David Harvard Lawrence XVII is an American television and film actor, voice talent, network radio host, Internet entrepreneur, pod-caster, demo producer, teacher and author, best known for his role as The Puppet Master on NBC’s sci-fi series Heroes. He was also the host of the daily The David Lawrence Show and weekend Online Tonight, both nationally syndicated radio talk shows that revolved around pop culture and the high-tech lifestyle.
The “XVII” in his name was a way for Lawrence to distinguish himself from previous David Lawrences already registered with SAG. At the time, he was the 17th David Lawrence listed on IMDb, and appended the number to his name upon his own registry.
Lawrence’s appearances on network television include playing a Serbian doctor opposite Dennis Haysbert in the CBS series The Unit, created by David Mamet, a car wash manager on another CBS series, CSI, a rock and roll wannabe on TBS’s Frank TV with Frank Caliendo, and as one of the eponymous “villains” on NBC’s Heroes. The Heroes role, that of Puppet Master Eric Doyle (one of the 12 escaped villains), was introduced in Volume 3, “Heroes: Villains” in Episode 2, “The Butterfly Effect.” The character began a multi episode arc in Episode 5, “Angels and Monsters.” Lawrence has also played the role of the station manager in Goodnight Burbank, Charles Bukowski in the musical Bukowsical!, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, as well as parts in The Children’s Hour, The Good Doctor, Born Yesterday, The Fall of the House of Usher and the role of Barry Champlain in Talk Radio. He has performed on stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. With director Bob Pondillo PhD, Lawrence played Wallace in the short film My Name Is Wallace. Lawrence was also executive producer of My Name Is Wallace. In early 2009, he appeared in an episode of the BBC reality program Beat the Boss, in which his team designed a cheesecake. In 2010, Lawrence portrayed a taxi cab driver in the sixth season of Lost, and in 2011, he guest starred in the NBC comedy action series Chuck. He is also in the Fox series The Finder and TNT series Perception.