Best known as "Bulldog" on NBC's "Frasier," Dan Butler has been entertaining audiences for over 20 years in television, film, and theatre. His Broadway credits include "Twentieth Century," "Biloxi Blues," and "The Hothouse." Off-Broadway, Dan has been seen in "The Irish Curse" (SoHo Playhouse), "Beast" (NYTW), "Old Money" (Lincoln Center), "The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me..." (Actors Playouse, Outer Critics/Drama Desk Nominee), "The Lisbon Traviata" (MTC), and "Emerald City" (NYTW). Dan has also performed at many of the top repertory companies across the country. On the big screen, Dan has starred in "Crazy, Stupid Love," "Karl Rove," "I Love You" (produced, co-wrote, and co-directed), "Respect for Acting," "Chronic Town," "Fixing Frank," "Enemy of the State," "The Fan," and "Silence of the Lambs." In addition to "Frasier," Dan's television credits include "Prayers for Bobby," "House," "Monk," and "From The Earth to the Moon."
Currently, Dan can be seen in Charles Busch's hilarious new Off-Broadway show "Olive And The Bitter Herbs" at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street) in NYC through September 3. Click here for tickets!
1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I don't think it was anyone. I popped out of the womb performing.
2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? There are so many people I'd like to work with.
3. What attracted you to "Olive And The Olive Bitter Herbs" and what excites you about the show? That Charles wrote it. I love working on new pieces and putting that first stamp on a role.
4. What do you get from performing in a theatrical show as opposed to a television show? The give and take from the audience, knowing they'll be different every night. You have to let them in, let them be another character, let them inform you. The show is fun to do every night no matter what, we're going to have a good time, but it's much more fun if the audience is game to play.
5. What have you learned about yourself from being a performer? Oh, that's private.
6. What is your favorite part of the rehearsal/preview period in a show? First audience.
7. Favorite place to rehearse/practice on your own? Varies.
8. Favorite way to spend your day off? Anything BUT the show. Have to leave it. Refuel, rest, rejuvenate.
9. Favorite website? None.
10. "Mary" or "Rhoda"? I don't think I ever watched an episode of Rhoda so it'd have to be Mary.
11. What's the best advice you've ever received? You're enough.
12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Again, that's private.
13. Looking back, what did you enjoy most about being on "Frasier" and how do you think that time has shaped who you are now? So many things I enjoyed, but above all "Bulldog" reminded me to have fun acting. I'd forgotten that, gotten a little too serious. Go for broke, have fun, have a blast, be sexy, say crass things and glory in it. Shaped me? When people stop me on the street and light up with memories of Frasier, I'm just reminded what a gift it is to make people laugh. I used to discount that, but no, never again. It's something to cherish.