Rasche, David 1944–

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Rasche, David 1944–


Born August 7, 1944, in St. Louis, MO; father, a minister and farmer; married Heather Lupton (an acting teacher), c. 1976; children: three. Education: Graduated from Elmhurst College; University of Chicago, M.A., divinity; trained at Second City Workshop, Chicago, IL; studied acting with Sanford Meisner.


Agent—Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401. Manager—Liebman Entertainment, 235 Park Ave. South, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10003.


Actor and writer. Second City (comedy group), Chicago, IL, member of company; Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago, founding member, 1974.

Awards, Honors:

DramaLogue Award, best play, 1994, for Jackie.


Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) An Unmarried Woman, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978.

Gregory Paynes-Whitney-Smith, Manhattan, United Artists, 1979.

David Ritchie, Something Short of Paradise (also known as Perfect Love), American International Pictures, 1979.

Stopwatch producer, Just Tell Me What You Want, Warner Bros., 1980.

Eddie White, Honky Tonk Freeway, Universal, 1981.

Michael Taylor, Fighting Back (also known as Death Vengeance), Paramount, 1982.

Jeff the "KGB" agent, Best Defense (also known as Best Defence), Paramount, 1984.

Dan, Cobra, Warner Bros., 1986.

Buckley, Native Son, American Playhouse, 1986.

Cal McGinnis, Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall, Chanticleer, 1987.

Donald Sumner, Made in Heaven, Warner Bros. Home Video, 1987.

Steve, Wicked Stepmother, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1989.

Detective Mike Parnell, An Innocent Man (also known as A Hard Rain), Buena Vista, 1989.

Sloane Vaughn, Wedding Band, IRS Media, 1990.

Buddy Wheeler, Masters of Menace, 1990, New Line Cinema, 1991.

Dr. Paul Kirkwood and Dennis, Delirious, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1991.

Hal Devlin, Bingo!, TriStar, 1991.

Baker, Twenty Bucks, Triton Pictures, 1993.

Jeff, A Million to Juan (also known as A Million to One), Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1994.

Chaz Frederick, Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter, Republic, 1994.

Phillip, the fourth patient, Magic in the Water (also known as Glenorky and Le lac magique), TriStar, 1995.

Master of ceremonies at luau, Lieberman in Love, Chanticleer, 1995.

Amy's dad, Pie in the Sky, Fine Line, 1996.

Alan, That Old Feeling, Universal, 1997.

Richard, Friends and Lovers (also known as Friends & Lovers), Lions Gate Films, 1999.

Stig Ludwigssen, The Big Tease, Warner Bros., 1999.

Denny, The Settlement, Bedford Entertainment, 1999.

Jack Stanford, Pros and Cons, New Line Home Video, 1999.

Martin Shutte, Off the Lip, Abandon Pictures, 2000.

Elliot Chevron, Teddy Bears' Picnic, Magnolia Pictures, 2002.

Taylor Abbott, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Warner Bros., 2002.

Mr. Dan McNerney, Just Married (also known as Voll verheiratet), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2003.

Warren Ward, Exposed, Mainline Releasing, 2003.

Dr. Martin Shutte, Off the Lip, Hannover House, 2004.

Himself, Sledge Hammer: Go Ahead, Make Me Laugh (documentary short), IDT Entertainment, 2004.

Himself, Gun Crazy: Memorable Moments with the Cast of "Sledge Hammer!" (documentary short), 2005.

Phil, Perception, Empire Pictures, 2005.

General, Final Approach, Green Communications, 2006.

President Ballentine, The Sentinel, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2006.

Donald Freeman Greene, United 93 (also known as Vol 93), Universal, 2006.

Senator, Flags of Our Fathers, DreamWorks Distribution, 2006.

Doug, The Girl in the Park, 2007.

Thomas Sparrow, The Spy and the Sparrow, 2008.

Television Appearances; Series:

Wes Leonard, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1976.

Sam Rawlings, Code Name: Foxfire (also known as Slay It Again, Sam), NBC, 1985.

Stewart Webber, Sara, 1985.

Title role, Sledge Hammer! (also known as Sledge Hammer: The Early Years), ABC, 1986.

Jack Trenton, Nurses, NBC, 1992-94.

Peter, High Society, CBS, 1995.

Voices, Santo Bugato (animated), CBS, 1995.

President Whitman, DAG, NBC, 2000.

Also appeared in The Trials of Rosie O'Neill.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Brother Nahum, Signs and Wonders, PBS, 1995.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Jack Collins, Sanctuary of Fear (also known as Father Brown, Detective, Girl in the Park, and Sanctuary of Death), NBC, 1979.

Dr. David McKeeson, Special Bulletin, NBC, 1983.

Donald Catton, The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck (also known as Act of Passion), CBS, 1984.

Sandy, Secret Witness, CBS, 1988.

Sheriff Lauder, Silhouette, 1990.

Ted Forstmann, Barbarians at the Gate, HBO, 1993.

Alfred Rayne, "Hart to Hart": Old Friends Never Die, 1994.

Don Polson, Out There, Showtime and syndicated, 1995.

Ben Landry, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Jealous Jokester, NBC, 1995.

Payne, Dead Weekend, Showtime, 1995.

Patrick Kinsley, Columbo: A Trace of Murder, 1997.

Dr. Derek Early, Tourist Trap, ABC, 1998.

Robert Sinclair, Hard Time: Hostage Hotel, TNT, 1999.

Eddie Moran, "The Mob Scene," The Lot, American Movie Classics, 2001.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Reverend Howard Woode, Hellfire, syndicated, 1985.

Grave squad lawyer, Partners, Showtime, 1994.

Voice, Empires: The Roman Empire in the First Century, PBS, 2001.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Sam Rawlings, Code Name: Foxfire (also known as Slay It Again, Sam), NBC, 1985.

President Whitman, DAG, NBC, 2000.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"Death in a Toy Balloon," The Andros Target, 1977.

William Gardner, "Falling Star," Mrs. Columbo (also known as Kate Columbo, Kate Loves a Mystery, and Kate the Detective), 1979.

Robert Wellesly, "Melonvote," SCTV Network 90 (also known as SCTV Comedy Network and SCTV Network), 1982.

Surf, "Bushido," Miami Vice, NBC, 1985.

Richard Lubin, "Thank You, Shirley," Kate & Allie, CBS, 1986.

David McCoy, "Beauty and the Breast," L.A. Law, NBC, 1992.

David McCoy, "Double Breasted Suit," L.A. Law, NBC, 1992.

Jack Trenton, "Love and Marriage," Empty Nest, 1993.

"Who Killed the Legal Eagle?" Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

Voice of Baron Von Dillweed, "Married Alive," Duckman (animated), USA Network, 1995.

Peter, "Finnigan's Rainbow," High Society, 1995.

Michael, "War and Sleaze," Just Shoot Me!, NBC, 1998.

Carl, "The State Dinner," The West Wing, NBC, 1999.

Kenny Daniels, "Family Circus," Grown Ups, 1999.

Evan, "Susan and the Professor," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 2000.

Evan, "The Reversal," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 2000.

Evan, "Finale: Parts 1 & 2," Suddenly Susan, NBC, 2000.

Dr. Bruckner, "The Birth Day," For Your Love, The WB, 2001.

Doc Croc, "The Wedding Planner," Providence, NBC, 2002.

Mr. Baranski, "Reversal of Fortune," MDs, ABC, 2002.

Lawyer, "Grandma Sues," Malcolm in the Middle, Fox, 2003.

Norton Andrews, "While You Were Out," She Spies, NBC, 2003.

Lee, "Hellbound Train," Robbery Homicide Division (also known as R.H.D./LA: Robbery Homicide Division/Los Angeles), CBS, 2003.

Coach Patterson, "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School," Monk, USA Network, 2003.

Tim Valentine, "Die Fast, Die Furious," Las Vegas, NBC, 2004.

Donald Warwick, "Acceptance," The Book of Daniel, NBC, 2006.

Stage Appearances:

Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1974.

John, Off-Broadway production, 1976.

Mark, The Shadow Box, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Ivan Miroski, German entrepreneur, and Lenin, Isadora Duncan Sleeps with the Russian Navy, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1977.

Peter, Lunch Hour, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Jacques and His Master, Los Angeles production, 1980.

Eugene Winter, Geniuses, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1982-83.

David, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Circle in the Square Downtown, New York City, 1984.

The Custom of the Country, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1985.

Bobby Gould, Speed-the-Plow, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1988.

Fred, A Christmas Carol, Hudson Theatre, New York City, 1990.

Frank Elgin, The Country Girl, Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Edmond, Atlantic Theatre, New York City, 1996.

Richard O'Neill, Getting and Spending, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1998.

Randall, Last Dance, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, New York City, 2003.

Josie Cartwright, Lawrence, and Two, Five by Tenn, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II, New York City, 2004.

Victor Fleming, Moonlight and Magnolias, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 2005.

Joey Francis Lesley, Elvis and Juilet, Abingdon Theatre Company, New York City, 2006.

Jack McCullough, Regrets Only, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 2006-2007.

Also appeared in Beyond Therapy; Loose Ends, Broadway production; The Taming of the Shrew.

Radio Appearances; Series:

Appeared as Piett, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, National Public Radio.


Stage Plays:

Jackie, Los Angeles, 1994.