Biography

David Dean Bottrell co-wrote the screenplay for the 2001 Fox Searchlight release KINGDOM COME starring Whoopi Goldberg, L.L. Cool J., Jada Pinkett-Smith and Cedric the Entertainer. 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 recently scripted his first movie musical. Although primarily a writer, he is probably best known these days for his reoccurring role as the creepy "Lincoln Meyer" on ABC's BOSTON LEGAL. His weekly blog, PARTS AND LABOR (a seriocomic look at being middle-class in Hollywood) has developed a dedicated following. (see sidebar for more info). A former off-Broadway playwright ("Dearly Departed") and active WGA member, he mentors young screenwriters each summer in the Outfest screenwriting lab (a program he helped found seven years ago). His first short film, AVAILABLE MEN (which he also directed) had its world premiere at the 2006 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. Recent acting gigs include guest star roles on "Castle," "Ugly Betty," and "Criminal Minds." A funny and facile public speaker, Bottrell is frequently asked to appear on industry panels around town and has guest-lectured on screenwriting, creativity and spirituality at several universities and seminaries around the country. His comedic POV column appears regularly in Metrosource Magazine and his essays have appeared on the Huffington Post and Salon.com. In 2009-2010, he was one of the original cast members of "Streep Tease," a comedy show that achieved cult status in Los Angeles, running over a year at the Bang Comedy Theatre. The son of a minister, he is originally from Louisa, Kentucky and currently lives in Los Angeles.