L. Lander, born in 1947 in Brooklyn, NY, the youngest son of two schoolteachers,
decided to become an actor when he was 10. His training began 4 years
later at New Yorks High School for the Performing Arts and continued
at Carnegie Tech and New York University.
college, David moved to Hollywood and found a job writing for a short-lived
variety show, ROMP! Next, while working for an answering service, David
was discovered by a radio producer who liked his sense of humor and the
unique voices he performed. David was then given an audition with The
Credibility Gap, a satirical radio show based on the days news.
here that he and fellow Gapper, Michael McKean, first performed
Lenny And Squiggy before a live audience. One of the radio
listeners was Penny Marshall, who had just been given a new show for ABC,
Laverne & Shirley. She convinced the boys to perform at one
of her parties, where Garry Marshall asked if they would audition for
the characters of this show. The very popular show ran for 7 years (19761983).
During that time David and Michael appeared in over 200 episodes.
David has appeared
in several feature films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The
Man with One Red Shoe, and A League of Their Own. In addition,
he often does voiceovers for radio, television, and cartoonsincluding
the animated feature film, A Bugs Life and two ABC animated
series, Jungle Cubs and 101 Dalmatians. David also has been
featured on the hit soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS),
as well as TV shows Sabrina, The Teenage Witch (ABC) and Mad
About You (NBC).
In June of 1999, after
14 years of silence, David announced that he has multiple sclerosis. He
joined the National MS Society as an ambassador to increase awareness
about MS and the Societyand demonstrate that you can enjoy a fulfilling
career and active life despite having a chronic illness. In November 2000,
David was named the National MS Ambassador of the Year.
Since then, David
Lander has been featured in many interviews on TV, radio and in print.
He also published an autobiography, Fall Down, Laughing (September
2000, Putnam)a candid and humorous description of "How Squiggy
caught multiple sclerosis and didn't tell nobody.
To find out more about
David Lander, go to www.davidlander.com.