Alan Rachins has starred in two successful television series
in his career; the Emmy Award winning L.A. Law, where he
created the complex character of ‘Douglas Brackman’ that
earned him both a Golden Globe and Emmy nomination,
and Dharma & Greg, as ‘Larry Finkelstein’ the hippie father,
which appears nightly in syndication.
Born in Boston, Rachins left the Wharton School of Finance
to study with teachers William Ball, Warren Robertson, Kim
Stanley and Harvey Lembeck, among others. Over the next
decade, he performed in a succession of plays, including the
original Broadway productions of After the Rain and Hadrian
the Seventh, as well as the original off-Broadway
productions of The Trojan Women and the outrageous and
controversial Oh! Calcutta.
In 1972, Rachins put his acting career on hold when he was
accepted as a fellow in the writing and directing programs at
the American Film Institute. He went on to sell scripts to a
variety of shows, including Hill Street Blues, Fall Guy, Hart
to Hart and Knight Rider. He also directed an episode of
Paris with James Earl Jones, as well as an Equity waiver
play. Alan’s Hill Street Blues episode won an Emmy that
season for the talented actress Barbara Babcock.
Despite his burgeoning successes as a writer and director,
Rachins returned to his acting career with a leading role in
Henry Jaglom’s independent film, Always. This critically
acclaimed film brought him the attention that ultimately led to
his role on L.A.Law.
Alan continued to working in feature films such as Heart
Condition co-starring with Denzel Washington and Bob
Hoskins, Paul Verhoven’s Showgirls, Rob Reiner’s North,
Meet Wally Sparks, Starquest, Leave it to Beaver, and the
independent feature, Taken.
On television, Alan has starred in the two hour reunion “LA
LAW: The Movie” on NBC, The Elian Gonzales Story for the
Fox Family Channel as well as the highest rated MOW for the
Animal Planet entitled, The Retrievers, starring alongside
Robert Hayes and Robert Wagner. Additional television
appearances include the Jackie Collins miniseries, Lady
Boss, as well as in Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the
Silent Singer. Other starring roles include the television
movies, She Says She’s Innocent, Single Women, Married
Men, Tales From the Crypt, and Unwed Father.
Off-Broadway and regional theatre appearances most
recently include the world premiere of Arthur Laurents’ two-
hander “Attacks Of The Heart” at the George Street
Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J. directed by David Saint.
At the Cape Playhouse, he played the part of Matthew
Harrison Brady in Inherit The Wind. Additionally, he tackled
the role of ‘Albin’, the flamboyant transvestite in the famed
Jupiter Theater production of La Cage Aux Folles, was seen
in Love Letters with Swoosie Kurtz at the Coronet Theatre in
Beverly Hills and starred in the Reprise production of
Promises, Promises with Jason Alexander, Jean Smart and
Alan Thicke at the Freud Theatre in Los Angeles.
Happily married, Alan and Joanna have a son, Robert. The
couple has formed a production company, Allofit
Productions, which has acquired books and original
screenplays to develop for television and feature films.