|Birth: ||Jan. 28, 1935, USA|
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 2010, USA|
John Davis was born in Hinton,W.Va., in 1935 to a prominent opthamologist.As a youngster he was often sickly and had a small frame. He played basketball,tennis and ran track.However, he would become bigger than life playing Hollywood heavies later in life.
John attended Princeton intending to get a medical degree but opted to drop out and join the Army. He played tennis and boxed while there.
Moving on he returned to the Kanawah Valley of his native state to do acting, before leaving for New York and attending the Academy of Dramatic Arts.
After that he got a break in "Young Savages",starring Burt Lancaster and Shelly Winters, where he played sadistic killer, Arthur Reardon. He would be typecast with his heavy eyelids and sardonic sneer. Going on to play psychotics and deranged characters in over 40 movies and 60 plus t.v. productions.
Some notable movies were as a bounty hunter in "The Outlaw Josey Wales",Sam Peckinpah's, "Ride the High Country","Death of a Gunfighter",etc. T.V. roles came to him in "ER", "Route 66", "Columbo", Hill Street Blues" and "Star Trek".
His body was found in the small apartment that he rented when coming to Hollywood in the 60's in Toluca,Ca.He had donated quite a bit of money to religious organizations and there were several residual checks from movies that had not been cashed that were found.
Specifically: Two Self Realization Churches have two urns with his ashes.
Created by: Rick Roberts
Record added: Jun 01, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53104206
John,Just saw a premiere where I played a "heavy", just like you, MOVING MOUNTAINS. My first bad guy role. saw you last week in MAJOR DUNDEE & RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY.|
Added: Aug. 22, 2013
Just wanted to say many thanks for all the hours of entertainment you gave to all of us at the movies. My favorite was "Babysitting Blues." I enjoyed your performance. And, I saw you for the first time in that movie with Burt Lancaster. You played a g...(Read more)|
Added: Jan. 1, 2013
Yer on Tcm in "The Outlaw Josey Wales" right now!|
Added: Sep. 4, 2010
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