Hollywood is a highly competitive business and it isn’t easy to build a long-standing career in the entertainment industry. Danny Strong is a name that proves hard work and dedication can lead to a long and rewarding career. He is known for his work in acting, screenwriting, and directing. He is known for taking on projects that can be controversial but provide a strong message that keeps audiences wanting more.
While his career is expansive, his most recent success, “Dopesick,” is still one of the most popular Hulu limited series available to watch. Danny Strong is a trailblazer both on and off-screen. He continues to create content that is well-received by both audiences and critics.
Danny Strong the Actor
Danny Strong’s acting career started soon after college. He landed a recurring role in the fan-favorite TV show “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” He played the role of Jonathan Levinson who appeared in five seasons of the show. Danny Strong also starred as Doyle McMaster in the hit TV show “Gilmore Girls.” He would appear in 20 episodes of this highly popular show.
With these roles under his belt, Strong proved he had the acting ability to star alongside some of the biggest rising stars in Hollywood. Danny Strong has appeared in such a wide range of popular TV and movies, that is nearly impossible not to have seen him on your TV screen at some point. He has been in popular sitcoms such as:
“How I Met Your Mother”
“Boy Meets World”
“3rd Rock From the Sun”
He has also appeared in several hit movies such as “Dangerous Minds,”“Seabiscuit,” and “Pleasantville.” He also knows how to take roles that are simply hilarious, such as his role in“I Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th.” Danny Strong continues his acting career to this day. When he isn’t busy directing or screenwriting, he is committed to continuing his acting craft. He is currently starring as Todd Krakow in “Billions.”
Danny Strong the Screenwriter
While Strong was experiencing success in his acting career, he discovered a passion for screenwriting. He used his experience as an actor, as well as his vast knowledge of cinema, to try his luck with screenwriting. His efforts proved to be well received, and he continues to write for blockbuster movies and TV shows. His screenwriting helped to launch his career in entertainment to a whole new level. His first script, “Recount,” depicted the political drama of the 2000 U.S. election. HBO loved the script, turning it into a film that would go on to win several awards. It won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Made for Television Movie as well as Best Original Screenplay for a Television Movie by the Writers Guild of America. The instant success of his early screenwriting helped to further launch his career as a talented screenwriter.
Danny Strong’s next big project as a screenwriter was “Game Changer.” This was an American political drama television film based on a book of the same name. This film was based on the events surrounding the 2008 presidential election campaign of John McCain. This film earned a Peabody Award, as well as Strong’s second Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Dramatic Special. Danny Strong proved that he wasn’t afraid to put a magnifying glass on topics that are considered controversial.
Danny Strong was on a screenwriting role with no sign of slowing down. His success continued with his next screenplay “The Butler.” This movie made over $100 million at the U.S. box office. His movie success continued with his next blockbuster movie“Mockingjay.” He also co-wrote the well-received two-part final installment of the “Hunger Games” trilogy.
Strong also played an important role in writing for “Empire,” a TV drama that was highly popular with both fans and critics. His role in this TV series would earn him several different nominations and received awards for Best Series.
Danny Strong the Director
Strong has solidified his place as both an actor and a screenwriter. His next step was solidifying his place as a director. His directing career started with his work on “Empire.” Not only would he write several episodes, but he would go on to direct several episodes of the hit series. The popularity of this show would earn Danny Strong an Image Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He also made his full-directing review with his movie “Rebel in the Rye.” This film is a biographical look into the famous author J.D. Salinger and his controversial writing. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was well-received by audiences.
Danny Strong Today
The hit Hulu miniseries “Dopesick” is his most recent work. This eight-episode series takes a deep look into the Sackler’s Company that played a key role in a massive spike in the ongoing drug epidemic in America. Strong was passionate about this project, hoping it would raise public awareness to a true crime that went unpunished.
He worked as co-creator, executive producer, writer, and director for this dramatic series. His work on this show, as well as his long-spanning career, has led to his receiving the Pioneer Award at The Sun Valley Film Festival. Strong was humbled to be nominated for the Directors Guild Awards for his part in creating, writing, and directing the final two episodes of“Dopesick.”