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Also Known As: Andy Davis, Andreas Davidescu Died:
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Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: director, screenwriter, director of photography, photographer, journalist

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Chicago native who started as an assistant cameraman on famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler's "Medium Cool" (1968). Davis moved to L.A. and began his first career as a director of photography working on "Hit Man", "Cool Breeze" (both 1972) and Jonathan Kaplan's "The Slams" (1973). He made his feature directorial debut with the independent musical "Stony Island" (1977), which he co-wrote and produced. Davis returned to cinematography with the unsettling teen drama "Over the Edge" (1979) directed by Jonathan Kaplan and the enjoyably trashy "Angel" (1983).

Chicago native who started as an assistant cameraman on famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler's "Medium Cool" (1968). Davis moved to L.A. and began his first career as a director of photography working on "Hit Man", "Cool Breeze" (both 1972) and Jonathan Kaplan's "The Slams" (1973). He made his feature directorial debut with the independent musical "Stony Island" (1977), which he co-wrote and produced. Davis returned to cinematography with the unsettling teen drama "Over the Edge" (1979) directed by Jonathan Kaplan and the enjoyably trashy "Angel" (1983).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Holes (2003) Director
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  Collateral Damage (2002) Director
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  Perfect Murder, A (1998) Director
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  Chain Reaction (1996) Director
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  Steal Big, Steal Little (1995) Director
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  Fugitive, The (1993) Director
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  Under Siege (1992) Director
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  Package, The (1989) Director
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  Above the Law (1988) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 75 Years of Blockbusters (1998) Interviewee
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Worked as a journalist, TV cameraman and photographer prior to his college graduation
1968:
Worked as an assistant cameraman on Haskell Wexler's "Medium Cool"
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Moved to L.A. working as a cinematographer on commercials and documentaries
1972:
First feature as director of photography, "Cool Breeze"
1976:
Led class-action suit "Davis et al vs. IATSE et al", which challenged the union's restrictive roster system, and forced the industry to allow young technicians to work
1978:
Feature directing, screenwriting and producing debut, "Stony Island"
1988:
First collaboration with Steven Seagal, "Above the Law" (also served as screenwriter, producer and cinematographer for one segment)
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Founded Wild Onion Pictures
1992:
Directed the Steven Segal action vehicle "Under Siege"
1993:
Signed a three year non-exclusive deal with Savoy Pictures, allowing him to greenlight films under 25 million
1994:
Helmed the successful screen version of the TV series "The Fugitive"; film earned a Best Picture Academy Award nomination
1995:
Stumbled with critics and at the box-office with "Steal Big, Steal Little" (featuring Andy Garcia as twins) and "Chained Reaction" (with Keanu Reeves)
1998:
Enjoyed renewed box-office success with "A Perfect Murder", an updated remake of Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder"
2002:
Helmed the action film "Collateral Damage", starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
2003:
Directed Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight in "Holes" an adaptation of Louis Sachar's children's book
2006:
Helmed the action-drama, "The Guardian," starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher
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Education

University of Illinois at Chicago: Chicago , Illinois - 1968

Notes

"Action films only work if you care about the people...The action part is the easiest--anyone can run and jump and blow things up. The hard part is weaving in a story with people who are believable, people who seem real."--from the "New York Times", 7/6/93

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father:
Nathan Davis. Actor. Has appeared in son's films.

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