David Alan Basche

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David Alan Basche
Basche in February 2011
Born (1968-08-25) August 25, 1968 (age 51)
Alma mater Emerson College
Occupation Film, stage, television actor
Years active1997-present
Alysia Reiner (m. 1997)

David Alan Basche (born August 25, 1968) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Todd Beamer in the film United 93 , directed by Paul Greengrass. He has appeared in regional and professional theater, film and television including guest appearances on numerous television dramas.


Life and career

Basche was born in Hartford, Connecticut. His first acting role was in a school production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer when he was in the sixth grade at West Hartford's Norfeldt Elementary School. Basche, who describes his demeanor then as an "angry, smart-ass kid," 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. [1] Basche appeared in several plays presented by the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center [2] while he was a student at King Philip Middle School, and he had roles in 10 school plays during his four years at William H. Hall High School in West Hartford. [2] Basche then went on to Emerson College, starting out as a communications major before switching to performing arts. [3]

His first major exposure was starring in Oh Grow Up , a short-lived sitcom created by Alan Ball. He later played the role of Steven Keats for two seasons in the NBC sitcom Three Sisters. He appeared in the 2005 motion picture War of the Worlds in the role of Tim, the stepfather of Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin's characters. In 2006 he played Todd Beamer in United 93 . David landed the lead role in 2007's I'll Believe You , a family-friendly sci-fi comedy. In 2008 he was "Mike Harness" in Lipstick Jungle on NBC for two seasons, and simultaneously played "Kenny Kagan" on The Starter Wife on USA. In 2010 he guest starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , White Collar , Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Mentalist . He appeared in the film Sex and The City 2 as a guest at the wedding. Basche had a small role in the 2017 mystery film The Vanishing of Sidney Hall. [4]

Basche starred in the TV Land original series The Exes , which premiered on November 30, 2011. The series ended on September 16, 2015.

Personal life

Basche is married to the actress Alysia Reiner; they met during a summer stock production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night . [5] The couple has a daughter, Livia Charles Basche, born December 5, 2008. [6]

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

Professional credits

New York Theater

SnakebitJonathanDrama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Nominated Play
Love in the Age of NarcissismJoinThe Directors Company
Visiting Mr. GreenRoss GardinerUnion Square Theater (with Eli Wallach)
WASPs In BedAllanBeckett Theatre
Don't Let Destiny Push You AroundJackJohn Montgomery Theater
MacbethMacDuffThe Promenade Theatre
Measure for MeasureAngeloNew Generations NY

Regional theater

Dating GamesDaniel/SpenceThe Lillian Theatre, Los Angeles
September ForeverHenryWilliamstown Theatre Festival
The Golden AgeTomTheatreworks Hartford (with Elizabeth Franz)
Romeo and JulietGregoryHartford Stage Company
A DybbukReb Mal/YeshivaHartford Stage Company
Death of a SalesmanBiffNew Jersey Shakespeare Festival


2002Full FrontalNicholas' AgentSupporting
2004Carry Me HomeBernardLead
War of the Worlds TimSupporting
2006 United 93 Todd Beamer
Shut Up and SingStevenLead
2007 I'll Believe You Dale SweeneyLead
2010 The Adjustment Bureau Thompson's Aide
2011 Real Steel ESPN Commentator
2017 The Vanishing of Sidney Hall Senator Dale
2018 Egg Don
2018Almost HomeKevin

Television series

The Exes Series Lead
Three Sisters Series Lead
The Starter Wife Series Lead
Lipstick Jungle Recurring
Royal Pains Guest Star
Oh Grow Up Series Lead
30 Rock Guest Star
CSI: Miami Guest Star
Ed Guest Star
The Division Guest Star
Law & Order Guest Star
Frasier Recurring
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Guest Star
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Guest Star
The Mentalist Guest Star
White Collar Guest Star
Person of Interest Guest Star
Blindspot Guest Star
Blue Bloods Guest Star

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  2. 1 2 "Mandell Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford". Ghjcc.org. Archived from the original on 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-03-24.
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