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David Alan Basche –

Basche as Todd Beamer in "UNITED 93".

About David Alan Basche (1968 – )

David Alan Basche was born in Hartford, Connecticut. His first acting role came in the sixth grade at West Hartford's Norfeldt Elementary School, in a school production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Basche describes his childhood demeanor as that of an "angry, smart-ass kid." He tried out for and landed the lead role after a school counselor suggested he take up acting to channel some of his anger and emotion. He later appeared in several plays presented by the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center while a student at King Philip Middle School, and had roles in ten school plays while attending William H. Hall High School in West Hartford. From there Basche moved on to Emerson College, where he began as a communications major before changing to performing arts.

His first major exposure came when he starred in Oh Grow Up, a short-lived sitcom created by Alan Ball. Later he played Steven Keats for two seasons in the NBC sitcom Three Sisters. He appeared briefly in Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds in the role of Tim, the stepfather of Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin's characters. In 2006 he was notable for playing Todd Beamer in director Paul Greengrass's United 93. David landed the lead role in 2007's I'll Believe You, a family-oriented sci-fi comedy. In 2008 he simultaneously played "Mike Harness" in Lipstick Jungle and "Kenny Kagan" on The Starter Wife. In 2010 he guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, White Collar, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Mentalist.

David has also starred in the TV Land original series The Exes, which premiered on November 30, 2011. The series ended its run in September of 2015.

He is married to actress Alysia Reiner; they met during a summer stock production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. The couple have a daughter, Livia Charles Basche, born in December of 2008.

David Alan Basche's notable movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2002 Full Frontal Nicholas' Agent
2004 Carry Me Home Bernard
2005 Crazylove Paul
2005 War of the Worlds Tim
2006 United 93 Todd Beamer
2006 Shut Up and Sing Steven
2007 I'll Believe You Dale Sweeney
2010 The Adjustment Bureau Thompson's Aide
2011 Real Steel ESPN Commentator

David Alan Basche's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
Law & Order Kevin Franklin / Attorney Tepper / Jack McKinney
1999 Oh Grow Up Norris Michelsky
Three Sisters Steven Keats
2001 Ed Bud Frankel
2001 The Division Mr. Glenmark
2002 CSI: Miami Gordon Daimler / Adam van der Welk
2003 Frasier Woody Wiswell Jr
Law & Order: Criminal Intent David Kellen / Jay Kendall
2007 30 Rock Alan
2008 The Starter Wife Kenny Kagan
2008 Lipstick Jungle Mike Harness
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Michael Gallagher
2010 The Mentalist Dr. Jack Wilder
2010 White Collar Gary Jennings
The Exes Stuart Gardner
2013 Person of Interest Wayne Kruger
Basche, left, with Miranda Otto and Tom Cruise in War of the Worlds (2005).
As the insecure dentist Stuart Gardner, in The Exes (2011-2014).
Basche, third from left, in The Adjustment Bureau (2010).
David Alan Basche, with Reiko Aylesworth in CrazyLove (2005).

Memorable Quotes

“You have to be careful what you say in front of comedy writers because they will absolutely make fun of it in the next episode.”

“Stop running around, stop trying to return every email in your inbox immediately, stop cramming too much stuff into too few hours in the day. Sit down, shut up, and most importantly, be glad.”

“I'm happy to be the guy on the subway that people stare at and they just can't quite place it. I don't really like my life intruded upon too much. In a way, it's kind of nice to not be all that well known.”

“I'm grateful for my health, glad I'm making people laugh, glad my wife still likes me after a lotta years, grateful my daughter is growing, glad I don't take myself too seriously, glad L.A. has Astro Burger, grateful to be coming home to Harlem soon. It's a gratitude list. It works.”

“I'm a huge fan of 'The Odd Couple,' yes, and any comparisons to Tony Randall and or Jack Lemmon are completely welcome. I kind of try to channel those guys, and then add my own neuroses, too.”

Did You Know

David has a tattoo on left wrist that says "There Is No Perfect".

David and his wife, actress Alysia Reiner, have used their own home as a way to share information about building green. Their brownstone renovation in Harlem has been featured on TV's "World's Greenest Homes" and "Renovation Nation"

David is involved with many charities, including The Cancer Support Community, Habitat for Humanity, Our Time Theatre Company, Actors for Autism, and the Joyful Heart Foundation