Danny Woodburn

 

Danny Woodburn is a versatile performer on stage, film, television, and the comedy club circuit and has become a fixture of American television. He is a veteran of over 120 television appearances with regular and recurring roles on Tracy Takes On…, Murder She Wrote, Becker, Charmed, Baywatch, Passions. Other guest appearances include: Party Down, Monk, Bones, Men in Trees, CSI, One Tree Hill, 8 Simple Rules, Hope and Faith, Lois and Clark, Veronica’s Closet. As a series star, he was the sword-wielding adventurer Otli of the Conan series and took on the mythical bad-boys of UPN’s Special Unit 2, and the daytime soap, Passions. Most notably, Danny is known for Mickey Abbott, the volatile but lovable friend of Kramer’s on NBC’s emmy-winning, history making show, Seinfeld. Since his first appearance on the show in 1994 he has gained momentum as an actor and garnered respect from industry professionals. His character on Seinfeld was an important role for him, in the sense that the writing and portrayal of Mickey is positive and non-stereotypical. Recently, he completed his 20th film, Bad Ass with Danny Trejo. During his career he’s worked with such talents as Robin Williams, Danny Devito, Edward Norton, Harvey Fierstein, Kathy Baker, Mila Kunis, Ted Danson, Angela Landsbury, James Earl Jones, Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Liza Minnelli, Shirley MacClain, Teri Hatcher, Glenn Close, James Garner, and Mickey Rooney. Danny is thankful for the opportunities he’s had to speak on disability issues and raise awareness of the continued derogatory and dehumanizing treatment of Little People in society and the media, using his skill as a comedian in the club circuit, an interviewee in TV and Film, (CBS Sunday Morning, MSNBC, A&E’s Biography, Access Hollywood, CinemAbility—documentary), and as an orator at awareness events and fund-raisers; Little People’s Research Fund, The Inclusion Network of Cincinnati, California RespectAbility Coalition, and the Disability Rights Legal Center. While serving on the Screen Actors Guild Performers With Disabilities committee he helped negotiate better terms for disabled actors in the recent contract talks. In 2009 he received Congressional recognition via the DRLC DREAM Award. In 2010 he received the Screen Actors Guild Harold Russell Award. Danny is a native of the Philadelphia area, where he graduated from the film and theater college, Temple University. In 2001 he received the Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. A longtime supporter of Little People’s Research Fund, he forever thanks the late Dr. Steven Kopits for his surgical expertise and research that has allowed Danny to pursue his dream. He has two very big brothers and his mom handles all his press in his hometown. He married his love of seven years, comic and playwright Amy Buchwald on September 7, 1998.

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