Who is David Glen Eisley?
David Glen Eisley is an American multi-media artist. He is not only an actor known for starring as Deputy Dave in movies such as “Chinaman’s Chance: America’s Other Slaves” (2008) and “Railroad to Hell: A Chinaman’s Chance” (2018), but a renowned musician, songwriter and composer, who is probably best known as the creator of the rock ballad “Sweet Victory”, popular for being featured in an episode of the TV series “SpongeBob SquarePants”.
Early Life and Bio
David was born under the zodiac sign of Virgo on the 5th September 1952, in Los Angeles, California USA, of American nationality and white ethnicity, the older son of Judith Tubbs Eisley and Anthony Eisley, who was also an actor, widely recognized for starring in the 1960s ABC television detective series “Hawaiian Eye”. He has a younger brother, Jonathan Erickson Eisley, who primarily works as a stunt artist. David dived into the world of music while still being a high school student, when he joined the Iron Butterfly’s tribute band called Mammoth.
Additionally, he was a promising baseball player, and a member of the San Francisco Giants’ Double-A tier.
Eisley’s music career began in 1980, when he joined the rock band Sorcery. Soon they signed a record deal with Starwood Productions, and performed a Halloween Concert at the Las Vegas’ Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts, which was completely sold out within the first several hours. In 1982 the band released their studio album entitled “Sorcery2”.
In 1983 David joined Gregg Giuffria, Craig Goldy and Alan Krigger and became the lead vocalist as well as the keyboardist and accordion player of Washington D.C.-based rock band Giuffria.
In the following year, they signed a record deal with the MCA Records, after which Giuffria released its eponymous debut studio album, which peaked at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 album chart, and produced hit singles such as “Lonely In Love” as well as their most famous song – “Call to the Heart” – which peaked at No. 15 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Subsequently, they performed as the opening act on Deep Purple’s 1984 Perfect Strangers World Tour (often referred to as the Reunion Tour). In 1985 they were opening act for Foreigner on its Agent Provocateur Tour, while in 1986 they released a studio album entitled “Silk and Steel”, which reached No. 60 of the US Billboard 200 albums chart.
In 1987 the band recorded nine demos as a premise for its third studio album, which was never released, but ended-up on David’s 2001 release entitled “The Lost Tapes”. Alongside Earl Slick, Pete Comita, F. Kirk Alley and Keni Richards, in 1988 David founded the glam metal band Dirty White Boy. Their only album entitled “Bad Reputation” was released in 1990, and was followed by a tour through the US and Europe before the group disbanded.
After a five-year-long hiatus from music, David teamed up with Bob Kulick, Chuck Wright, Jimmy Waldo and Jay Schellen, and formed the hard rock music group Murderer’s Row, which released their eponymous album in 1996.
In 1998, as the vocalist of the heavy metal band Stream, David featured on its studio album “Nothing Is Sacred“, while in 1999 he released his debut solo studio album entitled “War Dogs”, followed by his second album named “Stranger From the Past” in 2000. In 2003, David collaborated with Stream again, after which their “Chasin’ the Dragon” studio album hit the charts.
In 2017, he collaborated with Bob Kulick, and was the vocalist on three of his songs, featured on Kulick’s album “Skeletons in Closet”, while later that year Eisley teamed up with Craig Goldy and they released a studio album entitled “Blood, Guts and Games“.
In 2018 Murderer’s Row re-united, and released a remake of their debut album, now named “Murderer’s Row: Expanded Edition” which, besides the original tracks, contains 10 new songs called “Rough Mixes”. David’s most recent solo release is the studio album “Tattered, Torn & Worn” which hit the charts in 2019.
The real breakthrough in David Glen Eisley‘s music career occurred in 1997, when alongside Bob Kulick he co-created “Sweet Victory“, which was included in the Bruton Music Library’s 1998 release named “American Games”, produced by APM Music.
However, the song’s popularity hugely increased in 2001, when it was featured in an episode of the Nickelodeon TV animated comedy series “SpongeBob SquarePants” entitled “Band Geeks”. During half-time of the Super Bowl LIII in February 2019, after a short video clip from the “Band Geeks” episode was shown, the song’s popularity rocketed as it peaked at No. 23 on the US Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs chart.
Apart from music, David Glen Eisley has made an enviable career within the moviemaking industry as well. His first on-camera acting appearance occurred in 1988 in the action comedy crime movie “Action Jackson”, after which he appeared in the action drama film “Stone Cold” (1991).
In 1998 Eisley appeared in episodes of “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “7th Heaven” TV series’. In 2000 he was featured in the critically booed drama movie “Spanish Judges”, while in 2001 he made his producing debut with the romantic drama thriller “Island Prey”. He also appeared in the 2005 Sci-Fi horror film “Headspace”, and served as the associate producer of the 2015 thriller movie “Social Suicide”.
Since 1991 Eisley has been married to Argentine-born English actress Olivia Hussey, with whom he’s welcomed a daughter named India Eisley, who is also an actress.
Happy Anniversary!! 30 years ago today, 21 Oct 1989, @OliviaHusseyLA & @DavidEisley24 first met at Jerry’s Famous Deli “As I was leaving, she smiled, and my hair stood on end,” #OliviaHussey #DavidGlenEisley pic.twitter.com/FTVmC3RdG4
— Ciro Morales (@CiroTweeter) October 22, 2019
Olivia Osuna was born on the 17th April 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Joy Hussey who was a secretary, and Argentine opera singer Andrés Osuna, known as Osvaldo Ribó as well. After her parents divorced, she moved to England where she eventually attended London’s Italia Conti Academy. She began her acting career in theatre at the age of 13, and for her portrayal of Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli’s Academy Award-winning romantic drama “Romeo and Juliet” at the age of 17, Olivia was honored with the prestigious Golden Globe Award in 1968.
In 1974 she appeared in the leading female role of Jess in the horror thriller movie “Black Christmas”, which later earned the cult status within the slasher movie genre. In 1978 Olivia starred in the Oscar-winning crime drama movie “Death on the Nile”, after which she was cast for the main role in the historic romance drama film “The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther”. In 1990 Hussey appeared in the TV mini series based on Stephen King’s eponymous novel – “It” – while in the 2000s era she made several notable on-camera appearances, of which most memorable is the title role in the 2003 Fabrizio Costa’s critically acclaimed TV movie “Mother Teresa”.
LOS ANGELES CA – JANUARY 1: Olivia Hussey At Home And With Her husband David Glen Eisley January 1 1992 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California (Photo By Paul Harris/Getty Images) Gigante.
Prior to marrying David, between 1971 and 1978 she was married to a fellow colleague Dean Paul Martin, and from 1980 to 1989 to Japanese singer Akira Fuse. In July 2018 she released her autobiography entitled ” The Girl on the Balcony: Olivia Hussey Finds Life After Romeo and Juliet”
India Joy Eisley was born on the 29th October 1993 in Los Angeles, California. She dived into the world of acting at the age of 12 when, alongside her parents, she appeared in the 2005 Sci-Fi horror movie “Headspace”. To greater prominence she came in 2008, when she was cast for the recurring role of Ashley Juergens in the TV series “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, which she reprised ’til 2013.
In 2012 she played opposite Kate Beckinsale in the fantasy movie “Underworld Awakening”, while in 2014 she appeared as the leading female character in movies “Kite” and “Nanny Cam”. India also starred in the 2017 horror movie “Clinical”, after which she was cast as the main female protagonist in the romantic drama movie “Adolescence”, as well as the fantasy horror thriller “Look Away”, both in 2019. The real breakthrough in India’s acting career occurred that year, when she was cast for the recurring role of Fauna Hodel in the TV mini series “I Am the Night“.
Speaking of David Glen Eisley’s net worth, as of mid-2020, sources have estimated at over $2 million, accumulated through his career in music as well as the moviemaking industry, that is currently spanning for almost four decades. His wife Olivia is reputedly worth as much as $8 million.