Daniel Eric Gold
Daniel Eric Gold
Born Daniel Eric Gold
September 19, 1975 (1975-09-19) (age 36)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Daniel Eric Gold (born September 19, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is an American theater, TV and movie actor. 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.




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 performed in This Thing of Darkness at the Atlantic Theater, A Small Tragedy and a role written especially for him in The Singing Forest. He performed in Loot and Singing Forest for the regional theater Intiman in Seattle.

He is a 2004 nominee for the Lucille Lortel Award for acting in the Craig Lucas Obie winning play, Small Tragedy."[1] In June 2005, Gold was in Roundabout's The Paris Letter with John Glover and Ron Rifkin. That role was followed by Eric Bogosian's subUrbia."

Film and television

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. Upcoming roles include Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock and Last Night with Keira Knightley and The Harvest in post production.

2009 marked Gold's debut TV role in Ugly Betty as Matt Hartley, the love interest for the title character, played by America Ferrera.

Recent Projects

Gold was in the indie production Cafe in Philadelphia, with Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy.

He also appears in national commercials for McDonald's and AFLAC.[2]

Personal life

Gold lives in Brooklyn with his family. He is of English and Jewish descent.


Year Title Role(s) Venue Notes
1999 Beautiful Thing Ste Cherry Lane Theatre
2002 This Thing of Darkness Donald/Reef Linda Gross Theater
2004 Small Tragedy Christmas Playwrights Horizons Obie Award for Outstanding Performance
Nominated—Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor
2005 The Paris Letter Sam Arlen/Young Sandy Laura Pels Theatre (Current)
2006 subUrbia Jeff Second Stage Theatre
2008 Len, Asleep in Vinyl Max McGinn-Cazale Theatre


Film appearances
Year Title Role(s) Notes
2005 War of the Worlds Conspiracy Buff
2007 Spinning Into Butter Nathan
Charlie Wilson's War Donnelly
2008 Definitely, Maybe Charlie
Birds of America Gary
2009 Taking Woodstock Joel Rosenman
2010 Cafe Todd
Harvest Seth Winters
Last Night Andy
Television appearances
Year Title Role(s) Notes
2002 Entertainment Tonight Himself Episode: dated 30 April 2009
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Nick Episode: "Bang & Blame"
2005–2010 Law & Order David 'D' Glass,Alex Conway 2 episodes: "Flaw","Brilliant Disguise"
2009–2010 Ugly Betty Matt Hartley Recurring ;Season 3, Regular; Season 4

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Result
2003–2004 Small Tragedy Obie Awards - Outstanding Performance Won
2004 Small Tragedy Lucille Lortel Awards - Outstanding Featured Actor Nominated


  1. ^ [1] Previous Nominees and Recipients
  2. ^ [2] Daniel Eric Gold’s McDonalds Commercial

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