Daniel Kevin Fogler (Hebrew דניאל קעווין פאָגלער born October 20, 1976) is an American actor, comedian and writer. He has appeared in films Balls of Fury, Good Luck Chuck, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and has done voice acting for Kung Fu Panda, Horton Hears a Who!, and Mars Needs Moms. He currently stars on The Walking Dead as Luke.
In 2005, Fogler made his Broadway debut as William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.
Early life and education
Fogler was the second child born to Shari and Richard Fogler, an English teacher and a surgeon, respectively, in Brooklyn, New York. Fogler is Jewish. He graduated from Poly Prep Country Day School in 1994, before attending the School of Theatre at Boston University.
Fogler made his Broadway debut when he originated the role of William Barfée in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, for which he won the Theatre World Award for the original off-Broadway production and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical in 2005 for the original Broadway production.
Fogler’s first television appearance was in 2002 on FOX’s 30 Seconds to Fame as a contestant impersonating Al Pacino. Other television credits include recurring roles on ABC’s The Goldbergs, NBC’s Hannibal, CBS’s The Good Wife and voice work for FOX’s American Dad. Fogler also has had starring roles in ABC’s Man Up! and Secrets & Lies.
In film, Fogler starred in 2007’s Balls Of Fury as Randy Daytona for Focus Features and in Lionsgate’s Good Luck Chuck with a role opposite Dane Cook and Jessica Alba. Fogler also had roles in Fanboys, Take Me Home Tonight, Scenic Route, Europa Report and the J. K. Rowling adaptation Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which was released worldwide in November 2016.
Fogler has also done a variety of voiceover acting in films such as Horton Hears A Who! with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey, Disney’s Mars Needs Moms, 2008’s Kung Fu Panda with Jack Black and Jackie Chan, and the 2013 comedy Free Birds.
Some of Fogler’s other projects include starring in the music video for Type O Negative’s song I Don’t Wanna Be Me, in which he played a man recording himself on video cross-dressing as celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and finally the band’s singer Peter Steele.
Fogler also wrote and directed the play Elephant in the Room, inspired by Ionesco’s Rhinoceros, which was produced by the New York International Fringe Festival in 2007. Fogler wrote and directed Hysterical Psycho (2009) which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, featuring actors from Stage 13, a film and theater production company of which Fogler is a founding member. Fogler wrote, directed, and starred in Don Peyote (2014) with supporting performances from Josh Duhamel, Anne Hathaway, and Topher Grace. In 2010, Archaia Entertainment published Fogler’s first graphic novel, the horror anthology Moon Lake. This collection of stories chronicles the past, present, and future of the most haunted town on Earth: Moon Lake. Fogler’s next graphic novel, Brooklyn Gladiator, was published in 2018 by Chapterhouse. Heavy Metal published Fogler’s graphic novel Fishkill in 2020.
In 2009, Fogler married Jodie Capes, co-founder of Capes Coaching, a career coaching company for actors and artists. They have two daughters, Edie and Franny. Fogler has lost 100 pounds for the benefit of his family as he feared getting obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
|1999||Brooklyn Thrill Killers||Melvin Mittman|
|2000||Home Field Advantage||Charlie|
|2000||Bust a Move||Charlie|
|2006||School for Scoundrels||Zack|
|2007||Good Luck Chuck||Stu|
|2007||Balls of Fury||Randy Daytona|
|2008||Horton Hears a Who!||Councilman / Yummo Wickersham (voice)|
|2008||The Marconi Bros.||Carmine Marconi|
|2008||Kung Fu Panda||Zeng (voice)|
|2009||Hysterical Psycho||Psychiatrist||Also writer and director|
|2011||Crocodile Tears||Director||Short film|
|2011||Take Me Home Tonight||Barry Nathan|
|2011||Mars Needs Moms||Gribble (voice)||Also motion capture|
|2012||Dog Eat Dog||Short film|
|2013||Europa Report||Dr. Nikita Sokolov|
|2013||Free Birds||Governor Bradford (voice)|
|2014||My Depression (The Up and Down and Up of It)||Singer (voice)||Short film|
|2014||Don Peyote||Warren / Don Peyote||Also co-writer and co-director
Domani Vision Award for Best Director
Domani Vision Award for Emerging Talent
Nominated – Domani Vision Award for Best Writing
Nominated – Domani Vision Award for Breakthrough Performance Award
|2014||Post Modern Ophelia||Goldie Stern||Short film|
|2015||Barely Lethal||Mr. Drumm|
|2015||Ava’s Possessions||JJ Samson|
|2016||The Guardian Brothers||Shen Tu (voice)||English dub|
|2016||Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||Jacob Kowalski||Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Film|
|2018||30 Nights||Dr. Lance Ying|
|2018||In Like Flynn||Joel Schwartz|
|2018||Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald||Jacob Kowalski|
|2019||Jay and Silent Bob Reboot||Con-Ployee|
|2022||Untitled third Fantastic Beasts film||Jacob Kowalski||Filming|
|2009–10||American Dad!||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2010||M’Larky||Lt. Black||5 episodes
Also director (4 episodes)
|2010||Kung Fu Panda Holiday||Zeng (voice)||Short film|
|2011–18||Robot Chicken||Various voices||2 episodes|
|2011–12||Man Up!||Kenny Hayden||13 episodes|
|2012||Prairie Dogs||Roj||Unsold pilot|
|2012||Ugly Americans||Carl (voice)||Episode: “The Stalking Dead”|
|2013||Hannibal||Franklyn Froideveaux||3 episodes|
|2014||Black Box||Fred Baker||Episode: “Emotions”|
|2013–Present||The Goldbergs||Marvin Goldberg||12 episodes|
|2014||Living the Dream||Russ Danzinger||Unsold pilot|
|2015||Secrets and Lies||Dave Carlyle||10 episodes|
|2015||The Good Wife||Nick Zubrovsky||Episode: “Winning Ugly”|
|2017||Famous in Love||Himself||Episode: “Fifty Shades of Red”|
|2017||Sharknado 5: Global Swarming||Dan Fogler||Television film|
|2018–present||The Walking Dead||Luke||14 episodes|
|TBA||The Offer||Francis Ford Coppola||Upcoming miniseries|
|2016||Lego Dimensions||Jacob Kowalski (voice)|
|2003||I Don’t Wanna Be Me||Type O Negative||Life is Killing Me|
|2020||ClickSport-1: Tournament of Grandiosity||Xoc Aventus||Crown Channel|
|2021||ClickSport-2: The Buffering||Xoc Aventus||Crown Channel|