David Gallagher

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David Gallagher
Gallagher in 2007
Born (1985-02-09) February 9, 1985 (age 38)
New York City, U.S.
  • Actor
  • model
Years active1987–present

David Lee Gallagher (born February 9, 1985)[1] is an American actor and former model. Beginning a prolific career as a child actor and model at the age of two, Gallagher is a five-time Young Artist Award nominee and Teen Choice Award winner. He is best known for his role as Mikey Ubriacco in Look Who's Talking Now and Simon Camden on 7th Heaven. He was Kevin Harper in Angels in the Endzone and Richie Rich in Richie Rich's Christmas Wish. Gallagher is also well known for the voice of Riku in the Kingdom Hearts video game series.

Early life[edit]

Gallagher was born in New York City to Elena Gallagher[2] (née Lopez) and Darren James Gallagher.[3] His parents separated when he was a baby and his mother remarried Vincent Casey.[2][4] Gallagher is of Cuban descent on his mother's side and Irish descent on his father's side.[4] He has four younger siblings.[5] His brother Killian was diagnosed with autism and as a result David is an active supporter and spokesman for the organization Autism Speaks.[4]

He graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory School (California) in 2003[6] and enrolled at the University of Southern California, where he majored in film and television studies, graduating in May 2007.[6]


Gallagher began acting at the age of 2, first modeling for print advertorials in and around New York City which eventually led to commercial work as an actor. He appeared in many television commercials as a toddler for products such as Tyson Foods and Fisher Price. At age 8 he briefly had a recurring role on the soap opera Loving.

His film debut came in 1993 when he won the role of Mikey Ubriacco in the movie Look Who's Talking Now, playing the son of John Travolta and Kirstie Alley's characters, and the older brother of Tabitha Lupien's character. In 1995 he played in a production of A Christmas Carol on Broadway. He also starred in several TV movies, including Bermuda Triangle.

In 1996, he reunited with John Travolta for the movie Phenomenon. Later that year, he was cast as Simon Camden in the family drama series 7th Heaven. 7th Heaven remained on the air for 11 seasons, making it the longest-running family drama in television history,[7] and also became the highest-rated show on The WB.[8]

He filmed a few movies during hiatuses from filming, including the direct-to-video Richie Rich's Christmas Wish and Little Secrets with Evan Rachel Wood. In 2003, during 7th Heaven's 8th season, Gallagher left the show in order to attend college full-time. However, he returned to the series part-time during season 9 and for what was thought to be the 10th and final season. In late 2006 The CW unexpectedly picked up the show for an 11th season. Gallagher opted not to renew his contract.

In 2005 Gallagher starred in and co-produced a low-budget adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray.

His first role after leaving 7th Heaven was a guest stint on Numb3rs, playing serial killer Buck Winters in September 2006, a role which he reprised in January 2009. He also appeared in the season 6 opener of CSI: Miami, playing another suspected killer. He also starred in the horror sequel Boogeyman 2, which went straight to DVD. In July 2008, Gallagher guest-starred on the TNT drama Saving Grace as Paul Shapiro, a troubled young man who was the suspect in a murder investigation. His next guest appearance was in an October 2008 episode of the Fox crime drama Bones as Ryan Stephenson, the son of a transgender woman. Then in November 2008 he appeared in an episode of the CBS show Without a Trace as a suspect named Jeff Ellis who was thought to be responsible for the disappearance of a local nurse. He portrayed Seiji Amasawa in the English dub version of Studio Ghibli's Whisper of the Heart. Gallagher appeared on the second-to-last episode of the series The Deep End, where he played a man charged with second-degree murder although he is innocent.

In March 2012, Gallagher was announced to star with Jake Weber[9][10] in Scared of the Dark directed by Takashi Shimizu.

Gallagher has notably voiced Riku in the numerous Kingdom Hearts video games and franchise since 2002.



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Look Who's Talking Now Michael "Mikey" Ubriacco
1996 Bermuda Triangle Sam
Phenomenon Albert "Al" Pennamin
1998 Ri¢hie Ri¢h's Christmas Wish Ri¢hie Ri¢h Video
2001 Little Secrets David
2003 Kart Racer Scott McKenna
2005 The Quiet Brian
2006 Whisper of the Heart Seiji Amasawa (voice) Disney dubbed version
Sunday Morning Video
2007 The Picture of Dorian Gray Dorian Gray Also co-producer
Freakin' Zombies, Man! Duke Video short
Boogeyman 2 Mark Sexton
2011 Super 8 Donny
Trophy Kids Reid Davis
2013 Scared of the Dark Adam


Year Title Role Notes
1995 It Was Him or Us Stevie Pomeroy TV movie
1996 Summer of Fear Zack Marshall
1996–2006 7th Heaven Simon Camden 197 episodes, Season 1-7&10 full-time, Season 8-9 part-time
1997 Angels in the Endzone Kevin Harper TV movie
Walker, Texas Ranger Chad Morgan Episode: "Brainchild"
1999–2002 Rocket Power Oliver Van Rossum (voice) 10 episodes
1999 The Wild Thornberrys Ben (voice) Episode: "Lost and Foundation" & "Every Little Bit Alps"
2000 The New Adventures of Spin and Marty: Suspect Behavior Marty Markham TV movie
2006-2009 Numb3rs Buck Winters Episode: "Spree"
Episode: "Two Daughters"
Episode: "Arrow of Time"
2007 CSI: Miami Rick Bates Episode: "Dangerous Son"
2008 Saving Grace Paul Shapiro Episode: "A Survivor Lives Here"
Bones Ryan Stephenson Episode: "The He in the She"
Without a Trace Jeff Ellis Episode: "Push Comes to Shove"
2009 Smallville Zan Episode: "Idol"
2010 Betwixt TV movie
The Deep End Kevin Mather Episode: "An Innocent Man"
2011 The Vampire Diaries Ray Sutton 2 episodes
2012 Criminal Minds Matt Moore Episode: "The Wheels on the Bus"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Adam Kemp Episode: "Tressed To Kill"
CSI: NY Marty Bosch Episode: "Clean Sweep"
2013 Second Generation Wayans Jeremy Silverman TV series
2014 In Your Eyes Lyle Soames TV movie
2017 Born and Missing Brian TV movie
2020 S.W.A.T. Sawyer Episode: "Bad Cop"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2002 Kingdom Hearts Riku
2002 Rocket Power: Beach Bandits Oliver Van Rossen[11]
2004 Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories Riku
Riku Replica (archive sound)
2006 Kingdom Hearts II Riku
2007 Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
2008 Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories Riku
Riku Replica
2009 Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Riku
2010 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Riku
Young Xehanort (Uncredited)
2011 Kingdom Hearts Re:coded Riku
2012 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
2013 Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix Riku
Riku Replica (new and archived footage)
2014 Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix Riku
2017 Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage Riku
2019 Kingdom Hearts III Riku
Riku Replica
2020 Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory Riku

Awards and nominations[edit]




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  8. ^ Bellafante, Ginia (May 8, 2006). "In '7th Heaven,' They're Still Allergic to Love Potion No. 9". The New York Times. p. E6. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  9. ^ "David Gallagher to Star in Takashi Shimizu's Scared of the Dark". ComingSoon.net. March 16, 2012. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  10. ^ Turek, Ryan (March 16, 2012). "Scared of the Dark". Shock Till You Drop. Archived from the original on May 17, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
  11. ^ "David Gallagher (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved July 14, 2021. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)

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