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 19)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2007—present
Relatives Aidan Gould (brother)

Nolan Gould (born October 28, 1998)[1] is an American actor. He is 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, the son of 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. When Gould was five years old, the family moved to California.[4] His elder brother, Aidan Gould, is also an actor.

Despite his character on Modern Family being dim-witted, 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 summer 2012, 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 made over US$70,000 per episode[8] for his role on Modern Family. Other television credits 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

In 2017, Gould was featured in the music video for Logic's new song, 1-800-273-8255, the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Gould played a gay man alongside Coy Stewart as his best friend and ultimately his husband, Matthew Modine as Gould's dad, and Don Cheadle as Stewart's dad.

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 appeared on the show a second time, he said he was thinking of either buying a theremin or a sitar.


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[9]
2009 Hysteria Child
2011 Friends with Benefits Sammy[10]
2012 Ghoul Timmy Graco
2013 The To Do List Max
2014 Field of Lost Shoes[11] Robert / Sir Rat
Year Title Role Notes
2009–present Modern Family Luke Dunphy Main role
2010 Good Luck Charlie Zander Episode: "Sleepless in Denver"
2011 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour Jack Pierce Episode: "Best Friend Forever"
2014 Whose Line is it Anyway? Himself Episode: 7
2015 Sofia the First Elliot Episode: "Substitute Cedric"
2016 Hell's Kitchen Himself Episode: "When the Wall Comes Tumbling Down"
2018 Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition Himself (Contestant) Currently Competing
Music videos
Year Title Artist
2017 "1-800-273-8255" Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid


  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. ^ "Movie Web Credits". Archived from the original on 16 December 2014. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "TV Guide Credits". Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  11. ^ 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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