John Davis (producer)
|Born||John Andrew Davis
July 20, 1954
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Other names||John A. Davis|
|Alma mater||Bowdoin College|
|Known for||Founder of Davis Entertainment|
|Children||3: Jack, Catherine and Jensen|
Davis was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, the son of Barbara Davis (née Levine), a philanthropist, and former 20th Century Fox owner Marvin Davis (1925–2004). He has four siblings: Patricia Davis Raynes, Nancy Davis Rickel, Gregg Davis, and Dana Davis. His interest in cinema began as a youth when his father purchased the neighborhood film theater, where he sold popcorn and subsequently viewed up to 300 films a year. Davis graduated from Bowdoin College, attended Amherst College and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Davis Entertainment produces projects for all studios and mini-majors, though the company has had a first-look production deal at 20th Century Fox since 1994. Davis's arrangement with Fox is among the two longest-standing of any active producer at any studio.
Davis Entertainment's 2015 films include a big screen version of the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, for Warner Bros., and a re-imagining of Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy, for Fox.
Some of Davis's many feature film productions include the $100 million-plus micro-budgeted Chronicle; the sci-fi thriller I, Robot, starring Will Smith; the Jim Carrey starrer Mr. Popper's Penguins; Norbit, the comedy starring Eddie Murphy for DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures; the blockbuster The Firm, starring Tom Cruise; the two Dr. Dolittle films, starring Eddie Murphy; the Jack Black adventure comedy Gulliver's Travels; Courage Under Fire, starring Denzel Washington; the Garfield franchise series for Fox; Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner; the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care; Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau trilogy Out to Sea, Grumpy Old Men, and Grumpier Old Men; Behind Enemy Lines, starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman; Predator 2, John Woo's Paycheck, starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman, for Paramount Pictures; and Alien vs. Predator, an action thriller combining the two iconic cinematic aliens, among many others.
Davis recently extended Davis Entertainment into Broadway and formed a joint venture with 20th Century Fox, Broadway producer Kevin McCollum and industry executive Tom McGrath to develop live stage production based on Fox's previous films.
Davis is also engaged in non-entertainment business ventures, including owning, operating, and starting various television stations since the 1980s, one of which still runs in Wisconsin, and Blaze Pizza, a Fast casual restaurant franchise. His partners for Blaze Pizza include Elise and Rick Wetzel (founder of Wetzel's Pretzels), Maria Shriver, professional basketball player LeBron James, and Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner. In 2007, Davis and a group of investors sold their ownership stakes in Wetzel's Pretzels, which Davis helped grow.
Davis has three children: Jack, Catherine and Jensen, as mentioned in the Garfield DVD commentary. Davis's three children said that the CG version of Garfield looked "evil" when they first saw him.
All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.
|Three O'Clock High||Co-producer|
|1988||License to Drive|
|1989||Little Monsters||As John A. Davis|
|1990||The Last of the Finest|
|Dangerous Passion||(TV) (executive producer)|
|Curiosity Kills||(TV) (executive producer)|
|Silhouette||(TV) (executive producer)|
|The Thing Called Love|
|Grumpy Old Men|
|This Can't Be Love||(TV) (executive producer)|
|The Last Outlaw||(TV)|
|Denise Calls Up||(executive producer)|
|The Grass Harp|
|Grumpier Old Men|
|1996||Courage Under Fire|
|1997||Asteroid||(TV) (executive producer)|
|Volcano: Fire on the Mountain||(TV) (executive producer)|
|Out to Sea|
|Lewis and Clark and George||(executive producer)|
|Bad Manners||(executive producer)|
|1998||Digging to China|
|Miracle at Midnight||(TV) (executive producer)|
|1999||The Settlement||(executive producer)|
|The Jesse Ventura Story||(TV) (executive producer)|
|Rites of Passage||(executive producer)|
|Little Richard||(TV) (executive producer)|
|Dr. Dolittle 2|
|Behind Enemy Lines|
|2002||Life or Something Like It|
|Bobbie's Girl||(TV) (executive producer)|
|2003||Happy Hour||(executive producer)|
|Daddy Day Care|
|Alien vs. Predator|
|Flight of the Phoenix|
|2005||At Last||(executive producer)|
|Nadine in Date Land||(TV) (executive producer)|
|Life Is Ruff||(TV) (executive producer)|
|Dr. Dolittle 3|
|When a Stranger Calls|
|Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties|
|The Heartbreak Kid|
|Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem|
|Daddy Day Camp|
|2009||Garfield's Pet Force||Direct-to-video|
|2011||Mr. Popper's Penguins|
|2013-||The Blacklist||(TV) executive producer|
|2013||Ironside||(TV) executive producer|
|2015||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.|
|The Player||(TV) executive producer|
|Dr. Ken||(TV) executive producer|
- Rick Lyman (May 15, 2003). "A Movie Mogul's Son Who Is All Business". The New York Times.
- Jacob Coakley (July 11, 2013). "20th Century Fox Commits to Turning Films into Musicals". Stage Directions.
- Jon Burlingame (July 31, 2013). "Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer Try to Crack 'U.N.C.L.E.' Movie Challenge". Variety.
- Mike Fleming Jr. (July 25, 2013). "James McAvoy Tapped By Fox To Play Victor Von Frankenstein". Deadline Hollywood.
- Lacey Rose (July 29, 2013). "'The Blacklist' Producers Ink First Look Deal at Sony TV". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Gordon Cox (August 8, 2013). "Kevin McCollum: Fox Finds Its Stage Coach". Variety.