Robert Davi

Actor, Opera singer, Waiter
Although rough-hewn Italian-American actor Robert Davi became known primarily for his portrayals of menacing tough guys, his range as a performer often surprised audiences when given a chance. Having briefly entertained ... Read more »
Born: 06/26/1951 in Astoria, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (82)

Club Life 2015 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Magic 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spring Break '83 2015 (Movie)

Dean Whitter (Actor)

A Long Way Off 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Awaken 2014 (Movie)

Quentin (Actor)

Game of Death 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hitters 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Magic Man 2014 (Movie)

Simpson (Actor)

One in the Gun 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

Vata (Actor)

The Iceman 2013 (Movie)

Leonard Merks (Actor)

Doonby 2012 (Movie)

Sheriff Tom Woodley (Actor)

Genesis Awards 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Kill the Irishman 2011 (Movie)

Ray Ferritto (Actor)

Swamp Shark 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

An American Carol 2008 (Movie)

Aziz (Actor)

The Dukes 2008 (Movie)

Danny DePasquale (Actor)

The Pool Boys 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Huff 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

One Last Ride 2006 (Movie)

Michael's Father (Actor)

In the Mix 2005 (Movie)

Fish (Actor)

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

The 4th Tenor 2002 (Movie)

Ierra (Actor)

The Hot Chick 2002 (Movie)

Stan (Actor)

L.A. Law 1987 - 1988, 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1996 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Without a Map 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Bad Pack 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

VR.5 1994 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

For Which He Stands 1996 (Movie)

Carlito Escalara (Actor)

Bodycount 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Delta of Venus 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

No Contest 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Showgirls 1995 (Movie)

Al Torres (Actor)

The Dangerous 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dogfighters 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cops and Robbersons 1994 (Movie)

Osborn (Actor)

Blake Edwards' Son of the Pink Panther 1993 (Movie)

Hans (Actor)

Quick 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Badge of Silence: Maniac Cop III 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Center of the Web 1992 (Movie)

Richard Morgan (Actor)

Christopher Columbus: the Discovery 1992 (Movie)

Martin Pinzon (Actor)

Mardi Gras for the Devil 1992 (Movie)

Mike Turner (Actor)

Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue 1992 (Movie)

Sully (Actor)

Amazon 1991 (Movie)

Dan (Actor)

Illicit Behavior 1991 (Movie)

Officer Walker (Actor)

Legal Tender 1991 (Movie)

Fix Cleary (Actor)

The Taking of Beverly Hills 1991 (Movie)

Robert "Bat" Masterson (Actor)

Under Surveillance 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Maniac Cop 2 1990 (Movie)

Detective Sean McKinney (Actor)

Peacemaker 1990 (Movie)

Sergeant Frank Ramos (Actor)

Predator 2 1990 (Movie)

Heinemann (Actor)

Licence to Kill 1989 (Movie)

Franz Sanchez (Actor)

Action Jackson 1988 (Movie)

Tony Moretti (Actor)

Die Hard 1988 (Movie)

Big Johnson (Actor)

Traxx 1987 (Movie)

Aldo Palucci--Mob Boss (Actor)

Wild Thing 1987 (Movie)

Chopper (Actor)

Raw Deal 1986 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

The Goonies 1985 (Movie)

Jake (Actor)

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

Nino (Actor)

Rage 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gangster Chronicles 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Nick and the Dobermans 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The $5.20 an Hour Dream 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

From Here to Eternity 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

An Occasional Hell (TV Show)

Actor

And Your Name Is Jonah (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Contract on Cherry Street (TV Show)

Actor

Deceptions (TV Show)

Actor

My Little Assassin (TV Show)

Actor

Soulkeeper (TV Show)

Actor

The Beneficiary (TV Show)

Actor

The Butcher (Movie)

(Actor)

Verdict in Blood (TV Show)

Actor

Wiseguy (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

The Dukes 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The November Men 1993 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)
Director (1)

The Dukes 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Although rough-hewn Italian-American actor Robert Davi became known primarily for his portrayals of menacing tough guys, his range as a performer often surprised audiences when given a chance. Having briefly entertained a career in opera, Davi made his onscreen debut with a small role opposite his lifelong idol Frank Sinatra in the crime-drama "Contract on Cherry Street" (NBC, 1977). After toiling away for most of a decade, the actor gained notice for two vastly different roles in the fan favorite films "The Goonies" (1985) and "Die Hard" (1988). A starring turn in the made-for-TV movie "Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami" (CBS, 1988) led to Davi's being cast as brutal drug baron Franz Sanchez opposite Timothy Dalton's James Bond in "License to Kill" (1989). While work in such box-office fiascos like the notorious sexploitation movie "Showgirls" (1995) did little to improve his standing, he courted a broader audience as one of the good guys on the crime series "Profiler" (NBC, 1996-2000), where Davi played F.B.I. Agent Bailey Malone. Davi later embraced his love of classic popular music with his debut as a director for the crime comedy "The Dukes" (2007) then parlayed that experience into a recording career with the CD Davi Sings Sinatra - On the Road to Romance. Never away from tough guy roles for long, Davi continued to appear in such gritty fare as the based-on-fact crime-thriller "The Iceman" (2012), proving he was one of the more dependable character actors in the business.

Relationships

Christine Bolster

Wife
married c. 1991 mother of Davi's four younger children

Ariana Davi

Daughter
born on April 3, 1990 mother, Christine Bolster

Frances Davi

Daughter
born c. 1992 mother, Christine Bolster

Isabella Davi

Daughter
twin of Nicholas born on January 11, 2001 mother, Christine Bolster

Nicholas Davi

Son
twin of Isabella born on January 11, 2001 mother, Christine Bolster

Sean Davi

Son
born in 1981 mother, Jeri McBride

Jeri McBride

Wife
first wife divorced mother of Davi's son Sean

EDUCATION

studied opera singing with Tito Gobbi in Florence, Italy

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied with Lee Strasberg

studied acting with Stella Adler

Hofstra University

Hempstead , New York
attended on scholarship

Milestones

2005

Cast opposite Usher in Ron Underwood's crime drama "In The Mix"

1996

Debut as a TV series lead, co-starred as FBI Agent Bailey Malone on NBC's crime drama "Profiler"

1989

Feature debut in a lead role, portrayed ruthless drug kingpen Franz Sanchez in "Licence to Kill", the second Timothy Dalton James Bond film

1989

Had a recurring role late in run of the TV series "Wiseguy"

1988

Gained notice with portrayal of fictional terrorist Salim Ajami in the CBS political courtroom drama "Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami"

1985

First substantial film role, "The Goonies"

1984

Screen acting debut in "City Heat"

1981

Debut as a TV series regular, played Vito Genovese on NBC's short-lived "The Gangster Chronicles"

1979

Co-starred as the villain in "The Legend of the Golden Gun", an NBC Western TV-movie-cum-busted pilot

1978

Moved to California

1977

TV debut in "Contract on Cherry Street", an NBC TV-movie starring Frank Sinatra

1972

Stage debut at age 19 with the Lyric Opera Company, Long Island (date approximate)

Won two statewide opera-singing contests

Raised in Long Island, New York

Heard by a passing nun while singing in a locker room shower as an eighth grader; nun urged his mother to enter him in singing competitions

Traveled to Florence, Italy to study with opera great Tito Gobbi

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