The following is written in the third person to add class and weight. Imagine Joseph Cotton narrating it… When he was alive… And a bit hipper.
DC was born in Berkeley during the Summer of Foreplay to a liberal/artist mother and a conservative/salesman father. The DNA war was won by his esoteric Grandfather and burlesque dancing grandmothers’ genes.
D.C. used his family “acting chromosome” to make creative excuses for his dismal grades. He was then sent to study at the San Jose Music/Arts Institute and perform with the San Jose Children’s Musical Theatre, as well as other San Francisco Bay Area theatre companies during the late ’70s and early ’80s… This didn’t really help his grades.
He slid down to L.A. in 1985. After studying under (the late, great) Estelle Harman, D.C. co-created the cynical improv troupe, Section Eight and was a member of the critically acclaimed Theatre of NOTE. He continued acting in the L.A. theatre scene, as well as film & TV, throughout the ’90s. In 1992, he launched Hit The Fan Productions in an effort to create inspiring theatre and film projects that would deplete his savings. This worked.
In 1996, he was cast in a small role on the NBC pilot, Boston Common. The producers (of Will & Grace fame) liked his quirky versatility on-camera (and his loud laugh off-camera at the network run-thru) that he returned for 10 more episodes as the anal and humorless “D.C.”
That same year he received critical praise for his performance in Falling Words, his first film short. He followed that with The Eighth Plane, an anti-Scientology gangster film short and Freud and Darwin Sitting in a Tree, a first cousin coitus short. (His 2005 film short, Duck, Duck, GOOSE!, played over 25 festivals internationally and received Best Short from the Seattle True Independent Film Festival and Best Actor from the Trenton Film Festival…aaahhh, Jersey.)
His 6th film short under his Hit-The-Fan Productions banner, The Crooked Eye (starring Fay Masterson and Academy Award winner Linda hunt) played over 20 film festivals, received awards and glowing reviews, and is now available on iTunes.
D.C. also pimps out his vocal chords to make mortgage payments. Recent credits include a national campaign for GEICO (oy vey), voice matching Kevin Spacey for Fred Clause and Guy Pierce for Factory Girl, as well as voicing dozens of video game characters: The Master in Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, AWACS in Ace Combat 6 and Albert Wesker in Resident Evil: Umbrella & Darkside Chronicles, Mercenaries, Capcom Versus Marvel 3 and Resident Evil 5. He recently gave voice to the Geth as Legion in Mass Effect 2 & 3 and can be heard on the new kids cartoon series, Transformers: Rescue Bots, on The Hub.
Then there is the gadfly arena…
In 2010 he ran into a little trouble with the Tea Party which led to a YouTube hobby – now known as Tweaked Nipple Productions. Recent videos include his Burn A Koran Day video (posted by The Huffington Post) and his Why #OccupyWallStreet? video (aired on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and posted on the MoveOn.org website).
In November, 2011, D.C. Douglas tweeted out a quote from a Tower Heist Q & A at the ArcLight Hollywood where Brett Ratner made a disparaging remark about homosexuals. The Hollywood Reporter subsequently reported Douglas’ tweet as the beginning of a controversy which led to Ratner stepping down from the 2012 Oscars. No, we did not make this up!
He credits Carl Spiegelberg, Barbara Gill and Estelle Harman with helping him create the career he has today… Hopefully they don’t take too much offense.