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Holiday role: Actor lands part in Lifetime’s ‘A Very Merry Toy Store’

Dan Amboyer’s life hit a lot of major marks in 2017.

The actor got married to his husband, went on his honeymoon in Thailand and bought a house.

And he’s looking forward to the holidays.

“There’s been a lot happening, and I’m blessed,” he says. “It’s a lot of firsts for us.”

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Not to mention that he found the time for his role on the Lifetime movie “A Very Merry Toy Store.” The film airs at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5.

The film follows Connie Forrester, played by Melissa Joan Hart, a young single mom, and Will DiNova, played by Mario Lopez, as each run their small, family-owned toy stores in Connecticut.

Similar to their families, the pair have been business rivals for year, until both of their livelihoods fall into jeopardy when the big-box toy store “Roy’s Toys” has its grand opening right before Christmas.

To save their businesses, the pair band together to save the stores that have defined their families for generations, and in the process, just might find love in time for Christmas.

Amboyer plays Hart’s brother in the film.

“I’ve always wanted to work with Melissa,” Amboyer says. “She started as a child star, and she’s parlaying all of the hard work into a great career. She’s directing and producing. It’s really cool to see all of her success.”

Another reason the film piqued his interest is that the character was different from the “douchebag” characters he is cast for.

“This was completely different and allowed me to grow as an actor,” he says.

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Amboyer is best-known for his portrayal of Thad Stedman on TV Land’s “Younger” for the past three seasons.

He also recently finished a role in the off Broadway hit play “Squash,” A.R. Gurney’s newest production, which shows Amboyer’s versatility as a performer portraying a young professor in the 1970s exploring the fluidity of sexual identity.

He also played Prince William in the Hallmark Channel’s hugely popular “William & Catherine: A Royal Romance,” chronicling the fairy-tale romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Not to mention he was in “Batman v. Superman” which was partly filmed in New Mexico.

Amboyer enjoys all facets of film, TV and theater.

“I love going back and forth to all of them,” he says. “Theater is a skill that you have to play one character through a large journey. I love the energy of theater. With TV, it brings the quality of theater, but you get more time to grow with the character.”

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