Dan Futterman had an impressive run for a young actor, transitioning easily between stage, television and film for fifteen years before penning the Academy Award-nominated script for "Capote" (2005) a...
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
|Daughters of Privilege||Actor||Ballard Moss||7|
|Class of '61||Actor||n/a||7|
|When Trumpets Fade||Actor||Depsin||7|
|Judging Amy||2004 1998 - 2004||Actor||Vincent Gray||20047|
|Breathing Room||1996||Actor||David Harrison||19967|
|Related||2005 2004 - 2005||Actor||Danny||20057|
|Will & Grace||2005 1997 - 2005||Actor||Barry||20057|
|Thicker Than Blood||Actor||Griffin Bryne||7|
|Class of '61||Actor||Shelby Peyton||7|
|A Mighty Heart||2007||Actor||Daniel Pearl||20077|
|Brothers & Sisters||2010 2005 - 2010||Actor||n/a||20107|
|Sex and the City||2003 1997 - 2003||Actor||Stephan||20037|
|Hello I Must Be Going||2012||Actor||David||20127|
|The Birdcage||1996||Actor||Val Goldman||19967|
|Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even||1992||Actor||Josh Powers||19927|
|When Trumpets Fade||Actor||Despin||7|
|Tracey Ullman Takes on New York||1993 1992 - 1993||Actor||("The Rosenthal Affair")||19937|
|The Fisher King||1991||Actor||Second Punk||19917|
|New York News||1995 1994 - 1995||Actor||n/a||19957|
|Caroline in the City||1998 1994 - 1998||Actor||Seth||19987|
|Homicide: Life on the Street||1998 1991 - 1998||Actor||Marcus Hume||19987|
|Gracepoint||2014 2013 - 2014||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Gracepoint||2014 2013 - 2014||Showrunner||n/a||1|
|Cast as Karen's cousin Barry, a 35-year-old man who realizes he's gay, on the NBC sit-com "Will & Grace"|
|Raised in Westchester County, New York|
|Replaced Joe Mantello in the role of Louis Ironside in the two-part Broadway production "Angels in America"|
|Had first substantive TV role in the ABC movie "Class of '61"|
|Played featured role in the Off-Broadway production "A Fair Country" by Jon Robin Baitz|
|Breakthrough screen role as Robin Williams' son in "The Birdcage", directed by Mike Nichols|
|Co-starred in the film "Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even"|
|Returned to the NYC stage in "Further Than the Furthest Thing" at the Manhattan Theater Company|
|Stage acting debut in the Off-Broadway production "Club Soda"|
|TV-movie debut in "Daughter of Privilege" (NBC)|
|Starred alongside Stuart Towsend and Kate Beckinsale in the British caper comedy "Shooting Fish"|
|Had leading role in independent film "Urbania"|
|Feature producing and screenwriting debut with "Capote" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay|
|Portrayed Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl in "A Mighty Heart," who was kidnapped and killed in 2002 while reporting in Pakistan|
|Appeared in the telefilms "Thicker Than Blood" (TNT) and "When Trumpets Fade" (HBO)|
|Appeared as the brother of the main character in the CBS drama series "Judging Amy"; left series early in the 2001-2002 season|
|Had featured role in the Off-Broadway play "Dealer's Choice"|
|Film debut in small role in "The Fisher King"|
Futterman was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 8, 1967 and raised in Westchester County. His father was a lawyer and his mother a psychoanalyst, which he later joked were the two things an actor needed most. He attended Columbia University and graduated in 1989 with a degree in English. Torn between graduate school and pursuing an acting career, Futterman finally caved to his creative urges and chose the latter. His career launched rather quickly in 1991 when he landed his first stage role a month-long run of "Club Soda" at the historic WPA Theater in New York City. He then made his first film appearance soon after, playing a punk kid who menaces Jeff Bridges in "The Fisher King." In a short span on time, Futterman's career was taking off.
After landing a significant role in "Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even" (1992), Futterman made a handful of television appearances, most notably as a West Point grad pitted against former classmates during the Civil War in "Class of '61" (ABC, 1993). He gave steadily impressive performances in independent films "Breathing Room" (1996), "Far Harbor " (1996), and "Shooting Fish" (1997) until he landed a high-profile gem in "The Birdcage," playing the straight son of the very gay Robin Williams. Futterman followed up with a pair of significant TV movie roles, co-starring opposite Mickey Rourke in "Thicker Than Blood" (TNT, 1998) and alongside Ron Eldard and Martin Donovan in the World War II drama "When Trumpets Fade" (HBO, 1998).
In 1999, Futterman made the leap to series television, co-starring as the writer brother of a jurist (Amy Brenneman) in the hit legal drama "Judging Amy" (he departed early during the 2001-2002 season). On the big screen, he delivered one of his best screen performances in the indie "Urbania" (2000), before making a rare misstep with the Jennifer Lopez thriller "Enough" (2002). He held down a recurring role as the boyfriend of a therapist (Kiele Sanchez) on the drama "Related" (WB, 2005-'06) before it was cancelled after its first season. While he had been building up an impressive resume in TV and film, Futterman continued performing on stage. He succeeded Joe Mantello in the role of Louis Ironside in "Angels in America" on Broadway in 1993, while also landing roles in the off-Broadway productions "A Fair Country" (1996) and "Dealer's Choice" (1997). In 2002, he appeared in "Further Than the Furthest Thing" at the Manhattan Theater Company.
But it was Futterman's writing that defined him as an artist. After reading Gerald Clarke's Capote, A Biography, Futterman was inspired to write a script about the events surrounding Truman Capote's creation of his most famous work, In Cold Blood. He handed the completed script to his childhood friend-turned-commercial director Bennett Miller, who immediately came onboard as producer and director. They enlisted a third old friend, Phillip Seymour Hoffman (who they'd met at theater camp as teenagers) to star as the famously flamboyant author. The result was "Capote," a stark and deeply moving tale of Capote's journey from cosmopolitan New York to rural Kansas in 1959 to investigate the grisly shotgun murders of an upstanding family by two low-life drifters. At the center of the story is Capote's strange, almost loving bond with one of the perpetrators, Perry Edward Smith (Clifton Collins, Jr.), which eventually led to the author's emotional breakdown and failure to ever complete another novel.
While the film was among the top of the year, earning numerous award nominations, it was Hoffman who received the lion's share of critical praise and accolades. Futterman did, however, earn an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and awards from the Boston and Los Angeles Film Critics Associations. Meanwhile, Futterman returned to acting for "A Mighty Heart," but announced that it would be his final appearance before the cameras so he could pursue screenwriting full time. In the film, Futterman played Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and beheaded in Pakistan in 2002, the video of which was spread across the Internet and seen by millions all over the world. The film was based on the book by Pearl's widow (Angelina Jolie) and followed her journey to find answers for her husband's disappearance. It was an overwhelming critical pick and a high note on which to gracefully bow out of the spotlight.
|Anya Epstein||Wife||married in September 2000|
|Susan Floyd||Companion||appeared together in "Breathing Room"; no longer together|
|Eve Futterman||Daughter||mother, Anya Epstein|
|Sylvie Futterman||Daughter||mother, Anya Epstein|
|"I probably, at this point, feel more comfortable doing theater. I feel I'm still figuring out film acting, but I like both of them in very different ways."---Dan Futterman, quoted by The Associated Press, May 13, 1998.|
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