David Faustino

Active - 1980 - 2016  |   Born - Mar 3, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Drama

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Biography by Nathan Southern

Perhaps best known for his long-running role as Bud Bundy, the juvenile delinquent son of shoe salesman Al Bundy (Ed O'Neill) and lazy housewife Peg Bundy (Katey Sagal) on Fox's popular blue-collar sitcom Married...With Children (1987-1997), actor David Faustino grew up in Northridge, CA. The son of a Hollywood costume designer and his wife, who guided each of their children into show business, David landed his first role at the age of three, playing a female clown in a Lily Tomlin special, then moved into commercials and landed guest appearances on such series as Family Ties, The Twilight Zone, and Little House on the Prairie, as well as appearances in movies including I Ought to Be in Pictures (1982) and The Star Chamber (1983). Faustino was tapped for the Married role in 1987, and rode to fame as the series soared in popularity (and controversy), remaining with the program for each of its ten seasons.

By the early '90s, the performer had also branched out into an ambitious musical career; he founded an urban-themed nightspot called Club Balistyx in West Hollywood, where he frequently performed as a rap singer, and in 1992 issued his first audio recording, The Balistyx Album. After Married folded in 1997, Faustino resumed feature roles, with parts in films including The Heist (1999), MacArthur Park (2001), Freezerburn (2005), and National Lampoon's Pucked (2006). He continued to appear on TV, mostly playing himself in cameo roles in shows like Entourage and launched a successful voice-over career, voicing characters in The Legend of Korra and Dreamworks Dragons.

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  • Father was a Hollywood costume designer who encouraged both of his sons to enter show business.
  • Made his television debut at 3 months old in The Lily Tomlin Special (1975).
  • Was co-owner of a Los Angeles nightclub called Balistyx for two years in the early 1990s; up-and-coming artists such as Xzibit and will.i.am engaged in rap battles at the club.
  • Released a hip-hop album titled Balistyx in 1992.
  • Created a Web series called Star-ving with fellow '90s teen star Corin Nemec in 2009.
  • Supports the Variety Children's Charity, Athletes and Entertainers for Kids and Comic Relief.