Daniel Davis


Daniel Davis Trivia


  • Trivia

    • As a child, Davis took elocution lessons to rid himself of his southern accent.

    • As a child, Davis wanted to be a fireman, doctor, or astronaut until he realized that they were excuses to be theatrical.

    • Davis was let go from La Cage aux Folles on March 27, 2005. The reason cited was "obnoxious offstage behavior". Davis was replaced by Robert Goulet.

    • He took the initiative and arranged his own audition at the age of 11, for Betty's Little Rascals. His parents were in no way involved.

    • Davis is left-handed.

    • Davis is a horseman, having learned how to ride dressage, a form of English horseback riding.

    • Davis is an avid reader, and is an exercise enthusiast.

    • In 1994, Davis hosted a Toronto segment of the All American Thanksgiving Day Parade, which aired on CBS.

    • In 2001, Davis was cast as Oscar Wilde in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's play, The Invention of Love.

    • Davis acted as a replacement for the character of the repentant Salieri in the Broadway production of Amadeus.

    • Davis starred in an off-Broadway play, Futz.

    • Davis participated in the national tour of Coco with Katharine Hepburn.

    • Davis was one of the many celebrities featured lip-synching to Stayin' Alive in the American Idol episode, Idol Gives Back.

    • Daniel Davis was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in 2000 for his performance in Wrong Mountain.

    • Davis has a younger sister, Diane. She and her husband run a radio station in Texas, and they have three sons.

    • Davis received a 2003 OBIE Award as part of the acting company "Talking Heads," a series of six one-person shows.

    • His British accent for his role as Niles on The Nanny is not authentic. Although he normally has a Southern accent, many fans wrote to the show and suggested that he teach Charles Shaughnessy (a British native) how to improve his accent.

    • Davis considers his love for Tyrone Power movies as his inspiration to act.

    • Acted and taught for seven years at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

    • His take-off on Tom Cruise's underwear dance in the film Risky Business became one of The Nanny's classic moments.

  • Quotes

    • Davis: And that's the wonderful thing about being an actor. You get to be everything you ever wanted to be without having to go through any of the heartache of being it. It is the advantage of being in this profession.

    • Davis: (Referring to his character on The Nanny, Niles) It was one of those moments you find out something about a character... a side to them that you have no idea exists. In some ways, Niles works best the less you know about him. You don't really want to blow too much knowledge about him at this point or maybe ever, because he really works best when he comes in and does something completely surprising.

    • Davis: They all really believed in the whole notion of sinister, and being lefthanded you were somehow marked by Satan. I don't mean to make us out as booga-booga type people, but there was pressure. When I first got to school, my first grade teacher was kind of questioning my choice of picking up the pencils and crayons with my left hand.

    • Davis: I hardly ever go to the theater because I'm almost always wanting too much from it and it almost never gives me what I want. I haven't learned to go without expectation yet. I go to the movies with no expectations whatsoever and so they almost always entertain me. I thought I wouldn't television as well.

    • Davis: I wanted to be a lawyer if I could be Raymond Burr on Perry Mason. I wanted to be an evangelist if I could be Billy Graham. I wanted to be a scientist, but only if I could be Albert Einstein or Albert Schweitzer. It was all bigger than life; it was always about being enormous.