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Birth Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, director, script reader, food specialty manufacturer

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Actor Alan Rachins found television success not once, but twice, playing two characters who could not be less alike on the series "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) and "Dharma & Greg" (ABC, 1997-2002). After abandoning a planned career in the family food processing business, he gained early acting experience on the stages of New York in productions like the sexy musical romp "Oh! Calcutta!" in the late-1960s. Rachins soon moved to Hollywood where he studied screen craft at the American Film Institute and picked up minor parts in television projects such as the docudrama "Fear on Trial" (1975) and the hit melodrama "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991). He had minor success writing for several television series and lending acting support in a few small feature films before landing the career-defining role of acerbic attorney Douglas Brackman, Jr. on "L.A. Law." At the height of its popularity, the program was one of the most watched shows on television and set the ground rules for the many ensemble dramas that would follow. Although a substantial role in the critical and box office disaster "Showgirls" (1995) may not have provided Rachins with the preferred exposure, a supporting role as a member of the "Dharma & Greg"...

Actor Alan Rachins found television success not once, but twice, playing two characters who could not be less alike on the series "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) and "Dharma & Greg" (ABC, 1997-2002). After abandoning a planned career in the family food processing business, he gained early acting experience on the stages of New York in productions like the sexy musical romp "Oh! Calcutta!" in the late-1960s. Rachins soon moved to Hollywood where he studied screen craft at the American Film Institute and picked up minor parts in television projects such as the docudrama "Fear on Trial" (1975) and the hit melodrama "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991). He had minor success writing for several television series and lending acting support in a few small feature films before landing the career-defining role of acerbic attorney Douglas Brackman, Jr. on "L.A. Law." At the height of its popularity, the program was one of the most watched shows on television and set the ground rules for the many ensemble dramas that would follow. Although a substantial role in the critical and box office disaster "Showgirls" (1995) may not have provided Rachins with the preferred exposure, a supporting role as a member of the "Dharma & Greg" cast offered him the opportunity to play against type as the aging hippie Larry Finkelstein. Instantly familiar, yet surprisingly versatile, Rachins complemented any project he was involved in, whether it was comedy, drama, or - as in the case of "L.A. Law" - a brilliant merging of the two.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Any Day Now (2012)
2.
 Leave It to Beaver (1997) Fred Rutherford
3.
 Stepsister, The (1997) Derek Canfield
4.
 Unwed Father (1997) Don Kempler
5.
 Meet Wally Sparks (1997) Judge Williams
6.
 Showgirls (1995) Tony Moss
7.
 Star Quest (1995) Jammad
8.
 Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart (1994) David Kramer
9.
 North (1994) Defense Attorney
10.
 Violation Of Trust (1991) Matthew
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1963:
Moved to NYC
1967:
Broadway debut in "After the Rain"
1969:
Was part of ensemble cast of Off-Broadway's erotic revue "Oh! Calcutta!"
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Returned to Massachusetts to work in the family business after his father's death
1975:
TV acting debut in political drama "Fear on Trial" (CBS)
1979:
TV directorial debut, an episode of the police drama "Paris" (CBS)
:
Wrote scripts for several drama series, such as "Quincy, M.E.", "The Fall Guy" and "Knight Rider"
1985:
Feature debut in the romantic comedy "Always (But Not Forever)", directed by Henry Jaglom
1986:
Was series regular on the NBC legal drama "L.A. Law"; portrayed Douglas Brackman Jr
1991:
Appeared in "Spoiled", an episode of the horror series "Tales From the Crypt" (HBO)
1995:
Appeared in "Afterlife", an episode of the sci-fi anthology "The Outer Limits" (Showtime)
1995:
Co-starred in the notorious "Showgirls"
:
With wife Joanna David, formed Allofit Productions
1997:
Returned to series TV as a regular in the ABC sitcom "Dharma & Greg"
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Education

Brookline High School: Brookline , Massachusetts -
AFI Conservatory: - 1974
Empire State College: New York , New York -
Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -
AFI Conservatory: Los Angeles , California - 1972 - 1974
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1974 - 1976

Notes

Sources vary on Mr. Rachins' birthyear; some list 1942, others 1945, while still others say 1947.

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wife:
Joanna Rachins. Actor.

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son:
Robbie Rachins. Born c. 1982.

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