Dan Illian


DAN ILLIAN – Dan Illian is a film and stage actor, and voice talent. Dan’s professional career began at the acclaimed Guthrie Theater, a repertory company where coming to work everyday meant putting on a different skin. His work in New York, over the last 20 years, has extended into independent films and theater that are original, and often off-center, adaptations of classical work and themes.


Dan has originated many roles on the stage, most notably in Lars Norén’s U.S. premiere of “The Last Supper,”; “Dead City,” Sheila Callaghan’s play based on Ulysses by James Joyce; and “Self Defense” by Carson Kreitzer [“A pleasure to watch…” - New York Times]. Dan played Jason in “Medea” at LaMaMa e.t.c., and then went on to tour in Istanbul and Adana, Turkey. He appeared as Rodolfo in “West Pier” at the Koltès Festival; as Lopakhin in “The Cherry Orchard,” and Alceste in “The Misanthrope.” Other theater credits include numerous roles as a company member of the renowned Guthrie Theater under the late Artistic Director, Garland Wright, including “The Winter’s Tale,” directed by Doug Hughes; “The Play’s the Thing,” directed by Michael Engler; “King Lear;” “Merchant of Venice” and “A Woman of No Importance.” Regional credits include Schon and Jack the Ripper in The LuLu Plays at 15 Head, and Claude in An Empty Plate at the Café du Grande Beouf at The Cricket.

Film credits include leading roles in “And” and “The,” two films by artist/director, Pierre St-Jacques (Berlin Film Festival); and "Jim", [“A solid perf by Dan Illian (who plays to) the topical urgency of his title character’s woes” -Variety]; “Leaving Ashland;” “I.D.” and “Shoot You Back.”

Commercial voice-over work includes national and regional spots for Target, the Boston Globe, and Guaranty National Bank among others.


Character Actor known for his physicality and comic timing. Often plays troubled, off-beat characters as well as tragic figures who harbor explosive tempers and tenderness.

A love for both original and classical material, Dan is often cast in avant garde productions requiring physical commitment

Voice: deep, rich baritone, stylistic range from direct and formal to animated and quirky. Facility with wide range of accents and dialects. Talented singer, favors rock, folk, and bluegrass.

Dan lives in Brooklyn, NY, and is able to work remotely for voice-over projects.