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. (see below)
He continues to publicly address the exclusion of people with disabilities in the discussion of diversity (link below).
Disability rights advocacy: As speaker on disability rights and inclusion
Speaker and Host
PSA ReelAbilities NY — Disability Film Festival — 2016 Disability Right Legal Center – Repeat Guest and Host — 2010, 2012, 2015 Media Access Awards – Repeat Guest Presenter and Host 2010 — 2015 CALIF – ADA25 LA Festival – Guest Host, 2015 ReelAbilities Film Festival of Minneapolis – Guest Speaker / Teacher / Co-Host 2015 ReelAbilities Film Festival of Cincinnati – Guest Speaker / Co-host 2015 AAPD Leadership Awards Gala (Washington, DC) 2013 ReelAbilities Film Festival Minneapolis – Guthrie Theater – teacher. 2013 ReelAbilities Film Festival of NYC – Guest Speaker 2012, IAMPWD Disability is Diversity Summit – Guest Speaker 2012 RespectAbility – Keynote 2010 Hollywood Disabilities Forum – Panel Guest 2009 INclusion Network of Cincinnati – Keynote 2004 Little People’s Research Fund 2000
TV, Film & Radio Interviews on Disability Awareness and Understanding CinemAbility – Documentary Interviewee 2013 TCM Projected Image (profiles of disability in film), Interviewee 2012 CNN HLN – Interviewee 2011 KPCC – Interviewee 2011 CBC – Interviewee 2011 CBS Sunday Morning- Interviewee 2003
2010 Screen Actors Guild Harold Russell Award
2009 Disability Rights Legal Center DREAM Award (Disability Rights in Entertainment Arts and Media)
2002 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award
- Temple University School of Communications and Theater (SCAT)
ADVISORY BOARD & COMMITTEE
Co-Vice Chair SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disability Committee National Advisory Board ReelAbilities Film Festival