My Bio

Daniel grew up in the iconic Queensbridge Housing projects in Queens NY. For Daniel’s first professional acting job he beat out 800 contestants for the lead in the feature film Flight Of The Spruce Goose.

Success followed and Daniel began to make his mark as a versatile character actor having the good fortune to work with some of the greatest directors (Robert Wise, Mike Newell, Paul Haggis, Brad Anderson Joe Johnston and Phil Joanou) and actors (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Don Cheadle, Sean Penn,Gary Oldman, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Paul Sorvino and Jane Curtin) in the business.

Daniel is considered a curmudgeon with a heart of gold. A romantic and a pragmatist. A serious person with a wild sense of humor. A passionate, sometimes obsessive person about things that interest him.

At the age of 21, he made a decision that his difficult circumstances would not dictate the course of his life, which he considers to be his greatest personal achievement. His second major accomplishment is that he strives to be a loving husband and best friend to his wife Laura.

His dream roles would be King Lear in the titular role and Arturo Ui in The Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui by Brecht. He believes there are uncanny parallels between Brecht’s piece and what’s going on in our country today.

Daniel’s personal hero is his Mother, the late Julia ( Sheila ) O’Shea. “I never cease to be in awe of her tremendous inner strength, a single Mother raising two children while combating chronic and debilitating venous ulcers in both her legs. She imparted upon me a sense of love, affection and empathy for the underdog.”

My Resume


“I had the pleasure of working with Daniel O’Shea on my first film, Little Noises, and was struck by both his strong talent as an actor, and his professionalism. He really brought the character of Milo to life and made the character vivid onscreen and in my memory. I am going to be working with Daniel on my new project, The Red Weather, in a leading role and very much look forward to it. ” – Jane Spencer Director ‘Little Noises’ (1991 Sundance Best Picture Nominee) ‘The Red Weather’

“Daniel O’Shea never ceases to amaze me with his performances on stage, film and TV. Each role this seasoned actor has created is grounded in humanity and realism and is layered with complexity and depth. I am always excited to see what he is going to do next.” – Harley Kaplan Casting Director Powers/Kaplan Casting

“What a fantastic reel ! It’s great ! I’d love to keep you in mind and have you in for some of the projects I’m working on. ” – Brette Goldstein Casting Director of Brette Goldstein Casting

I directed Daniel on my new film- EXIT 0. He showed up prepared, with notes and his dedication shows in his work . To say it was a pleasure working with him is an understatement. I would work with this guy again – in a New York minute! ~ Award winning independent film Director/ Producer- E.B. Hughes



“The show stopper is O’Shea : by turns priggish and passionate, simpering and eloquent , preserving the nuances-and the power-of the lines. ” – Barbara L. Parker for Theater Week Magazine (Playing the role of Angelo in Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure)

“The final grudge bout is saved from a melodramatic dead end by O’Shea who delivers a real good bad guy performance.” – J.A.F. for Audience News (Playing Vinnie in the film Streets Of Gold)

“Daniel O’Shea gives a full performance.” – T.H. McCulloh for The Los Angeles Times (The Pumpkin Patch at Hollywood’s Theater/Theater)

Recent Theater Reviews

The Seafarer
“The dynamics between Morace and O’Shea’s Richard are spectacular to behold: They both demonstrate a kind of brotherly love that’s not to be described by words.” Ran Xia – Theater Is Easy

Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone ?
“Daniel O’Shea is a standout as Ben ” – Deb Miller – DC Metro Theater Arts

“Daniel O’Shea is amusing and conveys the pathos of the hammy and enfeebled Ben Delight.” – Darryl Reilly –

“Daniel O’Shea gives a very fine performance as the avuncular actor Ben Delight” – Mark Dundas Wood – Stage Buddy

“Portraying Ben Delight, Daniel O’Shea finds nuance in the role of the gentleman beggar ” – Anthony P. Pennino – The Modernist Beat