Hope Davis

Actor
A dramatic actress of film and stage whose quiet exterior belied her intensity, Hope Davis excelled in both supporting and leading roles, bringing strength to numerous independent films like "The Daytrippers" (1996) ... Read more »
Born: 03/22/1964 in Englewood, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (45)

Allegiance 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Wayward Pines 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wild Card 2015 (Movie)

Cassandra (Actor)

Driving Lessons 2014 (Movie)

Bunnie Burnett (Actor)

Look Away 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Disconnect 2013 (Movie)

Lydia Boyd (Actor)

Louder Than Words 2012 (Movie)

Brenda Fareri (Actor)

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Real Steel 2011 (Movie)

Aunt Debra (Actor)

The Family Tree 2011 (Movie)

Bunnie Burnett (Actor)

In Treatment 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lodger 2009 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Charlie Bartlett 2008 (Movie)

Marilyn Bartlett (Actor)

Genova 2008 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

Synecdoche, New York 2008 (Movie)

Madeleine Gravis (Actor)

Six Degrees 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hoax 2007 (Movie)

Andrea Tate (Actor)

The Nines 2007 (Movie)

Sarah/Susan/Sierra (Actor)

Infamous 2006 (Movie)

Slim Keith (Actor)

Duma 2005 (Movie)

Kristin (Actor)

Proof 2005 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

The Matador 2005 (Movie)

Carolyn "Bean" Wright (Actor)

The Weather Man 2005 (Movie)

Noreen Spritz (Actor)

American Splendor 2003 (Movie)

Joyce Brabner (Actor)

The Secret Lives of Dentists 2003 (Movie)

Dana Hurst (Actor)

About Schmidt 2002 (Movie)

Jeannie Schmidt (Actor)

Deadline 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Final 2001 (Movie)

Ann Johnston (Actor)

Hearts in Atlantis 2001 (Movie)

Elizabeth 'Liz' Garfield (Actor)

Joe Gould's Secret 2000 (Movie)

Therese Mitchell (Actor)

Arlington Road 1999 (Movie)

Brooke Wolfe (Actor)

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

Sofie Crisp (Actor)

Next Stop Wonderland 1998 (Movie)

Erin Castleton (Actor)

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

Emily Essendine (Actor)

Guy 1997 (Movie)

of (Voice)

The Daytrippers 1997 (Movie)

Eliza (Actor)

The Myth of Fingerprints 1997 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Under Fire 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Wrong 1996 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Kiss of Death 1995 (Movie)

Junior's Girlfriend (Actor)

Flatliners 1990 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Home Alone 1990 (Movie)

French Ticket Agent (Actor)

American Crime (Tv Show)

Actor

The Special Relationship (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

Charlie Bartlett 2008 (Movie)

("Those Were The Days (Theme From All In The Family)") (Song Performer)

Final 2001 (Movie)

("Rally Round the Flag") (Song Performer)

The Impostors 1998 (Movie)

("Parlez moi d'amour") (Song Performer)

Biography

A dramatic actress of film and stage whose quiet exterior belied her intensity, Hope Davis excelled in both supporting and leading roles, bringing strength to numerous independent films like "The Daytrippers" (1996), "Next Stop Wonderland" (1998), "About Schmidt" (2002) and "American Splendor" (2003). A veteran of the Chicago theater scene, she made her feature debut in "Flatliners" (1990) and slowly worked her way up the ranks to major roles, wowing audiences and critics alike with her versatility. In "The Daytrippers," she was cast as an embittered housewife who sets out on an interstate journey with her family to discover if her husband is cheating on her, while "Wonderland" showed her skill with gentle romantic comedy. Meanwhile, her Hollywood efforts, including "Arlington Road" (1999) and "The Weather Man" (2005), tended to shoehorn her into sad-eyed spousal roles. But she quickly dispelled such projects with marvelously uncharacteristic turns in "American Splendor," "Infamous" (2005) and "Synechdoche, New York" (2008). Her devotion to mature, uncompromising features, as well as to the theater world - where she earned acclaim and recognition for "God of Carnage" (2009) - helped to establish her as a respected and committed performer with whom many wanted to work.

Relationships

William Davis

Father
Died c. 1997

Joan Davis

Mother

Ford Evanson

Husband
Married 1987 Divorced 1996

Jon Patrick Walker Actor

Husband
Married

Georgia Walker

Daughter
Born August 31, 2002 father, Jon Patrick Walker

Mae Walker

Daughter
Born December 30, 2004 father, Jon Patrick Walker

EDUCATION

Tenafly High School

Tenafly , New Jersey 1982

HB Studios

New York , New York
Studied with Uta Hagen and Victor Garber

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie , New York

Milestones

2011

Cast opposite Hugh Jackman in the robot-boxing drama "Real Steel"

2011

Cast alongside Susan Sarandon and Lee Pace in the HBO TV-movie "The Miraculous Year"

2011

Appeared in the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce"

2010

Portrayed Hillary Clinton in HBO's "The Special Relationship"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

2009

Returned to the stage for the Broadway production of Yasmina Reza’s "God of Carnage"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play

2009

Joined the second season of the HBO series "In Treatment"; earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

2008

Cast as the mother in the comedy "Charlie Bartlett"

2007

Cast in Lasse Hallström's "The Hoax," starring Richard Gere

2007

Portrayed three different characters in John August's directing debut "The Nines"

2006

Co-starred in the Truman Capote biopic "Infamous"

2005

Co-starred with Greg Kinnear and Pierce Brosnan in Richard Shepard's "The Matador"

2005

Co-starred in the big screen adaptation of the David Auburn play "Proof" opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhaal

2005

Portrayed Nicolas Cage's ex-wife in the dark comedy "The Weather Man," directed by Gore Verbinski

2003

Co-starred with Paul Giamatti in the independent feature "American Splendor"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a supporting role

2003

Re-teamed with Campbell Scott in "The Secret Lives of Dentists"; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best supporting female

2002

Played Jack Nicholson's daughter in "About Schmidt"

2001

Co-starred with Denis Leary in the digitally-shot "Final"; directed by Campbell Scott

2001

Played a somewhat embittered single mother in "Hearts in Atlantis"

2000

Played regular role of a journalist on the short-lived NBC drama series "Deadline"

2000

Reunited with Tucci to play his wife in "Joe Gould's Secret"

2000

Acted off-Broadway in "Spinning Into Butter"

1999

Had featured role in Lawrence Kasdan's "Mumford"

1998

Played a plain heiress in Stanley Tucci's "The Impostors"

1998

Starred in the indie hit "Next Stop, Wonderland"

1997

Had featured role in the independent film "The Myth of Fingerprints"

1996

Had first screen lead in Greg Mottola's "The Daytrippers"; Tucci played her husband

1995

Initial screen appearance in film also featuring Stanley Tucci, "Kiss of Death"

1995

Reunited with Silver for "The Food Chain"; Silver wrote the role explicitly for Davis

1993

Breakthrough stage performance in Nicky Silver's off-Broadway play "Pterodactyls"

1992

Appeared in two episodes of "2000 Malibu Road" (CBS); directed by Schumacher

1992

Broadway debut in "Two Shakespearean Actors"

1991

Off-Broadway debut in "Can Can"

1990

Played Margie in Chicago production of "The Iceman Cometh"

1990

Screen debut, "Flatliners"; first collaboration with Joel Schumacher

Professional debut, appeared in a Chicago production of David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow"

Returned to the U.S. and began acting career in Chicago

Raised in Tenafly, NJ; performed in plays with Mira Sorvino

After college, moved to London to study acting

Bonus Trivia

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Davis was distantly related to playwright Noel Coward. Coward was the first cousin of Davis' grandfather.

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"I think she is a star. What makes a star with the public has nothing to do with acting. She's a character actress, which is the greatest thing you can be. I think she can do anything." – Joel Schumacher on Davis, quoted in The Los Angeles Times, March 13, 1997

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"It's a cruel business. I'll never forget I had this one audition in Chicago. It was for a horror film or something, and there was this really angry casting director. And after my audition, he sat me down and told me why I would never be successful. He talked about what about my face didn't work, how I carried myself like a classical leading lady but looked like something else. It took me a year to let that go." – Davis to the Los Angeles Times, March 13, 1997

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"I love acting. It's my whole life. I actually can't think of anything in the world I would rather do. This is my cream. And I love the nomadic existence. I'm not good at staying in one place for a long time and doing the same thing day after day." – Davis in Interview magazine, September 1997

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"I've kind of arrived at the place where I want to be, and I'd love to stay here for awhile. I love working on independent films, and I love doing theatre. I'm pretty damned content." – Davis in Interview magazine, September 1997

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