Dan Futterman

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Dan Futterman
BornDaniel Paul Futterman
(1967-06-08) June 8, 1967 (age 47)
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
OccupationActor/Screenwriter/Executive Producer
Years active1991—present
Spouse(s)Anya Epstein (2000-present; 2 children)
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Dan Futterman
BornDaniel Paul Futterman
(1967-06-08) June 8, 1967 (age 47)
Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.
OccupationActor/Screenwriter/Executive Producer
Years active1991—present
Spouse(s)Anya Epstein (2000-present; 2 children)

Daniel Paul "Dan" Futterman[1] (born June 8, 1967) is an American actor and screenwriter. Although he is known for several high-profile acting roles, including Val Goldman in the film The Birdcage, and Vincent Gray on the CBS television series Judging Amy, he is also a screenwriter.[2] In 2005, he wrote the screenplay for the film Capote, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and Independent Spirit, Boston Society of Film Critics, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards.

Personal life[edit]

Futterman, one of three siblings,[3] was born in Silver Spring, Maryland,[4] the son of Linda (née Roth), a psychoanalyst, and Stanley Futterman, a lawyer.[4][5] He was raised in Conservative Judaism, in an "intellectual family".[3][4][6] Futterman grew up in Larchmont, New York, and graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1985 and Columbia University in 1989.

Futterman is married to television writer Anya Epstein (sister of former Boston Red Sox General Manager and Executive Vice President and current President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein),[2] with whom he has two daughters: Sylvie (b. 2001) and Eve (b. 2005). They currently live in Park Slope, Brooklyn.[6]

Acting career[edit]

In 1991, Futterman landed his first stage role in the WPA production Club Soda. He also succeeded Joe Mantello as the voluble Louis Ironson in Tony Kushner's Tony award winning play Angels in America on Broadway in 1993. Futterman portrayed an American diplomat's son who runs into trouble in South Africa in Jon Robin Baitz's A Fair Country (1996). He portrayed a slick card player with big dreams in Dealer's Choice (1997).

Futterman's first film role was as a thug who menaces Robin Williams in The Fisher King (1991). He appeared as a teacher in the romantic comedy Breathing Room/'Til Christmas (1996). Far Harbor/Mr. Spreckman's Boat (also 1996) was an ensemble piece which featured Futterman as a smarmy doctor in an interracial relationship. Also in 1996 he played Val, the son of gay lovers and nightclub owners Albert and Armand (again with Robin Williams) in The Birdcage. He also appeared as the American half of a pair of twenty-something con artists in London in Shooting Fish (1997). He also had the leading role as a befudled young gay man seeking for his missing lover in the NYC-based award-winning drama/thriller Urbania. Futterman's most recent film is A Mighty Heart (2007) with Angelina Jolie; he portrays murdered journalist Daniel Pearl.[2]

Futterman has also made several guest appearances in primetime television. He costarred with Mickey Rourke as a teacher who clashes with a priest in Thicker Than Blood (TNT, 1998) and appeared 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 TV, co-starring as the brother of the central character on the CBS series Judging Amy. Futterman also had a recurring role as the on-again, off-again boyfriend of one of the four sisters (Kiele Sanchez) on the WB drama Related. He also guest-starred in a four-episode story arc on the sitcom Will and Grace. Futterman was slated to appear in a recurring role on the new ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, also written by Jon Robin Baitz, but bowed out due to scheduling conflicts. He filmed an appearance alongside former "Birdcage" costar Calista Flockhart playing her fiancee, but that version of the pilot underwent massive rewrites and never aired. Previously he also played a metrosexual man (pastry chef Stephan) on Sex and the City.

In 2012 he had a role on the USA series Political Animals.

Writing career[edit]

Futterman wrote the screenplay for Capote, and Futterman's friend Bennett Miller directed the film. Futterman and Miller graduated together from Mamaroneck High School and have been friends since 7th grade. The two recruited another old friend, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, to star as Truman Capote, and began the process of getting the independent film made. Futterman and Hoffman were Executive Producers of the film. Futterman was recognized with several award nominations, including an Oscar nod for Best Adapted Screenplay.

In 2007, Futterman stated that he would focus on his writing career,[2][7] and was adapting the novel Everything Changes into a film script for Columbia Pictures.[6]

From 2007 to 2010 Futterman and Epstein were writers and executive producers for the HBO drama series In Treatment.

In late 2009, Futterman and Epstein were in development with HBO to write and executive-produce a half-hour drama series called "T" about a trans man going through gender transition; it is based on a story from the radio show This American Life, and Ira Glass and Alissa Shipp of This American Life were slated to be executive producers as well.[8] The series, scheduled as part of SundanceTV's 2013-2014 lineup, was to be written by Futterman and his wife, Anya Epstein.[9]

Futterman, with E. Max Frye, wrote the screenplay for another Miller-directed film, Foxcatcher (2014), a biographical drama film starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. He and Frye were nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 87th Academy Awards.

Producing career[edit]

Dan Futterman not only writes and acts in movies and on television, but he also participates in producing these projects. Recently, when he writes a script he plays the role of the executive producer alongside his wife. Most memorably Futterman was the executive producer on the HBO series In Treatment. Futterman also adapted and produced a ten part series for Fox, Gracepoint.


1991Daughters of PrivilegeBallard MossTelevision movie
1991The Fisher KingSecond Punk
1992Passed AwayTom
1992Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get EvenJosh
1992Another WorldAlanUnknown episodes
1993Class of '61Shelby PaytonTelevision movie
1993Tracey Takes on New YorkPeter LevineTelevision movie
1995New York NewsUnknownEpisode: "New York News"
1996The BirdcageVal GoldmanScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996Breathing RoomDavid
1996Far HarborBrad
1997Shooting FishDylan
1997Caroline in the CitySethEpisode: "Caroline and the Cold Sesame Noodles"
19981999Rufus Wild
1998Thicker Than BloodGriffin ByrneTelevision movie
1998When Trumpets FadeDoug DespinTelevision movie
1999-2005Judging AmyVincent Gray76 episodes
1999Homicide: Life on the StreetMarcus HumeEpisode: "A Case of Do or Die"
1999Sex and the CityStephanEpisode: "Evolution"
2003Will & GraceBarry4 episodes
2004Gerald L'Ecuyer: A Filmmaker's JourneyUnknownTelevision movie
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Writer
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2005-2006RelatedDanny9 episodes
2007A Mighty HeartDaniel Pearl
2010In TreatmentN/A7 episodes
2012Political AnimalsAlex Davies4 episodes
2014GracepointExecutive Producer/Writer10 episodes
2014FoxcatcherWriterNominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay


  1. ^ http://www.college.columbia.edu/cct_archive/mar05/letterseditor.php
  2. ^ a b c d Koltnow, Barry (2007-06-20). "A 'Mighty' responsibility". OC Register. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  3. ^ a b Hill, Logan (2007-06-17). "Portraying Pearl: Dan Futterman". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  4. ^ a b c Tugend, Tom (2007-06-22). "Actor Dan Futterman and director Michael Winterbottom: What we learned in making 'A Mighty Heart'". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  5. ^ http://www.college.columbia.edu/cct_archive/jan_feb08/features2.php
  6. ^ a b c Miller, Gerri (2007-06-28). "Dan Futterman: A Mighty Part in 'A Mighty Heart'". Hollywood.com. 
  7. ^ ""Mighty Heart" Star Says Acting Days Are Done". Javno. 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  8. ^ Levine, Stuart (2009-11-05), "HBO aboard gender bender", Variety 
  9. ^ Broverman, Neal (November 10, 2010), "Sundance Channel Developing Transgender Drama", The Advocate 

7. http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/blog/2010/09/in_treatment.html Boston.com

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