Danny Hoch (born November 23, 1970) is an American actor, writer, director and performance artist. He has acted in larger roles in independent and art house movies and had a few small roles in mainstream Hollywood films, with increasing exposure as in 2007's We Own the Night. He is also known for his one man shows.
Hoch on the set of His & Hers
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director, performance artist|
Two of his three one-man-shows, Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop and Some People, were published together in 1998. In both pieces he explores the multi-cultural (and multi-lingual) New York he grew up in, providing adept monologues in the languages of the people, Cuban Spanish, Dominican Spanish or Nuyorican, Jamaican Patois or Trinidadian English.
A prevailing theme in Hoch's work, within its spectrum of unification and deep similarities under superficial differences, is the power of hip hop. Naive or street-wise white youth believing or dreaming that they are black, African-American kids dreaming of making it as a rapper, a Cuban street vendor's love of Snoop Dogg.
Some People followed his first endeavor, Pot Melting, and was broadcast on HBO in the mid-90's, which granted Hoch more national exposure, allowing him to tour more cities to greater crowds. Hoch founded the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2000. Together, his three plays have won many awards, including two Obie Awards, a Sundance Writers Fellowship and the CalArts' Alpert Awards in the Arts in Theatre. In 2010 he won a Fellow award granted by United States Artists.
Appearances in other media
Like the subject of most of Hoch's monologues, his writings often examine topics in hip hop, race and class and he has been published in The Village Voice, The New York Times, Harper's, and The Nation.
He has been featured on HBO's Def Poetry Jam, in addition to his Some People being broadcast on that station. The film version of Hoch's Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop was released in 2000.
Hoch was cast in a guest role on a 1995 episode of Seinfeld, (season seven, "The Pool Guy"), but he objected to what he felt was ethnic stereotyping in the way his Hispanic character was written and tried to convince Jerry Seinfeld to change things. Hoch was eventually re-cast with another actor.
Hoch appeared in Spike Lee's film Bamboozled as Timmi Hilnigger, a parody of Tommy Hilfiger who proudly sells overpriced designer clothing to African-Americans, claiming, "We keep it so real, we even give you the bullet holes" and advising viewers to "stay broke, never get out of the ghetto, and continue to contribute to my multi-million dollar corporation."
He is also known for writing Whiteboyz, a limited-released 1999 film directed by Marc Levin in which Hoch also stars with Mark Webber and Dash Mihok as three white Iowa teenagers who long for a gangsta rap life. The film also stars Piper Perabo and Eugene Byrd and rappers as luminous as Snoop Doggy Dogg, Big Pun, Fat Joe, dead prez, Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh.
|1997||Subway Stories||Edward (segment "Honey-Getter")||Made-for-television movie|
|1997||His and Hers||Lenny|
|1998||The Thin Red Line||Pvt. Leonardo Carni||Directed by Terrence Malick|
|2000||Jails, Hospitals, & Hip-Hop||Writer, Director|
|2000||Bamboozled||Timmi Hillnigger||Directed by Spike Lee|
|2001||Black Hawk Down||Spc. Dominick Pilla||Directed by Ridley Scott|
|2002||Washington Heights||Mickey||Award-winning independent film|
|2003||American Splendor||Marty||Also starring Paul Giamatti|
|2003||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Kracker||Television series; episode Soulless|
|2003||The Other Shoe||Abraham|
|2003–2004||Def Poetry Jam||Himself||2 episodes|
|2005||War of the Worlds||Cop||Directed by Steven Spielberg|
|2005||Bam Bam and Celeste||Neo-Nazi|
|2006||Wyclef Jean in America||Television series; writer|
|2007||We Own the Night||Louis "Jumbo" Falsetti|
|2007||Lucky You||Bobby Basketball|
|2009||Taking Chance||TSA Agent|
|2010||Blue Bloods||Billy Leo||Television series; episode Officer Down|
|2011||Violet & Daisy||Man #4|
|2011||Nurse Jackie||Mr. Digby||Television series; episode ...Deaf Blind Tumor Pee-Test|
|2014||The Knick||Bunky Collier||Television series; 5 episodes|
|2016||Gotham||Pharmacist||Television series; episode "Mr. Freeze"|
|2016||Exposed||Detective Joey Cullen|
|2018||Maniac||5||Miniseries; 9 episodes|
- United States Artists Official Website Archived November 10, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- Cole, Williams (November 2008). "The Mea Culpa of Gentrification: Danny Hoch in conversation with Williams Cole". The Brooklyn Rail.
- "Season 7 DVD features at Seinfeld's Official Site". Sony Pictures. Archived from the original on February 19, 2008. Retrieved March 20, 2008.
- Kachka, Boris. "Native Tongues: Danny Hoch". New York Magazine, November 23, 2008. Accessed January 1, 2018.
- Rousuck, J. Wynn. "Danny Hoch, one-man gang Theater: Monologuist beyond the pale in 'Jails, Hospitals & Hip Hop.'". The Baltimore Sun, January 19, 1998. Accessed January 1, 2018.
- Internet Movie Database
- Robert Torre: 'Hoch, Danny (1970-)', Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature, edited by Tarshia L. Stanley, Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press (2009),121-122.