Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Birth name: Daniel Eugene Butler
Born: December 2, 1954
Age: 63
Birthplace: Huntington, Indiana, U.S.
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Daniel Eugene Butler (born December 2, 1954) is an American actor known for his role as Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe on the TV series Frasier.



Butler was born in Huntington, Indiana, and raised in Fort Wayne, the son of Shirley, a housewife, and Andrew Butler, a pharmacist. While a drama student at Indiana University in 1975, he received the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, sponsored by the Kennedy Center.

Personal life

Butler is openly gay. He came out to his family when he was in his early 20s. He wrote a one-man show, The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me, which played in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and off-Broadway in New York and was Butler's public coming out. The play had ten characters "just processing what gay means". Butler performed the show at the same time as he played the macho, male chauvinist, woman chasing "Bulldog Briscoe" on Frasier in 1994. The performance was nominated for the 1995 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show.

Butler is married to producer Richard Waterhouse.

Featured television roles

  • Roseanne as Art (1991-1992)
  • Frasier as Robert "Bulldog" Briscoe (1993-2004)
  • Caroline in the City as Kenneth Arabian (1995, 1997)
  • Hey Arnold! - Voice of Mr. Simmons/Lila's Dad (1997-2002)
  • From the Earth to the Moon as NASA Flight Director Eugene Kranz (1998)
  • More Tales of the City as Edward Bass Matheson (1998)
  • The Mist as Father Romanov (6 episodes: season 1; 2017)
  • Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie as Mr. Simmons (2017; TV movie)

Guest appearances

  • Leg Work (episode: "Blind Trust"; 1987)
  • Monsters (episode: "A New Woman"; 1990)
  • Quantum Leap (episode: "Southern Comforts - August 4, 1961"; 1991)
  • Columbo (episode: "No Time to Die"; 1992)
  • Life Goes On (episode" "Incident on Main"; 1993)
  • The Powers That Be (1993)
  • Quantum Leap (episode: "Mirror Image - August 8, 1953"; 1993)
  • Picket Fences (episode: "Duty Free Rome"; 1993)
  • The X-Files (episode: "Die Hand Die Verletzt"; 1995)
  • King of the Hill (episode: "Jumpin' Crack Bass"; 1997)
  • Tracey Takes On... (episode: "Religion"; 1998)
  • Star Trek: Voyager (episode: "Vis à Vis"; 1998)
  • Just Shoot Me! (episode: "Eve of Destruction"; 1998)
  • Suddenly Susan (episode: "War Games"; 1998)
  • Touched by an Angel (episode: "Anatomy Lesson"; 1999)
  • Ally McBeal (episode: "Changes"; 1999)
  • Crossing Jordan as Arnold Hummer (2002)
  • American Dreams as Coach Ambros (2002-03; 4 episodes)
  • Malcolm in the Middle (episode "Butterflies")
  • Supernatural (episode: "Hook Man"; 2005)
  • House (episode: "Distractions"; 2006)
  • Monk (episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital")
  • Cashmere Mafia (episode: "Yours, Mine, and Hers"; 2008)
  • 'Til Death (episode: "Clay Date"; 2007)
  • Without a Trace (episode: "The Source"; 2003)
  • Blindspot (episode: "Sent On Tour", 2015)
  • Banshee (episodes: "Truths Other Than The Ones You Tell Yourself" & "Requiem"; 2016)

[ Source: Wikipedia ]