John Francis Daley

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John Francis Daley
John Francis Daley in March 2012.jpg
John Francis Daley in March 2012
Born John Francis Daley
(1985-07-20) July 20, 1985 (age 28)
Wheeling, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor, musician, director, screenwriter
Years active 1998–present

John Francis Daley (born July 20, 1985) is an American television and film actor and screenwriter sometimes credited as John Daley or John Francis Daly. He is best known for playing Sam Weir on the NBC comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks and his current role as Dr. Lance Sweets on the series Bones, for which he is nominated for a 2014 PRISM Award. He plays keyboards and sings for the band Dayplayer.[1] In 2011, Daley co-wrote the box office hit Horrible Bosses.

Early life[edit]

Daley was born in Wheeling, Illinois, to R.F. Daley, an actor, and Nancy Daley, a piano teacher.[2] His father is of Irish Catholic background and his mother is Jewish.[3][4][5][6] He grew up in Nyack, New York, and played "Danny" in Nyack Middle School's production of Grease.[7][unreliable source]

Career[edit]

Daley began acting at age three when he was cast as "Young Tommy" in the U.S. and international tours of the Broadway hit The Who's Tommy. He played Sam Weir, protagonist of the "Geeks", in the television series Freaks and Geeks, and since then he has worked continuously in television, including series such as The Geena Davis Show, Boston Public, Regular Joe, Kitchen Confidential, Judging Amy, and Spin City. He was #94 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.[2]

In 2001, he directed a short film titled What Babies Do. He also wrote and starred in the comedy short Friday Night. In 2005, he appeared in the film Waiting... and in the Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential. In 2007, Daley joined the cast of the Fox drama series Bones, portraying psychologist Lance Sweets. He was also featured in the music video for "Mercy Kiss" by Abandoned Pools.[8]

In 2013, Daley co-wrote The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with his writing partner Jonathan Goldstein; Daley also has cameo in the film as a paramedic. The two have also been hired to write Cal of the Wild for DreamWorks Studios. Cal of the Wild is reportedly a comedy that riffs on reality TV, particularly Survivor.[9] John plays Ben House in Rapture-Palooza.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Allerd Fishbein's in Love Allerd Fishbein Short
2001 The Kennedys Anthony Television movie
2001 What Babies Do Short
Director
2003 View from the Top Rodney
2005 Waiting... Mitch
2007 5-25-77 Pat
2007 The Call Tom Television movie
2008 Burying the Ex Zak
2011 Horrible Bosses Carter Also writer
2011 Audio Tour Short
Director, short
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Paramedic Also writer
2013 Rapture-Palooza Ben
2013 Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 Writer
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Writer
Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Sam Weir 18 episodes
2000–2001 Boston Public Anthony Ward 5 episodes
2000–2001 The Geena Davis Show Carter Ryan 22 episodes
2001 The Ellen Show Erik Episode: "Walden Pond"
2002 Spin City Spencer Episode: "Eyes Wide Open"
2003 Regular Joe Grant Binder 5 episodes
2004 Judging Amy Jace Crosby Episode: "Roadhouse Blues"
2005–2006 Kitchen Confidential Jim 13 episodes
2006 Stacked Kevin Episode: "The Third Date"
2007–present Bones Dr. Lance Sweets 135 episodes
2012 The Finder Dr. Lance Sweets Episode: "Bullets"

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.myspace.com/dayplayer
  2. ^ a b "5 Things You Didn't Know About Bones' John Francis Daley". wetpaint. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Interfaith Celebrities: a Former Geek, the Equestrian Author, and an Aboriginal Jewish Doctor". InterfaithFamily.com. July 5, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "John Francis Daley". Twitter - @JohnFDaley. February 23, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012. "For Ash Wednesday, I have my Irish Catholic dad put the ash on my forehead, then I have my Jewish mother lick her thumb and wipe it off." 
  5. ^ "John Francis Daley on co-writing tonight's episode of 'Bones' and sharing a scene with his dad for the first time. (Awww.)". Entertainment Weekly. April 14, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2013. "I have sympathy nerves for everyone. I think it’s the half-Jew in me." 
  6. ^ "The Talented Mr Daley". meinmyplace.com. September 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012. "Um my mom’s Jewish and my dad’s Irish. I am in fact the same mix as Harrison Ford, which I like to point out as often as possible when I go on dates." 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0197855/bio
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3y7VaXQHdQ
  9. ^ Graser, Marc. "Writers set for Dreamworks' 'Wild'". www.dreamworksstudios.com. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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