Nathan Davis (actor)

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Nathan Davis (May 22, 1917 – October 15, 2008)[1] was an American film and television actor.

Biography[edit]

Davis was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Romanian immigrants, Rose (née Marcus) and Fred Davis.[2][3] He served in Europe during WWII and performed on the local stage and in radio productions after the war. Davis was also a pharmaceutical sales rep by trade but pursued acting after being fired from his sales job in the late '70s.

Davis started acting in the late 1970s. He appeared on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood in 1975 and in films such as Dunston Checks In, Holes, Code of Silence, Chain Reaction, Thief, Poltergeist III and many others. He was nominated for a 1980 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for his performance in "Buried Child" at the Northlight Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. He was again nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Sunshine Boys" at the National Jewish Theater in Chicago, Illinois in 1991. He was nominated for the last time for a 2001 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "2 1/2 Jews" at the Apple Tree Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

He was married to Metta (née Talmy). They had three children: Chicago Musician Richard "Richie" Peter Davis, Hollywood film director Andrew Davis, and Jo Ellen Davis Friedman

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1978 A Steady Rain
Stony Island Lewis
1979 Dummy Cops
1981 On The Right Track
Thief Grossman
1983 Risky Business Business Teacher
1984 Windy City Mr. Jones
1985 Code of Silence Felix Scalese
1986 One More Saturday Night Desk Clerk
Tough Guys Jimmy Ellis
1987 Burglar Mr. Paggif
Flowers in the Attic Grandfather Foxworth
1988 Poltergeist III Reverend Henry Kane
1989 The Package Soviet Press Secretary
1992 Shaking the Tree Grandpa Sullivan
1995 Steal Big Steal Little Harry Lordly, Attorney of Record for Bonnie Martin
1996 Dunston Checks In Victor Dubrow
Chain Reaction Morris Grodsky
2001 Almost Salinas Zelder Hill
2003 Holes Grandfather Stanley Yelnats II (last film)

Television[edit]

Year Show Title Episode Title Role
1982 Will: G. Gordon Liddy
1984 Too Close For Comfort The Enemy Above Mr. Rosenberg
1986 Hill Street Blues A Case of Klapp Aaron Levine
1987 Crime Story Fatal Crossroads Izzy 'The Dancer' Abrams
Torello on Trial Izzy 'The Dancer' Abrams
1987 Wiseguy Don "Joey Bags" Baglia
1987 Murder Ordained Doctor
1988 Sable Mob Philip Lazlo
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries The Visiting Priest Mystery Malko
1991 Cheers Carla Loves Clavin Mr. Quincy
1995 Frasier The Innkeepers Otto
1997 ER The Long Way Around Mr. Novotny
1999 Becker Larry Spoke Milton Fowler

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nathan Davis at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Nathan Davis Biography (1917-)
  3. ^ Trevor Jensen (October 17, 2008). "Obituary of Nathan Davis". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 

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