Dan Byrd

Dan Byrd

Born: November 20, 1985
Age: 38
Birthplace: Marietta, Georgia, United States
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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, and the sitcoms Aliens in America and 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.

In 2004, Byrd co-starred in A Cinderella Story, opposite Hilary Duff. He played Carter Farrell, the method acting best friend of Duff's Cinderella character Sam Montgomery. The project was followed by short-lived CBS series Clubhouse.

In 2006, Byrd starred in Alexandre Aja's remake of The Hills Have Eyes, based on Wes Craven's original 1977 cult classic film. Also in 2006, Byrd starred opposite John Travolta in the period crime thriller Lonely Hearts. The story follows real-life killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, 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.

Byrd was set to appear in the 2007 remake of Revenge of the Nerds, 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 (played by 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, who has the ability to emit microwave pulses. He appeared in three episodes during "Volume 4: Fugitives". Byrd also appeared in an episode of ABC Family's Greek as Clark Duke's character'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, whom she pretends to have sex with at a house party to boost their social standings.

He stars as the title character in the 2010 film Norman, a film which follows the story of a high school senior who perpetuates a lie that he is terminally ill with cancer to gain sympathy from his peers.

In 2009, Byrd began starring in the TBS comedy series Cougar Town, as the son of Courteney Cox's character.


Year Title Role
1999 The First of May Cory
The Price of a Broken Heart Eric Hutlemeyer
2000 28 Days Dan
2001 Adoption Day Todd
Pilot Young Patrick
Just Ask My Children Brian Kniffen
ER Russ
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
Boomtown Eddie Colson
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
Mortuary Jonathan Doyle
2004-2005 Clubhouse Scott Hardwick
2006 The Hills Have Eyes Bobby Carter
Jam Josh
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
2008 Greek Kirk
Heroes Luke Campbell
2009-2015 Cougar Town Travis Cobb
2010 Norman Norman Long
Easy A Brandon
2011 Suburgatory Josh Sherman
2014 Mad Men Wayne Barnes
2015 Scandal Virgil Plunkett

Awards and nominations

Awards Won:

  • 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

Awards Nominations:

  • 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

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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