercials.[5] Recent films include leads in the features Ghoul (based on the novel by Brian Keene) and Space Buddies.[5]

As of the 2014-15 TV Season, Gould will make over $70,000 per episode[8] for his role on Modern Family. Other television credits for him include Eleventh Hour and the movie of the week, Sweet Nothing in My Ear.[5]

Gould with the cast of Modern Family at the 69th Golden Globe Awards.

Personal life and interests[edit]

Gould plays the double bass and banjo. He received his first banjo after appearing on The Ellen Degeneres Show,[clarification needed] and as a result, started playing instruments such as the didgeridoo and mandolin. When he went on the show a second time, he said he was thinking of either buying a theremin or a sitar. Degeneres then gave him a sitar.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The McPassion Son at Restaurant
Waiting Room Wild Child
Sunny & Share Love You Jason
2008 Montana Johnny
2009 Space Buddies Sam[10]
2009 Hysteria Child
2011 Friends with Benefits Sammy[11]
2012 Ghoul Timmy Graco
2013 The To Do List The kid at the pool Guest
2014 Field of Lost Shoes[12]
Year Title Role Notes
2009-present Modern Family Luke Dunphy Main Role
2010 Good Luck Charlie Zander Episode: "Sleepless in Denver"
2015 Sofia the First Elliot Episode: "Substitute Cedric"


  1. ^ Modern Family Nation. Post at Twitter October 28, 2013.
  2. ^ Harvey, Alec. "'Modern Family' star Nolan Gould has ties to Alabama". Retrieved January 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Nolan Gould profile". TV Guide. 
  4. ^ Gould profile,; accessed September 17, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d "Nolan Gould Biography". Pop Tower. 
  6. ^ a b "It's Evening in America", Vanity Fair. May 2012. Page 158.
  7. ^ Johnson, John (October 11, 2012). "Modern Family Star Nolan Gould Graduated High School Early at Age 13!". Us Weekly. 
  8. ^ "The Kids Of 'Modern Family' Are Getting Huge Raises". Huffington Post. August 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ YouTube channel TheEllenShow. (January 9, 2012) "Nolan Gould from 'Modern Family' is a genius!"; retrieved April 9, 2012.
  10. ^ "Movie Web Credits". Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "TV Guide Credits". Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  12. ^ Gould, Nolan. "First day of shooting "Field of Lost Shoes". Reaching into my southern past to remember how to do the accent.". Twitter. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 

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