Actor Owen Davis Jr.

Owen Gould Davis Jr. (October 6, 1907 – May 21, 1949) was an American actor, known primarily for his work in film. He also performed in the theatre, making his Broadway debut in the play Carry On (1928), which his father Owen Davis had written.


Born in 1907 in New York City, Davis Jr. was the son of dramatist Owen Davis and his wife, actress Elizabeth Breyer. In 1923 his father won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play Icebound.

Educated at Yale University, Davis was one of the leading students in the drama school. He was chosen captain of the boxing team.

On stage, Davis made his Broadway debut in the play Carry On (1928), written by his father Owen Davis. He soon began working in film, making his screen career with Walter Huston. Later he toured on stage with Huston. After much more stage experience, Davis went to Hollywood and began to specialize in movies.

During World War II, Davis served in the United States Army. Afterward, he became a television producer.

He married Laina Muroni.

Davis died on May 21, 1949. He drowned in a sailing accident on Long Island Sound.


Year Title Role Notes
1929 They Had to See Paris Ross Peters
1930 All Quiet on the Western Front Peter
1930 Good Intentions Bud Finney
1936 Murder on a Bridle Path Edward ‘Eddie’ Fry
1936 Special Investigator George Fenwick
1936 Bunker Bean Bunker Bean
1936 Grand Jury Steve O’Connell
1936 The Plot Thickens Robert Wilkins
1937 The Woman I Love Mezziores
1937 It Could Happen to You! Fred Barrett
1937 The Luck of Roaring Camp Davy
1938 Touchdown, Army Cadet Kirk Reynolds
1939 These Glamour Girls Greg Smith
1939 Henry Goes Arizona Danny Regan
1939 Thou Shalt Not Kill Allen Stevens
1940 Knute Rockne All American Gus Dorais (final film role)

External Links

Actor Owen Davis Jr. – Wikipedia

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