Dana Ashbrook

Dana Ashbrook

May. 24th, 1967
Born in
San Diego, California, USA

Dana Ashbrook's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Twin Peaks TV Show
Twin Peaks
Crash TV Show
Crisis Center TV Show
Crisis Center

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Growing up in San Diego, becoming an actor came naturally to Dana Ashbrook. His father is the director of the Palomar College Department of Performing Arts, and his mother is a teacher who performs in local theater. His sisters, 'Daphne Ashbrook' (qv and 'Taylor Ashbrook', are also working actresses. His own career started while still in his teens, when his sister Daphne's agent saw him performing in a high school play, and he made a good impression.

He started out with guest appearances in TV series, and then went on to supporting roles in motion pictures. His big break was in 1990 in winning the role of Bobby Briggs in the offbeat television series _"Twin Peaks" (1990). Ashbrook's intense portrayal of the volatile tempered high school athlete with his shaggy hair, soulful appearance, and intense personality made an impression. After the show went off the air the following year, he continued to make appearances in television and film. In 1997, he won a starring role in the series _"Crisis Center" (1997), but in spite of its promise, the series only lasted one season. Ashbrook made a comeback in 2002 when he was cast in a recurring role playing the slimy and greedy stockbroker Rich Rinaldi, a character the viewers loved to hate, in the popular teen soap opera "Dawson's Creek" (1998) during the show's final season.

In his spare time, he plays basketball and tennis. He is also an accomplished harmonica player.

  • Brother of writer 'Taylor Ashbrook' (qv) and actress 'Daphne Ashbrook' (qv).
  • Created with 'Robert Bauer (III)' (qv) a film company called Bauerbrook Films.
  • Friend of 'Robert Bauer (III)' (qv), who co-starred in _"Twin Peaks" (1990)_ (qv).
  • Graduated high school in 1985.
  • Uncle of 'Paton Ashbrook' (qv).
  • Is friends with 'Kimmy Robertson' (qv).
  • Studied acting with 'Harry Mastrogeorge' (qv).
  • Wrote a road movie script called "Driven To It" with friend 'Robert Bauer (III)' (qv) that 'David Lynch (I)' (qv) offered to executive produce (in name only) in order to help them, but Ashbrook and Bauer couldn't get financing for it.

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