The First of May
“Some kids let the money and fame get in between them and their families. I'm fortunate enough to have such a strong-knit family and I'm not going to let that happen.” Dan Byrd
After performances in theater productions, Dan Byrd made a promising television debut with his award-winning portrayal of young Colliar Sims on the Lifetime Network series “Any Day Now” (1998-2002), where he picked up a Young Artist Award. He later starred as best friend Mike Dougherty on the short-lived show “Clubhouse” (CBS, 2004) and teen social outcast Justin Tolchuck on the comedy series “Aliens in America” (CW, 2007). He was nominated for a Young Artist Award for his performance in the Warner Bros/TNT miniseries “Salem's Lot” (2004). Other television roles include Kenny Moss in “State of Graces” (2001-2002), Jeremy Hetherington in “The Guardian” (2002-2003) and Luke Campbell in “Heroes” (2009). As a film actor, Byrd won a Burbank International Children's Film Festival Award for his acting in Paul Simmons' “The First of May” (1999). His follow-up projects include “28 Days” (2000, with Sandra Bullock), “A Cinderella Story” (2004, with Hilary Duff), “Mortuary” (2005), “Lonely Hearts” (2006, with John Travolta) and “The Hills Have Eyes” (2006, as Bobby Carter). Moviegoers will see him as Norman Long in the upcoming comedy “Norman” (2009).
Childhood and Family:
Daniel Byrd was born on November 20, 1985, in Marietta, Georgia. He was educated at A.L. Burruss Elementary School and Marietta Middle School before moving to California at age 13 to start his acting career. He enrolled at high school in Glendale, California, for a semester and then continued his studies via home schooling.
Dan has a brother named Ryan Byrd and a sister named Molly Byrd. His hobbies include biking, swimming and riding his moped.
Any Day Now
When Dan Byrd was 8 years old, he saw a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway and was quickly bitten by the acting bug. He performed in a number of theater productions in Atlanta and by age 13, had made his way to California to become a full time actor.
Byrd debuted on television with a recurring role in the critically acclaimed drama series “Any Day Now” (Lifetime, 1998-2002), starring Lorraine Toussaint and Annie Potts. Playing Colliar Sims, he was awarded a 2000 Young Artist for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actor.
Meanwhile, in 1999, Byrd starred with Julie Harris in the independent movie “The First of May,” based on a novel by Gail Radley. Under the direction of Paul Simmons, he won the Film Award for Best Child Actor Performance at the 2000 Burbank International Children's Film Festival, where the moving family film also won a Best Feature Drama honor. The same year, he also played Eric Hutlemeyer in the made-for-TV film “The Price of a Broken Heart,” a fact-based story about a landmark legal conflict.
Entering the new millennium, Byrd landed a small role in the Betty Thomas-directed movie “28 Days” (2000), which starred Sandra Bullock. He then portrayed Brian Kniffen (age 9-12) in the television movie “Just Ask My Children” (2001), starring Virginia Madsen, and Paul in the Sci-Fi Channel movie “Firestarter 2: Rekindled” (2002), opposite Marguerite Moreau, Malcolm McDowell, and Dennis Hopper. He also had guest roles in television series like “Judging Amy,” “ER” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
After “Any Day Now” left the airwaves, Byrd appeared as Drew in the short-lived horror series “The Nightmare Room” (2002), completed his two episodic role as Kenny Moss in the series “State of Grace” (2002), and appeared in episodes of “Boomtown,” “Touched by an Angel” (both 2002), “Presidio Med” (2003) and “Joan of Arcadia” (2004). He also appeared as Jeremy Hetherington in the series “The Guardian” (2 episodes, 2002-2003).
In 2004, Dan was cast as a regular character on the CBS baseball series “Clubhouse,” opposite Jeremy Sumpter as Pete Young, Dean Cain as Conrad Dean, John Ortiz as Carlos Tavares and J.D. Pardo as Jose Marquez. Despite offering a notable turn as the best friend of Pete Young, the show had a short life and was axed after five episodes.
The talented actor was then cast in the lead role of Mark Petrie in a miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's classic vampire story, “Salem's Lot” (also 2004), opposite Rob Lowe. For his fine acting job, Byrd received a 2005 Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Leading Young Actor. In addition, he received his first major film role in the Hilary Duff comedy “A Cinderella Story” (2004), where he was cast as Sam Montgomery's (played by Duff) best friend, Carter.
“She's just incredibly down-to-earth and just a genuinely nice person. There's really no dirt I can give you on her because there’s nothing there. The persona that she gives in interviews and on television is pretty accurate to how she is in normal life. I guess it just surprised me that even though all this activity and all this attention is focused on her, she's still just a very easy person to talk to, easy to relate to, and fun to be around.” Dan Byrd (on costar Hilary Duff)
2005 saw Byrd in the based-on-play “Checking Out,” with Peter Falk, Laura San Giacomo and David Paymer, and Tobe Hooper's horror/thriller “Mortuary,” costarring Alexandra Adi and Denise Crosby. He went on to pursue film roles in “Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy” (2006), an adventure film directed by Ryan Little and written by David Pliler, the award-winning drama “Jam” (2006), and “Lonely Hearts” (2006), a drama directed and written by Todd Robinson that starred John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Jared Leto and Salma Hayek. He also starred as the son of Kathleen Quinlan and Ted Levine in “The Hills Have Eyes” (2006), a remake of Wes Craven's 1977 horror film of the same name.
In October 2007, after guest starring roles in “Ghost Whisperer” and “Boston Legal,” Byrd returned to series TV as a regular on The CW sitcom, “Aliens in America,” which was created by David Guarascio and Moses Port. The show, which also starred Amy Pietz, Scott Patterson, Lindsey Shaw and Adhir Kalyan, ran for 18 episodes until May 2008. In October 2008, he appeared as Kirk in an episode of the comedy series “Greek” called “Three's a Crowd.”
Recently, Byrd joined the cast of the sci-fi hit series “Heroes” playing the recurring role of Luke Campbell. He will also star as a disturbed high school student named Norman Long in a new movie called “Norman” (2009). The film is being directed by Jonathan Segal.
Burbank International Children's Film Festival: Best Child Actor Performance, “The First of May” (2000)
Young Artist: Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Supporting Young Actor, “Any Day Now,” 2000