Dana Vernon Ashbrook (born May 24, 1967) is an American actor, best known for playing Bobby Briggs on the cult TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017) and its 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.
Ashbrook at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con
Dana Vernon Ashbrook
May 24, 1967
|Spouse(s)||Kate Rogal (m. 2015)|
Ashbrook was born in San Diego, California; his mother, D'Ann (née Paton) is a teacher and his father, Vernon L. ('Buddy') Ashbrook, was a director of the Palomar College drama department. He is the brother of writer Taylor Ashbrook and actress Daphne Ashbrook.
In 1978, Ashbrook made his film debut in an uncredited role in Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! A decade later, after an acting hiatus, Ashbrook guest starred on the television series Cagney & Lacey, Knots Landing, and ABC Afterschool Special before starring as Tom Essex in the 1988 horror film Return of the Living Dead Part II. The same year, he starred in the horror film Waxwork alongside Deborah Foreman and guest starred on an episode of 21 Jump Street.
In 1989, Ashbrook portrayed Joey in She's Out of Control. From 1990-1991, Ashbrook was cast as Bobby Briggs on the cult TV series Twin Peaks. While starring on Twin Peaks, Ashbrook starred in the films Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat (1990), Ghost Dad (1990), Girlfriend from Hell (1990), and The Willies (1990) as well as guest starring on an episode of the television series The Hidden Room.
In 1992, Ashbrook reprised his role as Bobby Briggs in the prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and portrayed Clyde Barrow in the television film, Bonnie & Clyde: The True Story alongside Tracey Needham. In 1994, Ashbrook starred alongside Jennifer Rubin and Quentin Tarantino in the short film The Coriolis Effect. The same year, he starred in the film Cityscrapes: Los Angeles He starred in the 1995 science fiction television pilot W.E.I.R.D. World, written and produced by the makers of the Tales from the Crypt series.
In 1995, Ashbrook starred in the film Comfortably Numb. In 1996, Ashbrook guest starred on the television series The Outer Limits. The following year, Ashbrook was cast as Gary McDermott on the short-lived television series Crisis Center. In 1998, he portrayed Seth in the film Interstate 5 and guest starred on the television series Welcome to Paradox.
Ashbrook has appeared on The WB's Charmed in the 2001 episode "Just Harried", on NBC's The Pretender in the 2000 episode "Rules of Engagement", on The Outer Limits in the 1996 episode "Resurrection", and on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the 2007 episode "Haystack". Ashbook played the recurring role of Rich Rinaldi on the television series Dawson's Creek (2002–2003). In 2009, Ashbrook joined the cast of the series Crash for the regular part of Jimmy. In 2010, he reunited with some of the cast of Twin Peaks on the comedy-tribute episode of Psych, titled Dual Spires. In 2012, Ashbrook starred alongside Ray Wise and Derek Mears in the Steven C. Miller psycho-thriller The Aggression Scale. In 2014, he was cast in the werewolf horror film Late Phases. The same year, deleted footage that he filmed for Fire Walk With Me was used for David Lynch's film Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces.
Ashbrook married actress Kate Rogal on August 15, 2015 in a private ceremony in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
|1978||Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!||Boy on Boat||Uncredited|
|1988||Return of the Living Dead Part II||Tom Essex|
|1989||She's Out of Control||Joey|
|1990||Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat||Jack|
|1990||Ghost Dad||Tony Ricker|
|1990||Girlfriend from Hell||Chaser|
|1991||The Willies||Tough Dude|
|1992||Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me||Bobby Briggs|
|1994||Cityscrapes: Los Angeles||Hipster|
|1994||The Coriolis Effect||Ray||Short film|
|1995||Comfortably Numb||William Best|
|1999||Blink of an Eye||Mikey|
|2001||Angels Don't Sleep Here||Michael / Jessie Daniels|
|2002||The Last Place on Earth||Rob Baskin|
|2002||New Alcatraz||Kelly Mitich|
|2005||Inner Balance||Mike||Short film|
|2012||The Aggression Scale||Lloyd|
|2014||The Opposite Sex||Gary|
|2017||Kensho at the Bedfellow||Scott|
|2019||Framing John DeLorean||Ben Tisa|
|2019||Ice Cream in the Cupboard||Pat|
|TBA||Please Baby Please||Post-production|
|1986||Cagney & Lacey||Kevin Slade||Episode: "Capitalism"|
|1987||Knots Landing||Teen||2 episodes|
|1987||ABC Afterschool Special||Brian||Episode: "Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story"|
|1988||21 Jump Street||Mark Stevens||Episode: "Whose Choice Is It Anyway?"|
|1990–1991||Twin Peaks||Bobby Briggs||27 episodes|
|1991||The Hidden Room||Matt||Episode: "Taking Back the Night"|
|1992||Bonnie & Clyde: The True Story||Clyde Barrow||Television film|
|1993||Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story||Marc||Television film|
|1994||Golden Gate||Rudi Venera||Television film|
|1995||W.E.I.R.D. World||Dylan Bledsoe||Television film|
|1996||The Outer Limits||Cain||Episode: "Resurrection"|
|1997||Crisis Center||Off. Gary McDermott||6 episodes|
|1998||Welcome to Paradox||Marshal Stu Clemens||Episode: "Into the Shop"|
|2000||The Pretender||Cam Larsen||Episode: "Rules of Engagement"|
|2001||Jack & Jill||Frank||Episode: "What Weddings Do to People"|
|2001||Charmed||T.J.||Episode: "Just Harried"|
|2002||Python II||Dwight Stoddard||Television film|
|2002–2003||Dawson's Creek||Rich Rinaldi||9 episodes|
|2004||The Division||Carl||Episode: "It's the Real Thing"|
|2006||Deadwood||Hearst Goon||Episode: "Tell Him Something Pretty"|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Paddy Kendall||Episode: "Haystack"|
|2007||The Kill Point||Tony||7 episodes|
|2010, 2014||Psych||Bob Barker / Jackson Hale||2 episodes|
|2011||White Collar||Thomas Carlisle||Episode: "Scott Free"|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Tommy Banks||Episode: "Ends and Means"|
|2017||Rosewood||Jeff Groves||Episode: "Calliphoridae & Country Roads"|
|2017||Chicago P.D.||Mark Scalise||Episode: "Grasping for Salvation"|
|2017||Twin Peaks||Deputy Bobby Briggs||7 episodes|
|2018||The Resident||Kevin Fell||Episode: "Run, Doctor, Run"|
- "Dana Ashbrook Biography". The New York Times.
- "Dana Ashbrook Filmography". The New York Times.
- Directory of Theatre Faculties in Colleges and Universities, U.S. and Canada 1996-96, CMS Publications, 1995, pg 23
- Daphne Ashbrook Biography (1966-)
- Churnin, Nancy (September 28, 1990). "'Twin Peaks' ' Ashbrook Might Know, but Don't Ask". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
- Kleid, Beth (November 30, 1992). "TELEVISION". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
- Two New Clips Tip The Aggression Scale
- "As Good As New: Updates on "TWIN PEAKS", "THE X-FILES" Reboots". Archived from the original on January 19, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2015.