David Ruprecht

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David Ruprecht
BornDavid Martin Ruprecht
(1948-10-14) October 14, 1948 (age 69)
St. Louis, Missouri
Occupation Television actor and game show host
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Patti Colombo (m. 1988)
Ann Wilkinson (m. 1983; div. 1987)

David Martin Ruprecht (born October 14, 1948) is an American television actor and game show host, primarily known for his work as host of the Lifetime/PAX game show, Supermarket Sweep .

Lifetime (TV network) American cable and satellite television

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Ion Television American TV network

Ion Television is an American free-to-air television network that is owned by Ion Media. The network first began broadcasting on August 31, 1998 as Pax TV, focusing primarily on family-oriented entertainment programming; it rebranded as i: Independent Television on July 1, 2005, converting into a general entertainment network featuring mainly recent and older acquired programs; the network adopted its current identity as Ion Television on January 29, 2007.

<i>Supermarket Sweep</i> American television game show

Supermarket Sweep is an American television game show. The format combined an ordinary team-based quiz show with the novel concept of a live, timed race through a supermarket. In the timed race, cameras followed the teams with shopping carts through a large vacated supermarket with several aisles; the value of items thrown into the cart determined the winning team. The original show was broadcast on ABC from December 20, 1965 to July 14, 1967. Revivals aired on Lifetime from February 5, 1990, to June 16, 1995, and later from April 3, 2000, to May 23, 2003, with reruns airing until March 26, 2004.



Ruprecht has hosted the live stage show version of The Price Is Right at casinos in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Mississippi and Connecticut. He has also hosted Family Feud Live. He currently is one of the hosts of The Price Is Right Live Stage Show at Bally's Las Vegas.

The Price Is Right LIVE! is a staged production show based on the television game show The Price Is Right.

<i>The Price Is Right</i> (U.S. game show) game show in the United States

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Las Vegas Valley Metropolitan area in Nevada

The Las Vegas Valley is a major metropolitan area in the southern part of the U.S. state of Nevada. The state's largest urban agglomeration, it is the heart of the Las Vegas–Paradise-Henderson, NV MSA. The Valley is largely defined by the Las Vegas Valley landform, a 600 sq mi (1,600 km2) basin area surrounded by mountains to the north, south, east and west of the metropolitan area. The Valley is home to the three largest incorporated cities in Nevada: Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas. Five unincorporated towns governed by the Clark County government are part of the Las Vegas Township and constitute the largest community in the state of Nevada.

Ruprecht guest-starred on more than 50 television shows, like Three's Company , on which his character married Joyce DeWitt in the series finale, HBO's True Blood , and the 1981 TV-movie The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island as Thurston Howell IV, the son of Thurston Howell III. From 1990 to 1992, he played Dan Ryan on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives . He co-starred in the Broadway and Showtime productions of Perfectly Frank and did voice-over work for the 1985 animated series Yogi's Treasure Hunt . [1]

<i>Threes Company</i> television series

Three's Company is an American sitcom that aired for eight seasons on ABC from March 15, 1977, to September 18, 1984. It is based on the British sitcom Man About the House.

Joyce DeWitt American actress

Joyce Anne DeWitt is an American actress known for playing Janet Wood on the ABC sitcom Three's Company.

True Blood is an American dark fantasy horror television series produced and created by Alan Ball and based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris.

Personal life

Ruprecht was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a Lutheran minister. [2] Ruprecht currently serves on the board of directors for the Downsize DC Foundation. He is a former Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of California and a long-time member of Rotary International.

The Downsize DC Foundation, formerly known as the American Liberty Foundation, is a policy advocacy organization which aims to limit the size of government in the United States through awareness and petitioning. Though it claims to be non-partisan, it does have strong political ties to the libertarian movement. It was founded by two-time Libertarian presidential candidate Harry Browne, his former campaign staff members Perry Willis and Jim Babka, and former National Chair of the Libertarian Party Steve Dasbach. It is split into two organizations, the Downsize DC Foundation and DownsizeDC.org, for tax purposes.

Libertarian Party of California

The Libertarian Party of California (LPC) is the California affiliate of the United States Libertarian Party. The party chairwoman is Mimi Robson, and is based in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County.

Rotary International international service organization

Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a non-political and non-sectarian organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide, and 1.2 million individuals, known as Rotarians, have joined.

He has been married twice. His first marriage to actress Ann Wilkinson ended in divorce. He married choreographer Patti Colombo in November 1988. [3] He has no children.


He is currently a practicing member of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. [4]

Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod traditional, confessional Lutheran Christian denomination in the United States

The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), often referred to simply as the Missouri Synod, is a traditional, confessional Lutheran denomination in the United States. With 2.0 million members, it is the second-largest Lutheran body in the U.S., the largest being Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The LCMS was organized in 1847 at a meeting in Chicago, Illinois, as the German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States, a name which reflected the geographic locations of the founding congregations.

Select filmography

1977 The Rockford Files David1 episode: "The Mayor's Committee from Deer Lick Falls"
1979 Young Love, First Love WayneTV film
1980 Benson Ed Sherman1 episode: "Chain of Command"
1980 The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo Hal Hendricks1 episode: "Who's the Sexiest Girl in the World"
1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman Neighbor
1981 The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island Thurston Howell IVTV film
1981 Harry's Battles Dr. JorgensonTV film
1982 Quincy, M.E. Dr. Wilkens1 episode: "The Flight of the Nightingale"
1982 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Radio Voice (voice)
1982 Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again Brigham
1983 Fame Bernie1 episode: "Love Is the Question"
1983 Foot in the Door Gary1 episode: "Jonah Moves Out"
1983 A Minor Miracle DickensAlternate title: Young Giants
1983–84 Real People Himself (co-host)
1984 Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour Himself5 episodes (January 2–6)
1984 Three's Company Phillip DawsonRecurring role (4 episodes)
1984 Airwolf Carlson1 episode: "The Truth About Holly"
1985 St. Elsewhere Dennis Coler1 episode: "Whistle, Wyler Works"
1985 Too Close for Comfort Freddie Copperman1 episode: "Freddie Loves It, We Love It, You're Cancelled"
1986 Riptide Randall Pierson1 episode: "The Play's the Thing"
1986 Simon & Simon Navy Chief Hansen1 episode: "A.W.O.L."
1987 Webster Johnson1 episode: "Secrets"
1987 Talking Walls Alternate title: Motel Vacancy
1987 Small Wonder Zack Davis1 episode: "TV or Not TV"
1987 Punky Brewster Johnny Prince1 episode: "The Matchmaker"
1987 Married... with Children Mr. Mallman1 episode: "You Better Watch Out"
1988 Punky Brewster Mr. Bowen1 episode: "Radio Daze"
1988 Punky Brewster Minister1 episode: "Wedding Bells for Brandon"
1988 Matlock Salesman1 episode: "The Mistress"
1989 She's the Sheriff Psychiatrist1 episode: "I'm Okay, You're All Crazy"
1989 Moonlighting Police Artist1 episode: "Perfetc"
1990–95 Supermarket Sweep Himself (host)
1990 Taking Care of Business Yuppie DadAlternate title: Filofax
1990–92 Days of Our Lives Dan RyanDaytime serial
1993 Doogie Howser, M.D. TV Interviewer1 episode: "You've Come a Long Way, Babysitter"
1993 Sisters Host1 episode: "Different"
1994 Full House TV Announcer1 episode: "Making Out Is Hard to Do"
1996 Beverly Hills, 90210 Lawyer1 episode: "The Things We Do for Love"
1997 Family Matters Lee1 episode: "What Do You Know?"
1998 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction Dr. Anderson1 episode: "The Pass"
1998 Working Announcer1 episode: "The Consultant"
1999 I Lost My M in Vegas DealerShort film
2000–03 Supermarket Sweep Himself (host)
2000 Family Law Foster Dad1 episode: "Metamorphosis"
2000 The '70s Middle Aged ManTV miniseries
2001 The Drew Carey Show Inmate1 episode: "Bananas: Part 2"
2003 Finding Home Pastor
2004 Joan of Arcadia Bill Cummins1 episode: "Vanity, Thy Name Is Human"
2004 The Daze Before Christmas Brandon TaylorDirect-to-video film
2005 That's Easy for You to Say! Brandon TaylorDirect-to-video film
2005 Cold Case Radio Broadcaster1 episode: "Colors"
2006 The Bold and the Beautiful Judge Bolan1 episode: "Episode #1.4732"
2008 True Blood Televangelist1 episode: "Mine"
2013 Mister Scrooge to See You Scrooge
2016 Ultraman X The Movie Narrator (voice)English version
2017 Mercy Christmas Abe RobillardVOD release

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  1. David Ruprecht on IMDb
  2. David Ruprecht biography, filmreference.com; accessed May 10, 2017.
  3. "Reliving My Youth - Interview with David Ruprecht".
  4. Verdino-Süllwold, Carla Maria. "BWW Interviews: The Preacher's Son Plays Reverend Shaw Moore - David Ruprecht". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved March 22, 2018.