Desmond Stanley Tracey Davis
24 May 1926
|Died||3 July 2021 (aged 95)|
|Occupation||Film director, producer|
Desmond Stanley Tracey Davis (24 May 1926 – 3 July 2021) was a British film and television director, best known for his 1981 version of Clash of the Titans.
Early life and career
Desmond Davis joined the British Army film unit serving at the end of the Second World War at age 18. He travelled extensively and the footage of his work can be seen in the Imperial War Museum. After serving his apprenticeship as a clapper boy in the 1940s, working on classic movies such as The African Queen, Davis worked his way up to first camera operator in low-budget British films of the 1950s. In the 1960s, Davis worked as a camera operator on such internationally acclaimed films as A Taste of Honey, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Freud: The Secret Passion (directed by John Huston) and Tom Jones, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
His best known film is the 1981 version of Clash of the Titans.
In the 1970s Davis took a long hiatus from feature films, and turned his focus on television for work, including episodes of Follyfoot and The New Avengers, as well as an adaptation of William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure in the BBC Television Shakespeare series.
After directing Clash of the Titans, he directed the 1985 feature film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Ordeal by Innocence starring Donald Sutherland and Faye Dunaway. Davis also directed the 1983 television adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's The Sign of Four with Ian Richardson as Sherlock Holmes.
Davis married Shirley Smith in 1959, and the couple had one son before divorcing.
He died in July 2021 at the age of 95.
- Girl with Green Eyes (1964)
- The Uncle (1965)
- I Was Happy Here (1966)
- Smashing Time (1967)
- A Nice Girl Like Me (1969)
- Clash of the Titans (1981)
- Ordeal by Innocence (1984)