David Ackert (born September 13, 1968) is an Iranian American actor, writer, and film producer.
Ackert was born Ramin Stephen Ackert in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the son of Stephen Ackert and Golnoush Khaleghi, and grandson of the legendary Iranian composer, Ruhollah Khaleghi. Ackert has one younger brother, Julian, living in Washington, D.C.. Ackert and his wife Rebecca Nassi currently live in Los Angeles, California.
As an actor, Ackert has appeared in several episodes of television shows such as Bones, CSI: Miami, Monk, Six Feet Under and The West Wing. Ackert was a series regular in Crossroads Café which originally aired on PBS in 1996. He has also appeared in films such as This Is Not a Test, La Linea and Maryam.
His performances have received critical acclaim from numerous publications including The Village Voice, Back Stage, The Iranian Times, Los Angeles Times, and National Review, who calls Ackert’s work a “fascinating combination of brooding intensity and kindhearted vulnerability.”
David has performed on numerous American stages including The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, where he played the male lead in “Beneath the Veil”.
He is a published science fiction author. His short stories, co-authored with Benjamin Rosenbaum, have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Realms of Fantasy.
As reviewed in The Fix “… Benjamin Rosenbaum and David Ackert’s collaboration, “Stray,” is a beautifully touching narrative… about humanity and love.”
In 1995, Ackert co-founded “Voices in Harmony” with Christian Murphy and Melissa Fitzgerald. The non-profit organization works with at-risk teens using theater to improve their self-esteem.
In 2000, Ackert and Fitzgerald produced “Listen,” a documentary about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse for the high-school audience.
In 2007, Ackert was one of the producers of “Voices of Uganda” a documentary that followed the Voices in Harmony program as it worked with war-torn teenagers in northern Uganda.
In February 2008, Ackert traveled to Washington, D.C. to with Resolve Uganda to lobby for peace in Northern Uganda on Capitol Hill.
David studied Acting at Carnegie Mellon University and transferred to Ithaca College where he received his bachelors and was later awarded “Difference Maker” in the school’s recognition of alumni who have made a meaningful impact through community service initiatives.
Ackert sits on the board for Park Lane, a boutique investment banking firm that specializes in Sports and Entertainment.