Dan Payne’s many appearances in 2016 are hard to keep track of, as he is busy with roles that cover most genres, including sci-fi, horror, and comedy, on both the big and small screen. Dan’s upcoming characters include a king, a father, a villain, a super hero, and more!
This fall watch Dan as Obsidian in CW’s ‘Legends of Tomorrow’. The CW TV series stars Victor Garber, Brandon Routh and Arthur Darvill. When heroes alone are not enough… the world needs legends. Having seen the future, Rip Hunter (Darvill) will desperately try to prevent certain events from happening, by time-traveling; Now Rip is tasked with assembling a desperate group of heroes and villains to confront an unstoppable threat – not only is the planet at stake, but our timeline itself. The Great Question being asked here is can this ragtag team defeat an immortal threat unlike anything they have ever faced?
Dan will be in Toronto on a press junket on October 31st to promote his role as Wadjet for the November 1st DVD release of ‘Star Trek: Beyond’, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Karl Uran. In this installment, the USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a new ruthless enemy who puts them – and everything the Federation stands for – to the test.
Dan has just reprised his role as King Beast for Disney’s second installment of ‘The Descendants’, alongside Queen Belle (Keegan Connor Tracy) and his son Ben (Mitchell Hope). Ben’s first proclamation as he prepares to take the throne in the Kingdom of Auradon is to give amnesty to the teen descendants of banished Disney villains Maleficent (Kristin Chenoweth), Jafar (Maz Jobrani), Cruella De Vil (Wendy Raquel Robinson) and the Evil Queen (Kathy Najimy) and ask them to join descendants of Disney heroes at the same prep school. What could go wrong?
Dan also wrapped the feature film ‘The Plateau’, which follows two brothers as they enter the woods for a hunting trip. The tides turn quickly as they become the hunted. The depth of the characters in the film, combined with the survival element created an emotionally heightened acting experience for Dan.
In the New Year you will see Dan in ‘Welcome to Nowhere’, with Sara Canning (The Vampire Dairies, Remedy); ‘Everything, Everything’ with Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson; and the TV Movie ‘Dying to be Loved’ which airs in April 2017, in the role of Connor Hodges. In the MOW Jill Yates’ (Linda Hartley) daughter Emily (Paloma Kwiatkowski) takes up with bad boy Gary (Jedidiah Goodacre), whose violent behavior lands him and Emily in trouble. To avoid prison, Gary and Emily appear to commit a double suicide, but Jill sets out to prove Gary has gone on the lam, taking Emily with him. Dan has also just booked the role of a new villain on Disney’s ‘MECH X-4’.
Dan has portrayed many memorable roles in his impressive career, a highlight of which include: Clansmen in ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’, Nathan Davidson in ‘Mulligans’, and John on CTV’s ‘Alice, I Think’, which marked his first foray into a leading role in a TV series and gave Dan the chance to use his comedic timing. He has created a wonderful relationship with Hallmark as well that includes two films: ‘All Yours’ (Nicolette Sheridan) and ‘A Time to Dance’ (Jennie Garth), as well as a series regular role on the 2nd season of ‘Good Witch’ with Catherine Bell.
Payne was born in Victoria, B.C., Canada and moved a great deal while growing up. Dan went from a professional volleyball career in Holland to a professional photography career in Australia, before finding his path to acting with stand-up comedy and performing on stage in London. Armed with a greater sense of self and some foreign film credits, he returned home to Vancouver, Canada to get into acting full time.
Dan now resides in North Vancouver, BC with his wife and two sons. His family fosters dogs through Furever Freed, an organization that finds permanent loving home for the puppies they foster. He also fundraises for Covenant House: Sleep Out Vancouver Edition and Sea Shepard. Armed with the mentality as a former pro athlete, Dan works out and plays hockey to keep in shape. Dan’s career continues to enjoy growing success. With two LEO nominations for Best Male Lead in a Feature Length Movie, the future looks promising for Dan as his leading man good looks, versatility and sense of humor are making Hollywood take notice.
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