|Born||Daniel Charles Woodburn
July 26, 1964
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
|Spouse(s)||Amy Buchwald (m. 1998)|
Daniel Charles "Danny" Woodburn (born July 26, 1964) is an American film, television, stage actor, comedian and activist for the rights of disabled persons
Early life and education
Woodburn was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Abington Senior High School in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Communications and Theater. He received the school's Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award in 2001.
Woodburn appeared in numerous stage productions before moving to Los Angeles, such as The Indian Wants the Bronx (by Israel Horovitz); Scapino; David Mamet's Revenge of the Space Pandas; and a touring company production of Viet Rock. His debut in the New York theater world began with The Soda Jerk.
Woodburn had starring roles in the 1997 series Conan the Adventurer (as Otli, Conan's sidekick); Special Unit 2; and Passions. With more than 120 TV appearances, he has had guest roles on shows such as Tracey Takes On...; Baywatch; Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman; The Pretender; Early Edition, Murder She Wrote; Charmed; Becker; and Bones. He has guest starred on such children's television shows as The Suite Life of Zack & Cody; iCarly and Cory in the House. He played a recurring character on Crash & Bernstein.
Woodburn has appeared in the films Jingle All the Way; Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her; The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas; Death to Smoochy; Employee of the Month; Watchmen; Mirror Mirror; and The Identical. He also appeared in the children's feature series Santa Buddies, The Search for Santa Paws, and Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups. He played Splinter in the 2014 reboot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
|2014||Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Splinter||motion-capture performance|
Woodburn is an advocate for disabled and little people issues. He serves on the Screen Actors Guild "Performers with Disabilities Committee." Throughout his career as both a comic and an actor he chose to avoid the stereotyping of little people as site gags or props. Gaining the respect of his peers has allowed him to actively pursue change within his profession for all disabled performers. He has been recognized for the change of attitudes and societal perceptions of not only people with dwarfism but of all disabled persons. He was awarded the DREAM Award by the Disability Rights Legal Center in 2009 for those efforts in TV and Film as well as the 2010 Screen Actors Guild Harold Russell Award. He was keynote speaker at 2010 RespectABILITY Conference and the Inclusion Network of Cincinnati, and has been active as both teacher and speaker for The Little People's Research Fund, Actors For Autism, Media Access, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the National ReelAbilities Film Festivals. He discussed some of his experiences as a little person, both on- and offscreen, in an interview with ABILITY Magazine in 2015.
Woodburn is married to Amy Buchwald, an actress, writer, and comedian. She appeared in an episode of Conan the Adventurer as Woodburn's character's love interest.
- "RTF alumnus earns award for advocacy of disabled performers". temple.edu.
- Mike Fleming Jr. "Michael Bay’s ‘Ninja Turtles’ Casts Splinter - Deadline". Deadline.
- "DRLC DREAM Award 2009".
- "2010 SAG Harold Russell Award".
- "2014 AAPD Annual Leadership Awards Gala was a huge success". aapd.edu.
- "ReelAbilities Cincinnati". "ReelAbilities Cincinnati".
- "Danny Woodburn — A Happyish Guy". ABILITYMagazine.com. ABILITY Magazine. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
- Official website
- Danny Woodburn at the Internet Movie Database
- Philly Magazine Exit Interview
- Official Twitter
- Official YouTube Channel