Jeremy Davies

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Jeremy Davies
Davies at the Toronto premiere of Rescue Dawn in September 2006.
Jeremy Boring

(1969-10-28) October 28, 1969 (age 54)
Years active1991–present

Jeremy Boring (born October 28, 1969),[1] known professionally as Jeremy Davies, is an American film and television actor. He is known for playing Ray Aibelli in Spanking the Monkey (1994), Corporal Timothy Upham in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Snow in Solaris (2002), Bill Henson in Dogville (2003), Charles Manson in Helter Skelter (2004), Sergeant Gene DeBruin in Rescue Dawn (2006) and Daniel Faraday on the series Lost (2008–2010).

Davies won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2012 for his portrayal of Dickie Bennett in the series Justified (2011–2015). He also received the BAFTA Award for Best Performance in a Video Game for his role as Baldur in God of War (2018).

Early life[edit]

Jeremy Davies was born in Traverse City, Michigan, of Scottish and Welsh descent, the son of children's author Melvin Lyle "Mel" Boring. Davies is Jeremy's mother's maiden name, which he adopted as his professional name. He has a brother, Joshua, and two half-siblings, Zachery and Katrina, from his father's second marriage.[citation needed]

His parents separated when he was young, leaving Davies to relocate to Kansas with his mother until the mid-1970s, when she died of lupus. He went to live with his father and his stepmother in Santa Barbara, California, before moving to Rockford, Iowa in 1986, where he completed high school. He attended college at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California, in the class of 1990.[2]


In 1991 he played Roger, Robin's first boyfriend, on General Hospital, then in 1992, he appeared on two episodes of The Wonder Years.[3] He appeared in small roles in the NBC TV film Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance and in the pilot for the colonial-era sitcom 1775. He played a youth in the Showtime thriller Guncrazy and had a guest appearance on Melrose Place. In 1993, Davies was cast in a TV commercial for Subaru in which his character compares the car to punk rock.[4] Numerous casting directors and industry forces noticed the commercial, and Davies found himself being sent feature film scripts. Critics embraced his performance in David O. Russell's debut film, the black comedy Spanking the Monkey.[5]

In 1998, he landed a pivotal role in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan as Corporal Upham,[3] an American GI linguist in Normandy, recruited just after the Normandy landings by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) to be the interpreter on a dangerous mission to rescue the film's eponymous paratrooper (Matt Damon). Davies' performance was well received, and he went on to appear in several films, including CQ, Secretary, and Solaris. In 2004, he portrayed Charles Manson in CBS's adaptation of Helter Skelter.[3] In 2006, he appeared in Rescue Dawn.[3] Werner Herzog, who directed Davies in Rescue Dawn, described Davies as "a unique, very significant talent", asserting that "anywhere in the world, there [are] very, very few actors of his calibre."[6]

Davies appeared as a main cast member on Lost during its fourth and fifth seasons (2008–09),[3] playing Daniel Faraday, an amnesiac physicist who comes to the island as part of a team hired by Charles Widmore.[3] He guest-starred in three episodes in Lost's sixth season.[7] He had a recurring role on FX's Justified as Dickie Bennett,[3] for which he earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2012. He was also nominated for the award in 2011. In 2014, Davies appeared in two episodes of Hannibal. He starred in the History Channel's 2015 miniseries Texas Rising, as Sergeant Ephraim Knowles.[3] This was his second role in a production with Bill Paxton, the first being 1996's film Twister.[3] In the 2017 TV drama American Gods he plays one version of Jesus Christ, and in the 2018 video game God of War,[3] he provided the voice and motion capture for Baldur.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Guncrazy Bill
1775 Scruffy Kid Short film
1994 Spanking the Monkey Ray Aibelli Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
Nell Billy Fisher
1996 Twister Brian Laurence
1997 Going All the Way Williard "Sonny" Burns
The Locusts Flyboy
1998 Saving Private Ryan Corporal Upham Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance
Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actor – Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1999 Ravenous Private Toffler
The Florentine Truby
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Tom Tom
Up at the Villa Karl Richter
2001 Investigating Sex Oscar
CQ Paul
2002 Teknolust Sandy
Secretary Peter
Searching for Paradise Adam
29 Palms The Drifter
Solaris Snow Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2003 Dogville Bill Henson
2005 Manderlay Niels
2006 Rescue Dawn Gene
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Smitty
2017 Justice League Dark Ritchie Simpson (voice) Direct-to-video
2018 The House That Jack Built Al
2021 The Black Phone Terrence Blake
2022 The Infernal Machine[8] Elijah Barett
Bitcon[9] Lew
2023 Dark Harvest Dan Shepard
Adventures of the Naked Umbrella Sam Wanoutsky


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Dream On Mugger #3 Episode: "No, I'm Just Happy to See You"
Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance White Punk Television film
1992 General Hospital Roger
The Wonder Years Eddie Horvath 2 episodes
Melrose Place Pete Stoller Episode: "The Whole Truth"
2001 The Atlantis Conspiracy Flush Television film
2002 The Laramie Project Jedadiah Schultz Television film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004 Helter Skelter Charles Manson Television film
2008–2010 Lost Daniel Faraday 23 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
2011–2015 Justified Dickie Bennett 20 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2012)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2011)
2014 Hannibal Peter Bernardone 2 episodes
Constantine Ritchie Simpson 2 episodes
2015 Texas Rising Sergeant Ephraim Knowles 5 episodes
2016 Lucifer Nick Hofmeister Episode: "Lucifer, Stay. Good Devil."
2017 Sleepy Hollow Malcolm Dreyfuss 13 episodes[10]
American Gods Jesus Prime[11] Episode: "Come to Jesus"
Twin Peaks Jimmy Episode: "Part 6"
2018 The Flash Dr. John Deegan[12] Episode: "Elseworlds"
2020 FBI Kenneth Bates Episode: "Hard Decisions"
The Rookie Detective Bill Summerland Episode: "Hand-off"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 God of War The Stranger / Baldur BAFTA Games Award for Best Performer
Nominated—NAVGTR Award for Performance in a Drama, Supporting
2022 God of War Ragnarök Baldur


  1. ^ Rose, Mike (October 28, 2022). "Today's famous birthdays list for October 28, 2022 includes celebrities Julia Roberts, Matt Smith". Retrieved January 14, 2023.
  2. ^ "AADA Alumni - Notable past Students". Retrieved January 7, 2024.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Jeremy Davies Credits". Retrieved January 7, 2024.
  4. ^ Smith, Hortense (March 21, 2009). "Daniel Faraday Flashes Into A 1992 Subaru Commercial". Jezebel. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Travers, Peter (July 15, 1994). "Spanking the Monkey". Rolling Stone. New York City: Wenner Media LLC. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Jonathan Demme interviews Werner Herzog (Museum of the Moving Image, 2008". YouTube. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved November 29, 2008.
  7. ^ Orange, B. Alan (August 23, 2007). "Jeremy Davies Joins Lost". Movie Web. Archived from the original on May 9, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  8. ^ "Paramount acquires world on Guy Pearce thriller 'The Infernal Machine'". October 11, 2021. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  9. ^ "Bitcon Movie". Retrieved October 19, 2022.
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 3, 2016). "Sleepy Hollow Season 4 Recruits Lost Vet Jeremy Davies as New Villain". TVLine. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  11. ^ Snetiker, Marc (September 1, 2016). "'Lost' alum joins American Gods as Jesus". EW. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  12. ^ Boucher, Geoff (September 20, 2018). "'Arkham Asylum's New Face: Jeremy Davies Cast As Dr. Deegan In Arrowverse Crossover". Deadline. Retrieved October 18, 2018.

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