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Also Known As: Daniel Futterman Died:
Born: June 8, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Silver Spring, Maryland, USA Profession: actor, waiter

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Dan Futterman had an impressive run for a young actor, transitioning easily between stage, television and film for fifteen years before penning the Academy Award-nominated script for "Capote" (2005) and deciding to put his acting on hold. From his breakthrough role as the straight son of Robin Williams in "The Birdcage" (1996) to a popular recurring spot on "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005) to a stint in "Angels in America" on Broadway, Futterman always lent a sparkling intelligence and grounded presence to his work. After briefly returning from his foray into screenwriting, Futterman delivered a sterling performance in the emotionally-charged political drama "A Mighty Heart" (2007), playing slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a role that helped propel an already accelerating career.

Dan Futterman had an impressive run for a young actor, transitioning easily between stage, television and film for fifteen years before penning the Academy Award-nominated script for "Capote" (2005) and deciding to put his acting on hold. From his breakthrough role as the straight son of Robin Williams in "The Birdcage" (1996) to a popular recurring spot on "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005) to a stint in "Angels in America" on Broadway, Futterman always lent a sparkling intelligence and grounded presence to his work. After briefly returning from his foray into screenwriting, Futterman delivered a sterling performance in the emotionally-charged political drama "A Mighty Heart" (2007), playing slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a role that helped propel an already accelerating career.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
3.
 Mighty Heart, A (2007)
4.
 Enough (2002) Joe
5.
 Urbania (2000) Charlie
6.
 Thicker Than Blood (1998) Griffin Bryne
7.
 When Trumpets Fade (1998) Despin
8.
 Shooting Fish (1997) Dylan
9.
 1999 (1997) Rufus Wild
10.
 Far Harbor (1996) Brad
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Raised in Westchester County, New York
1991:
TV-movie debut in "Daughter of Privilege" (NBC)
1991:
Film debut in small role in "The Fisher King"
1991:
Stage acting debut in the Off-Broadway production "Club Soda"
1992:
Co-starred in the film "Big Girls Don't Cry...They Get Even"
1993:
Replaced Joe Mantello in the role of Louis Ironside in the two-part Broadway production "Angels in America"
1993:
Had first substantive TV role in the ABC movie "Class of '61"
1996:
Played featured role in the Off-Broadway production "A Fair Country" by Jon Robin Baitz
1996:
Breakthrough screen role as Robin Williams' son in "The Birdcage", directed by Mike Nichols
1997:
Had featured role in the Off-Broadway play "Dealer's Choice"
1997:
Starred alongside Stuart Towsend and Kate Beckinsale in the British caper comedy "Shooting Fish"
1998:
Appeared in the telefilms "Thicker Than Blood" (TNT) and "When Trumpets Fade" (HBO)
1999:
Appeared as the brother of the main character in the CBS drama series "Judging Amy"; left series early in the 2001-2002 season
2000:
Had leading role in independent film "Urbania"
2002:
Returned to the NYC stage in "Further Than the Furthest Thing" at the Manhattan Theater Company
2002:
Cast as Karen's cousin Barry, a 35-year-old man who realizes he's gay, on the NBC sit-com "Will & Grace"
2005:
Feature producing and screenwriting debut with "Capote" starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay
2007:
Portrayed Wall Street Journal reporter, Daniel Pearl in "A Mighty Heart," who was kidnapped and killed in 2002 while reporting in Pakistan
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Education

Columbia University: New York , New York -

Notes

"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." --Dan Futterman quoted by The Associated Press, May 13, 1998.

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companion:
Susan Floyd. Actor. Appeared together in "Breathing Room"; no longer together.
companion:
Susan Floyd. Had two grandchildren.
wife:
Anya Epstein. Screenwriter, producer. Married in September 2000.
wife:
Anya Epstein. Surname was Gracen; highschool sweetheart; married c. 1982; divorced.
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daughter:
Sylvie Epstein Futterman. Had three; survived him.

Contributions

georgeinhk ( 2006-10-24 )

Source: [on Oscar nomination for Capote (2005) on 31 Jan. 06]

"The 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."

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