October 8, 1969
Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.
Jeremy Davies (né Boring; born October 8, 1969) is an American film and television actor. He is known for playing Ray Aibelli in Spanking the Monkey (1994), Corporal 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 ABC 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 FX 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). Werner Herzog, who directed Davies in Rescue Dawn, described him as "a unique, very significant talent", asserting that "anywhere in the world, there [are] very, very few actors of his calibre."
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.
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 1991 he played Roger, Robin's first boyfriend, on General Hospital. In 1992, he appeared on two episodes of The Wonder Years. 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. 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.
In 1998, he landed a pivotal role in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan as Corporal Upham, 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 star in several films, including CQ, Secretary and Solaris. In 2004, he portrayed Charles Manson in CBS's adaptation of Helter Skelter.
Davies appeared as a main cast member on Lost during its fourth and fifth seasons (2008–09), playing Daniel Faraday, an amnesiac physicist who comes to the island as part of a team hired by Charles Widmore. He guest-starred in three episodes in Lost's sixth season. He had a recurring role on FX's Justified as Dickie Bennett, 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 the critically acclaimed show, Hannibal. He also starred in the History Channel's 2015 miniseries Texas Rising, as Sergeant Ephraim Knowles. This was his second role in a production with Bill Paxton, the first being 1996's film Twister. In the 2017 TV drama American Gods he plays one version of Jesus Christ, and in the 2018 video game God of War he provided the voice and motion capture for Baldur.
|1991||Dream On||Mugger #3||Episode: "No, I'm Just Happy to See You"|
|Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance||White Punk||Television film|
|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|
|American Gods||Jesus Prime||Episode: "Come to Jesus"|
|Twin Peaks||Jimmy||Episode: "Part 6"|
|2018||The Flash||Dr. John Deegan||Episode: "Elseworlds"|
|2020||FBI||Kenneth Bates||Episode: "Hard Decisions"|
|The Rookie||Detective Bill Summerland||Episode: "Hand-off"|
|2018||God of War||The Stranger/Baldur||Also motion capture |
BAFTA Games Award for Best Performer
- "Jonathan Demme interviews Werner Herzog (Museum of the Moving Image, 2008". Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved Nov 29, 2008.
- "Jeremy Davies profile at filmreference.com". Retrieved May 5, 2014.
- Smith, Hortense (March 21, 2009). "Daniel Faraday Flashes Into A 1992 Subaru Commercial". Jezebel. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- Travers, Peter (July 15, 1994). "Spanking the Monkey". Rolling Stone. New York City: Wenner Media LLC. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
- Orange, B. Alan (August 23, 2007). "Jeremy Davies Joins Lost". Movie Web. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
- Ausiello, Michael (August 3, 2016). "Sleepy Hollow Season 4 Recruits Lost Vet Jeremy Davies as New Villain". TVLine. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
- Snetiker, Marc (September 1, 2016). "'Lost' alum joins American Gods as Jesus". EW. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- Boucher, Geoff (2018-09-20). "'Arkham Asylum's New Face: Jeremy Davies Cast As Dr. Deegan In Arrowverse Crossover". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-10-18.
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