Nov. 26th, 1945
Gurdon, Arkansas, USA
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This Arkansas native was born on 26 November 1945 to parents who owned a movie theater. He often felt that his desire to become an actor came from the fact that he spent so much time in the theater's "crying room" for babies - and listening to the likes of Tyrone Power and others. His first "professional" work came at the age of 11 when he became a member of the cast of a children's TV series broadcast from Little Rock - "Betty's Little Rascals". His formal acting training came from the Arkansas Arts Center (a fine arts conservatory with its own repertory company), followed by work with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and 6 years with the American Conservatory Theatre, among many others. He also taught acting classes while at ACT. His love of the theater has continued through his career. He has played in nearly every Shakespeare play and an untold number of musicals (he's an accomplished singer) and straight plays. For the year 2000 Tony Awards, he was recognized with a nomination as best actor in a featured role for his performance in "Wrong Mountain". When "The Nanny" (1993) first went on the air, many people believed that the very British butler "Niles" was definitely being played by a British actor. This Southern boy was so convincing in his role that many fans wrote to the show and suggested that he teach Charles Shaughnessy (a true British native) how to improve his accent!
- Received a 2003 OBIE award as part of the acting company of Talking Heads, a series of six one-person shows.
- Was nominated for Broadway's 2000 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "Wrong Mountain."
- Davis has performed in all but six of the Bard's thirty-seven plays. He has played Hamlet at least six times.
- Acted and taught for seven years at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
- In 1988, appeared on an episode of _"Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)_ (qv), which takes places on the U.S.S. Enterprise. In 1990, he played the captain of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise in _The Hunt for Red October (1990)_ (qv).
- His take-off on 'Tom Cruise' (qv)'s underwear dance in the film _Risky Business (1983)_ (qv) became one of _"The Nanny" (1993)_ (qv)'s classic moments.
- Has a younger sister, named Diane. She and her husband run a radio station in Texas. They have three sons.