Dan is one of only two actors who have been in the original Hannibal Lecter film, Manhunter and Silence of the Lambs. The other actor is Frankie Faison.
He is 5'7".
Dan joined and was in a theatre group in high school.
Dan was in the play The Lisbon Traviata and once the run had finished in New York, he moved to Los Angeles to play in the show during 1990 and 1991.
Dan moved to the state of New York during 1980 so that he could begin a career in acting.
Dan, along with Candace Gingrich, were spokespersons for the National Coming Out Day Project in 1995.
Dan studied acting for a total of two years, from 1976 to 1978.
His mother and sister were quick to accept that Dan was gay. However Dan's father had a more difficult time accepting it.
Dan came out during the run of Frasier, the show which he guest-starred on.
He enrolled at Purdue University and after transferred to San Jose State University. He dropped out though so he could study acting.
He studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
In high school, Dan was elected as class president.
He played many sports in high school and excelled in most.
When Dan was in high school, he auditioned for many plays at his high school and usually would get a role, if not the highest and most important role in the play.
Dan was interested in acting as a child. He would gather other kids around the neighborhood to act out shows and plays.
Dan was born in Huntington, Indiana yet he grew up in the city of Fort Wayne.
He starred in Terrence McNally's 1989 play "The Lisbon Traviata."
He wrote an off-Broadway play about his life, called "The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me...," which is an allusion to a comment his father made when Dan came out to him.
He is openly gay.
Dan attended Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne for one year before moving to California to pursue an acting career.
Dan Butler: There are so many different camps about what being gay means. The danger comes when each one is so rigid that it sees itself as the true picture.
Dan Butler: Besides, I have a sister who's straight. And I want her to know that I love her and support her.
Dan Butler: I'm not big on the closet.
Dan Butler: I also want to mention here that I continue to have a very loving and wonderful relationship with my boyfriend.
Dan Butler: I'm not a straight man, but I play one on television.