Who is Dan Futterman?

Daniel Paul Futterman was born in Silver Springs, Maryland USA, on 8 June 1967 – his zodiac sign is Gemini and he holds American nationality. He is an actor and a screenwriter, who might be best known for having written the screenplay for the biographical movie “Capote”, which starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr. and Catherine Keener, and is about Truman Capote who, while writing his book “Ice Blood” about the murdering of a Kansas family, becomes close to one of the killers, Perry Smith who is on death row – the movie won 60 awards including an Oscar, and was nominated for 87 other awards while Dan received an Independent Spirit Award as well as a Boston Society of Film Critics Award.

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Posted by The Advocate on Thursday, 8 March 2012

Early life and education

Dan was raised in Larchmont, New York State alongside his two siblings by their mother Linda who was a psychoanalyst, and their father Stanley Futterman who was a lawyer – Linda and Stanley urged their children to focus on their education, and obtain college degrees.

Dan attended Mamaroneck High School at which he became interested in both acting and writing, while he was also sporting, and played for the school’s soccer team. He matriculated from Mamaroneck in 1985, and then enrolled at Columbia University from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989.

Roles in movies

Dan made his debut film appearance in 1991, when he played Ballard Moss in the drama “Daughters of Privilege” which failed to attract much attention, but in the same year he played The Second Punk in the critically acclaimed comedy drama “The Fisher King”, which starred the late Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges.

The year 1992 saw him play the supporting character Tom in the ensemble comedy movie “Passed Away”, which was both written and directed by Charlie Peters, while he also portrayed Josh in the comedy “Big Girls Don’t Cry… They Get Even” in the same year. The year 1993 saw him play one of the lead characters, Shelby Payton in the action adventure drama “Class of ‘61”, which also starred Christien Anholt and Andre Braugher, and which is about three cadets and friends who go their separate ways after the start of The Civil War.

Dan also appeared as Peter Levine in the comedy special “Tracey Ullman Takes on New York”.

He won a joint Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for his performance in the comedy “The Birdcage”, and some of his following roles were in the horror movie “Breathing Room”, the crime comedy “Shooting Fish”, and the drama “Thicker Than Blood”. In 1998, Dan played Doug Despin in the film “When Trumpets Fade” and in 2000 starred as Charlie in the independent drama “Urbania”.

The year 2002 saw Dan as Joe in the thriller “Enough”, based on the novel “Black and Blue” written by Anna Quindlen, and two years later he appeared in the Canadian movie “Gerald L’Ecuyer: A Filmmaker’s Journey”.

Three of his most recent roles in movies have been as Daniel Pearl in the 2007 drama “A Mighty Heart”, in the comedy drama “Hello I Must Be Going” in which he played David in 2012, and the biographical crime thriller “Kill the Messenger” in 2014, which saw him portray Leo Wolinsky.

Roles in TV series

Dan’s first notable performance in a TV series was in 1992, when he guest starred as Alan in a single episode of the soap opera “Another World”, and three years later he guest starred in the episode “New York News” of the eponymous drama.

The year 1997 saw him portray Seth in the episode “Caroline and the Cold Sesame Noodles” of the sitcom “Caroline in the City”, while he gained recognition in 1999 when he was cast to portray Vincent Gray, one of the lead characters in the legal drama “Judging Amy”, which also starred Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly and Karle Warren, and is about three generations of women living together – the series was a huge hit as it won 13 awards and was nominated for 47 others, including three Golden Globes.

Dan Futterman

Dan went on to guest star in single episodes of both the police procedural series “Homicide: Life on the Street”, and the romantic comedy “Sex and the City”. and in 2003 appeared in four episodes of the critically acclaimed sitcom “Will & Grace”. In 2005 and 2006, Dan portrayed Danny in nine episodes of the comedy drama “Related”, while his most recent role in a TV series has been in 2012, as Alex Davies in four episodes of the comedy drama mini-series “Political Animals”.

Writing and producing credits

In 2010, Dan wrote seven episodes of the HBO drama “In Treatment”, while he also served as the series’ executive producer – the story follows a psychotherapist who, after starting to doubt his abilities, starts seeing his old therapist again.

The series was a success, winning seven awards including a Golden Globe, while it was nominated for 41 others.

Dan subsequently wrote and produced ten episodes of the crime drama series “Gracepoint” in 2014, which follows the police investigation regarding the death of a young boy found on a beach in a small California seaside city. The same year saw him write the biographical sports true crime drama “Foxcatcher”, and for which Dan was nominated for both an Academy and WGA Award for Best Original Screenplay.

In 2018, he produced 10 episodes of the “The Looming Series”, which was based on the eponymous book written by Lawrence Wright in 2006.

Wife Anya Epstein

Dan met the film writer and producer Anya Epstein in late 1999, on the set of the crime mystery series “Homicide: Life on the Street”, and the two started dating days later after Dan asked Anya out on a date – Anya is the sister of the baseball executive Theo Nathaniel Epstein, and the granddaughter of Philip G. Epstein, the screenwriter behind the evergreen romantic drama movie “Casablanca”. Dan and Anya married in a small ceremony attended by their closest friends and family on 23 September 2000, and in 2001 Anya gave birth to their daughter Sylvie, while their second daughter Eve followed in 2005.

Dan hasn’t talked about any other women he might have dated before meeting Anya, but it is believed that he was in a long-term relationship with his college sweetheart, and that they split after three years of being together. As of September 2020, Dan is married to Anya, and has two daughters.

Hobbies and other interests

Dan likes to act in theatre plays, and in an interview he gave to Carol Deegan on 19 May 1998, he stated how he could dedicate his life entirely to theatre if there was only money in it.

He was more or less sporting during his 20s and 30s, as he occasionally played tennis and golf with his friends, while he rarely plays anything today – he goes to the gym once or twice a week just to stay in shape.

He likes to listen to pop and rock music as it helps him relax, and his favorite bands are AC/DC and Guns ‘n’ Roses.

Dan has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks and Natalie Portman, and some of his favorite movies are “The Gladiator”, “Cast Away” and “V for Vendetta”. He is also keen on watching animated comedy series, with his favorite being “The Simpsons”.

Net worth

Dan’s age is 53. He has short brown hair, his eyes are blue and he wears glasses – his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).

As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $4.4 million.

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