Daniel Davis Biography, Age, Net Worth, Siblings, Education

Daniel Davis Biography

Daniel Davis is an American stage, screen, and television actor. Davis is best known for portraying Niles the butler on the sitcom, The Nanny, and for his two guest appearances as Professor Moriarty on Star Trek: The Next Generation, affecting an upper-class English accent for both roles. He voices the intelligent Cro-Magnon, Longhair, from the Longhair and Doubledome cartoon shorts from Cartoon Network’s Big Pick.

In 2016, at the American Airlines Theater in New York City, Davis played Selsdon Mowbray in Noises Off’s Roundabout Theater Revival. The production was opened for a limited commitment on January 14, 2016, through March 6, 2016.

Daniel Davis Age

Davis was born in 1945 in Gurdon, Arkansas. He grew up in Little Rock under the care of his parents who used to run a cinema. Later, he joined the Arkansas Arts Center to complete his Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. He was active on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Daniel Davis Siblings

He has one actress sister, Diane Davis (born 5 or 15 July 1963) is a post-structuralist rhetorician and professor of Rhetoric and Writing, English, and Communication Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Daniel Davis Net Worth

His net worth is under review.

Daniel Davis Education

Davis graduated from Little Rock’s Hall High School in 1963. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Arkansas Arts Center, followed by a job with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and six years with the American Conservatory Theater (ACT). His first acting job was at the age of 11 when he was cast in a local broadcast program, Betty’s Little Rascals.

Daniel Davis
Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis Career

Davis became famous for the first time on daytime television playing opposite Beverlee McKinsey as the former (and assumed dead) boyfriend of her character Iris Cory, Elliot Carrington, a spin-off of Another World from October 1980 to December 1981 on soap opera Texas. In 1985, in the Season 4 episode of the TV series The A-Team “The Doctor is Out,” he performed a renegade soldier.

In the television series The Nanny, Davis performed his most popular personality, Niles the Butler, throughout his run from 1993 to 1999 and in his 2004 meeting special (only in cameo flashbacks). Niles was known to use deadpan one-liners frequently, generally insulting C.C. personality. Babcock, who in the last season of the series Niles ultimately falls in love with and married.

The natural accent of Davis is South American; however, his English accent was so precise as Niles that many viewers were persuaded that Davis is English. He also used an English accent in the Star Trek as Professor Moriarty: the “Elementary, Dear Data” and “Ship in a Bottle” episodes of the next generation. However, as the USS Enterprise airplane carrier’s Commanding Officer in 1.

In 2000, Davis was nominated for a Best Actor Tony Award for his role in David Hirson’s Broadway play Wrong Mountain. In 2003, he appeared in the Alan Bennett play Talking Heads. In 2004, he portrayed George Bernard Shaw in the Stephen Sondheim musical The Frogs. He co-starred in La Cage Aux Folles with Gary Beach from November 2004 to March 2005. (Reportedly, he clashed frequently with Beach and others. He was eventually replaced by Robert Goulet.)

In 2002, Davis starred on Frasier’s TV series, playing Dr. Shafer in Season 10, Episode 8, “Rooms with a View.” Davis was on American Idol’s Idol Gives Back episode on April 25, 2007, among the group of celebrities lip-synching to The Bee Gees ‘ Stayin’ Alive. He appeared briefly in Christopher Nolan’s 2006 movie The Prestige.

In July 2008, under the direction of Bonnie J. Monte, Davis portrayed King Lear at New Jersey’s Shakespeare Theater. He also starred as a guest on the television series Ugly Betty that year. At the Long Center in Austin, Texas, Davis was component of the Celebrity Autobiography series in November 2010. He conducted with his fellow alum Nanny Lauren Lane and the alum Michael Urie Ugly Betty.

Daniel Davis Theatre

Davis is an established theatre actor. He has appeared in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions in New York and has appeared at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Off-Broadway, he played Rubin in Lake No Bottom in 1990, the Duke of Buckingham in The Tragedy of Richard III, Graham in the Alan Bennett monologue “A Chip in the Sugar” for the series Talking Heads in 2003, and he starred as Gaev in The Cherry Orchard in 2011.

He played Antonio Salieri in Amadeus on Broadway in 1980, Maurice Montessori in Wrong Mountain in 2000, Oscar Wilde in The Invention of Love in 2001, Georges in La Cage aux Folles in 2004, and George Bernard Shaw in The Frogs in 2004 as well.

In 2007, Davis was a member of Dr. Robert Smith’s cast of an audio production of the Blue / Orange game. He performed Prospero at Hartford Stage in The Tempest in 2012. In 2016, he appeared as Selsdon Mowbray on Broadway in Noises Off’s Roundabout Theater Revival at the American Airlines Theatre.

Daniel Davis Film

Year                   Title

  • 1970             The Sidelong Glances of a Pigeon Kicker
  • 1985              Chain Letters
  • 1986              Blind Justice
  • 1989                  K-9
  • 1990              The Hunt for Red October
  • 1990             Havana
  • 2005             Thru the Moebius Strip
  • 2006            The Prestige

Daniel Davis TV

Year                Title

  • 1980–81              Texas
  • 1983             Hardcastle and McCormick
  • 1984                Highway to Heaven
  • 1985             Remington Steele
  • 1985              Scarecrow and Mrs. King
  • 1986                    Matlock
  • 1986                Cheers
  • 1987          Dynasty
  • 1988-93              Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • 1989                   MacGyver
  • 1992                   Columbo
  • 1992              Civil Wars
  • 1992              L.A. Law
  • 1992                Murder, She Wrote
  • 1993–99              The Nanny
  • 2000              The Practice
  • 2000                 Longhair and Doubledome
  • 2002            Frasier
  • 2008           Ugly Betty
  • 2010           The Fran Drescher Show
  • 2015             Gotham
  • 2017        The Blacklist
  • 2019            Elementary


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