Daniel Davis

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Actor

Birth Date: November 26, 1945

Age: 78 years old

Birth Place: Gurdon, Arkansas

Daniel Davis, with his salt-and-pepper hair and wry smile, came to TV prominence in middle age as Niles, the British butler and cook, on "The Nanny" TV series (CBS, 1993-99). The Arkansas native has a long resume of stage credits, including performances with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the national tour of "Coco" with Katharine Hepburn, a stint off-Broadway in "Futz," as a replacement as the repentant Salieri in "Amadeus" on Broadway and in numerous productions with the American Shakespeare Festival and the American Conservatory Theatre.

Eventually, he migrated to Los Angeles and began making episodic guest appearances on such series as "Frank's Place" and "Cagney & Lacey," before winning a regular, albeit supporting, role as the calculating Eliot Carrington (1979-83) on the short-lived NBC daytime series "Texas" (1979-83). By the late 80s, he began to win supporting parts in features. In "K-9" (1989), Davis was car dealer Halstead whose secret was his ties to the drug world. In "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), he was Captain Davenport, clearly skeptical of the motives of a Soviet submarine crew wanting to defect. His TV work was often sporadic, but he earned notice as Patrick Henry in the 1986 CBS miniseries "George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation." But it has been his turn as the wittily acerbic Niles on "The Nanny" that has brought him the most attention. Davis' character is the champion of Fran Drescher's rough-around-the-edges title character.

Credits

Dispatches From ElsewhereStream

Guest Star
Series
2020
85%

New AmsterdamStream

Guest Star
Vic Wallace
Series
2018

GothamStream

Guest Star
Series
2014
77%

ElementaryStream

Guest Star
Antoine LaGrange
Series
2012
95%

The Fran Drescher Tawk Show

Guest
Show
2010

Ugly BettyStream

Guest Star
Dr. Morgan Remus
Series
2006
97%

The PracticeStream

Guest Star
Series
1997

Oy To The World

Voice
Niles
Movie
1995

Chicago Hope

Guest Star
Series
1994

The NannyStream

Actor
Niles
Series
1993

NYPD BlueStream

Guest Star
Daniel
Series
1993
83%

FrasierStream

Guest Star
Dr. Shafer
Series
1993
95%

Columbo: No Time to Die

Actor
Movie
1992

Civil Wars

Guest Star
Harvey Gutfreund
Show
1991

RugratsStream

Guest Voice
Conan McNulty/Wrestler
Series
1991

Palomino

Actor
Doctor
Movie
1991

She Stood Alone

Actor
Parker Elsworth
Movie
1991

The Hunt for Red OctoberStream

Actor
Captain Charlie Davenport - USS Enterprise
Movie
1990
88%

Havana

Actor
Marion Chigwell
Movie
1990

K-9

Actor
Halstead
Movie
1989

Star Trek: The Next GenerationStream

Guest Star
Professor James Moriarty
Series
1987
92%

Star Trek: The Next Generation 2.0

Guest Star
Show
1987

Frank's Place

Guest Star
Series
1987

MatlockStream

Guest Star
Series
1986

George Washington: The Forging of a Nation

Actor
Patrick Henry
Movie
1986

MacGyverStream

Guest Star
Series
1985

The Equalizer

Guest Star
Eddie Mason
Series
1985

Murder, She WroteStream

Guest Star
Neal Dishman
Series
1984

Highway to HeavenStream

Guest Star
Lance Gaylord
Series
1984

The A-TeamStream

Guest Star
Phillips
Series
1983

CheersStream

Guest Star
Mr. Reinhardt
Series
1982
87%

DynastyStream

Guest Star
Harry Thresher
Series
1981

Great PerformancesStream

Actor
Moulineaux
Franchise
1972

ColumboStream

Guest Star
Alex Varrick
Series
1971

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