Daniel Kevin "Dan" Fogler (born October 20, 1976) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, playwright, filmmaker, and voice artist. He won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He was the voice of Zeng in Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda Holiday.

Early life

Fogler was born Daniel Kevin Fogler in Brooklyn, New York, the second child of Shari, an English teacher, and Richard Fogler, a surgeon.[2][3] Fogler is Jewish.[2][4] Before he attended the School of Theatre at Boston University, he went to Poly Prep Country Day School and graduated in 1994.


Fogler became well-known mostly after his Tony Award winning performance as William Barfée in the Broadway show The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. His first TV appearance was in 2002 on FOX's 30 Seconds to Fame as a contestant impersonating Al Pacino. His film credits are Balls of Fury, Good Luck Chuck, Fanboys, and Take Me Home Tonight. His voicework is heard in two animated movies Horton Hears a Who! and Kung Fu Panda and was featured in the music video "I Don't Wanna Be Me" by the band Type O Negative, playing a man recording himself on video as he cross-dresses and puts on celebrity costumes. His play Elephant in the Room (inspired by Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros) was accepted into The NY International Fringe Festival 2007. Fogler is editing his own movie Hysterical Psycho, which he also directed. Fogler starred as Kenny Hayden in the short-lived television series Man Up! His impersonation of comedian Sam Kinison led him to be attached to play the titular role in a planned HBO biopic of the book Brother Sam,[5] but this project never came to fruition. Instead Josh Gad (who also replaced Fogler in Spelling Bee) was cast when the film was eventually made in 2013.[6]

In 2013, he appeared in the science fiction thriller film Europa Report.


Fogler married Jodie Capes in 2009.



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Brooklyn Thrill Killers Melvin Mittman
2000 Home Field Advantage Charlie
Bust a Move Charlie
2002 Hyper Lenny
2005 Dumped! Elliott
2006 Slippery Slope Crafty
School for Scoundrels Zack
2007 Good Luck Chuck Stu
Balls of Fury Randy Daytona
2008 The Marconi Bros. Carmine Marconi
Horton Hears a Who! Councilman / Yummo Wickersham Voice
Kung Fu Panda Zeng Voice
2009 Fanboys Hutch
Hysterical Psycho Psychiatrist Also writer and director
Taking Woodstock Devon
Love Happens Lane
2011 Crocodile Tears Director Short Film
Take Me Home Tonight Barry Nathan
Mars Needs Moms Gribble Voice
2012 Dog Eat Dog Short Film
Hellbenders Eric
2013 Scenic Route Carter
Free Birds Governor Bradford Voice
Europa Report Dr. Sokolov
2014 My Depression (The Up and Down and Up of It) Voice; Short Film
Don Peyote Warren / Don Peyote Also co-writer and co-director
Domani Vision Award for Emerging Talent
Domani Vision Award for Best Director
Nominated – Domani Vision Award for Best Writing
Nominated – Domani Vision Award for Breakthrough Performance Award
Post Modern Ophelia Goldie Stern Short Film
2015 Ava's Possessions JJ Samson
Barely Lethal Mr. Drumm
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Jacob Kowalski Post-production
Sex Guaranteed Carl Post-production
Making the Day Tony Guest Filming
Custody[7][8] Denholz Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2009–2010 American Dad! Various 2 episodes
2010 M'Larky Lt. Black Main Cast; 5 episodes
2011 Robot Chicken Father Voice; Episode: "Big Trouble in Little Clerks 2"
2011–2012 Man Up! Kenny Hayden Main Cast; 13 episodes
2012 Prairie Dogs Roj Episode: "Pilot"
Ugly Americans Carl Voice; Episode: "The Stalking Dead"
2013 Hannibal Franklin Froideveaux 3 episodes
2014 Black Box Fred Baker Episode: "Emotions"
The Goldbergs Marvin 2 episodes
Living the Dream Russ Danzinger Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Secrets and Lies Dave Carlyle Main Cast; 10 episodes
The Good Wife Nick Zubrovsky Episode: "Winning Ugly"


  1. ^ "Dan Fogler biography". Tribute.ca. Retrieved 2015-04-17. 
  2. ^ a b Riley, Jenelle (2007-09-14). "Busting Loose". Back Stage. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  3. ^ Green, Jesse (2006-10-08). "The Character Actor Laughs Last". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  4. ^ Schleier, Curt (2005-12-02). "Sweet Spell Of Success". The Jewish Week. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  5. ^ Fleming, Michael (2008-11-17). "'Brother Sam' set for HBO". Variety. 
  6. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/book-of-mormons-josh-gad-to-play-sam-kinison-in-larry-charles-directed-feature/
  7. ^ http://www.thewrap.com/ellen-burstyn-hayden-panettiere-join-viola-davis-in-courtroom-drama-custody/
  8. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/raul-esparza-viola-davis-dan-fogler-cast-in-james-lapine-film-custody-348032