Dan Fogler biography

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Dan Fogler

Date of Birth: October 20, 1976

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dan Fogler's life changed drastically after winning a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway show The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee.

Two years earlier, he'd been doing small time theater and low budget films when a longtime friend, Rebecca Feldman, called him up and asked him to participate in creating a show with her improv group. He was asked to create a character for a show about a spelling bee. Fogler came up with William Barfee, a slobby preteen with a "rare mucous-membrane disorder." They called the show C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, and workshopped and developed it at the Barrington Stage Company in Massachusetts in 2004, before it opened on Broadway in April 2005 under the new name The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

After winning not only a Tony, but The Lortel, Outer Critics, Broadway World and Drama Desk awards, Fogel found himself very much in demand. His first role in a major motion picture was in School for Scoundrels (2006), starring Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder. Next, he played a lead role in Fanboys (2008) opposite Seth Rogen and Kristen Bell before landing the starring role in Balls of Fury (2007), a comedy about a ping-pong champion.

Since then, he's played roles in Good Luck Chuck (2007) with Jessica Alba and Dane Cook, and Kids in America (2008) opposite Anna Faris. He also provided the voice of Yummo for the animated film Horton Hears a Who (2008), followed by a role in Number 13 (2008), where he played famed film director Alfred Hitchcock opposite Ben Kingley and Ewan McGregor.

Over the last five years, Dan has appeared in numerous independent film projects, including Take Me Home Tonight (2011), Hellbenders (2012), Free Birds (2013), and Barely Lethal (2015). He played Jacob Kowalski in the Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) starring Eddie Redmayne, then reprised his role in the sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018).

Dan directed his play Elephant in The Room, which was accepted into The 2007 NY International Fringe Festival. He also plays in the rock band 2nd Rate.

In 2009, he married acting coach Jodie Capes. They make their home in New York.

Dan Fogler Filmography

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Genre:  Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  134 min.
In theatres: November 16, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 3.69
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Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Brontis Jodorowsky

Inspiration: J.K. Rowling