A lifelong card carrying Democrat who later embraced libertarian ideals, David Ruprecht is a character actor and writer who describe himself as a “baby libertarian” – a glaring understatement for one who has actively espoused libertarianism and served as executive director of the Libertarian Party of California.
Born David Martin Ruprecht on 14 October 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri, David is more familiar to audiences of the small screen as host of the TV game show “Supermarket Sweep,” which won two Cable Ace awards. He has also hosted live stage game shows of “Family Feud” and “The Price is Right” in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Connecticut and Mississippi. Another reason why David Ruprecht is well known to TV audiences is his two-year stint on “Days of Our Lives” as Dan Ryan and his frequent appearances as Philip Dawson, Joyce DeWitt’s boyfriend in the sitcom “Three’s Company,” which was a hit in the 1980s. And, in the award winning series “Fifth Pew From the Front,” he played the memorable role of Brandon Taylor. David also guest starred in popular TV series such as “Beverly Hills 90210,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Family Law,” “Family Matters,” “Sisters,” “Moonlighting,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Matlock,” “Married with Children,” “The 70s,” “Simon and Simon,” “Benson,” and “Too Close for Comfort” just to name a few. David played the role of an interviewer or a radio or TV broadcaster in many of his TV appearances.
Aside from being a character actor who appeared on soaps, sitcoms, movies and commercials, David Ruprecht is a member of the Writers’ Guild of America who had written five episodes of the TV sitcom “Small Wonder” as well as the screenplay of the highly acclaimed “Finding Home” and “Charlie’s Wake.”
Of all the roles he played on the small screen, David Ruprecht loves most his role of being a husband in real life to choreographer and director, Patti Colombo who became a Republican who voted for George W. Bush at about the time when he joined the Libertarian Party in July of 2000 at the Libertarian National Convention in Anaheim, California. Because of his libertarian bent, David became an active member and supporter of the Rotary Club. Believing that every American citizen must be informed about libertarian ideals, David joined the Board of Directors of the American Liberty Foundation, which is the educational and information dissemination arm of the Libertarian Party. The Foundation has produced TV advertisements on the gun issue that ran on Fox News and CNN. Inspired by an over-the-air promotion of the Hollywood Republicans organization by Al Rantel, a radio talk show host, David Ruprecht is seriously contemplating to start an organization of libertarians in show business in as much as a number of Hollywood celebrities are starting to admit their libertarian inclination.