Jaye Davidson

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Jaye Davidson
Born Alfred Amey[1]
(1968-03-21) March 21, 1968 (age 48)
Riverside, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1992-1996; 2009

Jaye Davidson (born Alfred Amey; March 21, 1968) is an American-born British model and retired actor. He is best known for his role as the transgender character Dil in the 1992 suspense-drama thriller film The Crying Game,[2][3] for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and for appearing in 1994's Stargate as the god-like Ra.[4]

Career[edit]

Davidson, who had no acting experience, was discovered by a casting associate at a wrap party for Derek Jarman's Edward II. His androgynous look led to his casting as Dil in The Crying Game. He later played the evil sun god Ra in Stargate.

Davidson later retired from acting, stating that he "genuinely hated the fame" he was receiving. He became more driven towards modeling, and has since worked on several high-profile photo shoots. Stephen Woolley, the producer of The Crying Game, said that Davidson currently resides in Paris and reportedly "was really happy”. [5]

Personal life[edit]

Davidson is gay. At the time of his short acting career, he said that his androgynous look alienated him within the gay community, saying "Homosexual men love very masculine men. And I'm not a very masculine person. I'm reasonably thin. I have long hair, which isn't very popular with gay men."[6] He later adopted a more masculine look, with a shaved head, tattoos and more developed physique.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1992 The Crying Game Dil Neil Jordan National Board of Review Award for Most Auspicious Debut [8]
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor [9]
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor [10] [11]
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role [12]
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor [13]
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress [14]
1994 Stargate Ra Roland Emmerich
1996 Catwalk Himself Documentary
2009 The Borghilde Project Nazi photographer

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Jiggery Pokery Jo Television movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jaye Davidson". TV Guide. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Maslin, Janet (17 December 1992). "INTO THE LIMELIGHT WITH: Jaye Davidson; A Star to Match A Mystery Role". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jaye Davidson". TV Guide. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  4. ^ LeVasseur, Andrea (2010). "Jaye Davidson". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Vincent, Alice. "Oscars flashback: whatever happened to Gilbert Grape's mama?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 13 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Giles, Jeff (22 March 1993). "The Open Secret -- In A Rare Interview, Jaye Davidson Leaves Nothing To The Imagination When Discussing The Oscar-Nominated Film, `The Crying Game'". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Where are they now?
  8. ^ Cohn, Lawrence (February 24, 1993). "No-shows beset Griffith Awards". Variety. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ J. Fox, David (January 4, 1993). "'Unforgiven' Tops National Critics' List : Awards: Clint Eastwood film is picked as best movie of '92, Eastwood as best director, David Webb Peoples' tale as best screenplay.". The LA Times. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  10. ^ Academy Award Editors (March 7, 1993). "The 6th Academy Awards 1993". 65th Academy Awards. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  11. ^ AMC FilmSite Editors (March 7, 2015). "1992 Academy Awards® Winners and History". AMC FilmSite. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  12. ^ BAFTA Editors (January 4, 1993). "Actor in a Supporting Role in 1993". BAFTA. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  13. ^ Adler, Tony (March 7, 1993). "Actor in a Supporting Role in 1993". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  14. ^ Adler, Tony (March 7, 1993). "Actor in a Supporting Role in 1993". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 

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