Was a fraternity brother with George W. Bush at Yale University.
Owns and races Thoroughbreds. Has won two Breeders' Cup races.
Cousin of Noel Ashman.
In 2016, multiple news sources (including the Hollywood Reporter, New York Magazine, TV Guide and People) reported that David Milch is a gambling addict who lost about $25 million between 2000 and 2011 (mostly through racetrack betting) and who owes the IRS $17 million. The financial collapse came as a surprise to Milch's wife Rita, who then sued their business managers for not informing her of the losses. The Milches put both of their houses (a six-bedroom, five bathroom, Brentwood, California, mansion and a 22-acre Martha's Vineyard estate) on the market and moved into a much-smaller rental property in Santa Monica, and Rita has placed David on a $40-a-week allowance to ensure that he can no longer gamble.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 8, 2006.
Attended and graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa.
Was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Yale University.
He has struggled with addictions to heroin, alcohol and gambling.
After displaying symptoms for several years,was diagnosed as suffering from Alzheimer's disease in 2019.