Rhasaan Orange portrays "Tek" (Thomas Edward Kramer) the good-looking, young ISA trained member of the Salem Police Department on NBC's "Days of our Lives."

Rhasaan Orange is the youngest of five children and grew up in New York City. As a child, Orange and his father were given the opportunity to study at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute. While growing up in New York Orange's father, Gerald Orange, worked as a bodyguard and martial arts coach for Robert DeNiro. DeNiro "hooked it up," Orange explains.  "DeNiro vouched for my entire family, anyone who wanted to get into the business, and my father and I took up the offer for the scholarship."

Orange's first real acting job was when he was 3-years old and appeared on "A Christmas Eve on Sesame Street." More recent credits for Orange include roles on "Sex And The City," in which he played a pretentious Puerto Rican, "Jack & Jill," "The Andy Dick Show" and on the pilot for NBC's "A.U.S.A." with Scott Foley. Orange also appeared in the independent feature "Row Your Boat" with Jon Bon Jovi and did a short film with Gary Busey entitled "A Sight for Sore Eyes" that premiered at The Palm Springs Film Festival. Orange credits DeNiro in "Raging Bull" and Billy Dee Williams in "Lady Sings the Blues" as "the kinds of characters that I can't stop trying to mimic after watching." Orange also had a guest starring role on UPN's successful situation comedy, "Half and Half."

Orange collects old soul, jazz and rap records; some of his favorites include Curtis Mayfield, Steve Arrington (from "Slave"), Black Sheep, Pete Rock and EPMD. In fact, Orange was named after jazz great Rhasaan Roland Kirk. Orange's name is often a topic of conversation. "Everyone thinks 'Orange' is a made up stage name and they try to pronounce it in different ways, with more flair," Orange said. "It is simply 'Orange,' like the fruit."

Orange enjoys playing and coaching basketball, which he does for 13 and 14 year olds on the weekends. Orange does Karate and is currently studying Brazilian jiu-jitsu with Eddie Bravo at Tenth Planet. Orange is single and lives in Los Angeles. His birthday is August 25.




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Age: 42 years old
Birthday: August 25, 1975
Birthplace: New York, NY




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