name = Bruce Davison
caption = Davison at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard afterparty
birthdate = birth date and age|1946|6|28
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
yearsactive = 1969 - present
Lisa Pelikan(1986 - 2006)
Michele Correy (2006-)
website = http://www.brucedavison.com/welcome.htm
goldenglobeawards = Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Best Ensemble Cast
awards = NYFCC Award for Best Actor
Bruce Davison (born
June 28, 1946) is an Academy Award-nominated American actorand filmmaker.
Davison was born in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Marian E. (née Holmes), a secretary, and Clair W. Davison, a musician, architect, and draftsman for the Army Engineers. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/20/Bruce-Davison.html Bruce Davison Biography (1946-) ] ] His parents divorced when he was three years old. He was raised by his mother, and also spent weekends with his father. [ [http://movies.ign.com/articles/399/399893p1.html IGN: An Interview with Bruce Davison ] ] Davison entered Penn Stateas an art major but stumbled into acting when he accompanied a friend to an audition.
Davison made his Broadway debut in "
Tiger at the Gates" in 1968. He also appeared as John Merrick in "The Elephant Man" and in " The Glass Menagerie" opposite Jessica Tandy. Davison was one of a quartet of newcomers including Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas, and Catherine Burnswhen he made his film debut in " Last Summer" in 1969. Two years later he portrayed the title role in "Willard". He also appeared in "Mame", " Mother, Jugs & Speed", " Short Eyes", "The Lathe of Heaven", and " Six Degrees of Separation".
In 1983, Davison was cast by
Joseph Pappin the Public Theater/ New York Shakespeare Festivalproduction of "King Richard III". Additional off-Broadwaycredits include "Love Letters", " The Cocktail Hour", and Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play " How I Learned To Drive".
His breakthrough role was the portrayal of a
gayman whose lover is dying of AIDSin " Longtime Companion" (1990). This film was the first feature film to put a human face on AIDS and people affected by it, which at that time were mostly gay men. The role earned Davison a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Davison went on to appear in other movies addressing AIDS: in 1995's "The Cure", he portrayed a physician sought by a young boy with AIDS in search of medical help. In 1996, Davison appeared in the film It's My Party, which chronicled the true events of a man dying with AIDS who decides to hold a farewell party for family and friends before taking his own life. Davison's website states he is a spokesperson for many AIDS-related groups and is a board member of the industry AIDS organization Hollywood Supports.
In Los Angeles, Davison has appeared on stage in "
Streamers" and " The Normal Heart", winning the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awardand Drama-Logue Awardfor his performances. Other LA theatre credits include " The Caine Mutiny Court Martial" (directed by Henry Fonda) and a stage adaptation of " To Kill a Mockingbird".
He is familiar to movie audiences for "
Runaway Jury", " Apt Pupil", and his role as Senator Robert Kelly in the " X-Men" movie franchise. Though his character died in the first film, Davison appeared in "X2" as a shapeshifting impostor of Kelly. Davison's many television credits include " Marcus Welby, M.D.", " Love, American Style", " The Waltons", " Lou Grant", " Murder, She Wrote", " Designing Women", " Seinfeld", " Chicago Hope", ', ', ', ', " Battlestar Galactica", "Lost", "", the Stephen Kingmini-series " Kingdom Hospital", and a recurring role on " The Practice". Davison also had the recurring role of defense attorney Doug Hellman in the CBSdrama " Close to Home".
In 2001, Davison directed the TV film "
Off Season", which starred his " Lovelife" co-star Sherilyn Fenn, Rory Culkin, Hume Cronyn, and Adam Arkin. In 2007, Davidson returned to the big screen, playing Eric O'Neill's father in " Breach". Also in that year, Davison was cast in the role of Charles Graiman; an eccentric physicist who creates the Knight Industries Three Thousand, the second generation KITTin NBC's revival of the television series " Knight Rider".
Davison also played the role of
Dr. Silberman, the psychiatrist who once tormented Sarah Connor, in the seventh episode of "".
Davison was married to Michele Correy on
April 30, 2006and the two have one daughter, Sophia Lucinda Davison, born May 29, 2006. From a previous marriage to fellow actor Lisa Pelikan, Davison also has a son, Ethan, born April 5, 1996. They reside in Los Angeles.
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