International Advisory Council

International Advisory Council

Danny Woodburn

American actor, comedian, and activist for the disability rights movement

Danny Woodburn is a veteran of over two dozen films (Mirror Mirror, Watchmen, Death to Smoochy, Employee of the Month) and more than 130 television appearances, with regular and recurring roles on Bones, Tracy Takes On… Murder She Wrote, Becker, Charmed, Baywatch, and Passions.  Danny is perhaps best known for Mickey Abbott, Kramer’s volatile friend on NBC’s Emmy-winning, history-making show, Seinfeld.

A graduate of Temple University (BA Film and Theater) and a recipient of their 2001 Alumni Achievement Award, Danny performed in numerous plays (Indian Wants the Bronx, Scapino, Viet Rock) and continues his passion for live theater both as a stand-up comic and a teacher/coach, independently, as well as for the EDD Media Access office, Actors for Autism, Meet the Biz, and the New Freedom Theater of Philadelphia

Recognizability has afforded Danny the opportunity to speak on disability issues and raise awareness of the continued derogatory and dehumanizing treatment of Little People in society and the media, as a comedian in the club circuit, blogger and interviewee in Radio, TV, Film and print media, (Huffington Post, CNN-HL News, CBC, KPCC, TCM Projected Image, CBS Sunday Morning, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, CinemAbility—2013 documentary), and as an orator at awareness events and fund-raisers; Little People’s Research Fund, The Inclusion Network of Cincinnati, California RespectAbility Coalition, and the Disability Rights Legal Center.

While serving on the SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disabilities committee he helped negotiate better terms for disabled actors in the recent contract talks, co-creating the SAG-AFTRA/AMPTP Joint Task Force.  In 2009 he received congressional recognition via the Disability Rights Legal Center’s DREAM Award.  In 2010 Danny was honored with the Screen Actors Guild Harold Russell Award.

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