Dan Butler

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Dan Butler
Dan Butler (1995).jpg
Butler in 1995
Born Daniel Eugene Butler
(1954-12-02) December 2, 1954 (age 61)
Huntington, Indiana, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986-present
Spouse(s) Richard Waterhouse

Daniel Eugene "Dan" Butler (born December 2, 1954) is an American actor known for his role as Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe on the TV series Frasier.

Education and personal life[edit]

Butler was born in Huntington, Indiana and raised in Fort Wayne, the son of Shirley, a homemaker, and Andrew Butler, a pharmacist.[1] While a drama student at Indiana University in 1975, he received the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, sponsored by the Kennedy Center.[2]

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.[3][4] The performance was nominated for the 1995 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show.

Butler is married to producer Richard Waterhouse.[4]

Featured television roles[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Noted documentary, TV film, or film roles[edit]


  1. ^ "Dan Butler Biography (1954-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  2. ^ "ACTF - Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship National Winners". Kennedy Center. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  3. ^ Walsh, Jeff (November 1, 1998). "On NBC's 'Frasier,' openly gay Butler plays it straight". Oasis Magazine. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Robinson, Charlotte (July 18, 2012). "Dan Butler on LGBT Issues and His New Film 'Pearl'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 21, 2012. 

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