How Did Actor Daniel Durant Become Deaf?

Daniel Durant is competing on season 31 of Dancing with the stars partnering with professional dancer Britt Stewart. The CODA actor is following in the footsteps of past deaf contestants, Nyle DIMARCO and Marlee Matlin. The 32 years old was born deaf the child of two deaf parents in Minnesota according to New York Times. The outlet revealed his mother left him at a neighbor’s house who eventually contacted his father.

In the end, he was adopted by his paternal aunt in Duluth Minnesota. His aunt was the first one to introduce Durant to American sign Language. He attended mainstream school in the Duluth before transferring to the Minnesota State School for the Deaf in 8the grade according to a press release “Danniel graduated from MSAD in 2008 and attended RIT in Rochester NYand Gallaudet in Washington DC. Durant is no stranger to the stage or screen. He has performed in numerous productions for the Deaf West Theatre in Los Angles California according to Disney+. He also appeared in season 3 of Netflix’s you recurring as the character James. But perhaps most notably Durant starred in the Oscarcwinning film CODA, in the film he plays the main character’s brother. He spoke about the challenges of having deaf actors on set. There are already so many challenges. Deafness is not going to make a big difference.

The Durant told the Hollywood Reporter I don’t want to think that we are this extra burden. We are not deaf actors.We are just actors period. While he cannot hear Durant is not a stranger to turning up the music. He was fully deaf, he can’t hear anything at all but he love music, feeling the vibrations through my body. Durant explained on The Kelly Clarkson show. As NPR explained he would ask his mother to turn up the volume while riding to soccer games as a kid. Sometimes he asked his mom can you turn it up so ”I can feel the bass.“ His mother was shocked and bought a new sound system that he loved that. He could feel the bass because he was strong enough to feel that The window was shaking but he felt good. There was one occasion as a kid when he “cranked up the sound system“ while waiting in the car.

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