Born and raised in the small western Pennsylvania industrial town of Jeannette, David was a noted high school basketball and football player who attended Wake Forest University on a football scholarship. After starting as a lineman on their undefeated Freshman football team, he transferred to California State University and became a starting forward on the basketball team, earning honorable mention all-league honors his junior year. Upon graduation, he became an elementary public school teacher in the Washington D.C. area for one year before moving to Tucson, Arizona to teach at a private high school. It was while out West that a casting director asked the lanky David if he'd like to portray a lawman in a western movie with "one word" of dialogue. Orange, working on the movie, became intrigued with the film-making process, and several other small film and TV roles followed.
The following year he moved to Hollywood to give acting a serious try--though continuing to teach in the L.A. Unified Public school system. Bit parts in movies and TV continued until David performed in his first stage play in Los Angeles... and his pursuit of acting would take him on another wondrous voyage. A film director seeing David acting on stage for the first time encouraged him to give the New York theatre a try. David did, and the advice paid off.
Orange went on to co-star in two Broadway plays--Knockout, to understudy and perform in role opposite Oscar nominee actor Danny Aiello, the other play Torch Song Trilogy, alongside Harvey Fierstein which was a huge hit with over a two year run after garnering the Tony Award for "Best Play" of the year.
Over a 30-year career, David has acted in 300 television commercials, numerous film credits including a dozen TV episodic guest starring roles, Movies of the Week and several feature films-- among them Star Trek VI--the Undiscovered Country. His humorous cameo appearance as "Sleepy Klingon" Wolten has developed a Trekkie/Sci Fi fan following.
Also having a long-time passion for writing, David recently had his fourth novel published, a science fiction thriller novella MUTANT SPECIMEN L. His other works include the novelette short story THIS CEMETERY IS MINE, about a man who, accidentally buried alive, survives with the ability afterwards to speak to spirits of the deceased from that cemetery which he has written a TV Pilot that branches out from the short story.
Also a journalist, David has over 25 published magazine articles to his credit, mostly pertaining to wine and show business celebrity profiles. He also has written several screenplays-- two of them optioned, and has been hired as a story consultant and writer.
Mr. Orange divides his time between New York City and southern Florida.
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