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Elon Gold

As a Boston University student at the tender age of 19, the Boston Herald hailed Elon Gold as a comedy star on the rise. Ten years later, that star continues to ascend as Gold gets set to shoot his new NBC comedy series based on his standup comedy act.

Growing up in the Bronx, Gold discovered at a very young age that he had an uncanny ability to do impressions. He went from mimicking his teachers to mastering truly unique voices like Charles Grodin and Howard Stern. In fact, Gold got to do Stern on the radio host's show as well as Grodin on his show.

At 17, Gold began his standup career and, one year later, his impression-infused routine led to his first television appearance on MTV's Half-Hour Comedy Hour. By the time he was an undergraduate student at Boston University -- where he graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in economics -- Gold was splitting his time between his studies and touring comedy clubs and colleges across North America. In 1993, he was invited to perform at the world-renowned Just for Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival, where he appeared in a Showtime Network special hosted by John Candy. The Montreal appearance, along with his work on the MTV sketch series Comikaze, led to Gold's first television series on the sketch show She TV, which was hailed by Time magazine as one of the year's Top-10 Shows.

Gold's successes in comedy provided the perfect segue to his career as an actor. His credits include playing Mary Richards' boss (the new Lou Grant) on the highly rated Mary & Rhoda television movie and serving as a regular performer and writer on Dana Carvey's sketch-comedy series. He also starred in the series, You're the One, and was host of the CableACE Award-winning Nickelodeon series Inside Eddie Johnson. Gold's career has also taken dramatic turns with performances in the independent features Restaurant and Origin of the Species (starring Amanda Peet).

In 2000, Gold combined his standup, writing and acting skills to develop and star in the pilot Good as Gold. Along with his co-creator and co-writer Ira Ungerleider (NBC's Friends), Gold assembled an all-star cast including Mary Tyler Moore as his mom, Elliott Gould as his father and Jonathan Silverman as his brother. Although the pilot did not become a network series, Gold learned the value of mining his real life for comedic inspiration. He took another one of his life experiences -- one where he and his wife lived with his in-laws -- and pitched a series idea that soon found a home at with In-Laws.

Currently, Gold splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. He also enjoys attending Friar's Club, spending time with his wife, Sacha, and son Brandon -- and, of course, his in-laws. His birthday is September 14.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Elon Gold Facts

BirthdaySeptember 14, 1970 (52)

Selected Filmography

When Jews Were Funny
Mary and Rhoda
Origin of the Species
Dirt Merchant
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