A Golden Birthday for a Former Gladiator

dan buckatinsky“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 in high schoolDan was born in New York City on September 22,1965 to Argentinean- Jewish  parents Julio and Myrium .

dan and don as young

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.

dan and don and kidsHere is Don and Dan with their two children , Eliza and Jonah. Don is a movie director and in the business as well.

dan and lisaHere 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.

comeback season 2

does the baby look gayDan 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-bucatinsky-friendsDan 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”.

dan as producer on greysDan has also been an executive producer on “Grey’s Anatomy”. also appeared on an episode of the show as well.Here he is with Kevin McKidd who plays Dr Owen Hunt

ALL OVER THE GUY, Dan Bucatinsky, Richard Ruccolo, 2001, (c) Lions Gate

In 2001, Dan wrote the screenplay to “All Over the Guy” which he also starred in. He also produced the movie.

scandal james and cyrusBut 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.

group shotHere is Dan with some of the cast members of “Scandal” . He is still very close to all of them.  Included is Scott Foley, Tony Goldwyn, Katie Lowes and Guillermo Diaz.

christeningOne of the major storylines of the couple was when the two men wanted to adopt a baby. Here they are at their daughter’s christening in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.”

james deathJames poked around too much and one night was shot.  We never saw a body so he could still be alive.

dan-wins-emmy__140325000011In 2013, Dan won the Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series for “Scandal”


In 2014, Dan appeared on an NBC series “Marry Me” with Tim Meadows playing his husband. The series only lasted one season.

dan birthday picSo Chitownstarconnections wishes Dan a happy , happy birthday!!


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