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Daniel "Dan" Byrd (born November 20, 1985) is an Americanmarker actor. His most prominent roles include the 2006 remake of The Hills Have Eyes and the Hilary Duff film, A Cinderella Story.

Life and career

Byrd was born in Marietta, Georgiamarker, and he began acting at a young age. His first screen role 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 breakout role in the TNT mini-series Salem's Lot playing schoolboy Mark Petrie. The two part mini-series also starred Rob Lowe, Andre Braugher, James Cromwell and Donald Sutherland.

Also in 2004, Byrd appeared in A Cinderella Story alongside Hilary Duff. The project was followed by short-lived CBS series, Clubhouse, alongsinde Mare Winningham, Michael Jai White, John Ortiz and Christopher Lloyd.

In 2006, Byrd starred in Alexandre Aja's remake of The Hills Have Eyes. The film, based on Wes Craven's original 1977 cult classic film, co-starred Aaron Stanford, Emilie de Ravin, Vinessa Shaw, Ted Levine and Kathleen Quinlan

Also in 2006, Byrd also starred alongside John Travolta in the period crime thriller Lonely Hearts. The story followed real-life killers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez (played by Salma Hayek and Jared Leto respectively), 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 his troubled son. James Gandolfini also stars.

Byrd was set to appear in the 2007 remake of Revenge of the Nerds produced by McG's Wonderland Productions and Fox Atomic, 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 (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 and has the ability to emit microwave pulses. He is committed to appearing in at least three episodes during Heroes' "Volume 4: Fugitives". Byrd also appeared in an episode of ABC Family's Greek as Dale's (Clark Duke) high school friend.

Currently in post-production is a film called Norman in which Byrd plays the title character. The story follows a high school senior who perpetuates a lie that he is terminally ill with cancer to gain sympathy from his peers. Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins plays his father. Emily VanCamp and Adam Goldberg also star.

Byrd's next television role will be in the ABC comedy series Cougar Town, as the son of the main character played by Courteney Cox.

Byrd is openly gay.

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

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"


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