Jeremy Davies

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Jeremy Davies
Davies answering questions at the Toronto premiere of Rescue Dawn in September 2006.
Born (1969-10-08) October 8, 1969 (age 44)
Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991 – present

Jeremy Davies (born October 8, 1969) is an American film and television actor. He is known for portraying the interpreter Cpl. Timothy E. Upham in the film Saving Private Ryan and the physicist Daniel Faraday on the television series Lost. He currently appears in the FX series, Justified, as Dickie Bennett, for which he has been twice nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and won in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Davies was born in Traverse City, Michigan. He is the son of children's author Mel Boring; Davies is his mother's maiden name.[1] He has three siblings: Josh, Zachary, and Katy.[2] His parents separated when he was young, leaving Davies to relocate to Kansas with his mother until the mid-1970s, when she died of lupus, Davies went to live with his father and stepmother in Santa Barbara, California, before moving to Rockford, Iowa, in 1986, where he completed high school. Jeremy attended college at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California. His roommate was character actor Jeffrey Asch. Jeremy Davies has Scottish and Welsh ancestry.


In 1992, he appeared on two episodes of The Wonder Years. He appeared in small roles in the NBC TV movie Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance and in the pilot for the colonial-era sitcom 1775. He played a youth in the Showtime thriller Guncrazy and had a guest appearance on Melrose Place.

In 1993, Davies was cast in a TV commercial for Subaru in which his character compares the car to punk rock. Numerous casting directors and industry forces noticed the commercial, and Davies found himself being sent feature film scripts. Critics embraced his performance in David O. Russell's debut film, the black comedy Spanking the Monkey. He began building a repertoire with Twister. In 1998, he landed a pivotal role in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan as Timothy E. Upham, an American GI linguist in Normandy, recruited just after D-Day by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) to be the interpreter on a dangerous mission to rescue a paratrooper (Matt Damon). Davies's performance was well received, and he has gone on to star in several films, including CQ, Secretary and Solaris. In 2004, he portrayed Charles Manson in CBS's adaptation of Helter Skelter.

Davies appeared as a main cast member on ABC's series Lost during its fourth season in 2008 and its fifth season in 2009. Davies played Daniel Faraday, an amnesiac physicist who comes to the island as part of a team hired by Charles Widmore. He guest starred in three episodes in Lost's sixth season.[3]

Davies currently has a recurring role on FX's Justified as Dickie Bennett. His performance earned him a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2012. He was also nominated for the award in 2011.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance White Punk TV movie
1992 Guncrazy Bill
1992 1775 Scruffy Kid Short film
1994 Spanking the Monkey Ray Aibelli Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
1994 Nell Billy Fisher
1996 Twister Laurence
1997 Going All the Way Williard 'Sonny' Burns
1997 The Locusts Flyboy
1998 Saving Private Ryan Cpl. Timothy P. Upham Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance
Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actor – Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1999 Ravenous Pvt. Toffler
1999 The Florentine Truby
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Tom Tom
2000 Up at the Villa Karl Richter
2001 Investigating Sex Oscar
2001 CQ Paul
2001 The Atlantis Conspiracy Flush TV movie
2002 Teknolust Sandy
2002 The Laramie Project Jedadiah Schultz TV movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2002 Secretary Peter
2002 Searching for Paradise Adam
2002 29 Palms The Drifter
2002 Solaris Snow Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2003 Dogville Bill Henson
2004 Helter Skelter Charles Manson TV Film
2005 Manderlay Niels
2007 Rescue Dawn Gene
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Smitty


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Dream On Mugger #3 Episode: "No, I'm Just Happy to See You"
1992 General Hospital Roger Unknown episodes
1992 The Wonder Years Eddie Horvath 2 episodes
1992 Melrose Place Pete Stoller Episode: "The Whole Truth"
2008–2010 Lost Daniel Faraday 23 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
2011–2014 Justified Dickie Bennett 19 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2014 Hannibal Peter Bernardone 2 episodes


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