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The son of an actress and a college theatre director, Dana Ashbrook had no problem finding inspiration to get into acting. His early career included parts in the television series "Cagney & Lacey" and "Knots Landing," which led to his being cast in such cult horror films as "Return of the Living Dead Part II" and "Waxwork." Ashbrook's breakout role came in 1990, when he portrayed Laura Palmer's boyfriend, Bobby Briggs, in the show "Twin Peaks," a role he reprised in David Lynch's film prequel "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" in 1992. While he continued to be drawn to genre offerings--in 1995, he starred in "W.E.I.R.D. World," a television pilot written and produced by the team responsible for the "Tales from the Crypt" HBO series--he eventually took on a more conventional co-starring role in the television drama "Crisis Center." After appearing in such series as "Dawson's Creek" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," Ashbrook co-starred in the television series "Crash."
Cast (Feature Film)
Made his screen-acting debut in an uncredited role in "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!"
Made his small-screen debut on "Cagney & Lacey"
TV-movie debut, "Just a Regular Kid"
Made his credited feature debut in "Return of the Living Dead, Part II"
Had his breakout role as bad boy Bobby Briggs on the cult ABC series "Twin Peaks"
Had the title role of Clyde Barrow in the TV-movie "Bonnie and Clyde: The True Story"
Reprised his breakout role in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"
Returned to series TV in "Crisis Center"
Portrayed Charles Van Doren in an L.A. production of Richard Greenberg's "Night and Her Stars"
Had a recurring role on "Dawson's Creek"
Played Tony on "The Kill Point"
Was cast on the series adaptation of Paul Haggis's Academy Award-winning "Crash"
Appeared in David Lynch's feature-length assembly of deleted scenes from "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me," called "Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces"
Returned to "Twin Peaks," this time as a Twin Peaks sheriff's deputy