Gabriel Olds is an actor/writer/producer whose first passion-project script, The Blood of The Land, got him signed at William Morris when he was only 17. Olds then starred in the Tony award-winning A View From the Bridge on Broadway, and was nominated six times and won two Best Actor Awards for the play Tryst. He’s appeared in over 50 TV shows, recently Seal Team, and films like The Surrogates, Without Limits and Sundance’s 35 Miles From Normal. Throughout, Olds continued to write and direct, studying at Yale and NYU, with his family’s support–Gabriel’s mother is Sharon Olds, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet. After writing his first feature, Low Story, Olds wrote articles for Salon.com, NPR and Conde Nast, and TV specs for “Transparent,” “E-Ring,” and “House, MD.” Olds has also written five TV pilots, including the recent “Kane” (a six-time contest finalist), which ranked #1 on the prestigious BlackList, and got Gabriel included in the BlackList TV Writers’ Staffing Book.
On a personal note, Gabriel is also a certified scuba diver, a wilderness EMT, a member of Mensa, and an ordained clergyman. He was raised in NYC/ Spanish Harlem in the 80s, and was mugged a lot–his approximately tenth mugger rhymed. While punching Olds in the face, the mugger pipped, “Gimme your money, guy, or I’ll beat you to the sky.” The next day, Olds started taking karate. He trained for over two decades an won 15 international competitions. But despite this grit, Olds has retained his soft, gooey side, and enjoys a good cry while watching This Is Us. To overcome his fear of rhyming, Olds continued playing Shakespearean parts and writing, though he’s yet to bravely tackle a limerick. Any mention of “men from Nantucket,” and Olds runs for the hills.