David Garrison (born David Earl Garrison on June 30, 1952) starred as Steve Rhoades for three and a half seasons of MWC, and then made several guest appearances as Steve, and one as the pirate Rubio the Cruel.

Early lifeEdit

David, a native of Long Branch, New Jersey, was born the son of Maude (Buss), a teacher, and Earl B. Garrison, a school administrator.[1][2] He graduated summa cum laude from Boston University's School of Fine Arts.


David began his association with Michael G. Moye and Ron Leavitt before MWC, as he was the antagonist also of their earlier single-season sitcom, the short-lived NBC series "It's Your Move" with Jason Bateman.

David, for the most part, enjoyed his years playing Steve Rhoades, but he missed performing in live theater, and asked to be let out of his contract. Despite this, he was a regular on a short-lived NBC sitcom, Working It Out, in 1990 shortly after his exit from Married... with Children. A going-away present from the producers of Married... with Children was a blown-up police mug shot of himself as Steve Rhoades, with the caption "Gotta sing, gotta dance, gotta f***ing starve to death." Nonetheless, Garrison parted on good terms, returning four times in subsequent seasons (and the reunion special), detailing the career Rhoades had pursued since he'd last been seen. However, he was not interviewed nor present at the 2009 TV Land Awards show when the entire cast was honored.

An idea for a Married with Children spinoff called Radio Free Trumaine was proposed, in which David would reprise his role as Steve Rhoades being the Dean of Trumaine University, and would have David Faustino as the leading man. However, the show, despite a backdoor pilot within the main series, never came to fruition.

Other acting creditsEdit

Other television credits include Law & Order, The Practice, Without a Trace, Everybody Loves Raymond, NYPD Blue, Judging Amy, Murphy Brown, Murder, She Wrote, L.A. Law, Tom Clancy's Op-Center and, for PBS Great Performances, On the Town with the London Symphony Orchestra and Ira Gershwin at 100: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall.

David also participated in several installments of the ABC game show The $25,000 Pyramid as the celebrity guest in 1988. David also appeared in the George Romero film Creepshow, in "The Crate" segment where he plays a college dean. His background, and love, is, and was musical theatre, and it was this that caused him to persuade the produceers to let him buy out his contract halfway through season 4, since he didn't want to be tied down to a weekly TV show, and couldn't practically commute over the distances involved.


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