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Also Known As: Dan E Butler Died:
Born: December 2, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Huntington, Indiana, USA Profession: actor, associate artistic director, Road Theatre Company, playwright, director, waiter

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Known to fans of the TV series "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-) as Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe, the womanizing, blue-collar, loud-mouthed sports radio host and nemesis to stuffy Dr. Frasier Crane, Dan Butler is one of the few openly gay stars on primetime TV. His sexual orientation has had no impact on his career on "Frasier" nor has there been any negative audience fallout since Butler disclosed it on "Entertainment Tonight" in 1994.

Known to fans of the TV series "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-) as Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe, the womanizing, blue-collar, loud-mouthed sports radio host and nemesis to stuffy Dr. Frasier Crane, Dan Butler is one of the few openly gay stars on primetime TV. His sexual orientation has had no impact on his career on "Frasier" nor has there been any negative audience fallout since Butler disclosed it on "Entertainment Tonight" in 1994.

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 Chronic Town (2008)
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 Fixing Frank (2001) Dr Arthur Apsey
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 Enemy of the State (1998) Shaffer
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 Fan, The (1996) Garrity
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 I Love Trouble (1994) Wilson Chess
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 Dave (1993) Reporter
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1972:
Joined Indiana-Purdue, Fort Wayne, IN, theatre group while in high school (date approximate)
1973:
Received an Irene Ryan scholarship to study acting
1976:
Performed in regional theatre in San Francisco
1980:
Relocated to NYC; won role in "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway
1982:
Primetime TV debut, small role in "Country Gold", a CBS TV-movie
1986:
Film debut, "Manhunter", based on Thomas Harris' novel that concerns Dr Hannibal Lechter (billed as Dan E Butler)
1989:
Starred in off-Broadway production of Terrence McNally's "The Lisbon Traviata"
1990:
Travelled to L.A. for West Coast production of "The Lisbon Traviata"
1991:
Played recurring role on "Roseanne" (ABC)
1991:
Appeared in "The Silence of the Lambs", based on Thomas Harris novel that concerns Dr Hannibal Lechter
1992:
Co-starred in unsold pilot, "Sex and Saints" for CBS
1993:
Joined cast of "Frasier" as Bob 'Bulldog' Briscoe
1994:
Starred in one-man show, "The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me" in L.A.
1995:
Appeared off-Broadway in one-man show "The Only Thing Worse ..."; later toured in show
2000:
Had featured role in the Off-Broadway production of Wendy Wasserstein's play "Old Money"
2001:
Starred as a psychologist who trafficks in reparative therapy in the indie "Fixing Frank"
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Education

Purdue University: West Lafayette , Indiana - 1973
San Jose State College: San Jose , California - 1974 - 1975

Notes

"We type people. A jock couldn't like musical scores, a gay man won't do sports. It's foolish. That's what I love about Bulldog. He reminds me to be a kid and play. We can waste years being stuck in a point of view." --Dan Butler in PEOPLE, April 24, 1995

"Bulldog would consider himself erudite, too. Once he looked up the word." --Dan Butler, THE NEW YORK POST, June 24, 1994

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father:
Andrew Butler. Pharmacist.
mother:
Shirley Butler. Homemaker.
sister:
Pam Conrad. Registered nurse. Born c. 1958.

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