Roger Davis (television actor)
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Davis in 1972
Jon Roger Davis
April 5, 1939
|Spouse(s)||Jaclyn Smith (1968–1978)|
Suzanne Irwin (1979–1983)
Alice LeGette (1985–1988)
Donna Jenis (1991–1996)
Roger Davis (born April 5, 1939) is an American actor and entrepreneur. He is best known for acting in television series Dark Shadows and Alias Smith and Jones. He also appeared on an episode of The Twilight Zone.
Davis first appeared on television in 1962. He portrayed Pvt. Roger Gibson in the ABC television series The Gallant Men. In 1963, he co-starred with Richard Egan in the NBC Western drama Redigo, which was the renamed second season of the previous Empire television series, both set on a ranch in New Mexico. In 1964, Davis appeared in one episode of The Twilight Zone, "Spur of the Moment", co-starring Diana Hyland, and had a supporting role in the 1964 film Ride the Wild Surf. He guest starred twice in the western TV series Bonanza: he played Harold Stanley in 1966 and he portrayed Bert Yates in 1971.
From 1968 to 1970, Davis garnered attention playing multiple characters on the daytime Gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows. He played Peter Bradford, Jeff Clark, Ned Stuart, Dirk Wilkins, and Charles Delaware Tate.
In 1971, Davis narrated the voiceover theme sequence for the western series Alias Smith and Jones, starring Pete Duel as Hannibal Heyes/Joshua Smith and Ben Murphy as Jedidiah "Kid" Curry/Thaddeus Jones. He also appeared in one of the episodes ("Smiler with a Gun") as slick gunfighter Danny Bilson. Bilson has the distinction of being the only character kind-hearted Kid Curry was ever driven to kill during the series. Also in 1971 appeared in an episode of NBC's Bonanza (1/17/1971 S12/E17).
When Pete Duel committed suicide at the end of 1971, Davis replaced him as Hannibal Heyes. However, after Davis completed just seventeen episodes, it was clear the show would never achieve the same level of popularity as it had with Pete Duel. The series subsequently ended in 1973. Competition from NBC's popular Flip Wilson Show siphoned the show's ratings.
Davis continued to act in guest starring roles on TV series throughout the 1970s, as well as the occasional film appearance in movies such as Killer Bees (1974), Nashville Girl (1976), Ruby (1977) and Aspen (1977), and he has been the voiceover artist for thousands of TV and radio commercials. In 2000, he appeared in the film Beyond the Pale. Davis regularly attends fan conventions for both Alias Smith and Jones and Dark Shadows, and in 2011, he reprised his role of Charles Delaware Tate in a new Dark Shadows audio play, The Blind Painter.
Davis developed land and built luxury homes in southern California until 2010, and owns an interest in movie developer Lonetree Entertainment in Los Angeles. Roger also renovated the famous Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, and built a luxury condominium building there, known as 1400 Willow. His family owned Davis Tire Company in Louisville.
In 1968, Davis married actress Jaclyn Smith. After a long separation, they divorced in 1978. During his second marriage to Ohio native Suzanne Irwin (Emerson), Roger became a first-time father to a daughter Margaret in 1981. The family resided at Spring Station, Louisville, Kentucky's oldest home, built in 1791. After a divorce in 1983, Davis was married to realtor Alice LeGette from 1985 to 1988. In 1991, Davis married Los Angeles attorney Donna Jenis; they divorced in 1996.