Charles in Charge
“I would overhear fans say, 'Look, there's the ugly girl from Charles in Charge.’” Josie Davis
A child actor of the 1980s who made the transition to adult roles in the late 1990s, actress and producer Josie Davis rose to fame playing middle child Sarah Powell on the hit syndicated sitcom “Charles in Charge” from 1987 to 1990. Going through puberty in front of an audience while starring on the show proved extraordinarily painful for the young actress, but she won a 1989 Young Star Award for her performance. After several years battling her character’s image, Davis returned to series TV playing the sexy love interest Camille Desmond in Fox's hit series “Beverly Hills 90210” (2000). After the series ended, she portrayed Laurie Williams in the NBC short lived drama “Titans” (2000). Davis also offered memorable guest performances in series like “The Profiler,” “Nash Bridges,” “Love Boat: The Next Wave,” “CSI: Miami” and “Two and a Half Men” and appeared in the television movies “Psychic Murders” (2002), “The Partners” (2003), “Blind Justice” (2005), “McBride Requiem” (2006) and “Carolina Moon” (2007). Kicking off her big screen career in 1995, Davis has worked on such projects as “Badge of Fear” (1997), “Slammed” (2001), “Sonny” (2002), “Be My Baby” (2006), “Kalamazoo” (2006), “In the Land Of Merry Misfits” (2007), “Chasing Tchaikovsky” (2007) and “The Trouble with Romance” (2007). The award winning performer also starred in the acclaimed short “Lotto” (2003), which was produced under her production company 3 Sketch Films.
Davis was recently seen in the thriller “The Cursed” and will appear in the upcoming “The Perfect Student,” “Tranced, “Ascent” and “Night at the Carriage House” (2010).
Childhood and Family:
Josie Davis was born on January 16, 1973, in Los Angeles, California, to an actor/artist/drummer father. She has an older brother named Joshua Davis, who was born on October 26, 1965. Josie, whose nickname is Joz, was a straight-A student in high school and planed on attending USC's esteemed writing program after graduation. However, she studied acting instead and at age 18, signed on with one of Hollywood's most respected acting coaches, Paul E. Richards, and studied with him for five years before being accepted into the prestigious Actors Studio. At the time, she was 24.
Josie Davis began acting at age 3 when she starred in a number of commercials. Her huge breakthrough arrived in 1987 (aged 14) when the talented beauty landed the role of Sarah Powell on the No. 1 syndicated television series “Charles in Charge” (1984-1990), starring Scott Baio. She won a 1989 Young Artist for Best Young Actress in a Family Syndicated Show for her performance and stayed with the show until it came to an end in 1990. She also received Young Artist nominations in the category of Best Young Actress in an Off-Primetime Family Series during 1990 to 1991.
However, after “Charles in Charge” wrapped up, the young performer had a hard time shedding the image of her character. She then took some time off to focus on her studies, but returned in the mid 1990s with notable guest spots on the syndicated detective shows “Silk Stalkings” and “High Tide.” In 1996, she originated the role of Grace Turner on the CBS popular daytime soap “The Young and the Restless,” a gig she kept for a year. In 1997, two years after making her feature acting debut in 1995's “Beach House,” she starred as Officer Samantha Edwards in Roberto Tenura's thriller “Badge of Fear.”
After joining the reputable Actor Studios, in 1999 Davis received guest roles in series like NBC's “The Profiler,” CBS' “Nash Bridges” and UPN's “Love Boat: The Next Wave.” She then joined the cast of the primetime soap “Beverly Hills, 90210” in 2000 in the role of Camille. She kept the role until the end of the series and went on to play Laurie Williams on the Aaron Spelling short lived series “Titans” (2000), opposite Casper Van Dien and Yasmine Bleeth.
Davis took a short hiatus from television to make films and acted with Justin Whalin, Zachery Ty Bryan and Sasha Mitchell in 2001's “Slammed.” She was then cast by Nicolas Cage in the actor's directorial debut “Sonny” (2002), playing Gretchen. The drama also starred James Franco, Brenda Blethyn, Harry Dean Stanton, Mena Suvari, Scott Caan and Cage himself. Davis resurfaced on the small screen in television movies like “Psychic Murders” (2002, with Terry Farrell and Henry Rollins), “L.A Law: The Movie” (2002) and “The Partners” (2003, as the wife of Jason Gedrick). She also portrayed guest roles in the series “Philly” (2002), “The Division” (2003) and “CSI: Miami” (2004) and acted opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ed O' Neal in “In the Game” (2004), a pilot for ABC.
In 2005, Davis starred with Jamie Luner and James Thomas in the TV film “Blind Justice,” directed by Rex Piano. She followed it up with a series of guest roles in the series “Living with Fran,” “Eve” and the CBS hit “Two and a Half Men” (all 2005). The following year saw Davis explore her comedic flair by playing Linda in the film “Be My Baby,” opposite René Ashton, Brody Hutzler, Julia Duffy, Cris Judd and Lacey Chabert and starring as Carol Cavanaugh in the independent movie “Kalamazoo,” alongside Claire Bloom, Renee Taylor and Chita Rivera. She also supported John Larroquette in the thriller “McBride Requiem” (2006) and in 2007, played Karen in “The Trouble with Romance” (2007), with Jordan Belfi, John Churchill and Kip Pardue. She next costarred with Claire Forlani and Oliver Hudson in the television film “Carolina Moon” (2007), which was adapted from a Nora Roberts novel, and teamed up with writer/director Keven Undergaro for the comedy “In the Land Of Merry Misfit” (2007), which was produced by Maria Menunos. Davis also worked again with Jennifer Love Hewitt in a 2007 episode of “Ghost Whisperer” and appeared as Kelly Abbott in an episode of the James Woods vehicle “Shark” (2006-2008).
Davis has completed filming “Tranced” (2010), a drama directed by David M. Evans, and was recently seen in the thriller “The Cursed.” She will appear in the upcoming “The Perfect Student,” “Ascent” and “Night at the Carriage House” (2010).
Apart from her busy work as an actor, Davis owns and runs a production company called 3 Sketch Films, which produced the award winning short movie “Lotto” (2003) and projects for musicians Triple Seven, Kevin Federline and Rohan Marley.
Young Artist Awards: Best Young Actress in a Family Syndicated Show, “Charles in Charge,” 1989