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Also Known As: Danny Davis Died:
Born: November 26, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Little Rock, Arkansas, USA Profession: actor

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Daniel Davis, with his salt-and-pepper hair and wry smile, came to TV prominence in middle age as Niles, the British butler and cook, on "The Nanny" TV series (CBS, 1993-99). The Arkansas native has a long resume of stage credits, including performances with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the national tour of "Coco" with Katharine Hepburn, a stint off-Broadway in "Futz," as a replacement as the repentant Salieri in "Amadeus" on Broadway and in numerous productions with the American Shakespeare Festival and the American Conservatory Theatre. Eventually, he migrated to Los Angeles and began making episodic guest appearances on such series as "Frank's Place" and "Cagney & Lacey," before winning a regular, albeit supporting, role as the calculating Eliot Carrington (1979-83) on the short-lived NBC daytime series "Texas" (1979-83). By the late 80s, he began to win supporting parts in features. In "K-9" (1989), Davis was car dealer Halstead whose secret was his ties to the drug world. In "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), he was Captain Davenport, clearly skeptical of the motives of a Soviet submarine crew wanting to defect. His TV work was often sporadic, but he earned notice as Patrick Henry in the...

Daniel Davis, with his salt-and-pepper hair and wry smile, came to TV prominence in middle age as Niles, the British butler and cook, on "The Nanny" TV series (CBS, 1993-99). The Arkansas native has a long resume of stage credits, including performances with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the national tour of "Coco" with Katharine Hepburn, a stint off-Broadway in "Futz," as a replacement as the repentant Salieri in "Amadeus" on Broadway and in numerous productions with the American Shakespeare Festival and the American Conservatory Theatre.

Eventually, he migrated to Los Angeles and began making episodic guest appearances on such series as "Frank's Place" and "Cagney & Lacey," before winning a regular, albeit supporting, role as the calculating Eliot Carrington (1979-83) on the short-lived NBC daytime series "Texas" (1979-83). By the late 80s, he began to win supporting parts in features. In "K-9" (1989), Davis was car dealer Halstead whose secret was his ties to the drug world. In "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), he was Captain Davenport, clearly skeptical of the motives of a Soviet submarine crew wanting to defect. His TV work was often sporadic, but he earned notice as Patrick Henry in the 1986 CBS miniseries "George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation." But it has been his turn as the wittily acerbic Niles on "The Nanny" that has brought him the most attention. Davis' character is the champion of Fran Drescher's rough-around-the-edges title character.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Prestige, The (2006)
2.
 No Time to Die (1992) Alex Varick
3.
 She Stood Alone (1991) Parker Ellsworth
4.
 Perfect Tribute, The (1991) Governor Curtin
5.
 Palomino (1991) Dr Feld
6.
 Hunt for Red October, The (1990) Captain Davenport
7.
 Havana (1990) Marion Chigwell
8.
 K-9 (1989) Halstead
9.
 What Price Victory (1988) 1st Trainer
10.
 Fresh Horses (1988) Fletcher
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Began career as a child actor on the locally-produced "Betty's Little Rascals" in Little Rock, Arkansas
1968:
Performed with Oregon Shakespeare Festival
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Off-Broadway and New York debuts, "Futz"
1970:
Early film credit (billed as Danny Davis), "Pigeons"
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Toured with Katharine Hepburn in "Coco" (dates approximate)
1971:
Starred in "Hamlet" in Cincinnati
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Spent seven seasons with American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco
1981:
Was stand-by for Ian McKellen in the role of Salieri in the Broadway production of "Amadeus"
1982:
Played Salieri in a national tour of "Amadeus"
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TV series debut, as Eliot Carrington on NBC daytime drama "Texas"
1985:
Co-starred in feature "Chain Letters"
1986:
Appeared as Patrick Henry in miniseries "George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation"
1989:
Co-starred as Halstead in feature "K-9"
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Played Niles the butler in "The Nanny"
1994:
Hosted Toronto segment of "All American Thanksgiving Day Parade" on CBS
1999:
Co-starred as an affected hammy actor in "Wrong Mountain"; play first produced at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco; remounted briefly on Broadway in 2000; earned Tony Award nomination as Featured Actor in a Play
2001:
Cast as Oscar Wilde in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's play "The Invention of Love"
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Education

Arkansas Art Center: Little Rock , Arkansas -
Arkansas Art Center: Little Rock , Arkansas -

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