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Dan Futterman
Daniel Paul Futterman

(1967-06-08) June 8, 1967 (age 56)
Alma materColumbia University (BA)
Occupation(s)Actor, screenwriter, producer
Years active1991–present
Anya Epstein
(m. 2000)

Daniel Paul Futterman[1] (born June 8, 1967) is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer.[2]

Futterman wrote the screenplay for the film Capote, for which he received an Academy Award nomination, an Independent Spirit, Boston Society of Film Critics, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards. He received a second Academy Award nomination for co-writing the script to Foxcatcher in 2014.

Futterman is also known for several acting roles, including Val Goldman in the film The Birdcage, and Vincent Gray on the CBS television series Judging Amy.

Personal life

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.[7]

Futterman is married to television writer and producer Anya Epstein (sister of baseball executive Theo Epstein and granddaughter of Philip G. Epstein, Academy Award-winning screenwriter of Casablanca),[2] with whom he has two daughters.[6]

Acting career

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 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 young gay man seeking revenge for the murder of his lover in the NYC-based award-winning drama/thriller Urbania. He played "Joe" in the 2002 film Enough, with Jennifer Lopez. 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 & 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 fiancée, 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 recurring role on the USA series Political Animals.

Writing career

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, and was adapting the novel Everything Changes into a film script for Columbia Pictures.[2][8][6]

From 2007 to 2010, Futterman and Epstein were writers and executive producers for the HBO drama series In Treatment.[9]

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.[10] The series, scheduled as part of SundanceTV's 2013–2014 lineup, was to be written by Futterman and his wife, Anya Epstein.[11]

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

Futterman not only writes and acts in movies and on television, but often co-produces these projects as well. He has frequently written scripts and executive produced alongside his wife, such as on the HBO series In Treatment. Futterman also adapted and produced a ten-part series for Fox, Gracepoint. Futterman, Lawrence Wright and Alex Gibney are executive producers of The Looming Tower for Hulu in 2018. He is the showrunner of the 2021 Showtime series American Rust.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Daughters of Privilege Ballard Moss Television movie
1991 The Fisher King Second Punk
1991 Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even Josh
1992 Passed Away Tom
1992 Another World Alan Unknown episodes
1993 Class of '61 Shelby Payton Television movie
1993 Tracey Ullman Takes on New York Peter Levine Television movie
1995 New York News Unknown Episode: "New York News"
1996 The Birdcage Val Goldman Won—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996 Breathing Room David
1996 Far Harbor Brad
1997 Shooting Fish Dylan
1997 Caroline in the City Seth Episode: "Caroline and the Cold Sesame Noodles"
1997 1999 Rufus Wild
1998 Thicker Than Blood Griffin Byrne Television movie
1998 When Trumpets Fade Doug Despin Television movie
1999–2005 Judging Amy Vincent Gray Main cast (season 1–3, 6)
Special guest star (season 5): 74 episodes
1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Marcus Hume Episode: "A Case of Do or Die"
1999 Sex and the City Stephan Episode: "Evolution"
2000 Urbania Charlie
2002 Enough Joe
2003 Will & Grace Barry 4 episodes
2004 Gerald L'Ecuyer: A Filmmaker's Journey Unknown Television movie
2005 Capote Writer
Won—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay
Won—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
Nominated—WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
2005–2006 Related Danny 9 episodes
2007 A Mighty Heart Daniel Pearl
2010 In Treatment Executive producer, writer
7 episodes
2012 Hello I Must Be Going David
2012 Political Animals Alex Davies 4 episodes
2014 Gracepoint Executive producer, writer
10 episodes
2014 Foxcatcher Writer
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
Nominated—WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay
2014 Kill the Messenger Leo Wolinsky
2018 The Looming Tower Executive producer, 10 episodes
2021 American Rust Executive producer, 9 episodes


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  2. ^ a b c d Koltnow, Barry (June 20, 2007). "A 'Mighty' responsibility". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2009-03-08.
  3. ^ a b Hill, Logan (June 17, 2007). "Portraying Pearl: Dan Futterman". New York. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  4. ^ a b c Tugend, Tom (June 22, 2007). "Actor Dan Futterman and director Michael Winterbottom: What we learned in making 'A Mighty Heart'". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 2019-03-08.
  5. ^ "A Mighty Talent". Columbia College Today. February 2008. Archived from the original on December 23, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Miller, Gerri (June 28, 2007). "Dan Futterman: A Mighty Part in 'A Mighty Heart'". Archived from the original on 2013-01-05.
  7. ^ "Actor and Writer Dan Futterman '89 Offers Career Advice to Students". Columbia College. December 1, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  8. ^ ""Mighty Heart" Star Says Acting Days Are Done". javno.ocm. June 14, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-06-24.
  9. ^ Gilbert, Matthew. "'In Treatment': Back with new stars, new timeslot". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-05-26.
  10. ^ Levine, Stuart (November 5, 2009). "HBO aboard gender bender". Variety.
  11. ^ Broverman, Neal (November 10, 2010). "Sundance Channel Developing Transgender Drama". The Advocate.
  12. ^ "Why the 'American Rust' showrunner wants to keep Pittsburgh a secret". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2021-10-04.