Dan Butler Biography (1954-)

Full name, Daniel E. Butler; born December 2, 1954, in Fort Wayne (some sources say Huntington), IN; son of Andrew (a pharmacist) and Shirley (a homemaker) Butler.

Actor, director, producer, playwright
Birth Details
December 2, 1954
Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • (Film debut; as Dan E. Butler) Jimmy Price, Manhunter (also knownas Red Dragon: The Pursuit of Hannibal Lecter), De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986
  • SWAT Team (Medatomics Lab), The Manhattan Project (also known as Deadly Game), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Walter, Longtime Companion, Samuel Goldwyn, 1989
  • (As Dan E. Butler) Charlie, The Long Walk Home, Miramax, 1990
  • Roden, The Silence of the Lambs, Orion, 1991
  • Bill Zachery, Captain Ron, Buena Vista, 1992
  • (English version) Voice of Galaxy police officer, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Oki (animated; also known as No Need for Tenchi, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-oh-ki and This End Up!), 1992
  • Reporter, Dave, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Ken Shubik, Rising Sun, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1993
  • Wilson Chess, I Love Trouble, Buena Vista, 1994
  • Garrity, The Fan, TriStar, 1996
  • Host, The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender, 1997
  • Admiral Shaffer, Enemy of the State, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Sol Bianca: The Legacy (animated), Pioneer Entertainment, 1999
  • Dr. Arthur Apsey, Fixing Frank, 2001
  • Lloyd, The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Father Anthony, Frannie's Turn, CBS, 1992
  • Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe, Frasier (also known as Dr. Frasier Crane), NBC, 1993-1999, 2001-2004
  • Voice of Mr. Simmons and various characters, Hey Arnold (animated), Nickelodeon, 1997-2002
  • Miniseries
  • Edward Bass Matheson, Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City (also known as More Tales of the City), Showtime, 1998
  • Flight Director Eugene Kranz, From the Earth to the Moon, HBO, 1998
  • Movies
  • Jonathan, Country Gold, 1982
  • New York reporter, The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James, 1986
  • Dennis Peterson, Everyday Heroes, 1990
  • Stuyvesant, The Rape of Dr. Willis, CBS, 1991
  • Assistant District Attorney Mendelson, From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of One, NBC, 1992
  • Sergeant Robert Goodman, No Time to Die (also known as Columbo and Columbo: No Time to Die), ABC, 1992
  • Harvey Young, The Assassination File (also known as Out in theCold), Starz!, 1996
  • Eckles, Sniper 2 (also known as Sniper II), 2002
  • Specials
  • Voice of Drake, The Sissy Duckling, HBO and HBO Family, 1999
  • Himself, My Favorite Frasier (short), 1999
  • Pilots
  • Appeared as Edward, The Single Guy.
  • Episodic
  • Solinski, "Blind Trust," Leg Work, 1987
  • Bike shop customer, "Accountant," Roseanne, ABC, 1990
  • David, "A New Woman," Monsters, 1990
  • Art, "Take My Bike, Please!," Roseanne, ABC, 1991
  • Art, "Why Jackie Becomes a Trucker," Roseanne, ABC, 1991
  • Jake Dorleac, "Southern Comforts--August 4, 1961," Quantum Leap, 1991
  • Art, "Therapy," Roseanne, ABC, 1992
  • Art, "Secrets," Roseanne, ABC, 1992
  • Ed, "Incident on Main," Life Goes On, ABC, 1993
  • Joe Henley, "Duty Free Rome," Picket Fences, CBS, 1993
  • Walt Stevens, Washington Post reporter, "Bradley Gets Fired," The Powers That Be, 1993
  • Mutta, "Mirror Image--August 8, 1953," Quantum Leap, NBC, 1993
  • Jim Ausbury, "Die Hand Die Verletzt," The X-Files, Fox, 1995
  • Kenneth Arabian, "Caroline and the Gay Art Show," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1995
  • Kenneth Arabian, "Caroline and the Dearly Departer," Caroline in the City, NBC, 1996
  • Bill Slatton, "Eve of Destruction," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 1997
  • Voice of attorney, "Jumpin' Crack Bass," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1997
  • Steth, "Vis a Vis," Star Trek: Voyager, UPN, 1997
  • Priest, "Religion," Tracey Takes On ... , HBO, 1998
  • Dr. Richards, "War Games," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1998
  • Dr. Ivar Cronenberger, "The Anatomy Lesson," Touched by an Angel,CBS, 1998
  • Lawyer, "Changes," Ally McBeal, Fox, 1999
  • Arnold Hummer, "The Gift of Life," Crossing Jordan, NBC, 2002
  • Coach Ambros, "New Frontier," American Dreams, NBC, 2002
  • Coach Ambros, "The Fighting Irish," American Dreams, NBC, 2002
  • Coach Ambros, "Cold Snap," American Dreams, NBC, 2002
  • Coach Ambros, "Black and White," American Dreams, NBC, 2002
  • David Wilkins, "The Source," Without a Trace, CBS, 2003
  • Chuck Webb, "Bad Judgment," Miss Match, NBC, 2003
  • Also appeared as voice of Slack Brizack, "Powergirl Surfers," Rocket Power (animated); voice of therapist, King of the Hill (animated),Fox.
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "Frasier Gotta Have It," Frasier (also known as Dr. Frasier Crane), NBC, 1998
  • Stage Appearances
  • The Member of the Wedding, Hartford, CT, 1979-1980
  • Understudy for the role of Sergeant Merwin J. Toomey, Biloxi Blues, New York City, 1980
  • Austin, True West, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • D'Arcy, Bronchio, and schoolmaster, The Coarse Acting Show, Wonderhorse Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • Lamb, The Hothouse, Playhouse Theatre, Providence, RI, then Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • Blue Window, Theatre Guinevere, 1984
  • Bobby, Wrestlers, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1986
  • Peter, Festival of One Act Plays, Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, New York City, 1988
  • "Chute Roosters," Winterfest 8: Four New Plays in Repertory, YaleRepertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1988
  • Much Ado about Nothing, New York Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1988
  • Langley, Domino, New York Theatre Workshop, New York City, 1988
  • Emerald City, New York Theatre Workshop, 1989
  • Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grille, WPA Theatre, NewYork City, 1990
  • Mike, The Lisbon Traviata, Manhattan Theatre Club and Promenade Theatre, New York City, both 1990, then Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1990-1991
  • The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me (solo show), Los Angeles, 1994, then New York City, 1995
  • Sid Nercessian and Tobias Pfeiffer, Old Money, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City, 2000-2001
  • Owen O'Malley, On the Twentieth Century, UCLA Freud Playhouse, LosAngeles, 2002-2003 then Twentieth Century, American Airlines Theatre,New York City, 2004
  • Stage Work
  • Director of The Walkers, Road Theatre Company.
  • Plays
  • The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me (solo show), producedin Los Angeles, 1994, then New York City, 1995

Further Reference


    • Advocate, September 20, 1994, pp. 42-45
    • People Weekly, April 24, 1995, pp. 55-57
    • TV Guide, July 1, 1995, pp. 22-25

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