• Dan Futterman is an American actor and screenwriter born in 1967 in Silver Springs, Maryland
• He is best known for writing the screenplay for the biographical movie “Capote”, which won 60 awards
• Dan has starred in a number of movies and TV series, including “The Fisher King”, “Judging Amy” and “In Treatment”
• He is married to film writer and producer Anya Epstein, with whom he has two daughters
• His net worth is estimated at over $4.4 million as of September 2020

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SpouseAnya Epstein
FactHe met his wife Anya on the set of Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) in late 1999 when she was a writer on the show.

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.

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.

General Info

Full NameDan Futterman
Height1.74 m
ProfessionActor, Screenwriter, Television producer
EducationMamaroneck High School, Columbia University


SpouseAnya Epstein
ChildrenEve Futterman, Sylvie Futterman
ParentsLinda Futterman, Stanley Futterman


AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay, Independent Spirit Special Distinction Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Screenplay, San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Adapted Scree...
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Screenplay, BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Satellite Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Writers Gu...
MoviesFoxcatcher, The Birdcage, A Mighty Heart, Capote, Enough, Shooting Fish, Urbania, Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even, The Fisher King, When Trumpets Fade, Class of '61, Hello I Must Be Going, Far Harbor, Passed Away, Thicker Than Blood, 1999, Kill the Messenger, Daughters of Privilege, 'Til Christ...
TV ShowsPolitical Animals, Judging Amy, Tracey Ullman Takes On New York

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1The two biggest moments of my life were walking on-stage (as an actor) in Tony Kushner's Angels in America on opening night on Broadway. The second was being nominated for a screenplay Oscar along with him. [on Oscar nomination for Capote (2005) on 31 Jan. 06]
2"I probably, at this point, feel more comfortable doing theater. I feel I'm still figuring out film acting, but I like both of them in very different ways.....I'm not anti-TV at all. I don't watch a lot, but I wouldn't mind making a living from it." Interview with Carol Deegan, May 19, 1998.


1His family is Jewish (from Russia, Austria, Hungary, and Ukraine). His paternal grandfather was born in Kishinev, Russia (now Moldovia), and his maternal grandfather was born in Nemyriv, Ukraine.
2Invited to join AMPAS in 2006.
3Wrote the screenplay for Capote (2005), directed by one childhood friend, Bennett Miller, and starring another, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
4He met his wife Anya on the set of Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) in late 1999 when she was a writer on the show.
5Dan's brother-in-law is the President of Baseball Operations of the Chicago Cubs and former General Manager of the Boston Red Sox. Theo Epstein.
6Has two daughters with Anya Epstein. Sylvie was born in 2001 and Eve was born in 2005.
7Graduate of Columbia University, New York [1989]
8Graduated Mamaroneck (NY) High School. Classmate of Bennett Miller. [1985]




Kill the Messenger2014Leo Wolinsky
Political Animals2012TV Mini-SeriesAlex Davies
Hello I Must Be Going2012David
A Mighty Heart2007Daniel 'Danny' Pearl
Brothers & Sisters2006TV SeriesJonathan Sternfeld
Related2005-2006TV SeriesDanny
Judging Amy1999-2005TV SeriesVincent Gray
Gerald L'Ecuyer: A Filmmaker's Journey2004TV Movie
Will & Grace2003TV SeriesBarry
Sex and the City1999TV SeriesStephan
Homicide: Life on the Street1999TV SeriesMarcus Hume
When Trumpets Fade1998TV MovieDespin
Thicker Than Blood1998TV MovieGriffin Byrne
19991998Rufus Wild
Caroline in the City1997TV SeriesSeth
Shooting Fish1997Dylan
Far Harbor1996Brad
Breathing Room1996David
The Birdcage1996Val Goldman
New York News1995TV Series
Tracey Takes on New York1993TV MoviePeter Levine
Class of '611993TV MovieShelby Peyton
Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even1992Josh
Passed Away1992Tom
The Fisher King1991Second Punk
Daughters of Privilege1991TV MovieBallard Moss
Another World1964TV SeriesAlan (1992)


Gracepoint2014TV Mini-Series executive producer - 10 episodes
In Treatment2010TV Series executive producer - 27 episodes
Capote2005executive producer


GracepointTV Mini-Series teleplay by - 8 episodes, 2014 television story by - 2 episodes, 2014
Foxcatcher2014written by
In Treatment2010TV Series written by - 7 episodes

Transportation Department

The Cruise1998Documentary unit driver - as Danny Boy Futterman


Sweet Land2005without whom this film would not be quietly breathing - as Danny Futterman


The 87th Annual Academy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Original Screenplay
Making Capote: Concept to Script2006Video documentary shortHimself - Screenwriter
2006 Independent Spirit Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Truman Capote: Answered Prayers2006Video documentary shortHimself - Screenwriter
60 Minutes2006TV Series documentaryHimself - Screenwriter (segment "Philip Seymour Hoffman")
CBS Cares2001TV SeriesHimself


Won Awards

2015Special Distinction AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsFoxcatcher (2014)
2006Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2006USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardCapote (2005)
2005BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2005LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2005SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedCapote (2005)
2005WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedCapote (2005)
2000Golden Space Needle AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest ActorUrbania (2000)
1997ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastThe Birdcage (1996)

Nominated Awards

2015OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Original ScreenplayFoxcatcher (2014)
2015WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Original ScreenplayFoxcatcher (2014)
2007ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsScreenwriter of the YearCapote (2005)
2006OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Adapted ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2006BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedCapote (2005)
2006Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest WriterCapote (2005)
2006CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2006Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2006Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsAdapted ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2006IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Adapted Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura non originale)Capote (2005)
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another MediumCapote (2005)
2006OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest First ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2006OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2006WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Adapted ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2005ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2005Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Screenplay, AdaptedCapote (2005)
2005SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2005VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2001Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActorUrbania (2000)
2000TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite Actor in a New SeriesJudging Amy (1999)

2nd Place Awards

2006ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2006NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2005DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplayCapote (2005)
2005SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplayCapote (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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