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Actor-Writer DAVID DEAN BOTTRELL is probably best known for his reoccurring role as the creepy, homocidal "Lincoln Meyer" on ABC's BOSTON LEGAL.  His first on-camera role was in HBO's historic TV Movie, AND THE BAND PLAYED ON.  His more recent acting gigs include guest star roles on MAD MEN, JUSTIFIED, TRUE BLOOD, CSI, NCIS, CASTLE, CRIMINAL MINDS and iCARLY, plus a reoccurring role on DAYS OF OUR LIVES.  David co-wrote the screenplay for the popular 2001 Fox Searchlight release KINGDOM COME starring Whoopi Goldberg, L.L. Cool J. and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Other studio work includes scripts for Fox Searchlight, MTV Films, Paramount and Disney. He has sold pitches and original specs, adapted novels, rewritten scripts by other writers, worked in feature animation and movie musicals.  A former off-Broadway actor and playwright (DEARLY DEPARTED).  His first short film, AVAILABLE MEN (which he also directed) had its world premiere at the 2007 HBO Comedy Arts Festival and went on to win 17 "Best Short Film" awards on the festival circuit including the World Comedy Festival in Toronto.  A funny and facile public speaker, he is frequently asked to appear on industry panels around town and regularly appears at Comedy Central's "Sit 'N Spin" show and other spoken word shows around L.A. His comedic POV column appears regularly in Metrosource Magazine and he gives career and audition advice in his monthly articles in Backstage.  His personal essays have also appeared on the Huffington Post and Salon.com. He was one of the original cast members of "Streep Tease," a comedy show that achieved cult status in Los Angeles, running for over a year at the Bang Comedy Theatre before playing a special engagement at New York's Public Theatre in June, 2011. His solo storytelling show, "David Dean Bottrell Makes Love: A One-Man Show," got rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times and SoCal Public Radio and played to sell out crowds at the Rogue Machine Theatre.  For his work in that show, David was nominated for two BroadwayWord Awards and won two "Best of 2011" Awards from Stage Scene L.A.  His second one-man show, "David Dean Bottrell is Working" played a five-week sold out engagement at the ACME Comedy Theatre in 2013.  He also received an Stage Scene L.A. award for "Best Director of a Comedy 2011" for his innovative production of "Travels With My Aunt" at the Colony Theatre.  He is adjunct faculty member at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and also teaches privately.  The son of a minister, he is originally from Louisa, Kentucky and currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.



Me on JUSTIFIED:  http://vimeo.com/59212226


"David Dean Bottrell is an actor of enormous depth, intelligence, and originality. Anyone would benefit from studying with him."
-- Nikki Valko, Casting Director
("Two & A Half Men," "Big Bang Theory," "Mike & Molly")

Taught by David Dean Bottrell
Taught by David Dean Bottrell ("Mad Men," "Justified," "True Blood," “Criminal Minds,” "Boston Legal")  A fast-moving and very practical scene study class taught by a working actor, focusing on the 4 major skill sets every actor must master in order to audition well and then perform confidently on set. The 4th class of each session is entirely ON-CAMERA. 
If you are interested, please contact:

All classes meet once a week (on a weeknight) in Hollywood from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. 
The class runs on a 4-week cycle. 
It is a scene study class with a specific emphasis on developing a strong skill set. 

New Students: $225.00 / Returning Students: $200.00 

All Students work in every class.
The 4th class of each month is entirely on-camera.
Any returning student who refers a new student to me gets a one-time only $25.00 reduction of their monthly fee.
Hollywood location near Santa Monica Blvd. and LaBrea.

Contact DavidDeanBottrell@gmail.com for phone interview.
My 2013 demo reel: https://vimeo.com/76664000
"Justified" clip: http://vimeo.com/59212226
Thanks! I look forward to working with you!


“David takes that ethereal HOW of acting and replaces it with a tangible solid base to work from.... I find his classes to be an unpretentious, honest place to do good work!” --Garland Whitt (“CSI: Los Angeles,” “Justified”)

“David's class utilizes real-world skills that are practical for the television and film business. His approach has greatly helped me with my work as an actor.” -- Paul Clausen (“Castle,” “ Private Practice,” “The Mentalist”)

“I HIGHLY recommend David’s class. He’s the best in town. I use his techniques for every audition and job I book! Thank you, DDB!”
--Carlease Burke (“Shameless,” “Hot in Cleveland”)

"David encourages us to step out of ourselves and become our characters, enjoy being someone else for a little while and really listen to our scene partner. david's enthusiasm and passion is contagious and renews your own dedication to the wonderful world of acting.. he is humble, unassuming and non judgmental. there are no "wrongs" in David's class." -- Tina D’Marco ("Red Tails," "Modern Family")
"David's great instincts as an actor himself only makes him a better, more compassionate teacher. His approach to teaching and his direction is clear, specific and actually useful - all the way from the audition onto the set. Now i'm having fun and working again and again!!! Thanks so much DDB". -- Nelson Ascencio ("Mad TV", "Hunger Games", "Hunger Games: Catching Fire")

"David's a great teacher because he treats his students as professionals from day one." -- Robert Kugler

"David is a breath of fresh air. A working actor with no ego or bitterness, he is encouraging and passes on his confidence and insight from the frontlines in front of the camera and behind. Anyone who chooses to study with him will benefit from his experience and enthusiasm." -- John Patterson

"David does a great job of giving an actor a concise usable "system" that can be applied to any audition or role...He focuses on what's "playable" by an actor, and eliminates a lot of the confusion when first approaching a scene...." -- Eddie Alfano ("Vegas," "Bones")

"David teaches with specificity, honesty, and great insight, particularly because of his knowledge as a working actor and a creative behind-the-scenes. He knows what works. He is also compassionate, respectful, and great fun to work with. This is a wonderful opportunity to hone your skills with someone who knows what he's talking about." -- Jonathan Gibson

"David's class was just the pick-me-up I needed to jumpstart my acting career. His direction is insightful and studying the craft of acting with him is a joy. David is a breath of fresh air in a city that often stinks!" -- Jamie Liles

"Best acting class in town." - Scot Henderson Jones 

“David shares his genuine and realistic approach with a high level of expertise and know-how.  Studying with David would be an invaluable asset for any actor.”
-- Scott David, Casting Director ("Criminal Minds")

 “Actors - do not miss an opportunity to take class with DDB.  Three of my clients have and their booking rates skyrocketed.  He's the best!”
-- Neil Hassman, Talent Manager

 “David's experience in front of and behind the camera gives him a unique perspective to share with his students.  I highly recommend him.” 
--Deborah Barylski, Casting Director ("Arrested Development," "The Middle")

“David’s skill with actors is as amazing as his ability to craft scenes that makes you laugh hysterically one moment and cry the next.

-- Barbara Beckley, Artistic Director, The Colony Theatre
“After knowing David for three decades, I am constantly impressed and inspired by his commitment to growth as an artist. His understanding that we have within us, at any and all stages, the capacity to evolve makes him particularly suited to guide and enrich the experience of young people." 
-- Sharon Lawrence, 3-Time Emmy-Nominated Actor

“David has the rare ability to find the human heartbeat under virtually any kind of material.  His direction is always joyful, free of ego and scarily on the money.” 
– Jim Fall, Film & Stage Director (“The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” “Trick”)

“David’s work with our students has been incredibly valuable. He is an entire creative team (actor, director, writer) all bundled into one magnificent package!”
-- Theresa Hayes, Dean of Instruction, American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Excerpt from a recent interview:

“In my opinion, there are four major skills sets that every professional actor must master in order to shine in an audition and then perform well on a set. They are surprisingly simple, but do require some practice… Whatever 'technique’ you study, it should never feel like a straitjacket.  It should free you up, help you generate ideas and reconnect you to your talent... The journey of any actor, famous or not, is to step outside yourself; to live somebody else's life for a few minutes and to do that as truthfully as you can.  This is a fantastically creative business filled with people who are really stretching; really working to be better actors.  Each of us is a unique vessel filled with our own personal experiences, memories, opinions and daydreams and sometimes our journey is about discovering what those elements are and how to best make them serve you.  Bottom line: there are only two things that will ultimately sell you as an artist: The quality of your imagination and your ability to access it… No matter where you are on your path, you can always deepen your understanding and love of the craft. You can always get better." -- DDB

DAVID'S 2013 DEMO REEL: https://vimeo.com/133705418
"Justified" clip: http://vimeo.com/59212226

Acting Reel

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Bottrell generated considerable buzz when he "came out of retirement" in the fall of 2006 to portray the hilarious and homicidal "Lincoln Meyer" on eight memorable episodes of ABC's "Boston Legal." Fans of the show took notice and so did the press including KABC entertainment reporter, George Pennacchio who did a two-part TV interview with Bottrell after an episode entitled "Lincoln" became one of "Boston Legal's" highest rated episodes of the season. Primarily known as a Hollywood screenwriter, Bottrell is a former student of New York acting guru, William Esper and started out as a theatre actor and playwright, working both off-Broadway (Second Stage, Manhattan Punchline, etc.) and at many prestigious regional theatres such as the Long Wharf and the Actor's Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival). Stage highlights include "Fun" alongside Lili Taylor and "Antigone" with Angela Bassett and Richard Schiff. Since "Boston Legal," he has become a popular guest on radio and morning talk shows. Recent acting gigs include roles on "Mad Men," "Save Me," "Justified," "NCIS," "True Blood," "Harry's Law," "Castle," "iCarly," "Criminal Minds" and a recurring role on "Days of Our Lives." 

DDB on stage in "Better Angels" at the Colony Theatre in Los Angeles in October, 2009.



My show has been invited to the OUTLAUGH / HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL on June 23rd.

See ticket link below! 

$10.00 Tickets at:

"Hilarious, profane, touching... one of the funniest performances I've seen in a long time, a tour de force by Bottrell... Cathartic and uplifting"
-- John Rabe, SoCal Public Radio

Writer-Actor David Dean Bottrell ("Boston Legal") shares an oddball collection of HILARIOUS, SAD, BIZARRE (and yes) COMPLETELY TRUE STORIES -- all of which have something to do with "LOVE.” Directed by Jim Fall.


Performing on stage (after a 15-year hiatus) with the amazing James Read in "Better Angels"

On "Castle." Very fun show.

Meeting the incredible Betty White at the TV Academy event.

Me performing in a spoken word show here in L.A.

Hosting the "Ivy" Awards honoring diversity in the entertainment industry.

Male Call: A Fundraiser for the Downtown Women's Shelter.

Me and my buddy, Pauley Perrette goofing around at the fundraiser for the Children's Equestrian Therapy Center.

Shooting a PSA with Clay Westervelt for the SAG Foundation.

The unexpected standing ovation we got for the first-ever "Streep Tease" show back in the fall of '09. We had no idea the show would wind up running for a year!

At the Los Angeles Film Festival with my gals Adrienne Wilkinson, Katherine Fugate and Frances Fisher. Katherine is a good friend and the writer of the mega-hit "Valentine's Day."

On the red carpet at a charity event with friends Christian Clemensen, Pauley Perrette and Meredith Eaton. Pauley was being honored for all the incredible fundraising work she does.

Teaching my acting class. This shot looks very dramatic, but we actually do a lot of laughing in class.

Performing in "Streep Tease: An Evening of Meryl Streep Monologues Performed by an All-Male Cast." One of the funniest shows I've ever had the priveledge to be a part of.

Ancient history: Performing off-Broadway in "The Job Search" with the brilliant Mitch McGuire (circa 1986).

In the make-up trailer during the shooting of "For Christ's Sake."

Hanging out with a very talented crew: Mary Gross, Carol Ann Susi, Carlease Burke and Christian Clemenson.


UNDER CONSTRUCTION -- check back soon.