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Daniel Durant

About this Artist

Actor Daniel Durant (Florestan) most recently appeared at Super Bowl LVIII, performing the national anthem in ASL alongside the “Queen of Country,” Reba McEntire. 

Durant is best known for his starring role as Leo Rossi in Coda, a film that garnered three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Durant received numerous accolades for his role, including a Screen Actor’s Guild Award, Sundance Award, AFI Award, and HCA Spotlight Award. He was also a semifinalist on the Disney+ series Dancing with the Stars, where he competed alongside Britt Stewart. 

Durant starred in ABC’s Switched at Birth and continued in the role as the character of Matthew through the finale of the series in 2017. He appears in the recurring role of James in the Netflix series You as well as roles on Chicago Med and Florida Man 

Durant has received numerous awards and honors, including the Theatre Award (Outstanding 2016 Broadway Debut Performance),’s Top 10 Show-Stopping Performances of the 2015/16 Broadway Season, Huffington Post’s Top 10 Best Theatrical Performances of 2015,’s 12 Best Broadway Debuts of 2015, and a 2014 Robby Award nomination for Excellence in Theatre. The city of Duluth, MN, proclaimed April 4, 2022, as “Daniel Durant Day.” That same year, the Center for Hearing and Communication honored Durant with the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for his leadership in fostering change in the entertainment business. In 2014, he was also a Deaf Awareness Month Honoree for the City of Los Angeles, recognizing his outstanding contributions to the arts and Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities of Los Angeles.   

Durant’s ongoing work includes co-leading acting workshops for Deaf students and interpreting in schools, serving as an acting teacher and coach for Deaf film camps, and speaking at colleges and universities.