David Alan Basche (born August 25, 1968) is an American actor.

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 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.[4] The couple has a daughter, Livia Charles Basche, born December 5, 2008.[5]

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

Professional credits

New York Theater

Title Role Location
Snakebit Jonathan Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Nominated Play
Love in the Age of Narcissism Join The Directors Company
Visiting Mr. Green Ross Gardiner Union Square Theater (with Eli Wallach)
WASPs In Bed Allan Beckett Theatre
Don't Let Destiny Push You Around Jack John Montgomery Theater
Macbeth MacDuff The Promenade Theatre
Measure for Measure Angelo New Generations NY

Regional theater

Title Role Location
Dating Games Daniel/Spence The Lillian Theatre, Los Angeles
September Forever Henry Williamstown Theatre Festival
The Golden Age Tom Theatreworks Hartford (with Elizabeth Franz)
Romeo and Juliet Gregory Hartford Stage Company
A Dybbuk Reb Mal/Yeshiva Hartford Stage Company
Death of a Salesman Biff New Jersey Shakespeare Festival


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

Television series

Title Notes
The Exes Series Lead
Three Sisters Series Lead
The Starter Wife Series Lead
Lipstick Jungle (TV series) Series Lead
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 (TV series) Guest Star
Person of Interest (TV series) Guest Star
Blindspot (TV series) Guest Star


  1. ^ Seremet, P. (2006, April 28). West Hartford's Basche Plays Hero in 'United 93'. Hartford Courant Lifestyle section.
  2. ^ a b "Mandell Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford". Ghjcc.org. Retrieved 2014-03-24. 
  3. ^ Conversation with Ross: Featuring David Alan Basche
  4. ^ Cohen, J. (February 19, 2006). "Craving Space, and Finding It in Harlem". The New York Times, Section 11 (Real Estate), p. 5.
  5. ^ "David Alan Basche Shows Off Livia Charles" Celebrity Baby Blog, January 15, 2009