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David M. Labrava (born October 19, 1962)[2] is an actor, writer, tattoo artist, member of the Hells Angels[3][4] and motorcycle enthusiast best known for playing Happy in the FX series Sons of Anarchy.

David Labrava
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Labrava at the 2014 Comic-Con International
David M. Labrava

(1962-10-19) October 19, 1962 (age 56)
ResidenceOakland, California
OccupationActor, glassblower, writer, tattoo artist, member of the Hells Angels
Known forPlaying Happy Lowman on Sons of Anarchy (2008–2014), and Mayans M.C. (2018)


Early lifeEdit

Labrava was born in Miami, Florida, spent time in Amsterdam tattooing and bouncing at a club.[1] He grew up riding dirt bikes and got his first Harley Davidson when he was 17 years old.[1][3]


Labrava was hired to be the Technical Advisor for Sons of Anarchy and then was cast as Happy; he was with the show since its inception in 2008 to its finale in 2014.[5] He also co-wrote Season 4 Episode 10, titled "Hands", the only episode in seven seasons that ever won an award, an honorable mention from Time Magazine.[1]

Labrava has authored a best selling autobiography entitled "Becoming A Son"

Labrava wrote, produced, directed and starred in his first feature film entitled "Street Level" which is available on digital platforms.

Labrava writes a column in the national hot rod magazine, 'Ol Skool Rodz, called "Burnin' Rubber with Jimmy Carbone". He is credited as Dave "D.L." Labrava.[6] Before that he used to write for the Horse Motorcycle magazine and built a bike that made the cover in March 2001.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Labrava resides in Oakland, California with his dogs. He practices Buddhism.[8]

His son took his own life on May 5, 2018, (he had just turned 16) after battling depression. Labrava wrote on Instagram "I am broken" and encouraged his followers to communicate with their loved ones, because "there may not be any signs."[9]



  1. ^ a b c d Radish, Christina. "David Labrava SONS OF ANARCHY Interview". Collider. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  2. ^ Labrava, David (19 October 2013). "YOU PEOPLE ROCK!!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE BIRTHDAY WISHES!!!!!!". Twitter. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b Marnell, Blair (10 November 2011). "David Labrava on 'Sons of Anarchy'". Crave Online. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  4. ^ "David M. LaBrava is charged with two counts of felony drug possession and two misdemeanor charges for possession of the marijuana and the pipe". Zimbio. 3 August 2008. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Sons of Ararchy | Happy". FX Networks. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Horn - Crew". Ol' Skool Rodz. Archived from the original on 13 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Cover". Horse Motorcycle (13). March 2001.
  8. ^ Labrava, David (15 November 2013). "THE WAY OF THE BUDDHA IS UNATTAINABLE I VOW TO ATTAIN IT". Twitter.
  9. ^ "Sons of Anarchy's David Labrava's Teenage Son Commits Suicide". E! Online. 2018. Retrieved 28 July 2018.

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