David Rasche (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.
After Second City, he starred in the Organic Theater's 1974 production of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity in Chicago, which established the playwright's characteristic blend of earthy, sometimes brutal dialogue.
Rasche is best known for his portrayal of the title character in the satirical television sitcom Sledge Hammer!, which ran from 1986 to 1988. The show was a spoof of police dramas and concerned the character Sledge Hammer, a violent and chauvinistic police inspector with a taste for large and powerful weaponry.
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.
1986-1988, Sledge Hammer! as inspector Sledge Hammer (41 episodes)
Rasche appeared in the TV Land series Impastor in the role of Alden Schmidt.
Rasche appeared on the short-lived 2001 television series DAG as President Whitman, the President of the United States.
Rasche joined the cast of Ugly Betty in its third season in 2009 as the wealthy father of Matt Hartley, Betty's love interest. He appeared in the final five episodes of season three, and remained in the cast until mid-season four when his character's arc ended.
Bored to Death, in the role of Bernard, the boyfriend of Ted Danson's character's daughter.
He appeared on the May 11, 2012 episode of Primetime: What Would You Do?, when he inadvertently walked into the scene the producers and actors were putting on, where an employee dropped a customer's package and broke what was in it. David chose not to tell on the employee, and played along, saying, "I didn't hear anything."