Actor Jeremy Davies

Jeremy Davies (né Boring; born October 8, 1969) is an American film and television actor. He is known for playing Ray Aibelli in Spanking the Monkey (1994), Corporal Upham in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Snow in Solaris (2002), Bill Henson in Dogville (2003), Charles Manson in Helter Skelter (2004), Sergeant Gene DeBruin in Rescue Dawn (2006) and Daniel Faraday on the ABC series Lost (2008–2010).

Davies won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2012 for his portrayal of Dickie Bennett in the FX series Justified (2011–2015). He also received the BAFTA Award for Best Performance in a Video Game for his role as Baldur in God of War (2018). Werner Herzog, who directed Davies in Rescue Dawn, described him as “a unique, very significant talent”, asserting that “anywhere in the world, there [are] very, very few actors of his calibre.”

Early life

Jeremy Davies was born in Traverse City, Michigan, of Scottish and Welsh descent, the son of children’s author Melvin Lyle “Mel” Boring. Davies is Jeremy’s mother’s maiden name, which he adopted as his professional name. He has a brother, Joshua, and two half-siblings, Zachery and Katrina, from his father’s second marriage.

His parents separated when he was young, leaving Davies to relocate to Kansas with his mother until the mid-1970s, when she died of lupus. He went to live with his father and his stepmother in Santa Barbara, California, before moving to Rockford, Iowa in 1986, where he completed high school. He attended college at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California.[citation needed]


In 1991 he played Roger, Robin’s first boyfriend, on General Hospital. In 1992, he appeared on two episodes of The Wonder Years. He appeared in small roles in the NBC TV film Shoot First: A Cop’s Vengeance and in the pilot for the colonial-era sitcom 1775. He played a youth in the Showtime thriller Guncrazy and had a guest appearance on Melrose Place. In 1993, Davies was cast in a TV commercial for Subaru in which his character compares the car to punk rock. Numerous casting directors and industry forces noticed the commercial, and Davies found himself being sent feature film scripts. Critics embraced his performance in David O. Russell’s debut film, the black comedy, Spanking the Monkey.

In 1998, he landed a pivotal role in Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan as Corporal Upham, an American GI linguist in Normandy, recruited just after the Normandy landings by Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) to be the interpreter on a dangerous mission to rescue the film’s eponymous paratrooper (Matt Damon). Davies’ performance was well received, and he went on to star in several films, including CQ, Secretary and Solaris. In 2004, he portrayed Charles Manson in CBS’s adaptation of Helter Skelter.

Davies appeared as a main cast member on Lost during its fourth and fifth seasons (2008–09), playing Daniel Faraday, an amnesiac physicist who comes to the island as part of a team hired by Charles Widmore. He guest-starred in three episodes in Lost’s sixth season. He had a recurring role on FX’s Justified as Dickie Bennett, for which he earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2012. He was also nominated for the award in 2011. In 2014, Davies appeared in two episodes of the critically acclaimed show, Hannibal. He also starred in the History Channel’s 2015 miniseries Texas Rising, as Sergeant Ephraim Knowles. This was his second role in a production with Bill Paxton, the first being 1996’s film Twister. In the 2017 TV drama American Gods he plays one version of Jesus Christ, and in the 2018 video game God of War he provided the voice and motion capture for Baldur.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Guncrazy Bill
1775 Scruffy Kid Short film
1994 Spanking the Monkey Ray Aibelli Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance
Nell Billy Fisher
1996 Twister Brian Laurence
1997 Going All the Way Williard “Sonny” Burns
The Locusts Flyboy
1998 Saving Private Ryan Corporal Upham Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Cast Performance
Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actor – Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1999 Ravenous Private Toffler
The Florentine Truby
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel Tom Tom
Up at the Villa Karl Richter
2001 Investigating Sex Oscar
CQ Paul
2002 Teknolust Sandy
Secretary Peter
Searching for Paradise Adam
29 Palms The Drifter
Solaris Snow Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2003 Dogville Bill Henson
2005 Manderlay Niels
2006 Rescue Dawn Gene
2010 It’s Kind of a Funny Story Smitty
2017 Justice League Dark Ritchie Simpson (voice) Direct-to-video
2018 The House That Jack Built Al
TBA The Black Phone Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Dream On Mugger #3 Episode: “No, I’m Just Happy to See You”
Shoot First: A Cop’s Vengeance White Punk Television film
1992 General Hospital Roger
The Wonder Years Eddie Horvath 2 episodes
Melrose Place Pete Stoller Episode: “The Whole Truth”
2001 The Atlantis Conspiracy Flush Television film
2002 The Laramie Project Jedadiah Schultz Television film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004 Helter Skelter Charles Manson Television film
2008–2010 Lost Daniel Faraday 23 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
2011–2015 Justified Dickie Bennett 20 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2014 Hannibal Peter Bernardone 2 episodes
Constantine Ritchie Simpson 2 episodes
2015 Texas Rising Sergeant Ephraim Knowles 5 episodes
2016 Lucifer Nick Hofmeister Episode: “Lucifer, Stay. Good Devil.”
2017 Sleepy Hollow Malcolm Dreyfuss 13 episodes
American Gods Jesus Prime Episode: “Come to Jesus”
Twin Peaks Jimmy Episode: “Part 6”
2018 The Flash Dr. John Deegan Episode: “Elseworlds”
2020 FBI Kenneth Bates Episode: “Hard Decisions”
The Rookie Detective Bill Summerland Episode: “Hand-off”

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2018 God of War The Stranger/Baldur Also motion capture
BAFTA Games Award for Best Performer

External Links

Actor Jeremy Davies – Wikipedia

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