Danny Strong Being The Jack-Of-All-Trades In Hollywood
Danny Strong is a name well-known in Hollywood. His long career has established him as a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the entertainment industry. Danny Strong is an American-born actor, screenwriter, and director who continues to influence mainstream media. He is known for his work both on-camera and behind the scenes.
Danny Strong’s career is wide-ranging, making it impossible to limit him to one specific category or genre. He’s played recurring roles in many cult classics, as well as politically-charged TV dramas and even blockbuster movies. His work in both TV and film continues to impress fans and critics alike. Danny Strong has received several awards throughout his life for his work as an actor, producer, and director. His most recent project, “Dopesick,” is still one of Hulu’s most talked-about limited series. There are rumors about Season 2 coming out soon.
Danny Strong Before Hollywood
Danny Strong grew up in sunny Manhattan Beach in California. His interest in movie magic started early. As a young kid, he would frequent his local video store called Video Archives. He spent much of his time in this store, exploring every genre of movie that he could get his hands on. He was aided on his cinematic journey by a knowledgeable store clerk, who would guide him to both classic movies, as well as cinematic masterpieces that didn’t get the recognition they deserved. This clerk, Quentin Tarantino, would later go on to prove his own merit.
Quentin Tarantino is a name that few don’t recognize for his role as a line-crossing, push-the-limit director. Danny Strong also developed a love for acting during his childhood, participating in any school play possible while attending Mira Costa High School.
His Acting Career
Danny Strong always knew he wanted to act. He is most recognized for his role as Jonathan Levinson in the TV drama “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” He is also well known for his role as Doyle McMaster in the much-loved show “Gilmore Girls.” His role in these TV classics helped him to develop his presence in Hollywood.
While working as an actor, he soon discovered a passion that would change the trajectory of his career. While acting, he developed a true love for screenwriting. Though Danny Strong also writes, produces, and directs, he still enjoys his acting career. He continues acting today, holding recurring roles in hit TV shows such as “The Right Stuff,” “Billions,” “Mad Men,” “Girls,” and “Justified.”
Danny Strong’s Writing Career
Making it as an actor in Hollywood is far from easy. Though he played recurring roles in hit TV shows, he still wanted to push his acting career further. To do this, he would need to move into a leading, instead of a supporting role. To solidify a leading role, he decided to try his hand at writing his own dark comedy. While this project didn’t materialize, it did open up a whole new world of screenwriting. It wasn’t long before Danny Strong was able to prove that not only was he a good screenwriter — he was truly a great one.
His script “Recount” was well received in 2007. This script followed the controversial story of the 2000 U.S. election. HBO produced the film, and Jay Roach directed it. Danny Strong’s script would go on to be number one on the Hollywood Blacklist and win several prestigious awards such as the TV Program of the Year by the American Film Institute and Long-Form Original by the Writers Guild of America Awards. This film would be nominated for several awards as well. This confirmed that Danny Strong would be able to do great things as a screenwriter.
His writing career continues to expand. In 2012, he wrote “Game Change.” This film adaptation won a Primetime Emmy and was also awarded a Peabody Award, which recognizes distinguished public service. Strong wrote the screenplay for the film The Butler, which would later star Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker. For this work on this film, he won an NAACP Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture. Danny Strong also helped to co-write several episodes of the hit TV drama “Empire.” When it comes to blockbuster movies, Strong is best known for his work on the two-part “Mockingjay” movie which was the final installment of the “Hunger Games” trilogy.
Danny Strong the Director
Strong started his career path as a director with Empire. He directed several episodes of the show, his work ultimately winning the NAACP Image Award. His feature directorial debut was the film “Rebel in the Rye” which was well-received when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Danny Strong Today
The hit TV series “Dopesick” is his latest accomplishment. Danny Strong felt strongly moved and angered while researching the opioid crisis, leading to his passion for this show. This limited TV series that aired on Hulu has won the Best TV Adaptation by USC Scripters Award. It has also been nominated for several different awards. Danny Strong was most humbled by his nomination for The Directors Guild Awards. He has been awarded the Pioneer Award in recognition as an industry innovator. Danny Strong continues to create award-winning shows and movies both on and off the screen.