David Begel

Profile Updated: March 23, 2019
Residing In: Milwaukee, WI USA
Spouse/Partner? Tell us how long: Shorewood grad, Susan 52 years
Occupation: Journalist/Musician/Actor/Playwright
Children/Grandchildren? If so, birth year and location: emily 1974, allison 1977
charlie, 13, molly 10, alex 10, Casey 6.
They all live More…in Milwaukee so we have a full and active life with our kids and grandkids.
Personal Website / Homepage: davebegelontheater.com
Military Service: navy  


What did you do right after high school?

college to flunk out and then the navy. spent most of navy career in southeast asia. was the first to know that the uss pueblo had been boarded and captured by north korea. Worked in Naval Intelligence and was in Vietnam 7 separate times. I got married while stationed in philippines.

Have you had different careers?

too many to count. journalist, tv host, tv news director, assistant superintendent of schools, government aide, author, actor, radio talk show host, ball room dancing instructor, volunteer reading tutor, shaman.

Fun or interesting "adventures" or one of the high points of your life.

I have had countless highs and lows. Life for me has been an adventure, and like all adventures, there have been wonderful things and some not so wonderful things. I think I've always had a sense of letting things spiral both in and out of control. Many of my wounds are self-inflicted, but many of my triumphs are self-won. I guess it all evens out in the end. Still working hard to lose weight.

What do you do with your spare time? What are you passionate about?

I played golf for over 45 years but gave it up two years ago. too difficult, too expensive, too much time. soooooo much happier. play guitar and still have a rock and roll band, although our gigs are far and few between now. politically active, died in the wool liberal.

Have you lived one of your dreams?

I've lived lots of dreams and nightmares. They have all combined to make me who I am. Happy with myself most of the time. My legacy is my children and my grandchildren. I've left joy in some, heartbreak in others. One thing that can be said is that I have had an impact. That, I guess, has always been important to me.

Publications or recordings? Ex: books, articles, films, music.

Bringing Up Emily, Turnbull & Willoughby, 1984. Thousands of newspaper articles. Literally. Thousands.

What would most surprise us to know about you now and what you have done?

I have become enamored of Shakespeare. I love playing his characters. I love his sense of the language. It is so hard, but so rewarding. Who ever thought I might actually work hard at something.

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Happy Birthday Eddy. I guess I'm supposed to know who you are, so I wish you the very best, just as I've done forever. Right, huh?

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Dear Dave,
Many happy, healthy returns, and welcome to the Old Farts Club (long may it wave!) Interested to see that you've spent your life acting. My daughter is an (actually working all the time) actress based in Geneva and Berlin. If you ever get over to France, please come visit us. We live in paradise (the Dordogne), the 19th century but with tractors. I hope you've been enjoying your life and that you are well.
All the best,

Rue André Lamaud
24530 Champagnac-de-Belair

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Best wishes on your upcoming birthday!
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