Dan’s breakthrough role was in the 1990 film Spotswood alongside Anthony Hopkins. This was followed by notable film performances in Muriel’s Wedding, Romper Stomper, Jane Campion’s Holy Smoke, The Thin Red Line, Peter Pan, Unconditional Love, Andrew Dominik’s Chopper, Animal Kingdom, Bait, The Hunter, Burning Man, Rolf De Heer’s The King Is Dead and Charlie’s Country and the James Cameron produced Sanctum. Most recently he appeared in the turning and Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner, shot in turkey.
Dan’s television performances include a leading role in the award-winning Foxtel series love my way for which he won the tv week silver Logie award for most outstanding actor in a drama series in 2006. Other standout television performances include roles in Bad Cop Bad Cop, Water Rats, Underbelly, Two Twisted, Wilfred and the ABC TV shows Bastard Boys, Curtin, The Shark Net, The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce, It’s A Date, Rake (AACTA Acting Nomination), The Broken Shore and the AACTA award winning the code. He appeared in Foxtel’s tangle, and also in John Edward’s and Imogen Bank’s critically acclaimed Puberty Blues for Channel 10, for which he received an AACTA acting award nomination. Most recently he has appeared in Channel 9’s Gallipoli and Foxtel’s Deadline Gallipoli.
Dan has had a long and close association with Sydney’s company Belvoir theatre performing in the Lieutenant Of Inishmore, The Alchemist, Suddenly Last Summer, Twelfth Night, Summer Of The 17th Doll, and most memorably the international theatre tours of Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet in which he played fish lamb, and more recently the wild duck at the Barbican Theatre in London.
On a lighter and more pertinent note dan is also the voice of b2 in ABC tv’s Bananas in Pyjamas and has also voiced for the cartoon series Hairy Legs, The Kangaroo Creek Gang, Tracey Macbean and Sea Princesses. He also read the award-winning Bolinda production of Tim Winton’s Novel Breath, and also Chris Womersley’s the Low Road And Bereft, and One Thing Led To Another by Mark ‘Chopper’ Read.