Dan Fogler

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Dan Fogler
Fogler in 2018
Daniel Kevin Fogler

(1976-10-20) October 20, 1976 (age 46)
EducationBoston University (BFA)
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, writer
Years active1997–present
Jodie Capes
(m. 2009)

Daniel Kevin Fogler (born October 20, 1976)[1] is an American actor, comedian and writer. He has appeared in films including Balls of Fury, Good Luck Chuck, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, and Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and has done voice acting for Kung Fu Panda, Horton Hears a Who!, and Mars Needs Moms. He also appeared on The Walking Dead as Luke and played Francis Ford Coppola in the biographical drama series The Offer.

In 2005, Fogler made his Broadway debut as William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

Early life and education[edit]

Fogler was the second child born to Shari and Richard Fogler, an English teacher and a surgeon, respectively, in Brooklyn, New York.[2][3] Fogler is Jewish.[2][4][5] He attended elementary school at the Windmill Montessori School in Brooklyn, NY.[6] He graduated from Poly Prep Country Day School in 1994, before attending the School of Theatre at Boston University.[7]


Fogler made his Broadway debut when he originated the role of William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he won the Theatre World Award for the original off-Broadway production and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 2005 for the original Broadway production.

Fogler's first television appearance was in 2002 on Fox's 30 Seconds to Fame as a contestant impersonating Al Pacino. Other television credits include recurring roles on ABC's The Goldbergs, NBC's Hannibal, CBS's The Good Wife and voice work for Fox's American Dad!. Fogler also has had starring roles in ABC's Man Up![8] and Secrets & Lies, and appeared in a music video for Type O Negative's song "I Don't Wanna Be Me", in which he played a man recording himself on video cross-dressing as celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and finally the band's singer Peter Steele.[9]

In film, Fogler starred in 2007's Balls of Fury as Randy Daytona for Focus Features and in Lionsgate’s Good Luck Chuck with a role opposite Dane Cook and Jessica Alba. Fogler also had roles in Fanboys, Take Me Home Tonight, Scenic Route, Europa Report and the J. K. Rowling adaptation Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was released worldwide in November 2016.

Fogler has done a variety of voiceover acting in films such as Horton Hears A Who! with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, Disney's Mars Needs Moms, 2008's Kung Fu Panda with Jack Black and Jackie Chan, and the 2013 comedy Free Birds.

Fogler wrote and directed the play Elephant in the Room, inspired by Ionesco's Rhinoceros, which was produced by the New York International Fringe Festival in 2007.[10] Fogler wrote and directed Hysterical Psycho (2009) which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival,[11] featuring actors from Stage 13, a film and theater production company of which Fogler is a founding member.[12] Fogler wrote, directed, and starred in Don Peyote (2014) with supporting performances from Josh Duhamel, Anne Hathaway, and Topher Grace.[13] In 2010, Archaia Entertainment published Fogler's first graphic novel, the horror anthology Moon Lake.[14] This collection of stories chronicles the past, present, and future of the most haunted town on Earth: Moon Lake.[citation needed] Fogler's next graphic novel, Brooklyn Gladiator, was published in 2018 by Chapterhouse.[15] Heavy Metal published Fogler's graphic novel Fishkill in 2020.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 2009, Fogler married Jodie Capes, co-founder of Capes Coaching, a career coaching company for actors and artists. They have two daughters, Edie and Franny.[17] Fogler has lost 100 pounds (45 kilograms) for the benefit of his family as he feared getting obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Brooklyn Thrill Killers Melvin Mittman
2000 Home Field Advantage Charlie
2000 Bust a Move Charlie
2002 Hyper Lenny
2005 Dumped! Elliott
2006 School for Scoundrels Zack
2006 Slippery Slope Crafty
2007 Good Luck Chuck Stu
2007 Balls of Fury Randy Daytona
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Yummo Wickersham / Councilman (voice)
2008 The Marconi Bros. Carmine Marconi
2008 Kung Fu Panda Zeng (voice)
2009 Fanboys Hutch
2009 Hysterical Psycho Psychiatrist Also writer and director
2009 Taking Woodstock Devon
2009 Love Happens Lane
2011 Crocodile Tears Director Short film
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Barry Nathan
2011 Mars Needs Moms Gribble (voice) Also motion capture
2012 Dog Eat Dog Short film
2012 Hellbenders Eric
2013 Scenic Route Carter
2013 Europa Report Dr. Nikita Sokolov
2013 Free Birds Governor Bradford (voice)
2014 My Depression (The Up and Down and Up of It) Singer (voice) Short film
2014 Don Peyote Warren / Don Peyote Also co-writer and co-director
Domani Vision Award for Best Director
Domani Vision Award for Emerging Talent
Nominated – Domani Vision Award for Best Writing
Nominated – Domani Vision Award for Breakthrough Performance Award
2014 Post Modern Ophelia Goldie Stern Short film
2015 Barely Lethal Mr. Drumm
2015 Ava's Possessions JJ Samson
2016 The Guardian Brothers Shen Tu (voice) English dub
2016 Custody Denholz
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Jacob Kowalski Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film
2017 Becks Dave
2017 Sex Guaranteed Carl
2018 30 Nights Dr. Lance Ying
2018 In Like Flynn Joel Schwartz
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Jacob Kowalski
2019 Jay and Silent Bob Reboot Con-Ployee Cameo
2020 The Argument Jack
2022 Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore Jacob Kowalski
2022 DC League of Super-Pets Carl (voice)
2023 Spinning Gold Buck Reingold


Year Title Role Notes
2009–10 American Dad! Various voices 2 episodes
2010 M'Larky Lt. Black 5 episodes
Also director (4 episodes)
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Zeng (voice) Short film
2011–18 Robot Chicken Various voices 2 episodes
2011–12 Man Up! Kenny Hayden 13 episodes
2012 Prairie Dogs Roj Unsold pilot
2012 Ugly Americans Carl (voice) Episode: "The Stalking Dead"
2013 Hannibal Franklyn Froideveaux 3 episodes
2014 Black Box Fred Baker Episode: "Emotions"
2013–2022 The Goldbergs Marvin Goldberg 14 episodes
2014 Living the Dream Russ Danzinger Unsold pilot
2015 Secrets and Lies Dave Carlyle 10 episodes
2015 The Good Wife Nick Zubrovsky Episode: "Winning Ugly"
2017 Famous in Love Himself Episode: "Fifty Shades of Red"
2017 Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Dan Fogler Television film
2018–2020, 2022 The Walking Dead Luke Abrams Recurring role; 17 episodes (season 9–11)
2021 Big City Greens Burger Clown (voice) Episode: "Fast Foodie/Spaghetti Theory"
2022 The Offer Francis Ford Coppola Miniseries
TBA Eric TBA Miniseries[19]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2016 Lego Dimensions Jacob Kowalski (voice)

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Performer Album
2003 "I Don't Wanna Be Me" Type O Negative Life Is Killing Me


Year Title Role Channel
2020 ClickSport-1: Tournament of Grandiosity Xoc Aventus Crown Channel
2021 ClickSport-2: The Buffering Xoc Aventus Crown Channel


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  2. ^ a b Riley, Jenelle (2007-09-14). "Busting Loose". Back Stage. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-09-15.
  3. ^ Green, Jesse (2006-10-08). "The Character Actor Laughs Last". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  4. ^ Schleier, Curt (2005-12-02). "Sweet Spell Of Success". The Jewish Week. Archived from the original on 2007-08-22. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  5. ^ "Channeling the spirit of Brooklyn and bootlegging into 'Beasts' — Jewish Journal". The Jewish Journal. 21 December 2016.
  6. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Registration Roster". Playbill. Retrieved 10 June 2022.
  7. ^ "Dan Fogler | Biography | Official Website of the Actor, Comedian, Singer". danfogler.com. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  8. ^ Man Up! at IMDb
  9. ^ Sanders, Naomi (November 15, 2019). "How We Wrote I Don't Wanna Be Me, By Type O Negative's Kenny Hickey – Kerrang!". Kerrang!.
  10. ^ BWW News Desk. "Fogler's 'Elephant in the Room' of FringeNYC Runs to 8/26". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  11. ^ Hysterical Psycho, retrieved 2020-06-24
  12. ^ "Stage 13 | Official Site | Ensemble". stage-13.com. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  13. ^ Don Peyote, retrieved 2020-06-24
  14. ^ "Archaia and Dan Fogler horrify you with 'MOON LAKE'". www.comiclist.com. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  15. ^ "Brooklyn Gladiator". Chapterhouse. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  16. ^ Weiss, Josh (2020-03-24). "First look: Dan Fogler to debut 3 genre-bending Heavy Metal comics this summer". SYFY WIRE. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  17. ^ "Dan Fogler Biography Official Website of the Actor, Comedian, Singer". danfogler.com. Retrieved November 28, 2019.
  18. ^ "Complete Intel on Dan Fogler Weight Loss! | Star Studds". 31 March 2020.
  19. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 3, 2023). "Benedict Cumberbatch-Led Netflix Limited Series 'Eric' Rounds Out Main Cast". Variety. Retrieved April 3, 2023.

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