Daniel Eric Gold

Daniel Eric Gold (born September 19, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is an American 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.

Daniel Eric Gold
Born (1975-09-19) September 19, 1975
Years active1999–present



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.

Gold was in the independent film Café 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 Venue
1999 Beautiful Thing Ste Cherry Lane Theatre
2002 This Thing of Darkness Donald/Reef Linda Gross Theater
2004 Small Tragedy Christmas Playwrights Horizons
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



Year Title Role Notes
2005 War of the Worlds Conspiracy buff
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Donnelly
2008 Birds of America Gary
2008 Definitely, Maybe Charlie
2008 Spinning into Butter Nathan
2009 Taking Woodstock Joel Rosenman
2010 Harvest Seth Winters
2010 Last Night Andy
2010 Café Todd
2012 Hello I Must Be Going Noah
2016 Hacker Sye
2017 The Outcasts Mr Samuels


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Nick Episode: "Bang & Blame"
2005 Law & Order David "D" Glass Episode: "Flaw"
2009–2010 Ugly Betty Matt Hartley Recurring (season 3); main cast (season 4); 20 episodes
2010 Law & Order Alex Conway Episode: "Brilliant Disguise"
2012 Christmas with Holly Alex Nagle Television film
2012 Girls Jessa's ex-boyfriend Episode: "Hard Being Easy"
2016 Good Girls Revolt Sam Recurring
2017 The Blacklist Robert Dahle Episode: "The Apothecary" 2018 - Chicago Fire - polition

Awards and nominations

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


  1. "Previous Nominees and Recipients". Lucille Lortel Awards, Off-Broadway Awards. 2004. Archived from the original on 2012-09-08.
  2. Tom Landers (May 6, 2009). "Daniel Eric Gold's McDonalds Commercial". crushable.com.
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