David H. Lawrence XVII

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David H. Lawrence XVII
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Nationality American
Occupation Actor, broadcaster, author, new media consultant
Website http://www.davids.com/

David Harvard Lawrence XVII is an American television and film actor, voice talent, network radio host, Internet entrepreneur, podcaster, demo producer, teacher and author, best known for his role as The Puppetmaster on NBC's sci-fi series Heroes.[1][2][3] He was also the host of the daily The David Lawrence Show and weekend Online Tonight, both nationally syndicated radio talk shows that revolved around pop culture and the high-tech lifestyle.[2][3]

The "XVII" in his name was a way for Lawrence to distinguish himself from previous David Lawrences already registered with SAG. At the time, he was the 17th David Lawrence listed on IMDb, and appended the number to his name upon his own registry.[4]


Lawrence's appearances on network television include playing a Serbian doctor opposite Dennis Haysbert in the CBS series The Unit, created by David Mamet; a car wash manager on another CBS series, CSI; a rock and roll wannabe on TBS's Frank TV with Frank Caliendo;[5] and as one of the eponymous "villains" on NBC's Heroes. The Heroes role, that of puppetmaster Eric Doyle (one of the 12 escaped villains), was introduced in Volume 3, "Heroes: Villains" in Episode 2, "The Butterfly Effect". The character began a multi episode arc in Episode 5, "Angels and Monsters".[3][6] Lawrence has also played the role as the station manager in Goodnight Burbank, Charles Bukowski in the musical Bukowsical!, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, as well as parts in The Children's Hour, The Good Doctor, Born Yesterday, The Fall of the House of Usher and the role of Barry Champlain in Talk Radio.[3] He has performed on stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. With director Bob Pondillo PhD, Lawrence played Wallace in the short film My Name Is Wallace Lawrence also was executive producer of My Name Is Wallace.[3][7] In early 2009, he appeared in an episode of the BBC reality program Beat the Boss, in which his team designed a cheesecake. In 2010, Lawrence portrayed a taxi cab driver in the sixth season of Lost, and in 2011, he guest starred in the NBC comedy action series Chuck. He is also in the Fox series The Finder and TNT series Perception.

Radio broadcast history[edit]

Lawrence was heard on the radio for nearly 35 years on stations: WMAL, WMZQ and WRQX/Washington DC, WGAR, WGCL, WDMT/Cleveland, KC101/New Haven, WTAE/Pittsburgh and WNCI and WLVQ/Columbus. He is a founding member and former executive producer of the radio comedy ensemble, The American Comedy Network.[8] He wrote the best-selling Learn HTML on The Macintosh, the first web design book created exclusively for Macintosh users.[citation needed] He was the anchor and executive producer of the music show, The Net Music Countdown where one of his net unknown artists was Megaphone.[9][10]


Lawrence has been involved in podcasting since the inception. He holds the title of 'first podcaster' since he has been sending audio to subscribers via the internet since 1994 when he started the 'Personal Netcast'.[citation needed] David does voiceover work and speaks at events, including the NAB and the Portable Media Expo.[2][11] David developed ShowTaxi, a subscription management for premium podcasters. He is also the host of a premium podcast called "Patrick Tucker's Secrets of Screen Acting: The Podcast."[2][12]

Voice work[edit]

Lawrence is the voice of America Online's customer service lines, and the voice of more than 1500 other interactive voice response telephone systems. Lawrence also wrote and produced the radio programs for the video game Saints Row.[13] In 2007, he started his Demos2GoGo, his own voiceover demo reel business.[1] Starting on November 18, 2010, he did guest announcing for The Price Is Right, as he is a personal friend of host Drew Carey.


Lawrence makes regular appearances as an industry commentator on TechTV, CNN, FOX, CBS, MSNBC and Tribune broadcasting outlets as well as the CBC and the BBC, where he is on Radio 5 Live's "Up All Night."[12][14]


  1. ^ a b Kuhn, Sarah (October 2, 2008). "Who's the Boss". Backstage. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Archived from the original on December 4, 2008. Retrieved October 18, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d "David Lawrence Bio NAB Europe 2008". National Association of Broadcasting. October 26, 2008. Archived from the original on June 23, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "IMDB David Lawrence XVII". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Television Without Pity Interview". Television Without Pity. October 22, 2008. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Personal Netcast Podcast". May 15, 2008. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  6. ^ "Heroes vs. the villains". USA Today. September 17, 2008. Retrieved September 23, 2008. 
  7. ^ "356 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL ACCEPTS MOVIE MADE BY MTSU PERSONNEL". Office of News and Public Affairs at Middle Tennessee State Univ. April 20, 2007. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  8. ^ DOUGHERTY, PHILIP H. (April 15, 1987). "ADVERTISING; A Humorous Touch Wins Radio Ad Drive". New York Times. Archived from the original on February 15, 2009. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  9. ^ NAPOLI, LISA (September 23, 2004). "An 'American Idol' Hopeful's Blog". The New York Times. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  10. ^ Lawrence, David (January 5, 2007). "Megaphone Top Net Unknown Week of January 5, 2007". Net Music Countdown. Archived from the original on February 12, 2007. Retrieved January 18, 2007. 
  11. ^ "New Media Expo 2007 Session Descriptions". Portable New Media Expo. August 14, 2007. Archived from the original on November 28, 2007. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b "David Lawrence Bio NAB 2006". National Association of Broadcasting. October 23, 2006. Archived from the original on October 25, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  13. ^ Klinger, Steve (July 9, 2007). "Saints Row Review". Xbox 360 Achievements. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  14. ^ "David Lawrence on MSNBC on internet scams and hackers". MSNBC. Archived from the original on December 31, 2010. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 

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