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Birthdate :December 2, 1954
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Dan Butler Timeline
1976Studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 1976 to 1978.
1981Butler disclosed his homosexuality on "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) in 1994 during his run as a swaggering heterosexual on "Frasier" (1993).
1986Is one of only two actors to have appeared in the original Hannibal Lecter film, Manhunter (1986), as well as The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The other is Frankie Faison.
1989Openly gay, he starred in Terrence McNally's 1989 play "The Lisbon Traviata" and wrote a one-man off-Broadway play about his life, "The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me...", which derives its title from a comment Butler's father allegedly made when Dan came out to him. In the play, he plays 14 different gay characters.
1993Is best known for the role of Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe on the super-popular Emmy-winning show "Frasier" (1993).
1993Best known for his role as Robert "Bulldog" Briscoe in "Frasier" (1993). Initially, he was a recurring guest actor, but in 1996, he became a member of the main cast. His character was written out of the show in 1999, but returned to guest star in five episodes of the series' last three seasons.
1995In 1995, he and Candace Gingrich served as spokespersons for the National Coming Out Day Project. Butler appeared in public service announcements that included the gently humorous statement, "I'm not a straight man, but I play one on television".
2000Butler was among the public figures to speak out in 2000 against California's Proposition 22 (also known as the Knight Initiative) that sought to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.