David Dean Bottrell

David Dean Bottrell is an American actor, comedian and screenwriter best known for playing the creepy and homicidal Lincoln Meyer on 8 episodes of the ABC television series Boston Legal. He is also the author of "Working Actor: Breaking In, Making a Living and Making a Life in the Fabulous Trenches of Show Business" published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House. [1]

David Dean Bottrell
David Dean Bottrell in 2012
BornApril 6, 1959
OccupationActor, comedian, screenwriter
Years active1983–present

Known for his quirky characterizations, he started his career in New York, working at such theatres as the Second Stage, the Public Theater, the Manhattan Punch Line and regionally at the Long Wharf Theatre and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. His television work includes guest starring roles on And the Band Played On, Head of the Class, JAG, Caroline in the City, Mad About You, Dharma & Greg, Days of Our Lives, Ugly Betty, Criminal Minds, iCarly, Castle, Bones, Harry's Law, NCIS, Justified, Mad Men, Longmire, Modern Family, Law & Order: SVU, Rectify and The Blacklist.

He also co-wrote (with Jessie Jones) the off-Broadway play Dearly Departed,[2] which he and Jones later adapted into a film version titled Kingdom Come, starring Whoopi Goldberg, LL Cool J and Jada Pinkett Smith, produced by Fox Searchlight Pictures.[3]

Bottrell has written about his experiences in the entertainment industry for the Huffington Post,[4][5] Backstage, Salon.com and MetroSource magazine.[6] His short film, Available Men premiered in the 2006 HBO Comedy Festival and went on to win 17 awards on the film festival circuit. On stage, he was one of the original cast members of both the Los Angeles and New York companies of the long-running comedy revue, Streep Tease: An Evening of Meryl Streep Monologues performed by an All-Male Company in which he performed his critically acclaimed 6-minute rendition of the entire plot of Out of Africa.[7]

In the summer of 2011, Bottrell (who is openly gay)[5] performed his comedic one-man show, David Dean Bottrell Makes Love: A One-Man Show to sold out houses at the Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles. In 2012, his second one-man show, David Dean Bottrell is Working played a five-week sold out run at the Acme Theatre in Hollywood.

Bottrell has taught acting at UCLA and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts (both the New York and Los Angeles campuses). He is also one of the producers of Sci-Fest, the first annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival, held annually in May.[8]


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