Danny Burstein

Celebrated stage actor Danny Burstein reaped critical praise and multiple Tony nominations for starring and supporting roles in many major Broadway productions, including "The Drowsy Chaperone" (2006), "South Pacific" ... Read more »
Born: 06/16/1964 in Mt. Kisco, New York, USA


Actor (19)

Indignation 2016 (Movie)

Max Messner (Actor)

The Family Fang 2016 (Movie)

Eric Wilcox (Actor)

Blackhat 2015 (Movie)

Associate Warden Jeffries (Actor)

The Good Wife 2015 (Tv Show)


Affluenza 2014 (Movie)

Ira Miller (Actor)

American Milkshake 2013 (Movie)


The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Boardwalk Empire 2010 (Tv Show)


Law & Order 1995, 2009 (Tv Show)


Deception 2008 (Movie)

Clute Controller (Actor)

Conviction (NBC) 2006 (Tv Show)


Transamerica 2005 (Movie)

Dr. Spikowsky (Actor)

Hope & Faith 2004 (Tv Show)


Absolutely Fabulous New York Special 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Duane Incarnate 2003 (Movie)


Ed 2002 (Tv Show)


Santa, Baby! 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2000 (Tv Show)


Third Watch 1999 (Tv Show)



Celebrated stage actor Danny Burstein reaped critical praise and multiple Tony nominations for starring and supporting roles in many major Broadway productions, including "The Drowsy Chaperone" (2006), "South Pacific" in 2008, and a 2016 production of "Fiddler on the Roof. " Born June 16, 1964 in Mt. Kisco, New York, Burstein was raised by his mother, a painter, and his stepfather, a professor of Greek philosophy. Burstein wanted to be an actor from an early age, and after appearing in a student production of "The Me Nobody Knows" at Parsons Junior High School in Queens, a teacher recommended that he audition for the High School of the Performing Arts. From a pool of 4,000 candidates, Burstein was one of 128 selected to study there; upon graduation, he enrolled at Queens College, where his father was among the faculty. There, he was mentored by Ed Greenberg, the director of the St. Louis Municipal Opera, who gave him his first professional stage role as a chorus member for a production of "The Music Man." Burstein headed west for his master's degree in acting from the University of California, San Diego before embarking on his career on the New York stage. Almost immediately, he began appearing in both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including "A Little Hotel on the Side" in 1992, revivals of "The Seagull" and "Saint Joan" in 1992 and 1993, respectively, and "Company" in 1995. His screen career also began during this period, and grew from minor parts on television series like "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005) to supporting appearances on "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC, 1992-2012) and features like "Transamerica" (2005). The following year, Burstein earned his first Tony nomination as the would-be Latin lover Adolpho in the hit musical comedy "The Drowsy Chaperone" (2006), which preceded a string of critically praised appearances in popular productions: he earned his second Tony nod as Luther Billings in a 2008 revival of "South Pacific," which was soon followed by nominations for "Follies" in 2012 and "Golden Boy" in 2013. During this period, Burstein also enjoyed a recurring role on "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010-2014) as casino owner Lolly Steinman. In 2014, Burstein reaped his fifth Tony nomination as Herr Schultz in the long-running revival of "Cabaret" while also making his opera debut in a production of "Die Fledermaus" at the Metropolitan Opera. Burstein's remarkable streak of successes continued the following year with featured roles in Michael Mann's "Blackhat" (2015) and Jason Bateman's directorial debut "The Family Fang" (2015) with Nicole Kidman. In 2016, Burstein received his sixth Tony nomination as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," which also brought him a third Outer Critics Circle Award.


Queens College

University of Southern California



Landed sixth Tony nomination for starring role in "Fiddler on the Roof"


Gained fourth Tony nomination for "Golden Boy"


Began recurring role as casino owner Lolly Steinman on "Boardwalk Empire"


Won second Tony nod for "South Pacific"


Earned first Tony nomination in "The Drowsy Chaperone"


Made television debut on "Third Watch"


Landed first Broadway role in "A Little Hotel on the Side"


Made professional debut in a St. Louis production of "The Music Man"

Bonus Trivia


Received the 2014 Jose Ferrer Tespis Award from the Hispanic Organization of Latino Actors


2012 nominee for the Astaire Award for "Follies."


His wife was a fan of "Absolutely Fabulous" and helped him construct his character, a gay man who was intended as a male version of Jennifer Saunders' Edina. He dressed outrageously, which helped him win the part.


Has voiced characters in numerous video games, including two iterations of the "Grand Theft Auto" franchise.


In addition to his Tony nomination and Outer Critics Circle wins, he has four nominations from the Drama Desk Awards ("South Pacific," "Follies," "Cabaret" and "Fiddler on the Roof."


Martin Scorsese saw him in "South Pacific" and asked him to audition for three different characters before casting him as Lolly Steinman.