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Butler in 1995
December 2, 1954 |
Huntington, Indiana, U.S.
Education and personal life
Butler was born in Huntington, Indiana and raised in Fort Wayne, the son of Shirley, a homemaker, and Andrew Butler, a pharmacist. While a drama student at Indiana University in 1975, he received the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, sponsored by the Kennedy Center.
Butler is openly gay. He came out to his family when he was in his early 20s. He wrote a one-man show, The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me, which played in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and off-Broadway in New York and was Butler's public coming out. The play had ten characters "just processing what gay means". Butler performed the show at the same time as he played the ultra macho character Bulldog in the first season of the television show Frasier in 1994. The performance was nominated for the 1995 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show.
Butler is married to producer Richard Waterhouse.
Featured television roles
- Roseanne as Art (1991–1992)
- Frannie's Turn as Father Anthony (1992)
- Frasier as Robert "Bulldog" Briscoe (1993–2004)
- Caroline in the City as Kenneth Arabian (1995, 1997)
- Hey Arnold! - Voice of Mr. Simmons/Lila's Dad (1997–2002)
- From the Earth to the Moon as NASA Flight Director Eugene Kranz (1998)
- More Tales of the City as Edward Bass Matheson (1998)
- Leg Work as Solinski in episode Blind Trust (1987)
- Monsters as David in episode A New Woman (1990)
- Quantum Leap as Jake Dorleac in episode Southern Comforts - August 4, 1961 (1991)
- Columbo as Sgt. Goodman in episode No Time to Die (1992)
- Life Goes On as Ed in episode Incident on Main (1993)
- The Powers That Be as Walt Stevens (1993)
- Quantum Leap as Mutta in episode Mirror Image- August 8, 1953 (1993)
- Picket Fences as Joe Henley in episode Duty Free Rome (1993)
- The X-Files as Jim Ausbury in episode Die Hand Die Verletzt (1995)
- King of the Hill as voice of Attorney in episode Jumpin' Crack Bass (1997)
- Tracey Takes On... as Priest in episode Religion (1998)
- Star Trek: Voyager as Steth in episode Vis à Vis (1998)
- Just Shoot Me! as Bill Slatton in episode Eve of Destruction (1998)
- Suddenly Susan as Dr. Richards in episode War Games (1998)
- Touched by an Angel as Dr. Ivar Kronenberg in episode Anatomy Lesson (1999)
- Ally McBeal as a lawyer, episode Changes (1999)
- Crossing Jordan as Arnold Hummer (2002)
- American Dreams as Coach Ambros (2002–2003)
- Malcolm in the Middle as Norm in episode "Butterflies"
- Supernatural as Reverend Sorenson in "Hook Man" (2005)
- House as Dr. Weber in "Distractions" (2006)
- Monk as Dr. Scott in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital"
- Cashmere Mafia as Maxwell Tate in "Yours, Mine, and Hers"
- 'Til Death as Paul in "Clay Date"
- Without a Trace as David Wilkins in The Source"
Noted documentary, TV film, or film roles
- The Manhattan Project as SWAT Team member
- Longtime Companion as Walter
- The Long Walk Home as Charlie
- Everyday Heroes as Dennis Peterson
- The Silence of the Lambs as Roden
- Rising Sun as Ken Shubik
- Dave as Reporter
- The Fan as Garrity
- The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender as self
- Enemy of the State as NSA Director Adm. Shaffer
- The Sissy Duckling (voice)
- Fixing Frank as Dr. Apsey
- From the Earth to the Moon as Gene Kranz
- Karl Rove, I Love You as Himself (Producer, co-director, co-writer)
- Prayers for Bobby as Rev. Whitsell
- Sniper 2 as Eckles
- Crazy, Stupid, Love. as Cal's Boss
- "Dan Butler Biography (1954-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- "ACTF - Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship National Winners". Kennedy Center. Retrieved 2013-12-04.
- Walsh, Jeff (November 1, 1998). "On NBC's 'Frasier,' openly gay Butler plays it straight". Oasis Magazine. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
- Robinson, Charlotte (July 18, 2012). "Dan Butler on LGBT Issues and His New Film 'Pearl'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 21, 2012.