Quick Facts David Rabe

  • NameDavid Rabe
  • Birth Year1940
  • Birth month03
  • FatherWilliam Rabe
  • Birth PlaceDubuque, Iowa, United States
  • ProfessionAmerican playwright and screenwriter
  • MarriedYes
  • Married toJill Clayburgh, Elizabeth Pan
  • EducationLoras College, Villanova University
  • ChildrenJason Rabe, Lily Rabe, Michael Rabe
  • DivorceJill Clayburgh
  • MotherRuth Rabe

The Tony Award for Best Play winner, David Rabe is an American playwright and screenwriter. Some of his popular plays are In the Boom Boom Room, Streamers and Hurlyburly for which Rabe got nominated for Tony Award.

Rabe was previously married to wife, Elizabeth Pan with whom he has a son. Moreover, Rabe was further married to ex-wife, Jill Clayburgh with whom he has two children. Scroll down to know more about Rabe’s early life, career, education awards, achievement, net worth, salary, nationality, house, cars, properties, relationships, affairs, marriage, children, and divorce.

David Rabe Early Life and Education

David Rabe was born on 10th March 1940, in  Dubuque, Iowa, United States. His mother Ruth Rabe was a department store worker and father, William Rabe, a teacher and meat packer. 

Caption-David Rabe in Land of Lost Souls
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After completing his school, Rabe attended the Loras College. Besides this, he joined the army and served for a few years. However, Rabe left the army and attended the Villanova University from where he earned M.A. in 1968.

David Rabe Career

Before starting his career as a playwright and screenwriter, David Rabe served in the army for few years. In 1959, he wrote his first play entitled Chameleon. Rabe next wrote Sticks and Bones in 1971, for which he won Tony Award as well as Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play. Likewise, he has further written several other plays including,


  • The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel-1971
  • The Orphan-1092
  • In the Boom Boom Room-1973
  • Streamers-1976
  • Hurlyburly-1984
  • The Dog Problem-2001
  • The Black Monk-2004
  • Good for Otto-2015
  • Visiting Edna-2016

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Similarly, Rabe has also written screenplays as well as Fiction including,


  • I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can-1983
  • Streamers-1983
  • Casualties of War-1989
  • State of Grace-1990
  • The Firm-1993
  • Hurlyburly-1998
  • In the Boom Boom Room-1999


  • Recital of the Dog-1993
  • The Crossing Guard-1995
  • A Primitive Heart-2005
  • Dinosaurs on the Roof-2008
  • Mr. Wellington-2009
  • Girl by the Road at Night: A Novel of Vietnam-2010

David Rabe Personal Life

The 78 years old playwright and screenwriter, David Rabe was previously married to an actress Elizabeth Pan. Rabe and Pan tied the knot in 1969. They also had a son named Jason Rabe. Even being the parents of a child, the couple failed to continue their relationship and later divorced. 

Caption-David Rabe and his former wife Jill Clayburgh
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Caption-David Rabe and his daughter Lily Rabe
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Likewise, Rabe was again married to an American actress Jill Clayburgh. The duo shared their vows on 8th March 1979. They had a daughter Lily Rabe born on 29th June 1982, and a son Michael Rabe. However, his wife Jill died on 5th November 2010.

David Rabe Net Worth

The multiple awards winner playwright and screenwriter, David Rabe has maintained a standard life. Till date, he has written numerous plays, screenplays as well as fictions. From his writing career, he has earned a good sum of money. However, his current exact figure net worth is unknown but we are sure it would be in millions of dollar.