David Rasche ( RASH-ee; born August 7, 1944) is an American theater, film and television actor who is best known for his portrayal of the title character in the 1980s satirical police sitcom Sledge Hammer! Since then he has often played characters in positions of authority, in both serious and comical turns. In television he is known for his recurring performances in L.A. Law, Monk, The West Wing, Veep, and Succession.
Rasche met his future wife Heather Lupton after he moved to New York City in 1976. She has taught acting at University of California, Santa Barbara. Lupton made a guest appearance in the series Sledge Hammer as Hammer's ex-wife. They have three children. Rasche owns a house in Santa Barbara, California.
Rasche was born in Belleville, Illinois (less than 20 mi (32 km) from St. Louis, Missouri). His father was a minister and farmer.Rasche graduated from Elmhurst College in 1966; his grandfather was also an alumnus. Coming from "a long line of Evangelical and United Church of Christ ministers", he attended the University of Chicago Divinity School for two years, then quit. He did, however, receive a graduate degree in English from University of Chicago.He studied acting under Sanford Meisner.
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Hunter, a pregnant woman, is forced to consume dangerous objects. She must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession as her husband and family tighten their control over her life.
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The lives of the Roy family as they contemplate their future once their aging father steps back from the media and entertainment conglomerate they control.
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Buddy Dobbs, a slacker on the run from a loan shark, stole a man's identity and pretended to be a gay pastor in a small town.
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Amira & Sam
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The Big Wedding
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As their family unit teeters on the edge of collapse, brothers Charlie, Adrian and Michael try to unlearn everything their parents have taught them.
Kill Your Darlings
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A look into American politics, revolving around former Senator Selina Meyer who finds being Vice President of the United States is nothing like she expected and everything everyone warned her about.
Men in Black 3
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Revenge for Jolly!
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Crimes of the Past
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In the Loop
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Peter and Vandy
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Burn After Reading
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The Girl in the Park
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United 93: The Families and the Film
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The Book of Daniel
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Flags of Our Fathers
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Teddy Bears' Picnic
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She Spies is an action-adventure television show that ran from September 9, 2002 until May 17, 2004, in two seasons. The show was sold into syndication but the first four episodes premiered on the NBC...
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The Big Tease
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Pros & Cons
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The West Wing
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Providence is a television show.
Hard Time: Hostage Hotel
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Friends & Lovers
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Family comedy about a man who decides to take his family on a trip his famous uncle took years ago. Fascinated by the Civil War in which he devotes all his spare time, George Piper decides to take, f...
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High Society was a sitcom that aired on CBS in 1995 and 1996. Two New York City women act outrageously, campy, and decadent in the series. The theme song was sung by Chaka Khan.
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Magic in the Water
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Hart to Hart: Old Friends Never Die
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A Million to Juan
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Bigfoot: The Unforgettable Encounter
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An architect witnessed a murder in Texas.
Law & Order
From two different vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court, follows a crime.
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Masters of Menace
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An Innocent Man
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Made in Heaven
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Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall
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Sledge Hammer! was a police sitcom that ran for two seasons on ABC. The series was created by Alan Spencer and stars David Rasche as Inspector Sledge Hammer, a preposterous caricature of the standard ...
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The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck
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Kate & Allie
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Following his performance, a televangelist returns to his dressing room to a visit from God; and she is a beautiful and very angry woman!
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Honky Tonk Freeway
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The life of a middle-aged television writer who is dating a teenage girl is complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's mistress.
Something Short of Paradise
There are problems with a couple.
Sanctuary of Fear
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Columbo is a police detective who is often underestimated by his suspects. He solved all of his cases and secured all the evidence needed for an indictment despite his unprepossessing appearance. Only...
In Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, two career-driven sisters (Maryam and Sam) and their newly-immigrated cousin (Ameera) must navigate the consistent demands of romance, culture, work, and family. ...