John Francis Daley
John Francis Daley
Daley in March 2012
|Born||July 20, 1985|
Wheeling, Illinois, U.S.
John Francis Daley (July 20, 1985) is an American actor, screenwriter, and film director. He is known for playing high school freshman Sam Weir on the NBC comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks and FBI criminal profiler Dr. Lance Sweets on the crime drama series Bones, for which he was nominated for a 2014 PRISM Award. He plays keyboards and sings for the band Dayplayer.
In cinema, Daley is known for his collaborative work with Jonathan Goldstein as a film-making duo. The pair have worked on various projects together. Daley and Goldstein's first work together was initially based in comedy where they were co-screenwriters for Horrible Bosses (2011), co-writers for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), co-story writers for Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), and co-wrote/co-directed the fifth film in the National Lampoon's Vacation film series, Vacation (2015). The duo were co-story writers for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) with Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and they co-directed the 2018 comedy Game Night.
Daley was born in Wheeling, Illinois, to R.F. Daley, an actor, and Nancy Daley, a piano teacher. His father is of Irish Catholic background, while his mother is Jewish. He grew up in Nyack, New York, where he played Danny in Nyack Middle School's production of Grease.
Daley began acting when he was cast as "Young Tommy" in the U.S. and international tours of the Broadway hit The Who's Tommy. He played Sam Weir, protagonist of the "Geeks", in the television series Freaks and Geeks, and since then he has worked continuously in television, including series such as The Geena Davis Show, Boston Public, Regular Joe, Kitchen Confidential, Judging Amy, and Spin City. He was #94 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
In 2001, he co-directed a short film titled What Babies Do. He also wrote and starred in the comedy short Friday Night. In 2005, he appeared in the film Waiting... and in the Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential. In 2007, Daley joined the cast of the Fox drama series Bones, portraying psychologist Lance Sweets. He co-wrote the season six episode "The Truth in the Myth" with his writing partner Jonathan Goldstein. Sweets was ultimately killed in the season 10 premiere; Bones executive producer Stephen Nathan said Sweets was killed because Daley wanted time off to direct a movie, and he was concerned that Daley's absence would be too long, especially if the directing job led to other jobs.
Daley was also featured in the music video for "Mercy Kiss" by Abandoned Pools.
In 2011, Daley and his writing partner Jonathan M. Goldstein wrote the black comedy Horrible Bosses. In 2013, Daley co-wrote The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Goldstein; Daley also has a cameo in the film as a paramedic. In 2013, the two were hired to write Call of the Wild for DreamWorks Studios. John plays Ben House in Rapture-Palooza. Daley went on to write the story for the sequel to Horrible Bosses.
Daley and Goldstein directed the 2018 black comedy Game Night, based on a screenplay by Mark Perez. The film, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, "earned a raft of glowing reviews for its whip-smart script, energetic performances, and deliberate avoidance of modern comedy's ubiquitous tropes," and grossed $117 million at the worldwide box office, versus a $37 million budget. While Daley and Goldstein did not receive screenwriter credit, they later said they rewrote "almost all of the original script's dialogue, totally overhauled the characters — most notably a creepy cop portrayed by Jesse Plemons — and comprehensively reworked the original script's third act."
In July 2019, it was announced that Goldstein and Daley were entering early negotiations to direct the reboot of Dungeons & Dragons (2022). In January 2020, it was announced that, in addition to directing the film, Goldstein and Daley were also writing a new draft of the screenplay.
Collaborated with Jonathan Goldstein
|2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||No||Yes|
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||No||Yes|
|2014||Horrible Bosses 2||No||Story|
|2022||Dungeons & Dragons||Yes||Yes|
|2001||What Babies Do||Yes||No|
|2000||Allerd Fishbein's in Love||Allerd Fishbein||Short film|
|2003||View from the Top||Rodney|
|2008||Burying the Ex||Zak||Original short film|
|2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Paramedic|
|2015||Dude Bro Party Massacre III||Ernest||Cameo role|
|1999–2000||Freaks and Geeks||Sam Weir||18 episodes|
|2000–2001||Boston Public||Anthony Ward||5 episodes|
|2000–2001||The Geena Davis Show||Carter Ryan||22 episodes|
|2001||The Ellen Show||Erik||Episode: "Walden Pond"|
|2001||The Kennedys||Anthony||Television movie|
|2002||Spin City||Spencer||Episode: "Eyes Wide Open"|
|2003||Regular Joe||Grant Binder||5 episodes|
|2004||Judging Amy||Jace Crosby||Episode: "Roadhouse Blues"|
|2005–2006||Kitchen Confidential||Jim||13 episodes|
|2006||Stacked||Kevin||Episode: "The Third Date"|
|2007||The Call||Tom||Television movie|
|2007–2014||Bones||Dr. Lance Sweets||138 episodes|
|2010||Yo Gabba Gabba!||Himself||Episode: "Flying"|
|2012||The Finder||Dr. Lance Sweets||Episode: "Bullets"|
|2015||Bottom's Butte||Scott and Cabana Boy||Voice|
|2016||Fresh Off the Boat||Jordan||Episode: "Rent Day"|
|2019||Drunk History||James J. Andrews||Episode: "Behind Enemy Lines"|
|2011||Bones||No||Yes||Episode: "The Truth in the Myth"|
|2019||In the Dark||Yes||Yes||Episode: "All About the Benjamin"|
|2021||Welcome to Georgia||No||Yes|
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- "Dayplayer", My space.
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- "Interfaith Celebrities: a Former Geek, the Equestrian Author, and an Aboriginal Jewish Doctor". InterfaithFamily.com. July 5, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
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For Ash Wednesday, I have my Irish Catholic dad put the ash on my forehead, then I have my Jewish mother lick her thumb and wipe it off.
- "John Francis Daley on co-writing tonight's episode of 'Bones' and sharing a scene with his dad for the first time. (Awww.)". Entertainment Weekly. April 14, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
I have sympathy nerves for everyone. I think it's the half-Jew in me.
- "The Talented Mr Daley". meinmyplace.com. September 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
Um my mom's Jewish and my dad's Irish. I am in fact the same mix as Harrison Ford, which I like to point out as often as possible when I go on dates.
- Sklar, Ronald. "John Francis Daley: Cult Star Confidential". Pop Entertainment. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
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- "Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios Find Their 'Spider-Man' Star and Director". Marvel.com. June 23, 2015. Archived from the original on June 23, 2015. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
- Lee, Chris (June 21, 2018). "How Game Night Broke Modern Comedy's Rules to Win at the Box Office". Vulture.com. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
- Kroll, Justin (January 16, 2018). "'Flash' Standalone Film Taps Directors John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
- Kroll, Justin (July 30, 2019). "Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley in Talks to Direct 'Dungeons & Dragons' Movie". Variety. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
- Goldstein, Jonathan (January 21, 2020). "This just in... #dndpic.twitter.com/gBVNhwSi8h". @JM_Goldstein. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
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