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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 26, 1953 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Astoria, New York, USA Profession: actor, opera singer, waiter

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Dukes, The (2007)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Club Life (2015)
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4.
 Long Way Off, A (2014)
5.
 Doonby (2012)
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 Iceman, The (2012)
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 Game of Death (2011)
9.
 Butcher, The (2009)
10.
 Pool Boys, The (2009)
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Raised in Long Island, New York
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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
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Won two statewide opera-singing contests
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Traveled to Florence, Italy to study with opera great Tito Gobbi
1972:
Stage debut at age 19 with the Lyric Opera Company, Long Island (date approximate)
1977:
TV debut in "Contract on Cherry Street", an NBC TV-movie starring Frank Sinatra
1978:
Moved to California
1979:
Co-starred as the villain in "The Legend of the Golden Gun", an NBC Western TV-movie-cum-busted pilot
1981:
Debut as a TV series regular, played Vito Genovese on NBC's short-lived "The Gangster Chronicles"
1984:
Screen acting debut in "City Heat"
1985:
First substantial film role, "The Goonies"
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"
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"
1996:
Debut as a TV series lead, co-starred as FBI Agent Bailey Malone on NBC's crime drama "Profiler"
2005:
Cast opposite Usher in Ron Underwood's crime drama "In The Mix"
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Education

Hofstra University: Hempstead , New York -
Actors Studio: New York , New York -

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wife:
Jeri McBride. First wife; divorced; mother of Davi's son Sean.
wife:
Jeri McBride. Had two others.
wife:
Christine Bolster. Model. Married c. 1991 mother of Davi's four younger children.

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son:
Sean Christian Davi. Born in 1981; mother, Jeri McBride.
son:
Sean Christian Davi. Restaurateur.
daughter:
Ariana Marie Davi. Producer.
daughter:
Ariana Marie Davi. Born on April 3, 1990; mother, Christine Bolster.
daughter:
Frances Davi. Born c. 1992; mother, Christine Bolster.
daughter:
Frances Davi. Married c. 1980, divorced 1984.
son:
Nicholas Edward Davi. Twin of Isabella; born on January 11, 2001.
son:
Nicholas Edward Davi. Younger.
daughter:
Isabella Rose Davi. Nurse. Worked for Sid Grauman's mother; received free passes to movies and frequently took Harryhausen.
daughter:
Isabella Rose Davi. Twin of Nicholas; born on January 11, 2001.
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