Alan Rachins

Alan Rachins

Highest Rated: 79% Any Day Now (2012)

Lowest Rated: 10% Heart Condition (1990)

Birthday: Oct 3, 1942

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Actor Alan Rachins found television success not once, but twice, playing two characters who could not be less alike on the series "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) and "Dharma & Greg" (ABC, 1997-2002). After abandoning a planned career in the family food processing business, he gained early acting experience on the stages of New York in productions like the sexy musical romp "Oh! Calcutta!" in the late-1960s. Rachins soon moved to Hollywood where he studied screen craft at the American Film Institute and picked up minor parts in television projects such as the docudrama "Fear on Trial" (1975) and the hit melodrama "Dallas" (CBS, 1978-1991). He had minor success writing for several television series and lending acting support in a few small feature films before landing the career-defining role of acerbic attorney Douglas Brackman, Jr. on "L.A. Law." At the height of its popularity, the program was one of the most watched shows on television and set the ground rules for the many ensemble dramas that would follow. Although a substantial role in the critical and box office disaster "Showgirls" (1995) may not have provided Rachins with the preferred exposure, a supporting role as a member of the "Dharma & Greg" cast offered him the opportunity to play against type as the aging hippie Larry Finkelstein. Instantly familiar, yet surprisingly versatile, Rachins complemented any project he was involved in, whether it was comedy, drama, or - as in the case of "L.A. Law" - a brilliant merging of the two.

Highest rated movies

Any Day Now
Leave It to Beaver
Meet Wally Sparks
Heart Condition




No Score Yet No Score Yet Angels on Tap Gabriel (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 54% 30 Nights Nicholas Sr. (Character) - 2017
79% 76% Any Day Now Judge Resnick (Character) $200.0K 2012
No Score Yet 25% 3 Musketeers Treville (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Law: The Movie Douglas Brackman Jr. (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 54% The Retrievers Ed (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Elián González Story Spencer Eig (Character) - 2000
21% 32% Leave It to Beaver Fred Rutherford (Character) $10.7M 1997
13% 31% Meet Wally Sparks Judge Randel Williams (Character) $4.1M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Stepsister Dr. Derek Canfield (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 66% Unwed Father Don Kempler (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 0% Star Quest Jammad (Character) - 1995
23% 37% Showgirls Tony Moss (Character) $19.3M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Crimes of the Hart David Kramer (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 83% Violation of Trust Matthew Essex (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Silenced Singer Sean Lassiter (Character) - 1990
10% 35% Heart Condition Dr. Posner (Character) $4.1M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Single Women, Married Men Jerry Zimmer (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mistress Ben Washburn (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 31% Always Eddie (Character) $41.8M 1985


No Score Yet 83% Young Sheldon Vern (Guest Star) 2021
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2018
No Score Yet 88% The Middle Mort (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 83% Mom Jed (Guest Star) 2015
54% 67% The Crazy Ones Bud Lymsky (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 86% Rizzoli and Isles Stanley (Guest Star) 2011-2013
No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Unknown (Guest Voice) 2012
76% 86% Happy Endings Howard Blum (Guest Star) 2011
100% 95% The Spectacular Spider-Man Norman Osborn (Guest Voice) 2009
5% No Score Yet Surviving Suburbia Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
60% No Score Yet Eli Stone Familiar Lawyer (Guest Star) 2008
65% No Score Yet Close to Home Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet 81% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet 33% Just Shoot Me Tate Gittling (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Larry Finkelstein (Character) 1997-2002
14% No Score Yet Love Boat: The Next Wave Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 95% Rugrats Lowell/Greek Bully/Donut Man (Guest Voice) 1996
86% 87% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 100% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Law Douglas Brackman, Jr. (Character) 1986-1994
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1991
No Score Yet 88% The Golden Girls Jason Stillman (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Writer 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1979