Brad Davis

Actor
Versatile male lead who made a compelling film debut as an American drug-smuggler incarcerated in a Turkish prison in Alan Parker's "Midnight Express" (1978). Davis's relatively sparse screen roles include off-beat gems ... Read more »
Born: 11/06/1949 in Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hangfire 1991 (Movie)

Sheriff Ike Slayton (Actor)

Rosalie Goes Shopping 1990 (Movie)

Ray Greenspace (Actor)

The Edge 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Rope 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Twilight Zone 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Blood Ties 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Cold Steel 1987 (Movie)

Johnny Modine (Actor)

Heart 1987 (Movie)

Eddie Brennen (Actor)

Chiefs 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Querelle 1982 (Movie)

Querelle (Actor)

Chariots of Fire 1981 (Movie)

Jackson Scholz (Actor)

A Small Circle of Friends 1979 (Movie)

Leonardo Da Vinci Rizzo (Actor)

Midnight Express 1978 (Movie)

Billy Hayes (Actor)

McLaren's Riders 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Song of Myself 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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How to Survive a Marriage 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Sole Survivor 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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A Real American Hero (TV Show)

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A Rumor of War (TV Show)

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Roots (TV Show)

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Stop, Thief! (TV Show)

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Sybil (TV Show)

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The Habitation of Dragons (TV Show)

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The Plot to Kill Hitler (TV Show)

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Unspeakable Acts (TV Show)

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When the Time Comes (TV Show)

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Biography

Versatile male lead who made a compelling film debut as an American drug-smuggler incarcerated in a Turkish prison in Alan Parker's "Midnight Express" (1978). Davis's relatively sparse screen roles include off-beat gems such as American Olympic runner Jackson Scholz in "Chariots of Fire" (1981); the title character--a gay sailor--in Fassbinder's "Querelle" (1982); and the eccentric pilot in Percy Adlon's "Rosalie Goes Shopping" (1989). A risk-taking stage actor, Davis won acclaim as Ned Weeks, alter ego of playwright and Gay Men's Health Crisis founder Larry Kramer, in Kramer's harrowing AIDS drama "The Normal Heart" (1985). He also starred in Steven Berkoff's avant-garde adaptation of Kafka's "Metamorphosis" at the Mark Taper Forum. Davis, who had been suffering with complications from AIDS, reportedly committed suicide at age 41.

Relationships

Eugene Davis

Father

Annie Davis

Mother

Gene Davis

Brother

Susan Bluestein

Wife
born in 1946 met in 1971 when she was a secretary for his new agent Stark Hasseltine married in 1976 later won an Emmy

Alexandra Davis

Daughter
born in 1983

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

studied acting with Wynn Handman at the American Place Theater in New York

Milestones

1991

Appeared in last role in cable TV drama, "A Habitation of Dragons"

1985

Tested HIV-positive when he donated blood to a hospital

1985

Starred in the title role in the mini-series "Robert Kennedy and His Times"

1984

Played an AIDS activist in off-Broadway play, "The Normal Heart"

1981

Joined Alcoholics Anonymous and gave up drug use

1978

Film acting debut in "Midnight Express"

1974

Appeared on TV soap "How to Survive a Marriage" for ten months

1969

TV movie debut in "Sole Survivor"

Won music talent contest at age 17

Acted in Atlanta theater before moving to New York

Changed name from Robert to Brad when he found there already was an Equity actor with his name

New York stage debut in "Crystal and Fox"

Bonus Trivia

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"It does not detract from Davis' talent to note that the roles he played had an odd resonance in his life. Nevertheless the impresssion he gave was of a thoughtful, generous person, without the edge his drug experience or his illness might have given him.He seemed to specialize in playing brooding hotheads--such a role in an early '70s play called "Naomi Court" brought him to Hollywood's attention. But Davis himself had a vulnerability, a solicitude for the concerns of the playwright and director not typical of actors."--Howard Kissel in an appreciation of Davis's career (NEW YORK POST, September 12, 1991)

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"I make my money in an industry that professes to care very much about he fight against AIDS--that gives umpteen benefits and charity affairs with proceeds going to research and care. But in actual fact, if an actor is even rumored to have HIV he gets no support on an individual basis. He does not work."--Brad Davis (excerpted from a proposal for a book he planned to write on his experience of living with AIDS for six years; quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, September 11, 1991)

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