David Rainey Biography
David Rainey (full name: David Edward “Puck” Rainey) is an American reality television personality. He gained fame as a cast member on The Real World: San Francisco in 1994. Being a bicycle messenger during the show’s shooting, Rainey became notorious as the second Real World cast member ever to be evicted from the house.
This was due to his increasingly antagonistic relationship with his housemates, most notably with Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive AIDS educator. His conflict with Pedro is credited with helping make The Real World a hit show. Time ranked it #7 on their list of 32 Epic Moments in Reality-TV History. The magazine TV Guide included him in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time.
He made a cameo appearance in 1998 on Road Rules: All-Stars, Celebrity Deathmatch, and also competed in 2003 on Battle of the Sexes. On Battle of the Sexes, he came into conflict with David Edwards of The Real World: Los Angeles, and married (on-camera) Betty Garcia. Rainey also made an appearance in Eminem’s video for “Without Me”.
He also appeared on the February 19, 2003 episode of MTV Cribs. He had been cast to appear on the 2008 season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, but he left before filming began.
David Rainey Age
David Edward Rainey was born in 1968 in Oakland, California, U.S. He is about 50 years old as of 2018.
David Rainey Family
He has characterized his mother as a “hippie”. Rainey and his sister are of partial Swedish descent through their grandfather. No further information is publicly available about his family.
David Rainey Wife
Rainey met his wife Betty in 1998 at a farmer’s market. The couple had a son and later got married on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Battle of the Sexes. They also had a second son, Rocco. Rainey, his wife, and his children lived in the Los Angeles area where he worked as a truck driver. By 2009, Rainey and his family were living in Alabama. In Alabama, Rainey made a living through public appearances and miscellaneous jobs.
Rainey was gardening and modeling in his spare time and his partner was working behind the camera. By 2013, the couple had a third child. The family lives on a farm in Neenach, California, raising chickens and vegetables, racing four-wheeled ATVs, and lives “off the grid”.
David Rainey The Real World
In 1994, he was a cast member on the MTV reality TV series The Real World: San Francisco. Rainey and his cast-mates moved into the house at 953 Lombard Street on Russian Hill on February 12 of that year. In the show’s season premiere, Rainey arrived at the house last because he was detained by police for a traffic incident. He also incurred many minor injuries while bike riding, for which he kept photos of them, which he then showed to his housemates.
The producers informed the housemates that they would be living with someone who was HIV-positive but they did not reveal who it was. As a result of Rainey’s injuries, which included scabs on his face, some of the other castmates incorrectly assumed the HIV-positive cast member was Rainey. Rainey clashed with other roommates over his hygiene and his housemates also complained of his lack of consideration for others, and his need to monopolize the conversation.
He had the most contentious relationship with Zamora. He denigrated Zamora’s career as an AIDS educator and also mocked his Cuban accent. Television writer and former television personality Judd Winick described Rainey as “obnoxious and homophobic.”
David Rainey Rachel Campos-Duffy
One of his closest relationships in the house was with Rachel Campos. Their relationship became romantic when they kissed on three occasions but it eventually dissolved. This is during a heated argument, he revealed this to the other housemates, despite having promised her he would not. Though the other housemates were not surprised at the revelation, Campos termed it as to betrayal of trust.