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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 December 1954Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Birth NameDaniel E. Butler
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dan Butler was born on December 2, 1954 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA as Daniel E. Butler. He is an actor and writer, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011) and Frasier (1993). He has been married to Richard Waterhouse since September 12, 2010.

Spouse (1)

Richard Waterhouse (12 September 2010 - present)

Trivia (15)

Is best known for the role of Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe on the super-popular Emmy-winning show Frasier (1993).
Is a playwright.
Is one of only two actors to have appeared in the original Hannibal Lecter film, Manhunter (1986), as well as The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The other is Frankie Faison.
Graduated from Northrop High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. While there, he received a drama award.
Butler was among the public figures to speak out in 2000 against California's Proposition 22 (also known as the Knight Initiative) that sought to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
In 1995, he and Candace Gingrich served as spokespersons for the National Coming Out Day Project. Butler appeared in public service announcements that included the gently humorous statement, "I'm not a straight man, but I play one on television".
Studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 1976 to 1978.
In high school, Butler pursued his penchant for the stage, winning leading roles in student plays. He also excelled in sports and was elected class president.
Best known for his role as Robert "Bulldog" Briscoe in Frasier (1993). Initially, he was a recurring guest actor, but in 1996, he became a member of the main cast. His character was written out of the show in 1999, but returned to guest star in five episodes of the series' last three seasons.
Butler left both Purdue University and San Jose State College without degrees and migrated to San Francisco where he worked in regional theatre.
Has been involved with the theatre since his youth in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He made his performing debut as a lad in a local production of "The Music Man" and eventually joined the Indiana-Purdue theatre group while in high school.
Butler disclosed his homosexuality on Entertainment Tonight (1981) in 1994 during his run as a swaggering heterosexual on Frasier (1993).
Openly gay, he starred in Terrence McNally's 1989 play "The Lisbon Traviata" and wrote a one-man off-Broadway play about his life, "The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me...", which derives its title from a comment Butler's father allegedly made when Dan came out to him. In the play, he plays 14 different gay characters.
Father Andrew Butler is a pharmacist; mother Shirley is a homemaker.
His life partner is Richard Waterhouse.

Personal Quotes (1)

There are so many different camps about what being gay means. The danger comes when each one is so rigid that it sees itself as the true picture.

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