Daniel Davis
American actor
Daniel Davis
Daniel Davis is an American stage, screen, and television actor best known for portraying Niles the butler on the popular sitcom The Nanny and his guest appearances as Professor Moriarty on Sherlock Holmes, affecting an upper class English accent for both roles.
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Aisle View: Life Harvest
Huffington Post - 4 months
Lincoln Center Theater and Playwrights Horizons, two of New York's prime non-profits with well-earned reputations for quality plus numerous award-winners between them, both have intimate houses upstairs with small-for-off-Broadway capacities (under 130 seats). The Claire Tow (LCT3) and Peter Jay Sharp (PH) Theaters are often used for adventurous-but-chancy fare, with successful productions subsequently transferred to the mainstage or simply skipping to Broadway. Since both organizations have chosen to open their newest offerings tonight, we have no option but to place them in the very same review. In this case, LCT comes out ahead. * Peter Mark Kendall and Gideon Glick in The Harvest Photo: Jeremy Daniel Samuel D. Hunter made a startling impression in 2012 with The Whale, one of the more memorable plays of the decade (or at least, thanks to Shuler Hensley, one of the more memorable performances). This, upstairs at Playwrights. He returned to the Playwrights mai ...
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Robots Could Eventually Replace Soldiers In Warfare. Is That A Good Thing?
Huffington Post - 5 months
Co-authored with Aaron Johnson The United States has on its Aegis-class cruisers a defense system that can track and destroy anti-ship missiles and aircraft. Israel has developed a drone, the Harpy, that can detect and automatically destroy radar emitters. South Korea has security-guard robots on its border with North Korea that can kill humans. All of these can function autonomously -- without any human intention. Indeed, the early versions of the Terminator are already here. And there are no global conventions limiting their use. They deploy artificial intelligence to identify targets and make split-second decisions on whether to attack. The technology is still imperfect, but it is becoming increasingly accurate -- and lethal. Deep learning has revolutionized image classification and recognition and will soon allow these systems to exceed the capabilities of an average human soldier. But are we ready for this? Do we want Robocops policing our cities? The conseq ...
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Stage Door: <i>Noises Off, Our Mother's Brief Affair</i>
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The revival of Noises Off, one of the funniest Broadway shows, is killing them at the American Airlines Theater. A crackerjack cast and razor-sharp timing are key to Michael Frayn's backstage farce, a bedroom comedy that sends up theater, needy actors and behind-the-scenes hijinks with glee. It opens as a wacky road company is rehearsing Nothing On at the Weston-super-Mare theater in Britain. It's a silly romp, with actors starring as lovers (Megan Hilty and David Furr) in a country house, assumed to be empty. Its owners (Kate Jennings Grant and Jeremy Shamos) live in Spain to avoid taxes, so when they illicitly steal into their home, they barely avoid meeting each other. Throw in Andrea Martin as a soap-opera actress playing a kooky housekeeper and exasperated theater director (Campbell Scott) juggling both a complicated love life and a fraught production, and it's all chaos, all the time. Farce depends on split-second timing, especially since Frayn's play, particularly in ...
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Artistry in Dance: 'American Dance Machine' & 'Noises Off'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
We struck gold twice in a matter of weeks -- my daughters, Lea and Sara, and I -- intoxicating artistry in dance at a pair of performances spanning the old and new year. Just on the cusp of New Year's Eve, we caught the final show of American Dance Machine for the 21st Century's December run at the Joyce Theater; a three-o'clock matinee that packed the wallop of Times Square and a ball at midnight. The following weekend, we laughed ourselves senseless at a matinee of Roundabout Theater's revival of Noises Off at the Selwyn Theatre on 42nd Street (which Roundabout persists in calling the "American Airlines Theater" in an act of sacrilegiously poetic injustice). What a blast, though, two disparate shows with one thing in common: How they moved! Where American Dance Machine literally recreates the enchanting choreography of great Broadway musicals gone by, Noises Off reconstitutes the slapstick choreography of Michael Frayn's delirious three-act paean to the perils of simply making ...
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Theater: 'Skeleton Crew' X-Rays Detroit; 'Noises Off' and Some Laughter On
Huffington Post - about 1 year
SKELETON CREW *** out of **** NOISES OFF ** out of **** but *** or *** 1/2 if you've never seen it before SKELETON CREW *** out of **** ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY Playwright Dominique Morisseau triumphantly concludes her Detroit trilogy with Skeleton Crew, a look at a fading automobile plant in the winter of 2008. Obama has become President, but the car industry is reeling, something that's readily apparent for the shift workers of one of the smallest remaining factory lines in town. Times are tough and getting tougher: shifts are being cut, everyone is a paycheck or two away from the streets and Reggie has made the leap from factory floor to supervisor. That's enough responsibility to leave him stranded: management still sees him as a black man with one foot on the floor while most of the people on the floor see him as the Man, always trifling with them over minor infractions no matter how good their work on the line may be. Is life tense? Always. Michael Carnahan's excellent ...
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Aisle View: Splendidly Delirious
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Jeremy Shamos, Kate Jennings Grant, David Furr, Andrea Martin, Tracee Chimo and Campbell Scott in Noises Off. Photo: Joan Marcus Michael Frayn's Noises Off, when it premiered back in 1982 in London (with Patricia Routledge) and when it opened in 1983 at the Atkinson (with Dorothy Loudon), was farce comedy par excellence; we didn't quite realize, in those days of Cats and Torch Song Trilogy, that broad, knock-down stage farce could not only be viable but classy. When the play was revived at the Atkinson in 2001--with a cast headed by Patti LuPone and Peter Gallagher, under the direction of Jeremy Sams--this playgoer found the results funny; or, rather, merely funny. Which was not enough at all. Far more problematic was Peter Bogdanovich's earlier, star-studded motion picture version, which suffered immediate death with critics and audiences. Slinging the prop sardines was Carol Burnett--still, in 1992, America's funniest lady--supported by the likes of Michael Caine and Chris ...
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When Buildings Design Themselves
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Automation could revolutionize architecture--by eliminating architects. Source: madan.org.il Seven years ago, in my then-column for Architect magazine, I wrote that computerized automation eventually could fulfill the ultimate aims of green building by achieving dramatically better performance. Now the same magazine has taken up the same topic in a couple of recent articles. In June, Daniel Davis declared that architecture can't be completely automated because "it is--for now--impossible to get computers to think creatively." Last month, Blaine Brownell echoed this sentiment, citing a new McKinsey report claiming that "creative tasks are largely immune from automation." Yet, the implications of automating creativity are much bigger than either author lets on. "Robot replacement is just a matter of time," wrote Kevin Kelly in Wired a few years ago. "It doesn't matter if you are a doctor, lawyer, architect, reporter, or even programmer." Robotic manufacturing and other advance ...
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Theater: Oh 'Romeo'; Joplin Lives!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
ROMEO &amp; JULIET * 1/2 out of **** A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN ** out of **** ROMEO &amp; JULIET * 1/2 out of **** CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY It seemed we would be getting two Romeo &amp; Juliet productions this season what with Orlando Bloom on Broadway tackling the Bard in a muddled mess and the usually dependable Classic Stage Company showcasing actress Elizabeth Olsen in their version. But in fact we get to see about 10 or 12 versions, since every actor on stage at CSC seems to be in a different show. It was a troubled production from the start with the first Romeo bowing out for film and William Hurt -- who surely could dive back into theater in any show he wanted if he's going to go for a limited run Off Off Broadway -- stepping away as well. All involved surely wish they'd pulled the plug. But none of that excuses the non-direction of Tea Alagic that neither reins in the actors or gives them anything focused to do. Among the many ideas scattered about are the costumes of Clint ...
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Daniel Davis: Awash in Misinformation: America's Domestic Tight Oil 'Bump'
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
On March 4, David Frum, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, published an article on CNN.com titled "Peak Oil doomsayers proved wrong" in which he not only claimed there was no danger of a shortage of oil, but also that "our oil problem is that we're producing so much of the stuff that we are changing the planet's climate." Mr. Frum is only the most recent contributor to a growing list of luminaries to declare that we need not worry about any future shortage of crude oil. The only problem with these reassuring proclamations is that the physical evidence does not support them, and does in point of fact, warn of a looming imbalance between supply and demand with troubling implications for the U.S. economy. Last month, the standard-bearer for those arguing the U.S. will soon be awash in domestically produced oil testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Daniel Yergin, Chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, told Members of Congre ...
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Daniel Davis: Independence -- From Rational Analysis?
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Crude Oil: What Evidence and Logic Says about 'Energy Independence' There's hardly a day that goes by anymore when we don't hear some story reinforcing the idea that the United States has entered a new oil boom and in only seven years we'll have achieved energy independence. Agencies such as the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the International Energy Agency (IEA) and organizations and institutions like Harvard University, and Citi Group have all hailed the new 'tight oil' formations in the United States as enabling an energy-independent America by the year 2020. Unfortunately, an examination of American consumption patterns and the underlying fundamentals of global oil supply expose the impossibility of such claims. A continued belief in these unsubstantiated claims could have a decidedly negative effect on the U.S. economy. First, a few critical facts about American oil consumption. According to the EIA, as of last November, the U.S imported 8.1 million barrel ...
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Tailgate blog: Sights from Game 1
NewsOK.com Blogs - over 4 years
Welcome back to the Oklahoma State Tailgate Blog! I’ll be hanging out at various tailgates before each home game, trying to find the most interesting people and parties out there. Some days I’ll focus on one party. Other days, I’ll wander. This was a wandering day, since it was the first game day of the season. First of all, it was hot. Kudos to all of you who were out there all afternoon. Some photos: A view of the tents just outside of BPS. Sweet grill The new patio at Eskimo Joe’s, which was completed over the summer. The tent at the Joe’s tailgate, where fans were watching Tulsa-Iowa State and Nebraska-Southern Miss While walking along the lawns along Knoblock, someone flagged me down. It was Daniel Davis, and reader and follower on Twitter. He’s also the son of Cliff Davis, who was a kicker at OSU during Larry Roach’s days. And…he was a roommate of colleague Ed Godfrey. Small world. Here’s their gang And their food. On the menu: hot dogs, brats ...
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Delirium in hospital: Bad for the brain
Oxford University Press Blog - over 4 years
By Daniel Davis Taking an elderly friend or relative to hospital is a painful experience for most people, and is often made worse when they become confused and disorientated during their stay. This acute confusional state is called delirium. Long thought to be thought to be little more than a temporary side effect of other illness, ground-breaking new research suggests that delirium in fact has long-lasting negative impacts on the brain. Delirium is extremely common, affecting around 120 people in a typical 1000-bedded hospital. People with delirium can lose their bearings, forgetting where they are. They may even become very distressed because they imagine that hospital staff or even visiting relatives are part of a conspiracy to harm them. Delirium is also associated with an increased risk of new and permanent admission to a nursing home, and death. But less than a quarter of cases are formally detected in hospitals. Delirium is the result of illness – often an infection, a ...
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Book Review: “Burnt Offerings” by Michael Lister
Blogger News Network - over 4 years
For Professor Daniel Davis and his friend Ben Greene this late September morning is the time for good natured give and take and a run along some abandoned railroad tracks in the heart of the North Florida Wildlife Preserve. The running for Daniel is not just exercise but as a means of escape from nightmares [...]
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Daniel Davis
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 70
    In 2016, Davis played Selsdon Mowbray in the Roundabout Theatre revival of Noises Off at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway in New York City. The production opened on January 14 for a limited engagement, running through March 6, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Davis was born in Houston,Texas, and grew up in Little Rock. His parents operated a cinema. His first acting job was at the age of 11, when he was cast in a local broadcast program, Betty's Little Rascals.
  • 2012
    Age 66
    In 2012, he played Prospero in The Tempest at Hartford Stage.
    More Details Hide Details He can now be seen on Broadway as Selsdon Mowbray in the Roundabout Theatre revival of "Noises Off" at the American Airlines Theatre. This production will run until 13th March, 2016 when it closes.
    In 2012, he recorded the audiobook of the Star Wars novel Star Wars: Darth Plagueis, by James Luceno.
    More Details Hide Details Davis is an established theatre actor. He has appeared in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions in New York, and has appeared at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Off-Broadway, he played Rubin in Lake No Bottom in 1990, the Duke of Buckingham in The Tragedy of Richard III, Graham in the Alan Bennett monologue "A Chip in the Sugar" for the series Talking Heads in 2003, and he starred as Gaev in The Cherry Orchard in 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 64
    In December 2010, he guested on The Fran Drescher Show through Skype.
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    In November 2010, Davis was part of the Celebrity Autobiography series at the Long Center in Austin, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details He performed along with fellow Nanny alum Lauren Lane and Ugly Betty alum Michael Urie.
  • 2008
    Age 62
    In July 2008, Davis portrayed King Lear at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, under the direction of Bonnie J. Monte.
    More Details Hide Details That year he also guest-starred on the television series Ugly Betty.
  • 2006
    Age 60
    He appeared briefly in the 2006 film The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 58
    He co-starred in La Cage Aux Folles with Gary Beach from November 2004 to March 2005. (Reportedly, he clashed frequently with Beach and others.
    More Details Hide Details He was eventually replaced by Robert Goulet.) In 2002, Davis guest-starred on the television series Frasier, playing Dr. Shafer in Season 10, Episode 8, "Rooms with a View". Davis was among the group of celebrities lip-synching to The Bee Gees' Stayin' Alive on the Idol Gives Back episode of American Idol on April 25, 2007.
    In 2004, he portrayed George Bernard Shaw in the Stephen Sondheim musical The Frogs.
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  • 2003
    Age 57
    In 2003, he appeared in the Alan Bennett play Talking Heads.
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  • 2000
    Age 54
    In 2000, Davis was nominated for a Best Actor Tony Award for his role in David Hirson's Broadway play Wrong Mountain.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1990
    Age 44
    However, as the Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, Davis spoke with his own American accent.
    More Details Hide Details Davis' voice role for Longhair uses a British accents.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 39
    In 1985, he played a renegade soldier in the Season 4 episode of the television series The A-Team "The Doctor is Out".
    More Details Hide Details Davis played his most famous character, Niles the Butler on the television series The Nanny, throughout its run from 1993 to 1999 and in its reunion special in 2004 (in cameo flashbacks only). Niles was known for his frequent use of deadpan one-liners, usually insulting character C.C. Babcock, whom Niles eventually fell in love with and married in the series' last season. Davis' natural accent is Southern American; however, his English accent as Niles was so accurate that many viewers have been convinced that Davis actually is English. He also used an English accent as Professor Moriarty in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Elementary, Dear Data" and "Ship in a Bottle."
  • 1980
    Age 34
    On Broadway, he played Antonio Salieri in Amadeus in 1980, Maurice Montesor in Wrong Mountain in 2000, Oscar Wilde in The Invention of Love in 2001, Georges in La Cage aux Folles in 2004, George Bernard Shaw in The Frogs, also in 2004.
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    Davis first became popular in daytime television playing opposite Beverlee McKinsey as her character Iris Cory's former (and presumed dead) husband, Elliot Carrington, on the soap opera Texas, a spin-off of Another World, from October 1980 through December 1981.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1963
    Age 17
    Davis graduated from Hall High School in Little Rock in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details He graduated from the Arkansas Arts Center with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, followed by work with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and six years with the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT). During his time at ACT, he taught acting classes.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on November 26, 1945.
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