Andrew Davis (director)
November 21, 1946 |
Chicago, Illinois, US
|Occupation||Film director, producer|
Andrew Davis (born November 21, 1946) is an American film director, producer and cinematographer who is known for directing a number of successful action thrillers including Code of Silence, Above the Law, Under Siege and The Fugitive.
Davis was born on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, and has directed several films using Chicago as a backdrop. He is the son of actor Nathan Davis and Metta Davis and the brother of musician Richard "Richie" Peter Davis (co-founder of the cover band Chicago Catz) and Jo Ellen Friedman.
After attending the Harand Camp of the Theater Arts summer camp program and Bowen High School, Davis went on to study journalism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was not long before his interest in civil rights and anti-war issues converged with his growing interest in film-making. Davis was mentored by acclaimed cinematographer Haskell Wexler with whom he worked on Medium Cool and began his film career as a cameraman on blaxploitation films like The Hit Man, Cool Breeze and The Slams in the 1970s.
His first feature film as a director was the semi-biographical story Stony Island. The film was finally released on DVD on April 24, 2012, thirty-four years after its theatrical release. Davis later directed such films as The Fugitive, Under Siege, Above the Law (both starring Steven Seagal), Code of Silence, Holes, The Package and The Guardian. Davis also directed the cutscenes for the videogame Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory.
- 1978: Stony Island
- 1982: The Final Terror
- 1985: Code of Silence
- 1988: Above the Law
- 1989: The Package
- 1992: Under Siege
- 1993: The Fugitive
- 1995: Steal Big Steal Little
- 1996: Chain Reaction
- 1998: A Perfect Murder
- 2002: Collateral Damage
- 2003: Holes
- 2006: The Guardian
Davis often casts different actors more than once in his films, except A Perfect Murder. Nathan Davis (his now deceased father), Gene Barge, Ron Dean and Joseph F. Kosala are his most frequent collaborations.
|The Final Terror (1983)||Code of Silence
|Above the Law
|Steal Big Steal Little
|Tommy Lee Jones|
|Joseph F. Kosala|
|Eddie Bo Smith Jr.|
- Weinraub, Bernard (October 26, 1992). "The Talk of Hollywood; Director Who Blends Action With a Bit of Art". The New York Times. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
- Spence, D. (April 17, 2003). "An Interview with Andrew Davis". IGN. Archived from the original on March 17, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2007.
- Bey, Lee. "Revisiting 'Stony Island': Soulful 1970s Chicago cult film hits the streets again". Chicago Public Media. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
- "Don Quixote" Meets "Tom Jones" (October 12th 2006)