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Overview (3)

Born in Newport Beach, California, USA
Birth NameDavid Joseph Lamb
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Film, TV and stage actor David Denman grew up all over Southern California. After becoming involved in high school theatrics at Fountain Valley High School, David attended the American Conservatory Theater Summer Training Congress in San Francisco in 1991. He then went on to receive his B.F.A. degree in Drama in 1997 from the famed Juilliard School in NYC.

After graduating Denman was immediately cast on the hit show ER (1994), which lead to numerous TV shows and movies of the week. He made his feature film debut in the Warner Bros comedy The Replacements (2000) with Gene Hackman and Keanu Reeves. While he had supporting roles in some other major productions, his breakthrough role came as "Roy" in The Office (2005). The series received numerous awards including the Emmy and S.A.G. award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. 15 years after the pilot first aired it continues to break records for viewership. Denman went on to star in numerous films from indies to blockbuster features. James Gunn cast Denman opposite Elizabeth Banks in Sony's Brightburn, Michael Bay cast him as Boon in Paramount's 13 Hours and Steven Soderbergh put him in the all-star cast of Logan Lucky. He starred opposite Kelly Macdonald and the late Irrfan Khan in the Sundance hit Puzzle. Denman continues working in television and will next be seen opposition Kate Winslet in HBO's Mare of Easttown.

Denman is also an avid Shakespeare buff, having performed in dozens of productions and seen the entire canon on stages around the globe. He continues to return to the stage, his first love, as often as possible.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Family (2)

Spouse Mercedes Mason (13 September 2014 - present)  (1 child)
Nikki Boyer (27 May 2001 - 2010)  (divorced)
Children Caius Kane Denman

Trivia (5)

Graduated from Fountain Valley High School in Fountain Valley, CA. Where he performed with director Craig Brewer and actor Omar Metwally.
Graduated from The Juilliard School in New York City, with classmates Alan Tudyk and Sara Ramirez.
David is an avid fan of William Shakespeare, having seen his entire canon performed on various stages around the world.
Has two sons, Caius Kane (b. January 10, 2018) and Sagan Cyrus (b. May 11, 2021), with his wife Mercedes Mason.
Originally, he was considered for the role of Jim Halpert in The Office and John Krasinski was considered for the role of Roy. The casting was reversed after the directors and producers reviewed the audition footage.

Personal Quotes (24)

Most people know me from 'The Office,' where I played a guy who grunted out three or four words an episode and was kind of a knucklehead, and so I think it's surprising for people to see me do something like this. But Shakespeare is what I grew up wanting to do.
Everyone remembers the last thing you did.
It meant so much to me as a kid to see professional theater and hear Shakespeare's words.
There's a lot of people in the community who are seeing a play for a first time, and that, to me, is really exciting.
There's a lot of pressure being an actor and taking on challenges that people don't expect of you.
I do theater as much as possible, but it's very difficult to manage for me.
There are all kinds of historians and scholars who say that Brutus could have been a son of Caesar. That's definitely a possibility. He's a generation younger than Caesar.
For me, if I'm going to do a play, I prefer to do something with language that I don't get to speak on TV.
I do things on TV that are kitchen-sink realism, which is great, but I like the challenge of a completely new language and dramatic environment.
There was a time when people liked to take Shakespeare and twist him around to make whatever social or political statement they wanted to make.
I just spent three years on 'The Office.' I made enough money that I can take five weeks out and do a play.
I've known numerous actors who got a pilot that they thought was going to run forever, and they went out and blew all of the money. Now they've got a mortgage they can't pay for.
I went to Fountain Valley High School. I remember watching Grove Shakespeare productions here. It left a big impression on me.
Petruchio is a very clever guy and clearly has a lot of bravado and confidence. My feeling is that he's broke at the beginning of the play and needs a dowry to save face back home.
So often, I think, in these relationship comedies, they don't necessarily reflect the people that I know. They don't reflect myself.
I've done, like, eight pilots, and every time, everyone thinks it's going to go for 10 years.
You always have that danger when you do a pilot of getting this gigantic chunk of change, and all of a sudden you're like, 'It's going to run forever, and I'm buying a house in the Hollywood Hills.'
It is fun to do the one-off guest stars on stuff.
It doesn't behoove you as an actor to sit around and worry.
Usually, you see this play as a guy who can't make up his mind, but our version is more of a revenge thriller than a man who is pontificating what he should do next. I've never seen a 'Hamlet' this big, this exciting, with this many cast members; it's quite a spectacle.
I sat there in awe that some guy overseas, trying to protect our interests, was using a silly comedy as a survival tool. My brain had an explosion. I was really moved by that.
So often in sitcoms, it's like, 'Oh, that husband of mine. He just screwed up again.' They just have to tolerate each other. It's not the most fun to play from my perspective. But by the same token, you can't be like, 'We're just like Romeo and Juliet, always in love.'
'Hamlet' is the most famous play in the world for a reason. The journey you go on is incredible.
At the end of the day, none of us are doing an impression of the guys we are playing; we are just trying to create the essence of what they do for a living and go through with their families.

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