Davi performing in Long Island in August 2013
|Born||Robert John Davi
June 26, 1953
Astoria, Queens, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, singer, writer, director|
|Spouse(s)||Jan Borenstein (m. 1971; div. 1980)
Jeri McBride (m. 1980; div. 1990)
Christine Bolster (m. 1990)
|Genres||traditional pop, Great American Songbook|
|Website||Davi Sings Sinatra|
Robert John Davi (born June 26, 1953) is an American actor, singer, writer, and director. Over the course of his acting career, Davi has performed in more than 130 films. Among his most recognized roles are opera-singing heavy Jake Fratelli in The Goonies (1985), Vietnam veteran and FBI Special Agent Big Johnson in Die Hard (1988), Bond villain Franz Sanchez in Licence to Kill (1989), police captain Phil Heinemann in Predator 2 (1990), strip club manager Al Torres in Showgirls (1995) and Albanian mob boss Goran Vata in The Expendables 3 (2014). On television, he portrayed FBI Special Agent Bailey Malone in the NBC television series Profiler (1996-2000).
Classically trained as a singer, Davi launched his professional singing career in 2011. His first album, Davi Sings Sinatra -- On The Road To Romance, hit #6 on the Billboard jazz charts. Praised for his voice and vocal interpretations, Davi debuted as a headliner at The Venetian, Las Vegas, Nevada, six months after the record was released.
Davi was born in Astoria, Queens, New York, the son of Maria (née Rulli) and Sal Davi. His mother was an Italian American whose family came from Nusco and his father was a native of Torretta, Palermo, Sicily;
Davi spoke Italian during his childhood. He attended Seton Hall, a Roman Catholic high school in Patchogue, New York. He has two sisters, Yvonne Davi (deceased), and Mrs. Michelle Queal. He graduated from Hofstra University, which he attended due to that university's strong drama department as well as its unique reproduction of Shakespeare's Globe Theater.
Davi made his motion picture debut in Contract On Cherry Street, in which he shared the screen with Frank Sinatra. He subsequently worked with Marlon Brando, Clint Eastwood, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bruce Willis, and Roberto Benigni, among others. He has appeared in movies including The Goonies, Die Hard, Showgirls, Son of the Pink Panther, and in the Bond film Licence to Kill (1989) as the villain Franz Sanchez, a South American drug lord and murderer.
On television, he starred as Commander Acastus Kolya on Stargate Atlantis, appeared in two-part episodes of Criminal Minds, and played Supervisory Special Agent Bailey Malone of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force in 88 episodes of his own NBC series, Profiler. In 1989, Davi appeared as Mafia Albert Cerrico on the television series Wiseguy, in the 10 episode Mafia arc titled Garbage Wars. He sang in the first installment of the arc, called Le Lacrime de Amore Part I.
In 2011, Davi appeared alongside Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken in the gangster movie Kill the Irishman. The film, in which Davi played Mafia hitman Ray Ferritto, is a biopic of Danny Greene, an Irish-American mob boss who warred with the Cleveland crime family during the 1970s. Released the same year, he was also in Game of Death with Wesley Snipes. He followed up these projects with crime thriller The Iceman (2012).
In 2015, Davi appeared in a music video for Bob Dylan's recording of "The Night They Called It A Day", from Dylan's album Shadows In The Night, a selection of songs which had been recorded by Frank Sinatra. Rolling Stone suggested that Davi's role in the video may be a nod towards Davi's having made his acting debut alongside Sinatra in the crime film Contract on Cherry Street, and Davi's release of his own album of Sinatra covers.
In 2007, Davi made his directorial debut with The Dukes, a parable regarding the mid-2000 economic crisis and its impact. The film starred himself, Chazz Palminteri, and Peter Bogdanovich. The Dukes was selected for the premiere section at the Rome Film Festival, along with films by Francis Ford Coppola, Sean Penn, Robert Redford, and Sidney Lumet. Davi was the only first-time director in the premiere section. The film was screened internationally and won awards at Queens International Film Festival, WorldFest Houston, Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival, and International Festival of comedy film of Alpe d'Huez.
In high school, Davi was praised for his singing, and auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera after being awarded first place at the prestigious New York State School Music Association’s Solo Competition, where he sang Vincent Youman's "Without A Song". He subsequently received classical training with top vocal teachers, Samuel Margolis and Danial Ferro of Juilliard and Tito Gobbi. Davi damaged his voice, and later explained that he was a baritone with the "heart of a tenor and had pushed too hard, too early."
The album, which featured new arrangements by composer Nic. tenBroek, was produced by Phil Ramone, engineered by Dan Wallin, and mixed by the legendary Al Schmitt. The album, Davi Sings Sinatra -- On The Road To Romance, was released October 24, 2011, and received significant attention from the media, garnering positive reviews. Jazztimes called Davi Sings Sinatra "uniformly impressive", and critic Don Heckman wrote in the Orange County Register that "there are, of course, dozens of Sinatra imitators and simulators. But what Davi does is a whole different matter. A tribute? Yes, indeed; all that and more." AllMusic noted that "Davi makes no attempt to copy Sinatra's vocal sound ... Rather, he is his own singer." The album reached the Top 10 on the Billboard jazz charts.
In December 2012, Davi appeared along with Roger Cicero in the French/German Arte TV program Durch die Nacht mit.... The episode was shot in the Little Italy area of New York City and featured conversation between Cicero and Davi and solos of Sinatra standards by both performers. In December 2013, Davi released a Christmas single, "Mistletoe and Holly", with all proceeds benefiting The Salvation Army.
In September 2013, Davi recorded a single by Nick Vallelonga called, "New York City Christmas", which was arranged by Chris Walden, performed by members the Chris Walden Big Band, and recorded and mixed at Capitol Records by Al Schmitt and Steve Genewick. It was released in November 2013.
Davi is a devout Roman Catholic and outspoken political conservative, often speaking at Republican Party gatherings. He has been invited to comment on numerous political shows and backed John McCain during his presidential campaign. He narrated several film montages that aired during the 2008 Republican National Convention. Davi spoke at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. Davi also writes a regular political column for Breitbart News Network. He was a frequent guest on Fox News's late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Davi endorsed Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Awards and honors
|1977||Contract on Cherry Street||Mickey Sinardos, Greek hijacker||TV|
|1978||Charlie's Angels||Ritchie||TV Series|
|1979||And Your Name Is Jonah||Dickie||TV|
|From Here to Eternity||Guard||mini TV series|
|The Legend of the Golden Gun||William Quantrill||TV|
|1980||Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story||Hubbard||TV|
|1982||St. Elsewhere||man in restaurant||TV, 1 episode|
|1982||T. J. Hooker||Joseph "The Barber" Picartus/Tom Warfield||TV, 2 episodes|
|The A-Team||Boyle (episode "Sheriffs of Rivertown")|
|1985||The Goonies||Jake Fratelli|
|Hunter||Sonny Dunbar||TV series|
|1986||The Equalizer||Michael Riegert||TV series|
|Raw Deal||Max Keller|
|1988||Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami||Salim Ajami|
|Action Jackson||Tony Moretti|
|L.A. Law||Dominic Simonetti||TV series|
|Die Hard||FBI Special Agent Johnson|
|1989||Licence to Kill||Franz Sanchez|
|Wiseguy||Albert Cerrico||TV series|
|1990||Peacemaker||Det. Sgt. Frank Ramos|
|Deceptions||Jack 'Harley' Kessler|
|Maniac Cop 2||Det. Sean McKinney|
|Predator 2||Captain Phil Heinemann|
|1991||Legal Tender||Fix Cleary|
|White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd||Lucky Luciano|
|The Taking of Beverly Hills||Robert Masterson|
|1992||Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue||Sully|
|Center of the Web||Richard Morgan|
|Illicit Behavior||Lt. Matt Walker|
|Christopher Columbus: The Discovery||Martin Pinzon|
|1993||Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence||Det. Sean McKinney|
|Night Trap||Mike Turner|
|Son of the Pink Panther||Hans Zarba|
|FBI: The Untold Stories||Donnie Brasco||TV series|
|1994||No Contest||Sergeant Crane|
|The Dangerous||Billy Davalos|
|The November Men||Robert Davi|
|Cops and Robbersons||Osborn|
|1995||Cyber Vengeance||R.D. Crowley|
|VR.5||Simon Buchanan||TV series|
|Codename: Silencer||Eddie Cook|
|Delta of Venus||The Collector|
|The Zone||Rowdy Welles|
|1996||Absolute Aggression||R. D. Crowley|
|For Which He Stands||Carlito Escalara|
|An Occasional Hell||Trooper Larry Abbott|
|Profiler||Agent Bailey Malone||TV series|
|1997||The Beneficiary||Gil Potter|
|1998||The Bad Pack||McQue|
|1999||Batman Beyond||Dr. Mike Morgan||TV series|
|My Little Assassin||Frank Sturgis|
|The Pretender||Agent Bailey Malone||TV series|
|2002||The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Merlin/Milner|
|Verdict in Blood||Wade Waters|
|Grand Theft Auto: Vice City||Colonel Juan Garcia Cortez||video game|
|The 4th Tenor||Lerra|
|The Hot Chick||Stan, April's Dad|
|Disney's PK: Out of the Shadows||Zondag||video game|
|2003||One Last Ride||Father|
|2004||Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss||Ivan Nagy|
|Karen Sisco||Denton||TV series|
|Halo 2||Rtas 'Vadumee (SpecOps Leader)||video game|
|Stargate: Atlantis||Commander Acastus Kolya||TV series|
|2005||Breaking Vegas||Narrator||TV series|
|In the Mix||Fish|
|Scarface: The World Is Yours||Alejandro "Alex" Sosa|
|2007||The Dukes||Danny (also: directorial debut)|
|Halo 3||Shipmaster Rtas 'Vadumee||video game|
|2008||An American Carol||Aziz|
|Burnin' Up||Jonas Brothers||Music video|
|2010||Spring Break '83||Dean Whitter|
|Magic||Dr. David Ortero|
|One in the Gun||Vincent|
|Game of Death||Frank Smith|
|Criminal Minds||Detective Adam Kurzbard|
|Kill the Irishman||Ray Ferritto|
|Swamp Shark||Sheriff Watson|
|2012||The Iceman||Leonard Marks|
|2013||A Long Way Off||Frank|
|Blood of Redemption||Hayden|
|2014||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Marvin Braxton|
|The Expendables 3||Goran Vata|
|2015||Sicilian Vampire||Big Sal|
|2015||Hell's Kitchen||Himself||Reality TV series|
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- on YouTube
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