Bruce Davison

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Bruce Davison is one of Hollywood's hardest-working "chameleons", having turned in dozens of outstanding performances in both lead and character roles on stage, screen and television. During his 30-plus-year career he ... Read more »
Born: 06/27/1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (172)

The Fosters 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

108 Stitches 2014 (Movie)

Coach Scott Deshields (Actor)

37: A Final Promise 2014 (Movie)

Psychic (Actor)

A Golden Christmas: Second Tail 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beyond the Heavens 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black Beauty 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kingdom 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Persecuted 2014 (Movie)

Senator Donald Harrison (Actor)

Stealing Roses 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Lowell (Actor)

Those Who Kill 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Words and Pictures 2014 (Movie)

Walt (Actor)

Last Resort 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saving Lincoln 2013 (Movie)

Seward (Actor)

The Lords of Salem 2013 (Movie)

Francis Matthias (Actor)

Bigfoot 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Drop Dead Diva 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Camp Hope 2011 (Movie)

The Priest (Actor)

Castle 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Childrens Hospital 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coffin 2011 (Movie)

Garrison (Actor)

Covert Affairs 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Munger Road 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Leverage 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lost 2006, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psych 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Glades 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Knight Rider 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Closer 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Knight Rider 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cleaner 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Battlestar Galactica 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Breach 2007 (Movie)

John O'Neill (Actor)

Close to Home 2005 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The L Word 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hate Crime 2006 (Movie)

Pastor Boyd (Actor)

The Dead Girl 2006 (Movie)

Leah's Father (Actor)

The Triangle 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Going Shopping 2005 (Movie)

Adam (Actor)

Jack & Bobby 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Numb3rs 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eight Millimeter 2 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Evergreen 2004 (Movie)

Frank Turly (Actor)

JAG 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Clinic 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Manfast 2003 (Movie)

Rupert Iris (Actor)

Runaway Jury 2003 (Movie)

Cable (Actor)

X-Pose: X2 Mutants Uncovered 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

X2: X-Men United 2003 (Movie)

Senator Kelly (Actor)

Dahmer 2002 (Movie)

Lionel Dahmer (Actor)

Enterprise 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Crimes 2002 (Movie)

Brigadier General Marks (Actor)

L.A. Law: The Movie 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Off Season 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crazy/Beautiful 2001 (Movie)

Tom Oakley (Actor)

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Outer Limits Farewell Tribute 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Catch 2001 (Movie)

Rand Parrish (Actor)

The King is Alive 2001 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1986 - 1987, 1989 - 1990, 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hunger 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

X-Men 2000 (Movie)

Senator Kelly (Actor)

X-Men: The Mutant Watch 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

At First Sight 1999 (Movie)

Dr Charles Aaron (Actor)

Apt Pupil 1998 (Movie)

Richard Bowden (Actor)

Lovelife 1998 (Movie)

Bruce (Actor)

Paulie 1998 (Movie)

Dr Reingold (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1986 - 1987, 1989 - 1990, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burt Lancaster 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybill 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Designing Women 1989 - 1990, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987, 1989 - 1990, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Present Tense, Past Perfect 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace of My Heart 1996 (Movie)

John Murray (Actor)

It's My Party 1996 (Movie)

Rodney Bingham (Actor)

Present Tense, Past Perfect 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Crucible 1996 (Movie)

Reverend Parris (Actor)

Widow's Kiss 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

99 and 44/100% Pure Horror! 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog 1995 (Movie)

John McCormick (Actor)

Homage 1995 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

The Baby-Sitter's Club 1995 (Movie)

Watson (Actor)

The Cure 1995 (Movie)

Dr Stevens (Actor)

The Skateboard Kid II 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Harry and the Hendersons 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Howard Finnigan (Actor)

Six Degrees of Separation 1993 (Movie)

Larkin (Actor)

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

An Ambush of Ghosts 1992 (Movie)

Bill Betts (Actor)

In a New Light 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Hunter 1984 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Longtime Companion 1990 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Steel and Lace 1990 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Dakota's Way 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Misfit Brigade 1988 (Movie)

Porta (Actor)

Lies 1986 (Movie)

Stuart Russell (Actor)

The Ladies Club 1986 (Movie)

Richard Harrison (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Spies Like Us 1985 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

V: The Series 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Crimes of Passion 1984 (Movie)

Donny Hopper (Actor)

The Astronauts 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

High Risk 1981 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Mind Over Murder 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gathering, Part II 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lathe of Heaven 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Brass Target 1978 (Movie)

Colonel Robert Dawson (Actor)

Short Eyes 1978 (Movie)

Clark Davis (Actor)

The Gathering 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

French Quarter 1977 (Movie)

Kid Ross / Inspector Sordik (Actor)

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

Leroy (Actor)

Ma and Pa 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Mame 1974 (Movie)

Older Patrick (Actor)

Cops 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Ulzana's Raid 1972 (Movie)

Army Lieutenant (Actor)

Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me 1970 (Movie)

Fitzgore (Actor)

The Jerusalem File 1970 (Movie)

David (Actor)

The Strawberry Statement 1970 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Willard 1970 (Movie)

Willard Stiles (Actor)

Last Summer 1969 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

A Golden Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

A Memory in My Heart (TV Show)

Actor

A Mother's Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

After Jimmy (TV Show)

Actor

Color of Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Deadman's Curve (TV Show)

Actor

Down, Out & Dangerous (TV Show)

Actor

Ghost Dancing (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden in America (TV Show)

Actor

Incident at Crestridge (TV Show)

Actor

Knight Rider (Movie)

Charles Graiman (Actor)

Lady in a Corner (TV Show)

Actor

Little Girl Fly Away (TV Show)

Actor

Live! From Death Row (TV Show)

Actor

Locked in Silence (TV Show)

Actor

Megafault (TV Show)

Actor

Off Season (Movie)

(Actor)

On the Edge (TV Show)

Actor

Out of the Ashes (TV Show)

Actor

Portrait of Grandpa Doc (TV Show)

Actor

Someone Else's Child (TV Show)

Actor

Stolen: One Husband (TV Show)

Actor

Summer of My German Soldier (TV Show)

Actor

The Affair (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Survivors (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)

Voice

The Triangle (Movie)

Stan Lathem (Actor)

The Wave (TV Show)

Actor

The Whirlwind (TV Show)

Actor

Tomorrow's Child (TV Show)

Actor

Too Young To Be a Dad (TV Show)

Actor

Touched (TV Show)

Actor

Vendetta (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Bigfoot (TV Show)

Director

Off Season (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

The Lathe of Heaven (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Biography

Bruce Davison is one of Hollywood's hardest-working "chameleons", having turned in dozens of outstanding performances in both lead and character roles on stage, screen and television. During his 30-plus-year career he has played many a villain and hero--tackling the roles of disturbed teenagers, crusading defense attorneys, romantic lovers and put-upon husbands. He has managed to avoid being typed, or when typed, the tag has not stuck long. Though some still identify him with the nerd who kissed the rodent in "Willard" (1971), others may remember him as Captain Wyler from NBC's "Hunter (1984-86), the sensitive caregiver in "Longtime Companion" (1990) or the senator who hates mutants in "X-Men" (2000). Davison has shown Hollywood he is an actor with a wide range, and the movie industry has rewarded him with challenging and diverse roles.

Relationships

Clair Davison

Father
parents divorced when Davison was three

Marian Davison

Mother
parents divorced when Davison was three

Ethan Davison

Son
born on April 5, 1996 mother, Lisa Pelikan

Lisa Pelikan

Wife
married in 1986 Pelikan filed for a divorce on March 24, 2003

Jess Walton

Wife
divorced

EDUCATION

trained for the stage with Ted Hoffman

Institute of Film and TV, New York University

New York , New York

Pennsylvania State University

University Park , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2007

Co-starred in "Breach," a thriller about FBI traitor Robert Hanssen played by Chris Cooper

2005

Had a recurring role on the CBS drama series, "Close to Home"

2004

Cast as Dr. "Steg" Stegman, the arrogant chief of staff in Stephen King's medical drama "Kingdom Hospital"

2001

Made directorial debut with the Showtime original "Off Season"; also starred

2001

Appeared as Jessica Biel's father in the Freddie Prinze Jr romance "Summer Catch"

2001

Portrayed yet another parent to a teen, this time a troubled young woman played by Kirsten Dunst in "crazy/beautiful"

2000

Starred in the Dogma 95 production of "The King Is Alive", a drama about passengers who stage "King Lear" after their bus breaks down in the desert; premiered at Cannes

2000

Reunited with Singer for the big-screen version of the comic-book adventure "X-Men"; played Senator Kelly, a politician who believed mutants should not be treated like people

1999

Guest starred as an arrogant plastic surgeon in the season premiere of "Chicago Hope" (CBS)

1998

Earned an Emmy nomination for his guest stint on "Touched By an Angel"

1998

Played the father of a troubled teen in the film adaptation of the Stephen King novella "Apt Pupil", directed by Bryan Singer

1997

Starred in the controversial Showtime movie "The Color of Justice"

1997

Returned to the New York stage playing a man who commits incest with his niece in the Off-Broadway play "How I Learned to Drive"

1996

Portrayed Reverend Paris in the film adaptation of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"

1993

Acted in four films, including Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" and Fred Schepisi's "Six Degrees of Separation"

1990

Received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of a gay man caring for his dying lover in "Longtime Companion"

1987

Appeared in the NBC miniseries "Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story"

1986

Played Felix, the journalist who succumbs to AIDS, in the L.A. premiere of Larry Kramer's play "The Normal Heart"

1984

Portrayed Captain Wyler on the NBC TV series "Hunter"

1984

Had leading role on TV in "V: The Series" (NBC)

1983

Played Tom, the authorial stand-in, in a Broadway revival of "The Glass Menagerie" with Jessica Tandy

1980

Starred on Broadway in "The Elephant Man"; succeeded original star Philip Anglim in the role of John Merrick

1977

Played a child molester in realistic prison drama, "Short Eyes"

1977

Had small role in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"

1974

Appeared as the grown-up Patrick in Lucille Ball's last film of "Mame"

1973

Featured in episode of "Love, American Style"

1970

First leading role; played a rat-loving social misfit in "Willard"

1970

Made TV acting debut in an episode of the ABC series "Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law"

1968

Feature acting debut, "Last Summer"

1967

Broadway debut, Lincoln Center Repertory production of "Tiger at the Gates"

Starred as George Henderson in the syndicated comedy series "Harry and the Hendersons"; directed a number of episodes

Played recurring role on "The Practice" (ABC)

Caught the acting bug while studying art at Penn State University

Bonus Trivia

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His official web site is www.brucedavison.com.

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"I've been stigmatized by roles so many times over the course of my career. In 'Willard,' I kissed the rat, and that was the last living thing that I kissed on-screen for ten years." --Bruce Davison to Premiere, June 1990.

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Bruce Davison told US (November 1993) magazine he wanted a part in Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" so badly he was prepared to "read the phone book naked, upside down" during his audition.Altman gave Davison a role without seeing him audtion for it.

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" . . . I was in a public speaking class and I read something by Arthur Miller, actually, and it was a speech on what it means to be an actor. It said something like 'The rewards of being an actor do not come from the Oscars or other awards, but from the fact that one time in his life on a dark and empty stage an actor gave life to something. It was not himself, but everything he had ever felt or imagined. All the unsinkable heart song that the ordinary man may feel but never utter, he gave life to. And in doing so, somehow joins the ages.' And I thought that's what I would like to do . . ." --Bruce Davison to Patty Goldman in The Biz, December 27, 1996.

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