Geraint Wyn Davies
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|Geraint Wyn Davies|
20 April 1957 |
Swansea, Wales, UK
|Spouse(s)||Alana Guinn (1985-2006, divorced); 2 children
Claire Lautier (2011-present)
Geraint Wyn Davies (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɡɛraint], 20 April 1957, Swansea) is a Welsh-American stage, film and television actor-director. Educated in Canada, he has worked in the UK, Canada and the USA. His most famous role is likely that of vampire-turned-police detective Nick Knight in the Canadian television series Forever Knight.
Early life and training
Geraint Wyn Davies was born on 20 April 1957 in Swansea, Wales. He was the son of a Congregationalist Christian preacher. At the age of 7 he moved with his family from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire to Canada, where he attended Upper Canada College. He first acted at age 12, appearing in a school production of Lord of the Flies. He went on to study at the University of Western Ontario, where he studied economics before dropping out to pursue an acting career. His professional stage debut was in 1976 in Quebec City, when at 19 he appeared in The Fantasticks, Red Emma and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Wyn Davies moved from Quebec to London's Centre Stage theatre company, and later played the lead in The Last Englishman with the British Actors Theatre Company. He spent two seasons with Theatr Clwyd, touring Britain in Enemy of the People and Hamlet (for which he received the Regional Theatre Best Actor award), and a season with the Chichester Festival, in Henry VIII. In Canada he appeared over several seasons with the Shaw Festival and Stratford Festival of Canada. He gained a reputation for his performances in The Music Cure, Candida, Cyrano de Bergereac, The Vortex, Goodnight Disgrace, Henry V and The Three Musketeers. He sang his way through the Rodgers and Hart musical The Boys from Syracuse.
In April 1996, Wyn Davies appeared as Petruchio in Shakespeare's The Taming of The Shrew, directed by Patrick Tucker of the Original Shakespeare Company. This three-performance run was presented as Shakespeare's own players may have done - with sparse rehearsal, eclectic costuming and rotating roles. In Spring 1998 he appeared in the Moises Kaufmann production Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Gross Indecency earned the Garland Award for "Best Ensemble Cast from Backstage West" that year.
In August 1999 Wyn Davies starred in Leon Pownall's one-man show An Evening with Dylan Thomas at the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada. The following summer he returned to the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Pownall's Dylan Thomas and Shakespeare: In the Envy of Some Greatness. August 2001 saw the completion of Pownall's Dylan Thomas trilogy with Stranger in Paradise. In mid-2002, he returned to the Stratford Festival Theatre's main stage in My Fair Lady, as Henry Higgins, a role he alternated with Colm Feore. He reprised the role of Dylan Thomas at the Festival's Studio Theatre, and returned to the Atlantic Theatre Festival in August 2003 to perform Hughie (a one-act play by Eugene O'Neill). The evening was topped off by a presentation of The Sermon by David Mamet.
In the summer of 2004 he starred in the title role of Cyrano in Barry Kornhauser's adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., for which he won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Play.
The next year, in 2005, he was Dylan Thomas for seven weeks in Do Not Go Gentle at the Arclight Theatre in New York City. While there he did a reading of Tennessee Williams's letters at the New York Public Library, and performed in a reading of Eugene O'Neill's Days Without End. In September 2005, he joined in a reading of R. L. Stevenson's Treasure Island in Washington, D.C., and in October took part in a staged reading of a new play by Austin Pendleton entitled H6R3, which blends Shakespeare's plays Henry VI and Richard III.
In 2006, he returned to The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. to perform Don Armado in Michael Kahn's 1960s version of Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost. Following the American run the play moved to the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-Upon-Avon in the UK for a limited run. He was nominated but did not win The Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Play for Don Armado.
Early in 2007 he headlined as Richard III by Shakespeare at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. He, along with friend Brent Carver, opened Toronto's CanStage production of The Elephant Man in mid-October. In 2008, he returned to Ontario's Stratford Festival to appear in Hamlet (as Polonius) and Fuente Ovejuna (as the King). He followed the Stratford season playing the Duke at the Red Bull Theater (NYC) production of Women Beware Women. He returned to Stratford in 2009, playing Duncan in Macbeth, Caesar in Julius Caesar and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For the 2010 Stratford Festival season, he portrayed King Arthur in Camelot and Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor. The 2011 season featured him again in a singing role as King Arthur.
For the Stratford Festival's 60th season in 2013, Wyn Davies portrayed Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure and the Earl of Leicester in Mary Stuart. The following year, he continued at the Stratford Festival, portraying Antony in Antony & Cleopatra and the Cook in Mother Courage. For the 2015 season, he performs as Claudius in Hamlet, and Johann Wilhelm Mobius in The Physicists.
He played Prospero in The Tempest in the 2014-2015 season of The Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, D.C.
He has voiced two audio books, Great American Suspense: Five Unabridged Classics and Great Classic Hauntings: Six Unabridged Stories.
Davies made his film debut in Deadly Harvest in 1977, and has since appeared in many films, among them RoboCop: Prime Directives (2000). In 2007 he appeared in a cameo in Nancy Drew and filmed a made-for-TV movie, Post Mortem for Lifetime.
- Deadly Harvest (1977) - Michael Franklin
- D.O.A. (1978) - Jon
- A Paid Vacation (1979) - Rick Jarrell
- The Boys from Syracuse (1986) - Antipholus of Syracuse
- Learning to Fly (1986) - Young pilot
- Daughters of the Country (1987) - Angus
- The Taming of the Shrew (1988) - Hortensio
- Bionic Showdown: The Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman (1989) - Allan Devlin
- Terror Stalks the Class Reunion (1992) - Anton/Tony
- Hush Little Baby (1993) - Dr. Martin Nolan
- Other Women's Children (1993) - Matt Stewart
- Ghost Mom (1993) - Martin Mallory
- Dancing in the Dark (1995) - Dr. Lambert
- The Conspiracy of Fear (1996) - Timothy Straker
- Trilogy of Terror II (1996) - Ben
- One of the Hollywood Ten (2000) - Michael Wilson
- Trudeau (2002) - Premier William G. Davis
- American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002) - Daniels
- Cube 2: Hypercube (2002) - Simon Grady
- The Wild Dogs (2002) - Colin
- Some Things That Stay (2004) - Mr. Murphy
- I Know What I Saw (2007) - Detective Morgan
- Pavane (2008) - Phil
- Antony and Cleopatra (2015) — Antony
Davies was a regular in the cast of To Serve and Protect. Since Forever Knight he has appeared in several series. He has guest-starred in episodes of Katts and Dog, Highlander: The Series, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, The Outer Limits, RoboCop: The Series, Diamonds, Sweating Bullets, 1-800-Missing, among others.
- Hangin' In (1982) as Drake/Jonathan (2 episodes)
- The Littlest Hobo (1982–83) as Adam Coulter/David Barrington (3 episodes)
- The Judge (1986) as Allan Pearson (6 episodes)
- Airwolf (1987) as Major Mike Rivers (24 episodes)
- Dracula: The Series (1990–91) as Klaus Helsing (5 episodes)
- Forever Knight (1992–96) as Det. Nicholas 'Nick' Knight/Nicholas de Brabant (70 episodes)
- Black Harbour (1996–99) as Nick Haskell (34 episodes)
- The Outer Limits (1996–2001) as David / Sheriff Grady Markham (2 episodes)
- Tracker (2001–2002) as Zin (12 episodes)
- Slings and Arrows (2005) as Henry Breedlove (5 episodes)
- 24 (2006) as James Nathanson (6 episodes)
- ReGenesis (2007–08) as Carleton Riddlemeyer (18 episodes)
- Murdoch Mysteries (2008, 2013) as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (3 episodes)
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In Forever Knight, Wyn Davies played the piano in the loft and co-wrote a song for the "Baby Baby" episode; he was featured in one of the selections on the first Forever Knight CD. He has appeared in several musicals, notably as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady in Stratford, Ontario.
Wyn Davies produced a CD of his own works, Bar Talk, which is sold through his fan club with the proceeds going to a variety of charities such as Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Children's Hospital Foundation in Washington D.C., the Atlantic Theatre Festival of Wolfville and The Stratford Festival's Shakespeare School (Stratford, Ontario).
Wyn Davies was married to Canadian artist Alana Guinn from 1985 to 2006. They have two children, daughter Pyper and son Galen. On 13 June 2006 Davies became an American citizen, having been sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In August 2011 he married actress Claire Lautier.
- Richard Ouzounian (3 June 2011). "Geraint Wyn Davies: It's good to be the king". Toronto Star.
- "From 'Lear' To 'Cyrano', Just Following His Nose", washingtonpost.com; accessed 2 December 2015.
- "http://www.shakespearetheatre.org". www.shakespearetheatre.org. Retrieved 2016-02-23. External link in
- Geraint Wyn Davies profile; imdb.com; accessed 9 December 2015.
- Murdoch Mysteries infosite, thefiveeight.com; accessed 2 December 2015.
- Geraint Wyn Davies biography, filmreference.com; accessed 9 December 2015.
- Horwitz, Jane. "This Winter, No Discontent As Richard III", Washington Post, 31 January 2007.
Report of actor's naturalization as citizen of the United States, washingtonpost.com; accessed 9 December 2015.