Bruce Davison

Biography

Date of Birth 28 June 1946, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Height 6' 1" (1.85 m) Davison was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Marian E. (née Holmes), a secretary, and Clair W. Davison, a musician, architect, and draftsman for the Army Engineers.His parents divorced when he was three years old. He was raised by his mother, and also spent weekends with his father. Davison entered Penn State as an art major but stumbled into acting when he accompanied a friend to an audition. Davison made his Broadway debut in Tiger at the Gates in 1968. He also appeared as John Merrick in The Elephant Man and in The Glass Menagerie opposite Jessica Tandy. Davison was one of a quartet of newcomers including Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas, and Catherine Burns when he made his film debut in Last Summer in 1969. In 1970 he played opposite Kim Darby in the iconic film about peaceful student protest and its violent outcome "The Strawberry Statement", Two years later he portrayed the title role in Willard. He also appeared in Peege, Mame, Mother, Jugs & Speed, Short Eyes, The Lathe of Heaven, and Six Degrees of Separation. In 1978 he appeared opposite actor Richard Hatch in the made-for-tv biopic of 60's pop duo Jan & Dean Deadman's Curve, playing the role of Dean Torrence. In 1983, Davison was cast by Joseph Papp in the Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival production of King Richard III. Additional off-Broadway credits include Love Letters, The Cocktail Hour, and Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned To Drive. His breakthrough role was the portrayal of a gay man whose lover is dying of AIDS in Longtime Companion (1990). This film was the first feature film to put a human face on AIDS and people affected by it, which at that time were mostly gay men. The role earned Davison a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Davison went on to appear in other movies addressing AIDS: in 1995's The Cure, he portrayed a physician sought by a young boy with AIDS in search of medical help. In 1996, Davison appeared in the film It's My Party, which chronicled the true events of a man dying with AIDS who decides to hold a farewell party for family and friends before taking his own life. Davison's website states he is a spokesperson for many AIDS-related groups and is a board member of the industry AIDS organization Hollywood Supports. In Los Angeles, Davison has appeared on stage in Streamers and The Normal Heart, winning the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Drama-Logue Award for his performances. Other LA theatre credits include The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (directed by Henry Fonda) and a stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird. He is familiar to movie audiences for Runaway Jury, Apt Pupil, and his role as Senator Robert Kelly in the X-Men movie franchise. Though his character died in the first film, Davison appeared in X2 as a shapeshifting impostor of Kelly. Davison's many television credits include Marcus Welby, M.D., Love, American Style, The Waltons, Lou Grant, Murder, She Wrote, Designing Women, Seinfeld, Chicago Hope, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, V: The Series, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise, Battlestar Galactica, Lost, CSI: Miami, the Stephen King mini-series Kingdom Hospital, and a recurring role on The Practice. Davison also had the recurring role of defense attorney Doug Hellman in the CBS drama Close to Home. In 2001, Davison directed the TV film Off Season, which starred his Lovelife co-star Sherilyn Fenn, Rory Culkin, Hume Cronyn, and Adam Arkin. In 2007, Davidson returned to the big screen, playing Eric O'Neill's father in Breach. Also in that year, Davison was cast in the role of Charles Graiman; an eccentric physicist who creates the Knight Industries Three Thousand, the second generation KITT in NBC's revival of the television series Knight Rider. Davison also played the role of Dr. Silberman, the psychiatrist who once tormented Sarah Connor, in the seventh episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Davison played a reporter in a third season episode of the t.v. series Heroes.

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Birth Name

Bruce Davison

Birth Place

Filadelfia, Pensilvania, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

6/28/1946
Known For
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The Lords of Salem

Francis Matthias

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Crimes of Passion

Donny Hopper

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Willard

Willard Stiles

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Crazy/Beautiful

Tom Oakley

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Dahmer

Lionel Dahmer

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The Misfit Brigade

Porta

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Ulzana's Raid

Lt. Garnett DeBuin

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Titanic II

James Maine

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Words And Pictures

Walt

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Paulie

Dr. Reingold

Starring In
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Game of Power

Attorney Ballard Wright

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Suitable Flesh

Ephraim Waite

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Condor's Nest

Gerhardt Schrude

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Evil at the Door

John Doe

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The Good Neighbor

Grant

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My True Fairytale

Martin Goodwin

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The Manor

Roland

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Captors

Silas Visler

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Pearl

The Dean

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We Still Say Grace

Harold

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Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies

Self (2019)

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Await the Dawn

David

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Christmas at the Plaza

Reginald Brookwater

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The Great Alaskan Race

Governor Bone

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Along Came the Devil 2

Reverend Michael

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Itsy Bitsy

Walter Clark

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More Beautiful for Having Been Broken

Colin

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Wish Man

Frank Shankwitz Sr.

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Along Came the Devil

Reverend Michael

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Insidious: The Last Key

Christian Rainier

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Corbin Nash

Jack

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Any Bullet Will Do

Jonathan Carrington

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Abnormal Attraction

Dr. Stanley Cole

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Last Rampage: The Escape of Gary Tison

Cooper

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Yamasong: March of the Hollows

P'Torr The Exile

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9/11

Monohan

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A Violent Man

Benjamin Green

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Love Locks

Hugo Blanchet

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The Slider

Ispector Wiesel

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La La Land

Mia's Father (uncredited)

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The Curse of Sleeping Beauty

Richard

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Get a Job

Lawrence Wilheimer

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The Bronx Bull

D.A. Bonomi

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Fishes 'n Loaves: Heaven Sent

Pastor Ezekiel

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Displacement

Prof. Peter Deckard

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Bender

Mayor Prentiss

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Black Beauty

Grandpa

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Persecuted

Senator Donald Harrison

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Words And Pictures

Walt

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Beyond the Heavens

Old Oliver

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Saving Lincoln

William H. Seward

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The Lords of Salem

Francis Matthias

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The Millionaire Tour

The Roman

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Bigfoot

Sheriff Walt Henderson

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That Guy... Who Was in That Thing

Self

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Brother White

Howard

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God Don't Make the Laws

Bud Kelly

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Earth's Final Hours

Rothman

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Munger Road

Chief Kirkhoven

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3 Holiday Tails

Rod Wright

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Coffin

Garrison

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Titanic II

James Maine

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Arctic Blast

Winslaw

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Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

President Slade Wilson (Voice)

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SS Hell Camp

Fr. Phineas McAllister

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A Golden Christmas

Rod

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Christmas Angel

Nick Anderson

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Megafault

Dr. Mark Rhodes

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The Line

Anthony

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The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice

Professor Lazlo

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Breach

John O'Neill

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The Dead Girl

Leah's Father

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Call the Usual Suspects: The Craft of the Character Actor

Self

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Death Train

Leroy

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8MM 2

Ambassador Harrington

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Confession

Father Thomas Parker

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Hate Crime

Pastor Boyd

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Touched

Robert Davis

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Animal Clinic

Martin Landrum

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Out of the Ashes

Peter Schuman

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Runaway Jury

Durwood Cable

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X-Men 2

Senator Kelly

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Dahmer

Lionel Dahmer

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Too Young to Be a Dad

Dan Freeman

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High Crimes

Brig. Gen. Bill Marks

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Summer Catch

Rand Parrish

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Crazy/Beautiful

Tom Oakley

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Holding Out

Rupert Iris

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Off Season

Dr. Zimmer

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X-Men

Senator Kelly

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The King Is Alive

Ray

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Vendetta

Thomas Semmes

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Locked in Silence

Jim

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At First Sight

Dr. Charles Aaron

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Apt Pupil

Richard Bowden

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Paulie

Dr. Reingold

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Color of Justice

Frank Gainer

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Lovelife

Bruce

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The Crucible

Reverend Parris

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After Jimmy

Sam Stapp

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Widow's Kiss

Justin / Father

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It's My Party

Rodney Bingham

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Grace of My Heart

John Murray

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Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog

John McCormick

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The Cure

Dr. Stevens

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The Baby Sitters Club

Watson Brewer

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The Skateboard Kid 2

Burt Squires

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Six Degrees of Separation

Larkin

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Short Cuts

Howard Finnigan

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Steel and Lace

Albert Morton

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Longtime Companion

David

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Lady in the Corner

Bill Guthrie

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The Misfit Brigade

Porta

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Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story

Jimmy Donahue

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Zeit der Rache

Richard Harrison

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Spies Like Us

Ruby

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Lies

Stuart Russell

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Crimes of Passion

Donny Hopper

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High Risk

Dan

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Gallagher: Mad as Hell

Senator Kelly

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The Lathe of Heaven

George Orr

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Mind Over Murder

Jason

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Mourning Becomes Electra

Orin Mannon

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Brass Target

Col. Robert Dawson

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The Gathering

George

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Short Eyes

Clark Davis

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Mother, Jugs & Speed

Leroy

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The Last Survivors

Michael Larsen

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French Quarter

Kid Ross / Inspector Sordik

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Mame

The Older Patrick

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The Affair

Jamie Patterson

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Ulzana's Raid

Lt. Garnett DeBuin

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Ben

Willard Stiles (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Willard

Willard Stiles

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The Strawberry Statement

Simon

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Last Summer

Dan

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Return of the Killer Shrews

Jerry Farrell

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