Treasure Coast Essay
7:20 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Bakkedahl

This former resident of Stuart has made it big as an actor, as Paul Janensch reports in this Treasure Coast Essay.

When Dan Bakkedahl was a student at Martin County High School, an exasperated biology teacher told him, “Go be an actor.”  And he did.  He’s no hunk.  He’s balding.  But he’s very successful.   You can see him on the big screen as a DEA agent in “The Heat,” a law-enforcement comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.  You could also see him on the small screen as a sharp-tongued congressman in “Veep” on HBO and as the best buddy in “Legit” on FX.  Both comedy series have been renewed for next season.  Dan, 43, was born in Rochester, Minnesota, and grew up in Stuart.  He and his wife Irene live in Los Angeles with their two children.  After graduating from Florida State University, Dan got into acting, stand-up comedy and improv.  He made a name for himself at Chicago’s Second City and for two years was a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.”  Dan’s brother Tom Bakkedahl is chief assistant state attorney in the judicial circuit serving the Treasure Coast.  Dan told Ginny Beagan of Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers that he and his brother look alike and talk alike.  “We are both performers,” Dan said.  “My performances are for fun, and his are for life.”  For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch.