DAVID DEAN BOTTRELL
After studying with the legendary New York acting teacher, William Esper, David began his career on stage performing everything from Shakespeare, to off-beat new comedies to edgy experimental work. His east coast theatre credits include productions at The Second Stage, The Manhattan Punch Line, La Mama, The Long Wharf Theatre, Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre and The Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival. On the west coast, he conceived and co-founded the critically-acclaimed Sci-Fest LA: The Los Angeles Science Fiction Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival.
One of his first TV jobs was a small part in HBO’s controversial and groundbreaking drama, “And the Band Played On.” Known for his quirky characterizations, he’s since played many major guest star and recurring roles on such shows as "Modern Family," "The Blacklist," "Rectify," “Mad Men,” “Justified,” “True Blood,” “CSI,” “NCIS,” “Castle,” “Bones,” “Ugly Betty” “Criminal Minds,” “iCarly,” “Longmire,” and “Days of Our Lives.” But he is probably best known for playing the creepy and homicidal “Lincoln Meyer” on season three of “Boston Legal” (a character created for him by TV icon, David E. Kelley).
David is also a produced screenwriter (Fox Searchlight’s hit comedy “Kingdom Come”), a columnist, a popular spoken-word performer and an award-winning short film director (“Available Men”). His critically acclaimed one-man storytelling shows consistently play to sold out houses. Since 2008, he’s taught seminars and private classes for professional actors, and when time allows, he serves as a part-time adjunct faculty member with the Professional Acting Program at UCLA and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (both the New York and L.A. campuses)
For more info about David, visit his personal website: DavidDeanBottrell.net or you can follow him on social media. Links are at bottom of page.
My buddy, Alfred Molina visits my camera acting class at UCLA.
The first season of JAG: I had a guest star role playing a "comic relief / white trash" character. I noticed right away that the script didn't make a lot of sense, but kept my mouth shut. Then after the first day of shooting, they fired the actor who was playing the leader of our evil gang. Things quickly went from bad to surreal. It was a great education about just how insane things can get. The following season, my friend, John M. Jackson (who I knew from Austin) became a regular on this show.