Desperate Housewives/Rex Van De Kamp

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Rex Van De Kamp
Desperate Housewives
Rex Van De Kamp.jpg
Actor Steven Culp
First Appearance 1x01 - Pilot
Series Billing Billed
Episode Count 22
Notable Episodes 1x01 - Pilot,
1x23 - One Wonderful Day,
2x23/24 - Remember (1&2),
3x16 - My Husband, the Pig

Rex Van De Kamp, husband of Bree and father to Andrew, Danielle and Sam Allen. He is played by Steven Culp.


Basic Information

We are introduced to Rex, at the wake of Mary Alice Young. He died in the first season finale, from a chemical imbalance caused by taking the wrong medication. His pharmacist, George Williams, switched his meds, causing the imbalance. George was jealous that Bree, who almost divorced Rex, didn't chose him over Rex. Rex has later appeared in several flashbacks in the following seasons.

Episode Appearances

  1. 1x02 - Pilot
  2. 1x02 - Ah, But Underneath
  3. 1x03 - Pretty Little Picture
  4. 1x04 - Who's That Woman?
  5. 1x05 - Come in, Stranger
  6. 1x06 - Running to Stand Still
  7. 1x07 - Anything You Can Do
  8. 1x08 - Guilty
  9. 1x09 - Suspicious Minds
  10. 1x10 - Come Back to Me
  11. 1x11 - Move On
  12. 1x12 - Every Day a Little Death
  13. 1x13 - Your Fault
  14. 1x14 - Love Is in the Air
  15. 1x15 - Impossible
  16. 1x16 - The Ladies Who Lunch
  17. 1x17 - There Won't Be Trumpets
  18. 1x18 - Children Will Listen
  19. 1x19 - Live Alone and Like It
  20. 1x20 - Sorting Out the Dirty Laundry
  21. 1x21 - Fear No More
  22. 1x22 - Sunday in the Park with George
  23. 1x23 - Goodbye for Now
  24. 1x24 - One Wonderful Day
  25. 2x23 - Remember (1)
  26. 2x24 - Remember (2)
  27. 3x16 - My Husband, the Pig
  28. 5x13 - The Best Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
  29. 7x01 - Remember Paul?

Character History

Parents:  ?? (father unknown) & Phyllis Van De Kamp
Wives/Partners: Bree
Children: Andrew, Danielle, Sam
Grandchildren: Benjamin
Other Family: Alex Cominis, Leo Katz, Austin McCann, Eleanor Mason, Henry Mason

Memorable Moments

A scene in which Bree wants Rex to test their son's urine for drugs. Rex says that he wouldn't "ruin their son's future because he sparked a duby". Bree pours the urine all over Rex's shirt.


  • Steven Culp almost didn't play Rex Van De Kamp. Culp was creator Mark Cherry's first pick for Rex, but Culp couldn't play him at the time. Michael Reilly Burke was cast. He didn't test well with audiences, and Cherry later asked Culp again, and he was, at that time, able to play him.
  • Rex Van De Kamp took the role of narrator, much like that of Mary Alice Young, for Season 3, Episode 16 - My Husband, the Pig.


"I won't ruin our son's future because he sparked a duby."

"As far as I'm concerned, if Andrew is happy with whom he is, then it is our job to support him!"

"I want a divorce. I just can't live in this detergent commercial anymore."