David Faustino

David Anthony Faustino (born March 3, 1974) is an American actor and rapper primarily known for his role as Bud Bundy on the FOX sitcom Married... with Children.

David Faustino
David Faustino at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International.
David Anthony Faustino

(1974-03-03) March 3, 1974
OccupationActor, rapper, radio personality on Dash Radio, voice artist
Years active1980–present
Partner(s)Lindsay Bronson

David Faustino is currently the host of Old Scratch Radio Sundays on Skee 24/7 on Dash Radio.

Early life

Faustino was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 3, 1974, to Roger Faustino and Kay Faustino (nee Freeman), a costumer.[1] His older stepbrother Jeff Leiber is also an actor, and his younger brother Michael made many guest appearances on Married... with Children, including the episode David co-wrote, "T*R*A*S*H".


Faustino made his television debut at the age of 3 months when he appeared on the Lily Tomlin Special.[2] He did not start regularly acting until 1980 after a small role on Little House on the Prairie. Throughout the early to mid-1980s, Faustino guest-starred on a number of TV shows such as Family Ties, St. Elsewhere, and The Love Boat. In 1987, he landed a full-time gig on Married... with Children, which was his big break. He played Bud, the younger of the two Bundy children, in 259 episodes, from April 5, 1987, until the season finale on June 9, 1997. He reprised the role of Bud Bundy in such series as Parker Lewis Can't Lose and Top of the Heap. Faustino also appeared on Burke's Law, MADtv, and The New Addams Family.

In 2002, he appeared in the reality television special Celebrity Boot Camp (a shortened version of the Boot Camp series for celebrities). In 2001 he appeared in the independent film Killer Bud, produced by Aglet Productions. In 2005 Faustino guest-starred on two episodes of One on One.

Faustino also starred as Jason Dockery in the movie RoboDoc (2008). In April 2007 he was featured in an American McDonald's commercial introducing the "Dollar Menunaires." He developed and starred in Star-ving, a weekly Internet comedy series on Crackle, an online video network backed by Sony Pictures Entertainment.[3] A total of 12 episodes of Star-ving were produced. Faustino played an exaggerated version of himself in the series, which he wrote and developed with several friends as an "anti-Entourage."

"This is a very twisted take on what I've been through all these years," Faustino said.[4] He has also signed a deal with National Lampoon to be involved with three low-budget films.

Faustino appeared with the cast of Married... with Children again at the 7th Annual TV Land Awards in 2009, presented by Dr. Phil. He also had cameo appearances in two episodes of the HBO series Entourage and co-starred in the feature Not Another B Movie which was distributed by Troma Entertainment in 2011.

By 2012 Faustino was cast in The Legend of Korra as the voice of firebender Mako,[5] a central character named after the late Mako Iwamatsu (the voice of Iroh in the original series). He also voice Dagur the Deranged as a secondary villain on season one and main villain in season 2 of DreamWorks Dragons. He appears in the Bones 12th-season episode "The Radioactive Panthers in the Party," playing a fictional version of himself as a suspect in the death of an aspiring filmmaker.

Personal life

After meeting at a spiritual center in Los Angeles and dating for five years, he married Andrea Elmer on January 24, 2004, at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. They separated in May 2006. Faustino sought not to pay spousal support, according to the papers filed in Los Angeles. On February 6, 2007, Faustino officially filed for divorce in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.[6]

On November 14, 2015, his girlfriend Lindsay Bronson gave birth to their daughter, Ava Marie Faustino.[7]

Faustino was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana in May 2007. A disorderly intoxication charge was later dropped after Faustino agreed to enroll in a drug rehabilitation facility.[8][9]

Faustino co-founded and co-hosted a night club in Los Angeles named Balistyx, which is the same name as his rap album.[2] The club was "the first hip-hop/funk club on the Sunset Strip," and was originally held on Thursday nights at the Whisky a Go Go in 1991. The club closed after a final New Year's Eve party at The Roxy in 1993.[10]



Year Film Role Notes
1982 Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures Martin
1983 The Star Chamber Tony Hardin
1986 Mister Boogedy Corwin Davis
1987 Bride of Boogedy Corwin Davis
1990 I'm Naked Thinking of You Cousin Dave
1991 Perfect Harmony Paul
1994 Men Lie
1994 Fatal Vows: The Alexandra O'Hara Story Joey Pagan
1996 Kiss & Tell Strip-E, "The Bird"
1998 12 Bucks Cornfed
Lovers & Liars Darrel
1999 Dirt Merchant Sponge
2000 Get Your Stuff Ron
2001 MacArthur Park Bobby
The Heist Chuck
Killer Bud Buzz Frawley
10 Attitudes Billy (Attitude #3)
2005 Freezerburn Paul the P.A.
2006 National Lampoon's Pucked Carl
Nice Guys Ben
Puff, Puff, Pass Steve
2007 Leo David
2008 The Hustle Derrick
RoboDoc Jason Dockery Also Associate Producer
Boston Strangler: The Untold Story Albert De Salvo
Unconventional Himself
2009 Busted Wilburt
Official Rejection Himself
Not Another B Movie Hines
2010 Hollywont Rob
2012 Winx Club: The Secret of the Lost Kingdom Helia Voice role
2013 Winx Club 3D: Magical Adventure Helia Voice role
I Know That Voice Himself
2015 Entourage Himself Cameo


Year Film Role Notes
1974 Lily Tomlin Special Himself Was three months old
1980 Little House on the Prairie Josh Episode: "The Silent Cry"
1981 Trapper John, M.D. Little Boy Episode: "'Tis the Season"
1982 In the Custody of Strangers David Television film
1983 Summer Girl Jason Shelburne Television film
Shooting Stars Patrick Television film
Fantasy Island Michael Ashley Episode: "Random Choices/My Mother, the Swinger"
Family Ties Keith Baily Episode: "To Snatch a Keith"
1984 The Love Boat Scott Russell Episode: "Ace in the Hole/Uncle Joey's
Song/Father in the Cradle"
St. Elsewhere Boy Episode: "Two Balls and a Strike"
E/R Randy Beal Episode: "Save the Last Dance for Me"
1985 Highway to Heaven Robbie Brown Episode: "Plane Death"
I Had Three Wives Andrew Beaudine Main role
Scarecrow and Mrs. King Actor Episode: "Utopia Now"
1986 CBS Schoolbreak Special Louie Dawson Episode: "The Drug Knot"
The Twilight Zone Micah Frost Episode: "The Storyteller"
1987–1997 Married... with Children Bud Bundy 259 episodes
1987 Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears Cavin Episode: "The Knights of Gummadoons"
1990 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Bud Bundy Episode: "Musso & Frank"
The Earth Day Special Bud Bundy
1991 Perfect Harmony Paul Disney TV Movie
Top of the Heap Bud Bundy Episode: "The Agony and the Agony"
Blossom Himself Episode: "Blossom – A Rockumentary"
1992 CBS Schoolbreak Special Travis Bickle Episode: "Words Up!"
1992 Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Himself Episode: "The Immigration Station Perpetration"
1994 Burke's Law Carl Loomis Episode: "Who Killed the Soap Star?"
Robin's Hood Actor Episode: "Memories Are Made of This"
1996 Madtv Himself Episode: "#1.12"
1996 Dead Man's Island Haskell Prescott Television film
1997 Madtv Host Episode: "#2.21"
1999 Jesse Dwayne Episode: "The Best Deal Possible"
The New Addams Family Greg the Alien Episode: "The Close Encounters of the Addams Kind"
Unhappily Ever After Jimbo Bacilli Episode: "Tiffany Burger"
2000 Batman Beyond Sean Miller Voice role
Episode: "The Last Resort"
Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family Older Chance, Narrator Episode: "Just Act Normal", "The Line"
Nash Bridges Simon/Denny Episodes: "Hard Cell" and "Jump Start"
2001 Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family Older Change, Narrator Episode: "Borderline Normal"
Intimate Portrait Narrator Episode: "Katey Sagal"
The Zeta Project Scruffy Voice role
Episodes: "His Maker's Name"
The Test Himself Episode: "The Sex Etiquette Test"
Going to California Kurt Beamis Episode: "The Big Padoodle"
2002 The X-Files Michael Daley Episode: "Sunshine Days"
The Rerun Show Pete Episodes: "The Partridge Family: My Son, the
Feminist/Married... with Children: The Dance Show"
2003 Static Shock Starburst Voice role
Episode: "Showtime"
Mickeypalooza Himself Television special
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Droobie Episode: "Droobie or Not Droobie"
The Help Adam Ridgeway Episodes: "Pilot", "Dwayne Gets a Cold"
"Pahtay", "Ollie Shares", "Doghouse"
Entourage Himself Episode: "The Review"
2005 What's New, Scooby-Doo? Curt Crunch Voice role
Episode: "Wrestle Maniacs"
One On One Ian/Chad Episodes: "Contract High" and "Study Buddy"
TV Land Confidential Himself Episode: "Changing Times and Trends"
2006 American Dad! Himself Voice role
Episode: "Rough Trade"
Loonatics Unleashed Arthur, Time Skip Voice role
Episode: "Time After Time"
2007 TV Land Confidential Himself Interviewee
Episode: "Finales"
2008–2011 The Path of Atticus Theseus Voice role
Recurring role
2008 The Batman Fox / David Voice role
Episode: "Attack of the Terrible Trio"
Rules of the Game Executive Producer
2009 Robot Chicken Himself, Dr. Rudy Wells, Grandfather Voice role
Episode: "Love, Maurice"
Entourage Himself Episode: "Scared Straight"
2010 7 Days Himself Member of Team 1
Episode dated October 22, 2010
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Bud Shelton Voice role
Episode: "Revenge of the Man Crab"
2011–2014 Winx Club Helia Voice role
2012–2014 The Legend of Korra Mako Voice role
Main character
2013–2018 DreamWorks Dragons Dagur the Deranged Voice role
2013 Modern Family Tater Episode: "Bad Hair Day"
2016 Atomic Shark Fletcher Television film
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Bud Television film
2016– The Young and the Restless Howard Green Recurring role
2017 Bones Fictional version of himself Episode: "The Radioactive Panthers in the Party"

Web series

Year Film Role Notes
2009 Star-ving Himself Also Executive Producer, Director, and Writer
Web series
Dark Christmas[11] Himself
2012 SuperF*ckers Jack Krak Voice role
2013 Bad Samaritans Dax Wendell


Aside from his acting, Faustino has been in the music industry in the rap genre under the name D' Lil.

In 1992 D' Lil released the album Balistyx, which spawned one single titled "I Told Ya."[2][12]

He co-wrote a 2008 independent electronica album with Austin-based musician Jon Dishongh titled Hollowdreams, which he also produced alongside close friend Corin Nemec.


  1. "David Faustino Biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  2. "David Faustino profile". MarriedWithChildren.com. Archived from the original on September 1, 2009. Retrieved November 5, 2009.
  3. "Crackle.com Articles on AOL TV". Tvsquad.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  4. Braxton, Greg (January 15, 2009). "David Faustino re-emerges to tell (almost) all in 'Star-ving'". Latimes.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  5. "Thank God There was Korra: Actors Janet Varney and David Faustino talk "Legend of Korra" [Interview]". ComicsAlliance.com. August 11, 2014. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  6. Jones, Oliver. "Married ... With Children's David Faustino Divorcing", People magazine, February 6, 2007
  7. http://celebritybabies.people.com/2015/11/15/david-faustino-welcomes-a-baby-girl/
  8. Time Waster. "David Faustino's mugshot". Thesmokinggun.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  9. Report on Faustino's arrest Archived December 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  10. http://www.facebook.com/pages/BALISTYX
  11. "Exclusive Set Visit: Deon Taylor's Dark Christmas / Updates on Chain Letter and Dead Tone". Dreadcentral.com. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  12. "D' Lil". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
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