Jeremy Davies

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Jeremy Davies
Davies answering questions at the Toronto premiere of Rescue Dawn in September 2006.
Born Jeremy Boring
(1969-10-08) October 8, 1969 (age 46)
Traverse City, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present

Jeremy Davies (born October 8, 1969) is an American film and television actor. He is known for portraying Cpl. Timothy E. Upham in Saving Private Ryan and the physicist Daniel Faraday on the television series Lost. He also appears in the FX series, Justified, as Dickie Bennett, for which he has been twice nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and won in 2012.

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.[1] 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.[citation needed]


In 1992, he appeared on two episodes of The Wonder Years. He appeared in small roles in the NBC TV movie 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.[citation needed]

In 1998, he landed a pivotal role in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan as Timothy E. Upham, an American GI linguist in Normandy, recruited just after D-Day 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.[2] 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. Davis is currently working in the History Channel's 2015 mini-series, Texas Rising, as Sergeant Ephraim Knowles.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance White Punk TV movie
1992 Guncrazy Bill
1992 1775 Scruffy Kid Short film
1994 Spanking the Monkey Ray Aibelli Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
1994 Nell Billy Fisher
1996 Twister Laurence
1997 Going All the Way Williard 'Sonny' Burns
1997 The Locusts Flyboy
1998 Saving Private Ryan Cpl. Timothy P. 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 Pvt. Toffler
1999 The Florentine Truby
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Tom Tom
2000 Up at the Villa Karl Richter
2001 Investigating Sex Oscar
2001 CQ Paul
2001 The Atlantis Conspiracy Flush TV movie
2002 Teknolust Sandy
2002 The Laramie Project Jedadiah Schultz TV movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2002 Secretary Peter
2002 Searching for Paradise Adam
2002 29 Palms The Drifter
2002 Solaris Snow Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2003 Dogville Bill Henson
2004 Helter Skelter Charles Manson TV Film
2005 Manderlay Niels
2007 Rescue Dawn Gene
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Smitty


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Dream On Mugger #3 Episode: "No, I'm Just Happy to See You"
1992 General Hospital Roger Unknown episodes
1992 The Wonder Years Eddie Horvath 2 episodes
1992 Melrose Place Pete Stoller Episode: "The Whole Truth"
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
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2014 Hannibal Peter Bernardone 2 episodes
2014 Constantine Ritchie Simpson Episodes: "Non Est Asylum" and "A Whole World Out There"
2015 Texas Rising Sergeant Ephraim Knowles Episodes: Series still in progress
2016 Lucifer Nick Episode: "Lucifer, Stay. Good Devil"


  1. ^ "Jeremy Davies profile at". Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Orange, B. Alan (August 23, 2007). "Jeremy Davies Joins Lost". Retrieved May 5, 2014. 

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