Who is Dan Fogler?
Daniel Kevin ‘Dan’ Fogler was born in Brooklyn, New York City USA, on 20 October 1976 – his zodiac sign is Libra, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor, writer and a comedian, with over 60 acting credits to his name, while he’s perhaps known best for his portrayal of Jacob Kowalski in the 2016 hit adventure fantasy movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”; it was written by J. K. Rowling, directed by David Yates, and starred Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterstone. Set 70 years before the events in the first “Harry Potter” movie, this film follows Newt Scamander, who’s a member of New York’s community of witches and wizards. It won 16 awards, including an Oscar, and was nominated for 54 other awards.
Dan reprised his role in the 2018 sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”.
Early life and education
Dan was raised alongside his older brother Jason in Brooklyn, by their father Richard Fogler who was a surgeon, and their mother Shari, who was an English teacher.
He became interested in comedy and acting while attending Poly Prep Country Day School, and could often have been seen appearing in school plays. Upon matriculating in 1994, Dan Enrolled at the School of Theatre at Boston University, from which he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998.
Before launching his career on TV, Dan appeared in various theatre plays, including “The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee” on Broadway; for his performance, he was awarded a Theatre World Award, and a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
Roles in movies
Dan made his debut film appearance in 1999, with his portrayal of Melvin Mittman in the short drama “Brooklyn Thrill Killers”. The following years saw him appear in movies such as the 2000 comedy drama “Home Field Advantage”, the 2005 comedy “Dumped!”, and the 2006 comedy “School for Scoundrels”.
He gained recognition in 2008, when he voiced both Councilman and Yummo Wickersham in the animated adventure comedy “Horton Hears a Who!” It starred Jim Carrey and Steve Carell, and follows Horton the Elephant, as he’s trying to save a tiny community from his neighbors, who claim that the community doesn’t exist. The movie won one of the 19 awards for which it was nominated. In 2009, Dan voiced Zeng, in the hit animated action adventure “Kung Fu Panda”, which won 15 of the 54 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination.
By the end of the 2000s, he had appeared in the horror “Hysterical Psycho”, the biographical comedy “Taking Woodstock”, and the romantic drama “Love Happens”.
His following notable performance was in the 2011 romantic comedy drama “Take Me Home Tonight”, which starred Topher Grace and Anna Faris, and follows a young adult who has finally decided to ask his high school crush out on a date.
In 2013, Dan starred alongside Josh Duhamel in the thriller drama “Scenic Route”, and he also appeared in the mystery action drama “Europa Report”, which won one of the three awards for which it was nominated. A couple of his following notable performances were in the action comedy “Barely Lethal” and the mystery horror comedy “Ava’s Possessions” both in 2015, and the 2019 action adventure comedy “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”.
Most recently, in 2021 he portrayed Tony Guest, in the comedy drama “Making the Day”, and he’s currently shooting for two upcoming movies: the adventure family fantasy “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3”, and the biographical musical “Spinning Gold”.
Roles in TV series
Dan made his TV series debut in 2009, when he voiced a character in the episode “Home Adrone” of the animated comedy “American Dad!”, and the following year saw him play Lieutenant Black in five episodes of the comedy “M’larky”.
Two of Dan’s following roles were in an episode of both the comedy “Atom TV” and the animated fantasy comedy “Ugly Americans” (voice role), and in 2011 he portrayed Kenny Hayden, one of the lead characters in the comedy “Man Up!” It was created by Christopher Moynihan, who also starred in it alongside Dan and Mather Zickel, and the series follows three men who are learning how to be ‘real men’.
In 2013, he played Franklin, in three episodes of the hit horror crime drama “Hannibal”, and his following roles were in the 2014 episode “Emotion” of the drama “Black Box”, and the 2015 episode “Winning Ugly” of the mystery crime drama “The Good Wife”.
Since 2018, Dan has been portraying Luke in the critically acclaimed horror thriller drama “The Walking Dead” which debuted in 2010, and now stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride; it follows Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes and a group of survivors, living in a world overrun by zombies. The series has won 80 awards, including two Primetime Emmys, and has been nominated for 222 other awards.
Dan has three writing, three producing, and four directing credits.
In 2009, he wrote, produced and directed the movie “Hysterical Psycho”, and the following year wrote and directed four episodes of the series “M’larky”. In 2014, Dan wrote, produced and directed the comedy movie “Don Peyote”, and the year 2019 saw him direct the short video “Hanukkah, O Hanukkah (A Magical Time of Year)”. He’s currently producing the upcoming documentary film “Sleeping in Trees”.
Dan has received six special thanks, for movies such as “Under the Balls: The Life of a Ball Wrangler”, “Peace, Love and Cinema” and “The Vault”.
He has been featured in numerous documentaries, including in 2007 short video “Balls Out: The Making of ‘Balls of Fury’” and the short series “HBO First Look”. Then in 2020 the movie “Magnum Dopus: The Making of Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”.
Dan has made a guest appearance in many talk-shows, such as “The Propaganda Report”, “Truth Serum with Aida Rodriguez” and “Stars in the House”.
Awards and nominations
Dan has won four of the seven awards for which he has been nominated. In 2014, he won two New York VisionFest Domani Vision Awards, one for Best Director, and the other for Emerging Talent, both for “Don Peyote”. In 2020, Dan and his colleagues won a CinEuphoria Merit – Honorary Award, for their performance in the series “The Walking Dead”, and another (with his other colleagues) for the series “The Goldbergs”.
Dan has also been nominated for two other New York VisionFest Domani Vision Awards, and a 2017 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Love life and relationships
Dan’s quite secretive when it comes to his love life, but it’s still widely known that he’s today a married man.
He exchanged vows with Jodie Capes on 10 October 2009, in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family members. Jodie is running the company Capes Coaching located in New York, which offers help to actors and artists who are struggling to launch their careers.
Dan and Jodie don’t have children, and it’s widely believed that they have decided so, because they want to focus on their careers. However, there are also some who believe that perhaps one of them is infertile, or even both. Neither of the two has addressed the rumors.
Dan hasn’t spoken of any other women whom he might have dated before meeting Jodie, and as of July 2021, he’s married to Jodie Capes, and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Dan’s a musician, and he and his best friend Law Tarello are today members of the band 2nd Rate.
He’s interested in all kinds of art, with sculpting being his favorite. This is why Dan has taken some sculpting lessons, and is said to be quite talented.
Dan’s a huge fan of comic books, and has written a couple himself.
He loves to travel, and his acting career has taken him all around the US, while he’s also had an opportunity to visit various European countries, with his favorite being France.
In his spare time, Dan likes to watch movies starring his favorite actor and actress, Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, and some of these include “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”, “Liar Liar” and “The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.
Age, weight loss and net worth
Dan’s age is 44. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m), and he weighs around 170lbs (77kgs), having dropped down from 270lbs (122kgs) in the past five years.
As of July 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $4 million.