PROFILE
Name:
Jeremy Davies
Birth Date:
1969/10/8
Birth Place:
Saugus, California
Height:
5' 9" (1.75 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role on the hit television series “Lost” (2008-present)
BIOGRAPHY
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Saving Private Ryan

Background:

“I never expected that a misfit like me could get very far in this business. You know how competitive it is. It’s almost like winning the interplanetary lottery to get anywhere within.” Jeremy Davies

American actor Jeremy Davies is best known as the bookish Corporal Upham in “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) and for his star-making turn as the high strung scientist Daniel Faraday on the hit television series “Lost” (2008-present). His performance in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster movie was critically applauded and Davies was awarded a Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award, an Online Film Critics Society Award, and SAG and Blockbuster Entertainment nominations.

First attracting attention with his performance in a 1993 Subaru commercial, Davies went on to gather wide respect and recognition in David O. Russell’s indie classic, “Spanking the Monkey” (1994), from which he nabbed an Independent Spirit nomination. He increased his popularity with small, but unforgettable, roles in box office hits such as “Twister” (1996). Since “Saving Private Ryan,” however, the son of the noted children's author Mel Boring has plunged himself into the independent circuit. Some of his indie highlights include “The Million Dollar Hotel” (2000), “Up at the Villa” (2000), “Secretary” (2002), “Solaris” (2002) and “The Laramie Project” (2002). He also acted in Lars von Trier's “Dogville” (2003) and “Manderlay” (2005), and Werner Herzog's “Rescue Dawn” (2006).

Davies was once romantically connected to actresses Drew Barrymore and Milla Jovovich.


Roving Life

Childhood and Family:

“I'm from America. I grew up mostly in isolation and had a really peripatetic youth. There're many pockets of America that have echoes for me. But beyond stating that, which is fairly dull, I don't really want to get into my family.” Jeremy Davies (about his upbringing)

Jeremy Davies Boring was born on October 8, 1969, in Saugus, California, to renowned children's author Mel Boring. He spent his early childhood in Traverse City, Michigan, until his parents divorced. Young Jeremy then moved to Kansas City, Missouri, with his mother. When his mom passed away in the mid-1970s because of complications of Lupus, he crossed the country to live with his father and stepmother in Santa Barbara, California. The Boring family relocated to Rockford, Iowa, in the mid 1980s, where Jeremy completed high school. Jeremy later moved back to California to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA) in Pasadena.

Jeremy is the second of four siblings. He has two brothers, Josh (older), an Air Force pilot, and Zachary, and one sister, Katy. As a child, he lived without television. It was the complexity of acting that prompted him to become an actor.


Lost

Career:

Jeremy Davies began working on television in 1990 when he got a small part in the NBC series “Singer & Sons.” He then appeared in the drama “Shoot First: A Cop's Vengeance” (NBC, 1991), his first TV film, and had a guest spot in “Dream On” (also 1991), a comedy series starring Brian Benben that ran on HBO from 1990 to 1996. The following year, the graduate of Pasadena's AADA appeared as Bill in Tamra Davis' “Guncrazy,” which starred future girlfriend Drew Barrymore. The thriller premiered at the Toronto Film Festival on September 11, 1992, and received a limited theatrical release before airing on cable TV on Showtime. Still in 1992, he played a bit part in an unsold pilot for ABC, “1775,” appeared in two episodes of ABC's “The Wonder Years” and one episode of the Fox Network soap opera “Melrose Place,” before joining the ABC soap favorite “General Hospital,” where he was cast as Roger.

Davies, however, did not gain much attention until he starred in a television commercial for “Subaru” (1993), where he compared the car to punk rock. The performance put him on the radar of many casting directors and before he knew it, Davies had been cast in the starring role of Ray Aibelli in “Spanking the Monkey,” an indie dark comedy directed and written by David O. Russell. Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival in January 1994, the film won the Audience Award for Best Dramatic at the prestigious festival and Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay honors at the 1995 Independent Spirit Awards, where Davies picked up a nomination for Best Debut Performance for his portrayal of a promising medical student who losses his internship and girlfriend after he was forced to stay home to care for his injured mother. After the acclaimed performance, Davies was hired to appear with Jodie Foster in the big budget feature “Nell” (1994), which was directed by Michael Apted and adapted from Mark Handley's play “Idioglossia.” He resurfaced two years later in another major film, the Jan de Bont-directed “Twister” (1996), in which he memorably portrayed Laurence, a nervous tornado photographer on Helen Hunt’s storm chasing team.

1997 found the gifted actor returning to independent films. He first starred as a timid military man struggling with his emotions in the Sundance premiered “Going All The Way,” opposite Ben Affleck, and then appeared in John Patrick Kelley's “The Locusts,” which debuted at the Venice Film Festival in August 1997. Among his costars in the latter film were Kate Capshaw, Vince Vaughn, Ashley Judd and Paul Rudd.

Davies' career earned a major boost the next year when he was cast in the noted supporting role of Timothy P. Upham, a panic stricken linguist recruited by Captain John H. Miller (played by Tom Hanks), in the Steven Spielberg Oscar darling “Saving Private Ryan.” For his acting job, Davies was handed a Kansas City Film Critics Circle for Best Supporting Actor and an Online Film Critics Society for Best Ensemble Cast Performance. He also received a Blockbuster Entertainment nomination in the category of Favorite Supporting Actor - Drama, and a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast.

Following “Saving Private Ryan,” Davies, however, seemed to avoid mainstream work in favor of independent features. He took the supporting role of a hopeless officer in Antonia Bird’s quirky thriller “Ravenous” (1999), starring Guy Pearce, and the lead role in the Nick Stagliano-directed, Francis Ford Coppola-produced “The Florentine” (1999). After a brief return to the small screen, during which time he costarred with Amanda Donohoe in the HBO drama “Rock the Boat,” Davies was cast alongside Mila Jovovich and Mel Gibson in the mystery “The Million Dollar Hotel” (2000), which was directed by Wim Wenders and premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February of that year. He then offered an impressive supporting turn as an Austrian refugee in Phillip Haas’ “Up at the Villa” (2000), for which he teamed up with Kristin Scott Thomas, Sean Penn and Anne Bancroft, and costarred with Dermot Mulroney, Julie Delpy, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell and Alan Cumming in Alan Rudolph's “Investigating Sex” (2001), based on José Pierre's book “Recherches Sur la sexualite archives du surealisme.” Still in 2001, the actor starred as a young American filmmaker in “CQ,” the directorial debut of Roman Coppola, the son of legendary Francis Ford Coppola.

Davies next costarred with Tilda Swinton in Lynn Hershman-Leeson's “Teknolust,” which won the Feature Film Prize in Science and Technology award at the Hamptons International Film Festival, supported Susan May Pratt and Chris Noth in the award winning indie drama “Searching for Paradise,” starred with Michael Lerner and Chris O'Donnell in Leonardo Ricagni's “29 Palms” and played the baffled boyfriend in Steven Shainberg's “Secretary” (all 2002). The same year, he was also cast as a struggling college student named Jedidiah Schultz in the Sundance premiered “The Laramie Project” (2002), which made its debut on HBO on March 9, 2002. Davies was nominated for a Golden Satellite in the category of Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for his acting job. He took home an additional Golden Satellite nomination thanks to his supporting portrayal of Snow in Steven Soderbergh's remake of “Solaris” (2002), which starred George Clooney.

In 2003, Davies worked with director Lars von Trier on his controversial film “Dogville.” The thriller gave the actor the opportunity to work with Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall, Paul Bettany and James Caan. He and von Trier would later work together again on the 2005 installment “Manderlay,” in which Bryce Dallas Howard replaced Kidman in the role of Grace Margaret Mulligan. In between, he delivered a powerful performance as cult leader Charles Manson in the made-for-TV film “Helter Skelter” (2004), which was adapted from Vincent Bugliosi's best selling book of the same name. In 2006, Davies was cast in Werner Herzog's “Rescue Dawn,” based on the directors acclaimed 1997 documentary “Little Dieter Needs to Fly.” For the film, Jeremy lost over 30 pounds to portray Vietnam War POW Gene.

Currently, dark haired Davies stars as Daniel Faraday, a physicist who comes to the island as a member of a team hired by Charles Widmore (played by Alan Dale), in the popular ABC adventure series “Lost” (2004-present). He joined the show in 2008.

“The creators of 'Lost' are endowed with some seriously certified, god-size talent. For a misfit like me, an offer to make coffee for those gentlemen is one I'd find terribly difficult to pass up.” Jeremy Davies


Awards:

  • Vail Film Festival: Renegade Award, 2008

  • Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KCFCC ): Best Supporting Actor, “Saving Private Ryan,” 1999

  • Online Film Critics Society (OFCS): Best Ensemble Cast Performance, “Saving Private Ryan,” 1999

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