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Biography

David Reyne was born on May 14, 1959, in Nigeria. He has an older brother named James (who’s also a well-known musician and actor) and a younger sister named Elizabeth. James is almost exactly two years older than David - their birthdays are only five days apart!

In Nigeria his father Michael Reyne and mother Judith Graham (Graham is a stage name) were both acting with a local dramatic society. But when David was 6 months old the family returned to Australia. They settled in Mount Eliza (Victoria). Although his mother started out as a teacher, she began acting professionally in 1981, and quit teaching in 1988 to completely focus on her acting career.

In 1978 James started a band called Australian Crawl, and David was asked to be the drummer. The band turned out to be a big hit - and soon they were considered famous, with about 11 gigs each week. This didn’t leave much time for anything else, and after 10 months David decided to quit the band, and instead go back to Melbourne’s Swinburne Film Institute to finish his education. Although he was studying to be a director, he soon discovered he also really enjoyed being in front of the camera, and decided to pursue a career in acting.

After he had finished his education at Swinburne in 1980, David made a few movies of his own, and also appeared in others. He guest starred in Cop Shop and The Sullivans before getting a small part as a drummer in the stage play I Love My Wife in Sydney.

In the early 80s David starred in the TV series Starting Out, Sweet and Sour and Possession, while also taking the time to be in several bands. In 1984 he won the Best New Talent Logie for Sweet and Sour!

In 1986 David starred in the movie Shark’s Paradise, and in 1987 in the movie Frenchman’s Farm. In 1986 he also joined the Chantoozies - a band who became very successful.

During the following years David focused almost completely on his music career together with the Chantoozies (apart from one guest appearance and one cameo appearance on the popular TV series The Flying Doctors). But in February 1990, David felt it was time to move on and left the band to instead focus on his acting career. He appeared in the TV movie Bony (1990), and two mini-series - Flair (1990) and Golden Fiddles (1991). But his biggest success was probably as Dr. Guy Reid on The Flying Doctors (1990-1991) - a character David described as a “loveable jerk”.

During the 1990s David did several stints as a host or presenter, and also did a few guest appearances. He also continued his music career. In 1992 David first joined the Getaway team as a presenter, and over the years he has become a regular cast member and also a producer. But in January 2006 David decided to leave Getaway to instead host 9am With David And Kim together with Kim Watkins.

If being an actor, producer, musician and songwriter wasn’t enough, David has also done a bit of journalism for News Limited, and also appeared on a couple of radio shows.

In the summer of 1994 David married Karina Loscher (they had been a couple since 1987). They have two children: son Hunter (born October 16, 1995) and daughter Eva Sunny (born in 1999). In 1997, after living in Melbourne‘s St. Kilda for several years (where Karina went from being an interior designer to having her own flower shop), the family bought an old farm house south of Mooroduc, on the Mornington Pennisula in Victoria- not far from where David grew up. Karina now works part time at a local winery. She still has a big interest in interior design, and was the main force in fixing up their house.