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.
Fogler was born Daniel Kevin Fogler in Brooklyn, New York, the second child of Shari, an English teacher, and Richard Fogler, a surgeon. Fogler is Jewish. Before he attended the School of Theatre at Boston University, he went to Poly Prep Country Day School and graduated in 1994. He has been married to Jodie Capes Fogler since 2009.
Fogler became well-known mostly after his Tony Award winning performance as William BarfÃ©e 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 EugÃ¨ne 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, but this project never came to fruition. Instead Josh Gad was cast when the film was eventually made in 2013.
In 2013, he appeared in the science fiction thriller film Europa Report.
- Dan Fogler - the Official Website
- Dan Fogler at the Internet Broadway Database
- Dan Fogler at the Internet Movie Database
- TonyAwards.com Interview with Dan Fogler
- Dan Fogler on Balls of Fury, Horton Hears a Who! and Kung Fu Panda - JewReview.net