November 23, 1970 |
Brooklyn, New York City
Danny Hoch (born 23 November 1970) is an American writer, director and performance artist. He has acted in larger roles in independent and art house movies and had a few small roles in mainstream Hollywood films, with increasing exposure as in 2007's We Own the Night. He is best known for his one man shows, which he would like to be considered theatre rather than performance art.
Two of his three one-man-shows, Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop and Some People, were published together in 1998. In both pieces he explores the multi-cultural (and multi-lingual) New York he grew up in, providing adept monologues in the languages of the people, Cuban Spanish, Bronx Dominican Spanish or Nuyorican, Jamaican Patois or Trinidadian English.
A prevailing theme in Hoch's work, within its spectrum of unification and deep similarities under superficial differences, is the power of hip hop. Naive or street-wise white youth believing or dreaming that they are black, African-American kids dreaming of making it as a rapper, a Cuban street vendor's love of Snoop Dogg.
Some People followed his first endeavor, Pot Melting, and was broadcast on HBO in the mid-90's, which granted Hoch more national exposure, allowing him to tour more cities to greater crowds. Hoch founded the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2000. Together, his three plays have won many awards, including two Obie Awards, a Sundance Writers Fellowship and the CalArts' Alpert Awards in the Arts in Theatre. In 2010 he won a Fellow award granted by United States Artists.
Appearances in other media
He has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry, in addition to his Some People being broadcast on that station. The film version of Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop has recently been released on DVD.
Hoch was cast in a guest role on a 1995 episode of Seinfeld, (season seven, "The Pool Guy"), but he objected to what he felt was ethnic stereotyping in the way his Hispanic character was written and tried to convince Jerry Seinfeld to change things. Hoch claimed to have received support from Julia-Louis Dreyfus and to have been warned to just play the role as written by Michael Richards, but the point became moot when the show informed Hoch that the role would be re-cast with another actor and he was free to fly back to New York right away 
He is also known for writing Whiteboyz, a limited-released 1999 film directed by Marc Levin in which Hoch also stars with Mark Webber and Dash Mihok as three white Iowa teenagers who long for a gangsta rap life. The film also stars Piper Perabo and Eugene Byrd and rappers as luminous as Snoop Doggy Dogg, Big Pun, Fat Joe, dead prez, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh.
|2012||Safe||Julius Barkow||Also starring Jason Statham|
|2011||Nurse Jackie||Mr. Digby||Television series; episode ...Deaf Blind Tumor Pee-Test|
|2010||Blue Bloods||Billy Leo||Television series; episode Officer Down|
|2010||Henry's Crime||Joe||Also starring Keanu Reeves|
|2009||Taking Chance||TSA Agent||Also starring Kevin Bacon|
|2007||We Own the Night||Jumbo Falsetti||Also starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg|
|2007||Lucky You||Bobby Basketball||Also starring Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore|
|2007||Blackbird||Pinchback||Also starring Michael Shannon|
|2007||Bam Bam and Celeste||Neo-Nazi|
|2006||Wyclef Jean in America||Television series; writer|
|2005||War of the Worlds||Intersection Guy Cop||Directed by Steven Spielberg|
|2003||American Splendor||Marty||Also starring Paul Giamatti|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Kracker||Television series; episode Soulless|
|2003||The Other Shoe||Abraham|
|2003||Washington Heights||Mickey||Award-winning independent film |
|2001||Black Hawk Down||Spc. Dominick Pilla||Directed by Ridley Scott|
|2001||Prison Song||Harris||Also starring Q-Tip|
|2000||Bamboozled||Timmi Hillnigger||Directed by Spike Lee|
|2000||Jails, Hospitals, & Hip--Hop||Writer, Director|
|1998||The Thin Red Line||Pvt. Carni||Directed by Terrence Malick|
|1997||SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground||Edward (segment "Honey-Getter")||Made-for-television film|
|1997||His and Hers||Lenny||Also starring Liev Schreiber|
|1996||Sureshot||Also starring Mekhi Phifer|
- United States Artists Official Website
- Cole, Williams (November 2008). "The Mea Culpa of Gentrification: Danny Hoch in conversation with Williams Cole". The Brooklyn Rail.
- Danny Hoch on Seinfeld
- Robert Torre: 'Hoch, Danny (1970-)', Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature, edited by Tarshia L. Stanley, Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press (2009),121-122.
- Official Website
- Danny Hoch at the Internet Movie Database
- The Hip Hop Theater Festival's Official Site
- The CalArts Award Official Site
- Hoch's account of the Seinfeld experience
- Interview with Danny Hoch on The Sound of Young America: MP3 Link