“Scandal” hasn’t been the same since “James Novak” was killed off about two years ago. But that is only because of the awesome actor who played him , Dan Bucatinsky. Dan has done it all , produced, written, and directed , as well as acted in a number of movies and shows. Dan is not only an active member of the show business community, but a proud gay parent and loving husband. Today we celebrate Dan’s fiftieth birthday with this tribute to this show business dynamo and all around cool guy.
Dan met his husband in 1992 when he asked him to be his date. Don and Dan finally married in 2008 when same sex marriage was temporarily recognized in California. Dan was a graduate of Vassar.
Here is Dan and his best friend , Lisa Kudrow . Lisa and Dan have also been business partners on several motion picture and television projects. One of the most successful is HBO’s “The Comeback” . Lisa has been nominated for her role on the comedy. Dan played Valerie’s publicist , Billy.
Dan is also an author as well. He wrote an account of him and Don becoming parents and embracing the humorous side of being a gay parent. The book is titled Does This Baby Make Me Look Straight? Confessions of a Gay Dad.
Dan has done dozens of guest starring roles on television shows through the years. Here he is with buddy Lisa as “Phoebe” when he played a waiter on FRIENDS. It was titled “The One With Phoebe’s Birthday Dinner”.
But the role that has brought Dan into everyone’s living rooms was when Shonda Rhimes cast him as the husband of Grant, Chief of Staff, Cyrus Bean( Jeff Perry), James Novak. People loved to watch the tempestuous marriage between two opinionated men.
In 2014, Dan appeared on an NBC series “Marry Me” with Tim Meadows playing his husband. The series only lasted one season.