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|Known for:||The Silence of the Lambs, Enemy of the State, Manhunter|
|Birth name:||Daniel E. Butler|
|Birthday:||2 December 1954, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA|
|Height:||5' 7" (1.70 m)|
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TriviaIs best known for the role of Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe on the super-popular Emmy-winning show "Frasier" (1993). Is one of only two actors to have appeared in the original Hannibal Lecter film, Manhunter (1986), as well as The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The other is Frankie Faison. Butler was among the public figures to speak out in 2000 against California's Proposition 22 (also known as the Knight Initiative) that sought to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Studied acting at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco from 1976 to 1978. Best known for his role as Robert "Bulldog" Briscoe in "Frasier" (1993). Initially, he was a recurring guest actor, but in 1996, he became a member of the main cast. His character was written out of the show in 1999, but returned to guest star in five episodes of the series' last three seasons. Has been involved with the theatre since his youth in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He made his performing debut as a lad in a local production of "The Music Man" and eventually joined the Indiana-Purdue theatre group while in high school. Openly gay, he starred in Terrence McNally's 1989 play "The Lisbon Traviata" and wrote a one-man off-Broadway play about his life, "The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me...", which derives its title from a comment Butler's father allegedly made when Dan came out to him. In the play, he plays 14 different gay characters. His life partner is Richard Waterhouse.