David-Shae
David Shae | Biography

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  • Full Name David Shaee
  • Nickname David Moretti (aka)
  • Occupation Actor
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Rhode Island, USA
  • Birth Date Sep 03, 1981
  • Age 41 Years, 0 Months
  • Height (Not Disclosed)
  • Net Worth (Not Disclosed)
  • Zodiac Sign Virgo
  • First On-screen Debut 'In Enemy Hands' (2004)
  • First Titular Role Buha in 'House Of Cards'
  • Ethnicity White
Thom Etherton on TV Show 'The Lair'

David Shae | Biography

Also on 'The Haunting of Hill House' & 'Doom Patrol'

He was outed by an openly gay brother, who later forwarded the dating profile to the whole fraternity class. Shae had to break up with his college girlfriend confess the truth to his friends and family. In an interview with In Newsweekly in 2007, he said, "I was freaking out. It forced me deeper into the closet. Eventually, however, I began to pick up the pieces and I made new gay friends and found my first boyfriend."


David Shae is an American actor best known for his role in the TV series The Lair.

Who is David Shae?

David Shae, also known as David Moretti, is an American actor born on 3 September 1981 in Rhode Island. 

Shae attended the University of Southern California after transferring from Boston College. He was a member of the Delta Chi fraternity at USC, where he majored in English with a minor in film.

He first began acting in his sketch group, The Blueberry Johnsons, in high school. Shae and his best mates developed and performed SNL-style routines while traveling the Providence, RI bar scene. David then relocated to Los Angeles, where he began his professional career.

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Then he appeared in 2004 as a German soldier in the short film In Enemy Hands. The following year, he portrayed Isaac in the movie Interviewing Norman. From 2007 to 2009, Shae was featured as Thom Etherton, his most recognized role in the TV show The Lair. His character is a reporter who uncovers a vampire cult.

Since then, he has been featured in several TV series and movies such as Finding Mr. Wright (movie 2011), Project: Phoenix (series 2012-2014), Shots Fired (TV series 2017), The Haunting of Hill House (TV mini-series 2018), Gemini Man (movie 2019), Doom Patrol (TV series 2020), Queens (TV series 2022), and many more.

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He Has Two Upcoming Projects in 2022

Shae's most recent appearance was in the TV series Queens in 2022. He played the role of Ivan Silva for one episode. However, he has two upcoming projects, The Plot as Will Whitford and The Collected as Deputy Gulager.

The Plot follows a family moving to an inherited family farmhouse in rural Tennessee. Their son proceeds to record the process, creating a documentary whose focus shifts when they discover something.

The Collected, originally titled The Collector 3, is the third installment in the film series. It is the sequel to Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton's The Collection (2012).

In the film, Shae's role as Deputy Gulager was announced in August 2021, alongside other actors such as Julia Vasi, Lilith Fury, Alison Haselden, David Kallaway, DikranTulaine, and Mary Kraft.

Who is David Shae's Partner?

Shae is openly gay and came out when one of his fraternity brothers discovered he had a gay dating profile on the internet.

He was outed by an openly gay brother, who later forwarded the dating profile to the whole fraternity class. Shae had to break up with his college girlfriend confess the truth to his friends and family.

In an interview with In Newsweekly in 2007, he said, "I was freaking out. It forced me deeper into the closet. Eventually, however, I began to pick up the pieces and I made new gay friends and found my first boyfriend."

Subsequent to that, Shae has not disclosed his partner or his previous relationships. 

He Played a Gay Character in 'The Lair'

Soon after, he saw an audition notice for the show The Lair. He auditioned for the role of Thom, a gay character, which he was not confident playing.

"I e-mailed my photo and resume and waited by my phone. When it didn't ring, I figured the resume must have gotten lost in cyberspace," he said in an interview with In Newsweekly, "so I e-mailed them another one."

During the second time, the casting agency for the program sent Shae a 50-page screenplay of the show's pilot and gave him two days to prepare for the audition. He then auditioned with the network's CEO, Paul Colichman, and was offered the job of 'Thom' 24 hours later. 

"That's when the real stress began. "What had I done? What was this going to mean for my career? Was I ready to come out as a gay man? Was I really prepared to show my bare ass to the world?" Shae said.

He also had to think about the sexual aspect of the show besides being portrayed as gay. Anyway, he accepted the role, deciding that it was the time to embrace his sexuality rather than later in his career.

Shae liked the idea of being a part of the gay television movement. He said, "I'm proud to be part of a show that is entertaining our culture. Gay heroes and villains are a concept not often explored."

My being gay would have to come out eventually," he reasoned. "I didn't want it to be hovering over me my entire career. I had already been through one traumatic outing. I could not go through that again. At least by acknowledging it now, my biggest secret was laid out on the table and I would be able to come out on my own terms.

David Shae With His On Screen Partner
David Shae With His On-Screen Partner In 2012. (Photo: Instagram)

He is Engaged in Humanitarian Works

He is interested in local humanitarian endeavors when he is not working, such as teaching 'improv as therapy' to youngsters with behavioral issues. He also enjoys everything animal-related, since his rescued dog Tess has been at his side for 13 years and has really enriched his life.

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