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Also Known As: Died:
Born: August 7, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, playwright, producer

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A tall, blond, ruggedly handsome actor of stage, film and TV, David Rasche may be best remembered by sitcom cultists as the dim-witted but gung ho hero cop of "Sledge Hammer!" (ABC, 1986-88), a likably broad parody of Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry", and as Jack Trenton, the crooked financier doing court-ordered hospital community service, from 1992-94 on the NBC's "Nurses".

A tall, blond, ruggedly handsome actor of stage, film and TV, David Rasche may be best remembered by sitcom cultists as the dim-witted but gung ho hero cop of "Sledge Hammer!" (ABC, 1986-88), a likably broad parody of Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry", and as Jack Trenton, the crooked financier doing court-ordered hospital community service, from 1992-94 on the NBC's "Nurses".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Discoverers, The (2013)
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3.
 Big Wedding, The (2013)
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5.
 Men in Black III (2012)
6.
 Collaborator (2011)
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8.
 In the Loop (2009)
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1970:
While a college student, enrolled in a Second City workshop in Chicago
:
Eventually replaced John Belushi in the Second City company that included Gilda Radner, Harold Ramis and Bill Murray
1974:
First collaboration with David Mamet, appeared in original Chicago stage production of "Sexual Pervisity in Chicago"
1976:
Moved to New York City
1978:
Debuted on TV playing a recurring role on the ABC soap "Ryan's Hope"
1977:
Appeared in the Broadway production of Michael Cristofer's "The Shadow Box"
1978:
Made feature debut in Paul Mazursky's "An Unmarried Woman"
1979:
Played a bit part in Woody Allen's "Manhattan"
1979:
TV-movie debut, "Sanctuary of Fear/Girl in the Park" (NBC)
1980:
Appeared opposite Gilda Radner in the Broadway production of "Lunch Hour"; directed by Mike Nichols
1985:
Cast in the short-lived NBC series, "Sara," starring Geena Davis in the title role
1985:
Starred as a conservative TV preacher in "Hellfire" (syndicated)
1986:
Played the title role in the ABC spoof series "Sledge Hammer!"
1988:
Featured in the Oscar-winning short, "Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall"
1988:
Replaced Ron Silver in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" on Broadway
1992:
Joined the cast of the NBC sitcom "Nurses" as Jack Trenton
1994:
Produced first play "Jackie" in Los Angeles
1995:
Co-starred on the short-lived CBS sitcom "High Society"
1996:
Returned to the NY stage in Mamet's revival of "Edmond"
1997:
Played Bette Midler's second husband in "That Old Feeling"
2000:
Cast in several episodes of "Suddenly Susan" (NBC)
2002:
Played Ashley Judd's father in "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"
2006:
Played the President in "The Sentinel," starring Michael Douglas and Kiefer Sutherland
2006:
Portrayed the late Donald Greene, one of the heroic passengers of doomed flight 93, in Paul Greengrass' "United 93"
2008:
Played the role of Robert Gardner on the ABC soap "All My Children"
2008:
Played a CIA officer in the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading"
2008:
Starred in the Broadway adaptation of "To Be or Not to Be"; production closed after two months
2009:
Joined the cast of ABC's "Ugly Betty" as recurring character, Cal Hartley
2009:
Played a State Department bigwig in the political satire "In the Loop"
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Education

Elmhurst College: Elmhurst , Illinois -

Notes

Rasche's first play, "Jackie", was produced in 1994 in Los Angeles.

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wife:
Heather Lupton. Acting teacher. Married c. 1976.

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