LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Happy birthday to Larchmont's Dan Futterman. The actor turns 48 today.
Actor and screenwriter Daniel Paul "Dan" Futterman was born June 8, 1967, in Silver Spring, Md.
Futterman wrote the screenplay for the film "Capote," for which he received an Academy Award nomination and Independent Spirit, Boston Society of Film Critics, and Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards. He received a second Academy Award nomination for co-writing the script to "Foxcatcher" in 2014.Futterman is also known for several high-profile acting roles, including Val Goldman in the film "The Birdcage" and Vincent Gray on the television series "Judging Amy."
In 1991, Futterman landed his first stage role in the WPA production "Club Soda." He also succeeded Joe Mantello as the voluble Louis Ironson in Tony Kushner's Tony Award-winning play "Angels in America" on Broadway in 1993.
Futterman portrayed an American diplomat's son who runs into trouble in South Africa in Jon Robin Baitz's "A Fair Country" (1996). He portrayed a slick card player with big dreams in "Dealer's Choice" (1997).Futterman's first film role was as a thug who menaces Robin Williams in "The Fisher King" (1991). He appeared as a teacher in the romantic comedy "Breathing Room/'Til Christmas" (1996). "Far Harbor/Mr. Spreckman's Boat" (also 1996) was an ensemble piece that featured Futterman as a smarmy doctor in an interracial relationship.
In 1996, he played Val, the son of gay lovers and nightclub owners Albert and Armand (again with Robin Williams) in "The Birdcage." He also appeared as the American half of a pair of 20-something something con artists in London in "Shooting Fish" (1997). He also had the leading role as a befuddled young gay man seeking for his missing lover in the New York-based award-winning drama/thriller "Urbania." In "A Mighty Heart" (2007), with Angelina Jolie, Futterman portrays murdered journalist Daniel Pearl.