December 21st, 2017 -- Scott David Brachman, 47, of Sherman Oaks, California, died suddenly. He left behind his wife, Rachel, and young son, Benjamin.
Scott graduated from UCLA Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Spanish literature, and received a masters’ degree in education with an emphasis on technology in the classroom from Walden University. He taught high school Spanish in the Los Angeles Unified School District and Beverly Hills Adult School for 12 years.
He had a second career as an actor and was a member of the Screen Actors’ Guild-American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. Among the shows on which he worked were: Silicon Valley, Bones, Desperate Housewives, CSI New York, NCIS, Pretty Little Liars, Prime Suspect, Ringer, Free Agents, Chuck, Scandal, Shameless, NCIS LA, House of Lies, Criminal Minds, Revenge, Body of Proof, Up All Night, Harry’s Law, Bunheads, Glee, Children’s Hospital, Parks & Rec, Perception, The Fosters, Ironsides, Heart of Dixie, Jesse, Justified, Intelligence, Switched at Birth, American Crime Story: The OJ Simpson Story, The Last Ship, Jane the Virgin, Code Black, Blackish, Doubt, Mom, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He also appeared on commercials for Nikon, Old Navy, Toys R Us, Volvo, Samsung, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Crazy Glue, Direct TV, Kellogg’s, Pepsi, Best Buy, K Mart, Time Warner, Adidas, Wendy’s, Bojangles, Toyota, BMW, Snicker’s, Mercedes, Century 21, Indiana Farm Bureau, CenturyLink, Dairy Queen, Ferragamo, Home Depot, Geico, Match.com, Honda, Pepsi, and Apple. Movie credits included Spider Man 2, Jersey Boys, The Clapper, and Hollywood Adventures. He also was in the studio audience for Let’s Make a Deal, Divided, and the Price is Right.
Scott and his son Ben shared a passion for Scouting and spent many hours hiking and camping together as Ben moved from Cub Scouts into Boy Scouts. He enjoyed being a mentor and role model for the boys, and served as the assistant cubmaster for Pack 190 and an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 191 in Sherman Oaks.
Scott also was an active volunteer for NASA’s Solar System Ambassadors, Strides Theraputic Riding, the North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry, Sherman Oaks Elementary Charter School, and Walter Reed Middle School. He was an active member of Temple Beth Hillel.
Friends remember that Scott always wanted to make people happy. He always had a smile on his face and could be found cooking for a crowd, handing out candy, playing music, or dancing to Israeli folk music.
Scott is also survived by his parents, Sherryl and Michael, and his brother, Peter.
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