Danny Burstein

Danny Burstein

Highest Rated: 83% The Family Fang (2015)

Lowest Rated: 0% Milkshake (2013)

Birthday: Jun 16, 1964

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Celebrated stage actor Danny Burstein reaped critical praise and multiple Tony nominations for starring and supporting roles in many major Broadway productions, including "The Drowsy Chaperone" (2006), "South Pacific" in 2008, and a 2016 production of "Fiddler on the Roof." Born June 16, 1964 in Mt. Kisco, New York, Burstein was raised by his mother, a painter, and his stepfather, a professor of Greek philosophy. Burstein wanted to be an actor from an early age, and after appearing in a student production of "The Me Nobody Knows" at Parsons Junior High School in Queens, a teacher recommended that he audition for the High School of the Performing Arts. From a pool of 4,000 candidates, Burstein was one of 128 selected to study there; upon graduation, he enrolled at Queens College, where his father was among the faculty. There, he was mentored by Ed Greenberg, the director of the St. Louis Municipal Opera, who gave him his first professional stage role as a chorus member for a production of "The Music Man." Burstein headed west for his master's degree in acting from the University of California, San Diego before embarking on his career on the New York stage. Almost immediately, he began appearing in both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, including "A Little Hotel on the Side" in 1992, revivals of "The Seagull" and "Saint Joan" in 1992 and 1993, respectively, and "Company" in 1995. His screen career also began during this period, and grew from minor parts on television series like "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005) to supporting appearances on "Absolutely Fabulous" (BBC, 1992-2012) and features like "Transamerica" (2005). The following year, Burstein earned his first Tony nomination as the would-be Latin lover Adolpho in the hit musical comedy "The Drowsy Chaperone" (2006), which preceded a string of critically praised appearances in popular productions: he earned his second Tony nod as Luther Billings in a 2008 revival of "South Pacific," which was soon followed by nominations for "Follies" in 2012 and "Golden Boy" in 2013. During this period, Burstein also enjoyed a recurring role on "Boardwalk Empire" (HBO, 2010-2014) as casino owner Lolly Steinman. In 2014, Burstein reaped his fifth Tony nomination as Herr Schultz in the long-running revival of "Cabaret" while also making his opera debut in a production of "Die Fledermaus" at the Metropolitan Opera. Burstein's remarkable streak of successes continued the following year with featured roles in Michael Mann's "Blackhat" (2015) and Jason Bateman's directorial debut "The Family Fang" (2015) with Nicole Kidman. In 2016, Burstein received his sixth Tony nomination as Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," which also brought him a third Outer Critics Circle Award.

Highest rated movies

The Family Fang Indignation Blackhat




81% 74% Indignation Max Messner (Character) $3.4M 2016
32% 24% Blackhat Associate Warden Jeffries (Character) $7.8M 2015
83% 47% The Family Fang Eric Wilcox (Character) $240.1K 2015
20% 22% Affluenza Ira Miller (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Construction Jay (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trust, Greed, Bullets & Bourbon Hector (Character) - 2013
0% 42% Milkshake Coach (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nor'easter Paul Moore (Character) - 2012
11% 31% Deception Clute Controller (Character) $4.6M 2008
No Score Yet 33% Duane Incarnate George (Character) - 2004


No Score Yet No Score Yet Tamron Hall Guest 2020
91% 84% Evil DA Lewis Cormier (Guest Star) 2019-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Broadway Profiles Unknown (Character) 2019
54% 62% Instinct Brent (Guest Star) 2019
91% 80% The Blacklist Avner Dagan (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 78% Madam Secretary Natan Dworsky (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet 62% NCIS: New Orleans Dr. Vincent Welles (Guest Star) 2018
64% 92% Deception Indar Danek (Guest Star) 2018
95% 89% Elementary Ted Winthrop (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Theater Talk Guest 2016
93% 91% The Good Wife Dr. Ian Caine (Guest Star) 2015
78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Eric Parker (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 95% Louie Mike (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2009-2010 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent Leo Bernardi (Guest Star) 2007 2004
22% 80% Conviction Unknown (Guest Star) 2006


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