Don S. Davis was a character actor, painter, designer, woodcarver, former theater professor, and was a Captain in the United States Army during the sixties. Don was born and raised in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree with double major in theater and art from Southwest Missouri State College in 1965. He then served three years on active duty in the United States Army.
Upon his release from active duty in the military Don entered the University of Southern Illinois, in Carbondale, Illinois, to work toward a Masters Degree in theater. Don received his Masters Degree in 1970. He then taught for a number of years before returning to Southern Illinois University to complete the coursework for a PhD in Theater. Don received his PhD in 1982. Don's first love throughout his life has been the visual arts.
He grew up drawing, painting, and creating sculptural constructions. When Don was a small boy his father, M.T. Davis, owned a lumberyard and supported Don's interests by setting up a functional woodworking shop for his son's use in the basement of the family home. He also took the time to teach Don to whittle and carve wood. The constant positive encouragement of Don's creative endeavours by his family made it a natural progression for Don to continue to be vitally interested in creating paintings, drawings, carvings and design projects as he grew into adulthood. As a result Don spent nearly twenty years applying and developing all those interests while earning his living as a collegiate scene designer and augmenting his income with art sales and various design commissions.
Don began working in the film industry while teaching at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in the early 1980s. He left teaching to pursue acting full time in 1987. Don has appeared in numerous feature films including Alaska, A League of Their Own, Needful Things, Look Who's Talking, Con Air and Best of Show. He has had feature roles in over thirty made for television movies including In Cold Blood, The Ranger, The Cook and The Hole in the Sky, Columbo: A Bird in Hand, and the mini-series Atomic Train.
Davis died on June 29, 2008. The cause of death was reported to be a massive heart attack
Don's television credits also include his series regular role as General George Hammond in Stargate SG-1
, and recurring roles in The X-Files
where he played father to Gillian Anderson
's Agent Scully, Twin Peaks
where he played Major Briggs. Don has guest starred in dozen of television series including Northern Exposure
, L.A. Law
, Knots Landing
, Twenty-One Jump Street, Wiseguy