David Alan Basche
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Hartford, Connecticut
6' (1.83 m)
Famous for:
His role on the TV sitcom “Oh Grow Up” (ABC, 1999)
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American actor David Alan Basche first gained notice off-Broadway in shows like “Visiting Mr. Green” (1997) and “Snakebit” (1998) before landing a starring role on the TV sitcom “Oh Grow Up” (ABC, 1999), where he played struggling artist Norris Michelsky. After another lead role in the comedy series “Three Sisters” (2001-2002), where he was cast as Katherine LaNasa's husband, Basche made two failed TV pilots and appeared as a guest star in such shows as “The Division,” “Ed,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law & Order” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “30 Rock.” He was also seen in reoccurring roles on “Frasier” and “Rescue Me” and appeared in the 2004 Emmy Award-nominated TV film “Carry Me Home” (2004). He was seen in several motion pictures before resuming his TV career as a regular on NBC's “Lipstick Jungle” and USA Network's “The Starter Wife” (both 2008), in which he portrayed arrogant boss Mike Harness and former studio executive Kenny Kagan, respectively.

Basche's big screen highlights include Steven Soderbergh's “Full Frontal” (2002), Steven Spielberg's “War of the Worlds” (2005), Bruce Leddy's multiple award-winning “Shut Up and Sing” (2006), Paul Greengrass' “United 93” (also 2006) and Paul Francis Sullivan's “I'll Believe You” (2007). He is scheduled to star with wife Alysia Reiner in the comedy “Three Days in Dublin” (2009).

Basche and Reiner have one daughter.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Childhood and Family:

David Alan Basche was born on August 25, 1968, in Hartford, Connecticut. Growing up in West Hartford, he attended Norfeldt Elementary School where he made his stage debut as a sixth grader in a school production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” He also attended King Philip Middle School and William H. Hall High School. David graduated from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, with a degree in acting. He also studied acting in New York under the guidance of Michael Howard.

The dark haired performer is married to actress Alysia Reiner (born on July 21, 1970), whom he met in 1992 when they appeared together in a production of Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night.” The couple welcomed their first child, a girl named Livia Charles Basche, on December 5, 2008.



First trying his hand at acting as a means to transfer some of his emotion and anger, David Alan Basche quickly decided acting was interesting and after making his debut in his elementary school production of “Tom Sawyer,” the Connecticut native went on to hone in on his craft with the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center while he was in middle school. He later acted in several more plays during his high school years. After graduating from college, he found himself working in regional theaters.

In 1992, Basche appeared in a summer stock production of “Twelfth Night” at the White River Theater Festival in Vermont, where he met his actress-wife Alysia Reiner. He returned to his hometown three years later when he landed a featured role in the Hartford Stage production of “A Dybbuk.” It was not until Basche played the role of Ross Gardiner on the Off-Broadway production “Visiting Mr. Green” in 1997 that the handsome thespian enjoyed real recognition. Costarring with Eli Wallach, he and the cast delivered good performances that charmed both audiences and critics. He continued to make a mark with his portrayal of Jonathan, a selfish married actor who learns a secret involving his wife and his best friend, in David Marshall Grant's off-Broadway hit, “Snakebit” (1998).

Basche made his television debut in 1997 when he won the part of Officer Tate on the Daytime soap opera “As the World Turns.” He soon graduated to a leading role when he was cast alongside Stephen Dunham and John Ducey in the ABC comedy series “Oh Grow Up” (1999). The show, in which Basche starred as a troubled artist named Norris Michelsky, received a GLAAD Media nomination for Outstanding TV Comedy Series, but was canceled after one season because of low ratings.

In 2001, Basche bounced back when he portrayed the role of Steven Keats, the husband of Bess Bernstein-Flynn (played by Katherine LaNasa), in the NBC mid-season replacement sitcom “Three Sisters.” The series was axed after two seasons in 2002. In the meantime, Basche also appeared in episodes of “The Division” and “Ed” (both 2001) and made his big screen debut with wife Alysia Reiner in Todd Portugal's “Hourly Rates” (2002).

After having a memorable guest spot in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2002), Basche appeared opposite David Duchovny, Nicky Katt, Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack, David Hyde Pierce, Julia Roberts and Blair Underwood in the Steven Soderbergh comedy “Full Frontal” (2002), where he played Underwood's agent. He revisited the small screen in a two-episodic arc in the now-defunct comedy series “Frasier” (2003), playing Woody Wiswell Jr., and the Alicia Silverstone short-lived series “Miss Match” (also 2003), playing Brian. The next year, he starred as Wilbur Pope in the unsold TV series pilot “Mr. Ed” and supported Penelope Ann Miller and Kevin Anderson in Showtime's film “Carry Me Home,” which was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special and the Humanitas Prize for Children's Live-Action Category.

Basche filmed another failed TV series pilot in 2005 named “Play Dates,” with Susan Ward, Erinn Hayes and Rebecca McFarland. He followed it up with a recurring role as Steve Bowden in FX Network's “Rescue Me.” The year also saw Basche return to films after 2004's “Bandwagon,” which was directed by Karri Bowman, with a supporting role as Dakota Fanning's stepfather in Steven Spielberg's “War of the Worlds,” which starred Tom Cruise. He also appeared as Paul Lascher in Ellie Kanner's “Crazylove,” opposite Meat Loaf and Marla Sokoloff. In 2006, he played Steven in the festival favorite “Shut Up and Sing,” which was written and directed by Bruce Leddy, before acting in Paul Greengrass' Academy Award-nominated docudrama, “United 93” (also 2006). In the film, he was cast as one of the victims of September 11th’s Flight 93. Still in that same year, he made guest appearances as Jay Kendall and Attorney Tepper in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Law & Order,” respectively, and embarked on the stage as Allan in the off-Broadway production of “Wasps In Bed,” which ran at the Beckett Theatre from September 7 to October 15, 2006.

Following a guest appearance in “30 Rock,” Basche appeared as a high school drama teacher in Brooks Elms' film “Schooled “ (2007), which starred his wife and Daniel Kucan, and starred as radio host Dale Sweeney in Paul Francis Sullivan's comedy film “I'll Believe You” (2007). He acted in two short movies the following year titled “The Other Way Round,” for director/writer Geoffrey Quan, and “Quality Time,” which won the Audience Choice Award and Festival Award at the 2008 Columbia University Film Festival.

In February 2008, Basche returned to series TV as a regular on the NBC drama series “Lipstick Jungle,” starring Brooke Shields, Kim Raver and Lindsay Price. Based on the Candace Bushnell novel of the same name, the show cast the actor as Raver's boss, Mike Harness. In October, he received the significant role of Debra Messing's former husband, Kenny Kagan, in the USA Network series “The Starter Wife.”

David will star opposite his wife in the upcoming comedy “Three Days in Dublin” (2009), which was directed and written by Beth Lauren.


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