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Also Known As: Gabey Olds, Gabriel E Olds Died:
Born: March 24, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter

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An appealing, baby-faced brown-haired actor who has shown his range with seemingly effortless portrayals of both gracious and complacent characters, Gabriel Olds racked up credits on stage, television and film, and gracefully resurfaced from such washouts as 1993's "Calendar Girl" (his film debut) and The WB's 2000 midseason series "D.C." (his first stint as a series regular). Olds began his professional career at age fifteen and quickly landed a starring role in "14 Going on 30" (ABC, 1988), a two-part "Disney Sunday Movie" presentation about a teen who speed ages and is mistaken for his school's new principal. In 1992, he took another teen-aimed role, starring in "Sexual Considerations", a topical "CBS Schoolbreak Special". A sinister role on an especially memorable episode of "Law & Order" (NBC) flexed Olds' acting muscles, playing an academic achiever who practices parental abuse and ultimately murders his father.

An appealing, baby-faced brown-haired actor who has shown his range with seemingly effortless portrayals of both gracious and complacent characters, Gabriel Olds racked up credits on stage, television and film, and gracefully resurfaced from such washouts as 1993's "Calendar Girl" (his film debut) and The WB's 2000 midseason series "D.C." (his first stint as a series regular). Olds began his professional career at age fifteen and quickly landed a starring role in "14 Going on 30" (ABC, 1988), a two-part "Disney Sunday Movie" presentation about a teen who speed ages and is mistaken for his school's new principal. In 1992, he took another teen-aimed role, starring in "Sexual Considerations", a topical "CBS Schoolbreak Special". A sinister role on an especially memorable episode of "Law & Order" (NBC) flexed Olds' acting muscles, playing an academic achiever who practices parental abuse and ultimately murders his father.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Open House (2010)
2.
 Surrogates (2009)
3.
 Now & Forever (2005)
4.
 Sightings: Heartland Ghost (2002) Jeff Mason
6.
 Urbania (2000) Ron
7.
 Without Limits (1998) Don Kardong
8.
 35 Miles From Normal (1998) Jimmy Lee
9.
 Town Has Turned to Dust, A (1998) Hannify
10.
 Animal Room, The (1997)
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1987:
Began acting professionally at age 15 (date approximate)
1988:
Starred as a teenage boy who speed ages and is mistaken for the new principal of his school in the two-part "Disney Sunday Movie" presentation "14 Going on 30" (ABC); billed as Gabey Olds
1992:
Starred in the high school-set sexual harrassment drama "Sexual Considerations", a "CBS Schoolbreak Special" presentation
1993:
Had an early episodic TV guest role on "Law & Order" (NBC), playing a teen who excels at school but terrorizes his family at home
1993:
Made Broadway debut in the drama "Any Given Day"
1993:
Feature film debut, co-starring in the bomb "Calendar Girl"
1995:
Lent voice talents to the "CBS Schoolbreak Special" documentary "Children Remember the Holocaust"
1995:
Directed and starred in a production of "Richard II" as his senior project at Yale
1996:
Acted in the John Frankenheimer-directed TNT original Civil War miniseries "Andersonville"
1996:
Guest starred on the drama series "Party of Five" (Fox) and "Sisters" (NBC)
1997:
Starred in the small town-set independent "35 Miles From Normal"
1997:
Featured in the modern morality tale "The Animal Room"
1997:
Had a featured supporting role as an opera singing illegal immigrant in Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" at New York's Roundabout Theater
1998:
Co-starred in the Sci-Fi Channel presentation "A Town Has Turned to Dust", a psychodrama based on a Rod Serling "Playhouse 90" script
1998:
Had a supporting role in "Without Limits", a biopic of track star Steve Prefontaine
2000:
Featured as a gay actor in the ensemble of the independent drama "Urbania", based on Daniel Rietz's play "Urban Folk Tales"; screened at Sundance and Gen Art
2000:
Played a by-the-book young political climber in the short-lived series "D.C." (The WB)
2001:
Portrayed Kenneth Kimes in the CBS TV movie "Like Mother, Like Son"
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Education

Yale College, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1995

Notes

Gabriel Olds on his film debut "Calendar Girl": "It was a tough film because everyone wanted something different. Jason Priestley was in it--he wanted a nice, respectible vehicle. I just wanted to do my job. I don't know who, but somebody turned it into an empty, tacky film--a total wreck that didn't do anything for my career. During my big emotional scene where I talk about the death of my father, the camera was focused on Priestley. I was just this fuzzy blur in the background. You think you have a great thing on your hands and you don't. It's a delicate art, telling a good film script from a bad one--I hope I am learning." --quoted to his then school newspaper, the Yale Herald February 17, 1995.

"In elementary school, we would do improv comedy [with our teacher]. It was a little Letterman--I would become Tarzan at the most inopportune moments. But I wasn't Billy Crystal; it wasn't, 'Hey, he's an ent-a-tain-ah! He should be in pick-shas!'" --Olds on the roots of his acting, quoted in InTheater, April 24, 1998.

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