Dan Bucatinsky
Bucatinsky in 2013
Born (1965-09-22) September 22, 1965 (age 58)
Years active1994–present
(m. 2008)

Daniel Bucatinsky (/ˌbʊkəˈtɪnski/; born September 22, 1965) is an American actor, writer and producer, best known for his role as James Novak in the Shonda Rhimes drama series Scandal, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2013. In 2014, Bucatinsky starred on NBC's Marry Me, as well as the revived HBO series The Comeback, which he also executive produced.

Early life and education

Bucatinsky was born in New York City, to Argentine Jewish parents, Julio and Myriam.[1] Their families moved from Russia and Poland to Argentina.[2] He is a graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.[3]


Bucatinsky was the writer, producer and star of the 2001 romantic comedy All Over the Guy. He has appeared in episodes of many television series, including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Weeds, Friends, NYPD Blue, That '80s Show, Frasier, and Will & Grace, as well as an episode of Grey's Anatomy (where Bucatinsky also serves as a consulting producer). He executive produced and acted in the 2005 HBO series The Comeback along with his producing partner, actress Lisa Kudrow. In 2008, Bucatinsky and Lisa Kudrow again worked as producers for the innovative and largely improvisational web series, Web Therapy,[4] in which Kudrow starred and Bucatinsky also acted; Don Roos, his husband, directed.

Bucatinsky had a recurring role as a journalist and husband of the President's Chief of Staff on the ABC drama series, Scandal, for which he won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.[5]

From 2014 to 2015, Bucatinsky co-starred on the short-lived NBC sitcom Marry Me, where he and Tim Meadows play "The Kevins", the gay dads of Annie (played by Casey Wilson) who are both named Kevin. He started out as a recurring guest star, but was promoted to series regular midway through the series.

He also wrote the book Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight?: Confessions of a Gay Dad.[6]

Personal life

Bucatinsky met his future husband, screenwriter Don Roos, in 1992 when Roos invited him to be his date at the premiere of Love Field.[7] They married in 2008, during the four months same-sex marriage in California was first recognized.[8] The couple have two children, daughter Eliza and son Jonah.[9][10]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Another Midnight Run Bellhop TV movie
1996 Party of Five Check Out Guy 1 episode
1997 Night Stand Sam 1 episode
1997 High Incident Bootz Brotman 1 episode
1997 Jenny Carl 1 episode
1997 Fame L.A. Drew Douglas 1 episode
1998 The Opposite of Sex Timothy
1998 Significant Others Josh 1 episode
1998 Cybill Troy 1 episode
1998 Maggie Mr. Sampson 1 episode
1998 The Pretender Emery 1 episode
1998 Chicago Hope Politico Man 1 episode
2000; 2018 Will & Grace Neil 2 episodes
2000 M.Y.O.B. Reuben 2 episodes
2001 All Over the Guy Eli Wyckoff
2001 The Sky Is Falling Lab Technician
2001 Rocket Power Sportscaster 1 episode
2002 Frasier Jewelry Clerk 1 episode
2002 That '80s Show Rick 1 episode
2002 NYPD Blue PAA David 'Dave' Moore 2 episodes
2002 MDs Kurt 1 episode
2002 Friends Waiter Episode: The One with Phoebe's Birthday Dinner
2003 I Love Your Work The Director
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Rodney
2005 When Do We Eat? High Strung Client
2005; 2014 The Comeback Billy Stanton Also executive producer
2006 Weeds Max 1 episode
2008 Dirt Dillon Frawley 1 episode
2008 CSI: Miami 1 episode
2008–2014 Web Therapy Jerome Sokoloff Web series; also creator and executive producer
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs (2012)
2010 Grey's Anatomy Jeffrey 1 episode,
Consulting producer – 36 episodes,
Written by – 1 episode.
2011–12 In Plain Sight Fred Zeitlin 3 episodes
2011–2015 Web Therapy Jerome Sokoloff TV series; also creator and executive producer
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class – Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs (2012)
2012–2015 Scandal James Novak Recurring role
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2013)
2014–2015 Marry Me Kevin 2 Series regular
2015 The Hotwives of Las Vegas Maxwell Octavius 1 episode
2016 Superstore Steve 1 episode
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Jim Nelson 1 episode
2017 24: Legacy Andy Shalowitz
2017 Hell's Kitchen Himself Blue team's VIP guest diner; Episode: "Catch of the Day"
2018 Second Act Arthur
2018 The Good Doctor Spence 1 episode
2018 Grace & Frankie Arnold 1 episode
2020 The Baker and the Beauty Lewis recurring
2021 Mom Arthur Episode: "Vinyl Flooring and a Cartoon Bear"
2022 How I Met Your Father Fred Episode: "The Perfect Shot"
2023 Air Richard


  1. ^ Pfefferman, Naomi (August 16, 2001). "'Over' and Out". The Jewish Journal. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved August 7, 2013.
  2. ^ Miller, Gerri (January 25, 2017). "Hollywood Now: Leslie Mann's Latest Movie, Dan Bucatinsky Joins 24:Legacy Plus New Roles for Stoll and Kirk". InterfaithFamily. Archived from the original on August 26, 2017. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dan Bucatinsky revels in 'It Got Better' stories". The Desert Sun. June 5, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  4. ^ Stelter, Brian (April 25, 2010). "Kudrow's Web Series Going to Showtime". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Creative Arts Emmy Awards Winners 2013 - Full List". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  6. ^ "Exposing the Hilarity of Gay Parenting". NPR. June 26, 2012. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  7. ^ "'Scandal's Dan Bucatinsky On The Worries And Rewards Of Coming Out In Hollywood: Video". 12 September 2014. Retrieved 2015-10-16.
  8. ^ Lacher, Irene (June 17, 2012). "The Sunday Conversation: Dan Bucatinsky". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "Dan Bucatinsky". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-01-03.
  10. ^ "Dan Bucatinsky on 'Scandal,' 'Web Therapy' and the Evolution of Gay Characters on the Small Screen | Filmmakers, Film Industry, Film Festivals, Awards & Movie Reviews". Indiewire. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2014-01-03.