He graduated from Yale University in 1995.
Son of poet Sharon Olds.
His theater career began at 15, when he was cast in "Measure for Measure" at the Public Theater. Years later, he originated the role of Rudolpho in the Tony award-winning production of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" on Broadway. His performance of the blond haired Italian received widespread critical acclaim. Other Broadway credits include "Any Given Day", as well as "Rough Crossing" (Bay Street Theater), "The Countess" (Old Globe), "The Living" (Yale Rep), "Richard II" and "Loose Ends" (ECA), both of which he also directed.
Wrote an article about September 11th for Salon.com.
Olds was nominated six times for his acclaimed portrayal of George in "Tryst" (at the Black Dahlia Theater in Los Angeles). He won two Best Actor awards, from the LADCC and LA Weekly.
Having been raised in NYC's Spanish Harlem in the 80s, Olds was mugged over 10 times, when he finally decided to learn karate. Training for a decade, with over 15 wins at brutal international competitions, Olds still has a soft, gooey side, and likes a good cry while watching "Beaches".
Olds has been writing since he was a kid. William Morris signed him at age 17 because of his first passion-project, a screenplay called "The Blood of The Land" (about New World settlers). Since then, he's written and sold TV pilots, screenplays, and worked as a freelance journalist for Salon.com, NPR and Conde Naste, among others.
Played a deleted character, "Ed," in "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" with Tommy Lee Jones.
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