Daniel Tay Who Played Buddy's Little Brother in 'Elf' Is All Grown up and Looks Unrecognizable

It's over a decade since the release of the Christmas movie, and Daniel Tay, a child star from "Elf" has done incredibly well with himself.

The actor has grown in physique, abilities, and achievements and is living the best of himself as an adult. Born in New York, the TV star bagged his first and significant role alongside Will Ferrell, starring as "Buddy's" little brother. 

Tay at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation "Kids for Kids Family Carnival" on October 24, 2009 | Photo: Getty Images

Tay at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation "Kids for Kids Family Carnival" on October 24, 2009 | Photo: Getty Images

The 2003 comic film is undoubtedly one to remember, and it holds the record of being the most popular Christmas special since its release. 

The brothers' Will "Buddy" and Daniel "Micheal" in "Elf" has improved tremendously in their lifestyles and choices.

Following his role in his first film, the teenager continued to thrive in other features such as "Brooklyn Rules," "The Ballad of Gay Tony," and "The Grand Theft Auto."

Daniel Tay during "Elf" New York City Premiere in New York City, New York | Photo: Getty Images

Daniel Tay during "Elf" New York City Premiere in New York City, New York | Photo: Getty Images

Even with his dedication and excellent interpretation of roles, the "Elf" star decided to quit acting some years ago as he treaded on an academic pathway. 

The New York native is contributing immensely by helping students commit to passing their SATs, thus leaving an imprint in the educational sphere, just as he has done with his feature in "Elf." 

"Buddy's" little brother enrolled in Yale University as an Economics major, after which he began his career to prepare students for SATs at the Veritas Prep company. 

 Hallie Eisenberg and Daniel Tay celebrate Kids Day on November 29, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

Hallie Eisenberg and Daniel Tay celebrate Kids Day on November 29, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

Just like he successfully stole the hearts of many with his appearance in the 2003 sinister comedy movie, the 28-year-old has asserted his credibility in his workplace, and his review on the company's website is commendable. 

His astuteness and skills have paved the way for his dream of teaching and helping students understand, by imbibing the principles of value, and a healthy relationship. 

Daniel Tay during RAY BAN at the 11th Annual Kids for Kids Celebrity Carnival at Industria Superstudio in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Daniel Tay during RAY BAN at the 11th Annual Kids for Kids Celebrity Carnival at Industria Superstudio in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

This he learned during his time at Yale, where he worked as a tutor and teaching assistant in the Computer Science Department. 

The actor also has a flair for broadening his scope as he is a comprehensive reader, writer, and understands Mandarin. According to the Veritas Prep website, Tay's review reads:

"He believes that teaching and learning are expressions of the basic human need for mutual understanding."

 Daniel Tay arrives at the world premiere of "Artie Lange's Beer League" on September 13, 2006 | Photo: Getty Images

Daniel Tay arrives at the world premiere of "Artie Lange's Beer League" on September 13, 2006 | Photo: Getty Images

The New York native is contributing immensely by helping students commit to passing their SATs, thus leaving an imprint in the educational sphere, just as he has done with his feature in "Elf." 

The production is evergreen, and ITV never misses the opportunity to screen the Christmas film during the yuletide season.

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