Dan Fogler

Daniel Kevin Fogler (born October 20, 1976)[1] is an American actor, comedian and writer. He has appeared in films Balls of Fury, Good Luck Chuck, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and done voice acting for Kung Fu Panda and Horton Hears a Who! He currently stars on The Walking Dead as Luke.

Dan Fogler
Fogler in 2018
Daniel Kevin Fogler

(1976-10-20) October 20, 1976
Alma materBoston University College of Fine Arts
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Years active1999–present
Jodie Capes (m. 2009)

In 2005, Fogler made his Broadway debut as William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

Early life and education

Fogler was the second child born to Shari and Richard Fogler, an English teacher and a surgeon, respectively, in Brooklyn, New York.[2][3] Fogler is Jewish.[2][4][5] He graduated Poly Prep Country Day School in 1994, before attending the School of Theatre at Boston University.[6]


Fogler made his Broadway debut when he originated the role of William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he won the Theatre World Award for the original off-Broadway production and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 2005 for the original Broadway production.

Fogler's first television appearance was in 2002 on FOX's 30 Seconds to Fame as a contestant impersonating Al Pacino. Other television credits include recurring roles on ABC's The Goldbergs, NBC's Hannibal, CBS' The Good Wife and voice work for FOX's American Dad. Fogler also has had starring roles in ABC's Man Up![7] and Secrets & Lies.

In film, Fogler starred as Randy Daytona in 2007's Balls Of Fury for Focus Features, and in Lionsgate’s Good Luck Chuck with a role opposite Dane Cook and Jessica Alba. Fogler also had roles in Fanboys, Take Me Home Tonight, Scenic Route, Europa Report and the J. K. Rowling adaptation Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was released worldwide in November 2016.

Fogler has also done a variety of voiceover acting in films such as; Horton Hears A Who! along with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, Disney's Mars Needs Moms, Free Birds and 2008's Kung Fu Panda, with Jack Black and Jackie Chan.

Some of Fogler's other projects include starring in the music video for Type O Negative's song "I Don't Wanna Be Me", in which he played a man recording himself on video cross-dressing as celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and finally the band's singer Peter Steele.

Fogler also wrote and directed the play Elephant in the Room, inspired by Ionesco's Rhinoceros, which was produced by the New York International Fringe Festival in 2007. Fogler has also written and directed Hysterical Psycho (2009) which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, featuring actors from his theater company Stage 13 where Dan serves as one of the company's Artistic Directors, and Don Peyote (2014) which also saw Fogler in the lead role as Warren Allman, with supporting roles from Josh Duhamel, Anne Hathaway, Topher Grace. Hysterical Psycho was Fogler's first graphic novel. In 2010, Archaia Entertainment published the horror anthology Moon Lake. This collection of stories chronicles the past, present, and future of the most haunted town on Earth: Moon Lake. Fogler is also hard at work on another graphic novel, Brooklyn Gladiator.

Personal life

In 2009, Fogler married Jodie Capes, co-founder of Capes Coaching, a career coaching company for actors and artists. They have two daughters Edi and Angel.[8] Recently, Dan appeared in The Goldbergs as Uncle Mavin but his skinnier version worried his fans too much. Fogler, later revealed that he lost his weight (100 pounds) for the sake of his family as he, who feared of getting obesity diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, wanted to be there for his two daughters and his wife. [9][10]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Brooklyn Thrill Killers Melvin Mittman
2000 Home Field Advantage Charlie
2000 Bust a Move Charlie
2002 Hyper Lenny
2005 Dumped! Elliott
2006 School for Scoundrels Zack
2006 Slippery Slope Crafty
2007 Good Luck Chuck Stu
2007 Balls of Fury Randy Daytona
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Councilman / Yummo Wickersham (voice)
2008 The Marconi Bros. Carmine Marconi
2008 Kung Fu Panda Zeng (voice)
2009 Fanboys Hutch
2009 Hysterical Psycho Psychiatrist Also writer and director
2009 Taking Woodstock Devon
2009 Love Happens Lane
2011 Crocodile Tears Director Short film
2011 Take Me Home Tonight Barry Nathan
2011 Mars Needs Moms Gribble (voice) Also motion capture
2012 Dog Eat Dog Short film
2012 Hellbenders Eric
2013 Scenic Route Carter
2013 Europa Report Dr. Nikita Sokolov
2013 Free Birds Governor Bradford (voice)
2014 My Depression (The Up and Down and Up of It) Singer (voice) Short film
2014 Don Peyote Warren / Don Peyote Also co-writer and co-director
Domani Vision Award for Best Director
Domani Vision Award for Emerging Talent
Nominated – Domani Vision Award for Best Writing
Nominated – Domani Vision Award for Breakthrough Performance Award
2014 Post Modern Ophelia Goldie Stern Short film
2015 Barely Lethal Mr. Drumm
2015 Ava's Possessions JJ Samson
2016 The Guardian Brothers Shen Tu (voice) English dub
2016 Custody Denholz
2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Jacob Kowalski Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film
2017 Becks Dave
2017 Sex Guaranteed Carl
2018 In Like Flynn Joel Schwartz
2018 Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Jacob Kowalski
2018 30 Nights Dr. Lance Ying
TBA The Argument Jack Post-production
TBA Spinning Gold Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2009–10 American Dad! Various voices 2 episodes
2010 M'Larky Lt. Black 5 episodes
2010 Kung Fu Panda Holiday Zeng (voice) Short film
2011–18 Robot Chicken Various voices 2 episodes
2011–12 Man Up! Kenny Hayden 13 episodes
2012 Prairie Dogs Roj Unsold pilot
2012 Ugly Americans Carl (voice) Episode: "The Stalking Dead"
2013 Hannibal Franklin Froideveaux 3 episodes
2014 Black Box Fred Baker Episode: "Emotions"
2013–Present The Goldbergs Marvin Goldberg 12 episodes
2014 Living the Dream Russ Danzinger Unsold pilot
2015 Secrets and Lies Dave Carlyle 10 episodes
2015 The Good Wife Nick Zubrovsky Episode: "Winning Ugly"
2017 Famous in Love Himself Episode: "Fifty Shades of Red"
2017 Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Dan Fogler Television film
2018– Present The Walking Dead Luke Season 9- Present

Video games

Year Title Voice role
2016 Lego Dimensions Jacob Kowalski (voice)


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  9. https://concisemag.com/dan-fogler-weight-loss/
  10. https://www.instagram.com/p/B5NeNLjB63p/?utm_source=ig_embed
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