Daniel Davis Biography
Also Credited As: Danny Davis
This Arkansas native’s 40-year career includes work in regional theatre in the U.S. and Canada, primarily The American Shakespeare Festival, The Stratford National Theatre of Canada, The Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Old Globe Theatre, ten seasons with the Williamstown Theatre Festival and six seasons with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Favorite roles include Garland Wright’s production of The Misanthrope (Alceste), the American premiere of David Hare and Howard Brenton’s Pravda (Lambert LeRoux) directed by Robert Falls, the world premiere of The Film Society (Jonathan Balton) by Jon Robin Baitz and title roles in Hamlet, Peer Gynt, and Arturo Ui. New York credits include Wrong Mountain (Tony nomination), Talking Heads (Obie and Outer Critics Circle Award), La Cage aux Folles (2004 revival), and for Lincoln Center The Invention of Love and The Frogs. In 1971 he toured with Katharine Hepburn in Coco and toured again in 1982 as Salieri in Amadeus, which he also played on Broadway. Recent stage work includes the Classic Stage Company’s revival of The Cherry Orchard, in which he played Gaev opposite Dianne Wiest and John Turturro. In 2011, he starred in A.R. Gurney’s Black Tie at Primary Stages. He has played the title role in King Lear for the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Kreon in Medea opposite Annette Bening for the U.C.L.A International Theatre Festival, and with the New York Philharmonic in a concert reading of Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” with Alec Baldwin. He spent six seasons as Niles the Butler on “The Nanny” and has had numerous guest roles on TV, most notably as Professor Moriarty on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”. Films include The Prestige, Sydney Pollack’s Havana and The Hunt for Red October.
Daniel Davis Awards and Nominations
|Obie Awards - 2003 - Performance|
|Daniel Davis, Talking Heads|
|Tony Awards - 2000 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play|
|Daniel Davis, Wrong Mountain|