Dean Richard Collins (born May 30, 1990) is an American actor, best known for playing the character Mike Gold in the Fox television sitcom The War at Home. The series ran from September 2005 to April 2007. Previously, he had recurring roles in MADtv 's "Reading Caboose" skit as Ernie, and as Warren Feide in Jack & Bobby. Collins also appeared as Harry Beardsley in the 2005 film Yours, Mine and Ours, as Garrett in the 2006 film Hoot, and in the 2008 film The Least of These. In 2011, Collins was cast in the pilot episode of ABC's Lost and Found.