Nov 6, 2015
Dan Byrd: Nearly Gay
Born in 1985, the Georgia boy arrived in Hollywood in at the age of 14, and was soon guest starring on tv, in Er, Camp Nowhere, State of Grace, Touched by an Angel, and The Nightmare Room.
In his first starring big-screen role,. A Cinderella Story (2004), he played gay-vague best buddy of Cinderella Hillary Duff
Then, in Salem's Lot (2004), he reprised the homoerotic-subtext role that Lance Kerwin originated in 1977. Rob Lowe played his boyfriend.
By 2005, the 20-year old had developed a pleasantly muscular physique, and, surprisingly for someone who often played victims or comic-relief sidekicks, he was not averse to showing it off with semi-nude shower or swimsuit scenes.
In Mortuary (2005), Dan played boyfriend of a girl who has a gay best buddy.
In The Hills Have Eyes (2006), a remake of the Wes Craven classic, Dan played a gay-vague teenager who is waylaid while traveling through Appalachia by a family of mutants.
Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter, he played a gay student who pretends to be straight to avoid harassment, but ends up with a boyfriend -- older, and black, which has to be a first in American cinema.
Suburgatory (2012): An undercover cop who infilitrates the school to check for steroid use, but is assumed gay due to his interest in muscles (which, as we know, Suburgatory specializes in).
On Cougar Town (2009-2013), Dan plays Travis Cox, the college-aged son of Jules (Courtney Cox), heterosexual, but often assumed gay, and fond of "fake coming out" to people.
Why is Dan so good at playing nearly-gay roles? Maybe it's his deadpan wit, or his unimposing hotness. Or maybe he's just lucky.