John Davidson
John Davidson
John Hamilton Davidson, Sr. is an American singer, actor and game show host known for hosting That's Incredible!, Time Machine, and Hollywood Squares in the 1980s, and a revival of The $100,000 Pyramid in 1991.
Biography
John Davidson's personal information overview.
{{personal_detail.supertitle}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
{{personal_detail.title}}
Relationships
View family, career and love interests for John Davidson
Show More Show Less
News
News abour John Davidson from around the web
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Dec. 13-19
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Dec. 13: Actor Dick Van Dyke is 90. Actor Christopher Plummer is 86. Country singer Buck White of The Whites is 85. Actor-singer John Davidson is 74. Actress Kathy Garver ("Family Affair") is 70. Singer Ted Nugent is 67. Guitarist Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) is 67. Guitarist Ron Getman of The Tractors is 67. Country singer-guitarist Randy Owen of Alabama is 66. Actress Wendie Malick ("Just Shoot Me") is 65. Country singer John Anderson is 61. Singer Morris Day of The Time is 59. Actor Steve Buscemi is 58. Actor Johnny Whitaker ("Family Affair") is 56. Bassist John Munson of Semisonic is 53. Reality TV star NeNe Leakes is 49. Actor-comedian Jamie Foxx is 48. TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos is 41. Singer-guitarist Tom Delonge of Angels and Airwaves and of Blink-182 is 40. Actor James Kyson Lee ("Heroes") is 40. Singer Amy Lee of Evanescence is 34. Singer Taylor Swift is 26. Actress Maisy Stella ("Nashville") is 12.
Article Link:
Yahoo News article
Terry Lyons: Original Six: When Men Were Men and the NHL Had Six Teams
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
The Boston Bruins will play the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2013 Stanley Cup Finals and it will mark the first time since 1979 that the championship will be decided between two "Original Six" NHL clubs. That's right, in 1979, the New York Rangers faced the Montreal Canadiens in the Cup finale, with Montreal winning in five games and it was a reprise of days gone by. Although it occurred a whopping 34 years ago, I still remember the playoffs well -- most notably that the Rangers never should've been there. The New York Islanders were a far superior team but Ranger goalie John Davidson played the series of his lifetime and he shut down Mike Bossy, the Islanders sharpshooting sniper, and advanced the Blue Shirts to the Stanley Cup and his club's Northern exposure to Montreal. If it hadn't been for Davidson's stellar performance, we'd be looking back to 1972 when the Boston Bruins defeated the New York Rangers and Bobby Orr hoisted his final Cup as the last "Original Six" match ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post Sports article
Michael Giltz: Theater: Soggy "Little Mermaid," A Musical Very "Far From Heaven," A Blurry "Chalk Circle
Huffington Post - over 3 years
DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID ** FAR FROM HEAVEN ** THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE ** DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID ** PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE Turning a classic animated film into a stage musical isn't easy, especially when the setting is underwater and your stars include mermaids with fins, fish, crabs and seagulls. But The Little Mermaid is the movie that pushed the Disney creative and commercial revival into overdrive thanks to great animation and the songwriting team of Ashman and Menken, a team that would prove one of the best partnerships the musical ever had. It's easy to see why they brought it to Broadway: when you're starting with a handful of show-stoppers like "Under The Sea," "Kiss the Girl," "Poor Unfortunate Souls" and "Part Of Your World," the battle's half won, isn't it? That version ran for two years but was generally found wanting compared to the film. It's been tweaked for Europe and high school productions and now it's been reworked and re-imagined (or is ...
Article Link:
Huffington Post article
Blue Jackets announce ex-Blues president John Davidson as new president of hockey operations
Fox News - over 4 years
The Columbus Blue Jackets have called a news conference to introduce former announcer and St. Louis Blues executive John Davidson as the club's president of hockey operations.
Article Link:
Fox News article
HISTORY TRIVIA: Step Back in Time
Burlingame Patch - over 4 years
Thanks to Patch user john davidson for his historical timeline in the Sept. 20 edition of the Step Back in Time history quiz. However, history buffs out there, we still need captions for our two photos we published last week, can you help us? The San Mateo County Historical Association still has many photos that need captions, after it recently purchased more than 30,000 San Mateo Times newspaper photos that span most of the 20th century and provide a glimpse into San Mateo County life and its generations. Own a little piece of history by looking at these photos and help the association find out about the story behind each one, so the group can archive them. Peninsula Patch sites will publish various photos as we get them - usually on Thursday or Saturday mornings - so you can help us identify them. This week's first photo is labeled: Denny Lyons, Old Sheet Music, March 20, 1967. Why is the man in this photo holding old sheet music?   The other photo is labeled: Dr. B ...
Article Link:
Burlingame Patch article
NHL notes: Blues dump John Davidson
Calgary Sun - over 4 years
The man who put the St. Louis Blues back on the road to respectibility is leaving the NHL team.
Article Link:
Calgary Sun article
Metallica Rocks Atlantic City
Fair Lawn Patch - over 4 years
Phew. After a couple of scorchers the last few days, the weather should be more manageable this weekend, just in time to head to the beach. If you're looking for something to do after you come off the sand, check out this weekend's best bets: EVENTS Metal giant Metallica will bring its Orion Music + More festival to Bader Field in Atlantic City this Saturday and Sunday. The legendary band will be joined by New Jersey's own Gaslight Anthem and Titus Andronicus, as well as Sepultura, Modest Mouse, Eric Church and more. The festival will run from 1 to 11 p.m. both days, with tickets $90 for a one-day pass and $150 for a two-day pass. Visit www.orionmusicandmore.com. The premier skimboarders from around the region will compete Saturday and Sunday during SkimBash 2012, a pro/am contest in Sea Bright. Competition will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It's free to watch, although beach fees apply. Email info@­jersey­shoreskimcamp.­com for more information. Television and stage star John ...
Article Link:
Fair Lawn Patch article
Jesse's Journey Today, 62 Yr Old Set to Walk 500k Tomorrow
News Talk 12900 CJBK - almost 5 years
May is "Defeat Duchenne Month" for Jesse's Journey, and today is the kick off with "Walk Across Canada Day". A walk will be held in Springbank Gardens to mark the beginning of a month of fundraising for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Jesse's dad, John Davidson says this walk will feature a special guest who is taking on a huge task to raise money for this cause. "One of those who will be there is a gentleman by the name of Bob Facca. His grandson Louie has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the same as Jesse had, and Bob is starting off Monday morning in Owen Sound and Bob will cover 500 kilometres for us." Bob is 62 year old. Davidson says he's proud of Bob for stepping up to the challenge. "A London businessman who is not one to sit by and take things lightly, he intends to roll up his sleeves, get busy, and he's going to start making a difference, Monday morning, in Owen Sound". Davidson encourages people to cheer on or walk with, Bob. You can track his progress on jessesjourn ...
Article Link:
News Talk 12900 CJBK article
Gonzalez Appointed City Manager
South Pasadena Patch - almost 5 years
South Pas appointed Sergio Gonzalez as City Manager at Wednesday's council meeting, reports the Pasadena Star-News. Gonzalez came to South Pas in 2003 as a part of the community services department. He was promoted to Assistant City Manager in December 2008 and has been serving as Interim Assistant City Manager (with a annual salary of $143,000) since John Davidson left in October 2011.  In November, Patch reported that City Council had two options to fill the permanent position: It could appoint someone using its own judgment or conduct a formal recruitment process. "Typically, recruitment at this executive level are conducted by a professional recruitment firm and can cost upwards of $20,000 to $30,000," Gonzalez told Patch in November. "A firm is brought on to meet with the Council to get feedback in regard to the background, experience and specific expertise they are looking for."  But Pasadena Star-News reports that City Council felt confident in Gonzalez's skills—e ...
Article Link:
South Pasadena Patch article
Azusa, Irwindale city manager spill few secrets over trash fight
Whittier Daily News - about 5 years
As you might already know, Azusa and Irwindale have been locked in an epic battle over trash-recycling facilities. Titans of trash Waste Management and Athens Services each want a material-recycling facility - Athens in Irwindale and Waste Management in Azusa. As is apt to happen whenever you add garbage to the mix, things have gotten messy. Irwindale has been holding up Azusa's project with legal maneuvers. Azusa responded by making tons of public records requests from Irwindale. Things have been pretty quiet though lately. The last big article we had about the situation was written in August by reporter-turned-online editor Daniel Tedford. Yesterday, I was getting a little nervous that I might miss some important development if I'm not paying attention, so I called both city halls for an update. John Davidson, Irwindale city manager, wasn't giving out any specifics, but he seemed to suggest that the cities aren't getting any closer to cooperating. His suggestion to me ...
Article Link:
Whittier Daily News article
CAPUTO: For Redmond, the end was just the beginning VIDEO - Royal Oak Daily Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Redmond is only the third former NHL player to receive the honor (Howie Meeker and John Davidson are the others). Redmond, the broadcaster, has become an icon in this state. Nationally, really, when it is considered how many Red Wings fans there are
Article Link:
Google News article
Fair Oaks Construction: Where Do We Go From Here? - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
"We are always looking for ways to improve transparency in local government, and I believe we have done a good job in this area, but there is always room for improvement," said City Manager John Davidson. "We have learned a lot from the Fair Oaks
Article Link:
Google News article
Small grass fire quickly doused near Vallejo school - Vallejo Times-Herald
Google News - over 5 years
At about 6 pm, firefighters responded to a report of a grassfire in the south side of Vallejo Charter School, located at the now-closed John Davidson Elementary School campus on Del Sur Street. The fire burned less than an acre of vegetation and was
Article Link:
Google News article
SPEAK OUT: Alternate ideas for Fore River Bridge - The Patriot Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
I cringe every time I see another Ledger article about the Fore River Bridge, whether it is about the existing “temporary” bridge or the design and hearings processes for the new permanent bridge. The current “temporary” bridge
Article Link:
Google News article
Optician saves woman from having stroke - ChronicleLive
Google News - over 5 years
Three times in two days Molly lost the sight in her left eye and so she contacted John Davidson, her optician at Querido & Davidson, in Heaton, Newcastle, and explained her symptoms. John immediately suspected amaurosis fugax – a temporary lack of
Article Link:
Google News article
Crime slashed as top 55 Halton prolific offenders targeted says probation boss - Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News
Google News - over 5 years
John Davidson, Cheshire Probation (CP) assistant chief executive, said the Navigate scheme has slashed offences by 20% among the borough's top 55 most active criminals. Mr Davidson said co-operation between CP, the police and the Youth Offending
Article Link:
Google News article
Vallejo firefighters quickly extinguish field ablaze near John Davidson school - Vallejo Times-Herald
Google News - over 5 years
At about 4 am, firefighters responded to a report of a school fire at Vallejo Charter School, located at the now-closed John Davidson Elementary School campus on Del Sur Street. Upon arrival, firefighters determined the smoke seen was coming from a
Article Link:
Google News article
Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of John Davidson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 71
    In April 2013, Davidson took on the role of the Wizard in the first North American tour of Wicked.
    More Details Hide Details Davidson and his wife Rhonda have three children, including John Davidson, Jr. (who often appeared with his father on later versions of Hollywood Squares), and now lives in Atlantis, Florida. He is an atheist, declaring himself "openly secular" in a video for the Openly Secular Coalition began by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science the Secular Coalition for America, and other Humanist groups. Davidson has said that The Music Man was his favorite show to do. When playing Professor Harold Hill, he had the holes of his pitch pipe taped so that the only open hole was for the pitch he needed to blow; on one occasion, the barbershop quartet's bass (Chuck Kenney) had a working pitch pipe to lend him on stage when Davidson's didn't work. He also owned a copy of the famous booklet "Captain Billy's Whizbang" (mentioned in the lyrics of the song "Trouble") which he carried with him in the production.
  • 2012
    Age 70
    In June 2012, Davidson took on the role of Henry in the current Off Broadway Revival of The Fantasticks.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2011
    Age 69
    In late 2011 Davidson was listed as a guest star with The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies at the Plaza Theatre in Palm Springs, California.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 2006
    Age 64
    Davidson has recorded twelve albums and performed in various musicals. His album CD John Hamilton Davidson Is a Funny Guy was released late 2006 to show both his skills at comedy and singing.
    More Details Hide Details He acted in many movies including The Happiest Millionaire (1967), The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968), Coffee, Tea or Me (1973), The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979), Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders II (1980), and Edward Scissorhands (1990), as well as the sitcom The Girl with Something Extra (1973–74) with Sally Field. Davidson has appeared in recent productions of A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum, Kismet, State Fair, Man of La Mancha, Chicago, and' Will Rogers' Follies, at the Surflight Theatre in Long Beach Island, NJ. He is also performing in his own play Father/Son and Holy Ghost an autobiographical play about his relationship with his father who was a minister, which received generally negative reviews. He has placed several singles on their "Adult Contemporary" survey, the most popular being "Everytime I Sing A Love Song", which reached #7 in 1976.
  • FORTIES
  • 1991
    Age 49
    In July 1991, Davidson appeared in summer stock with Sacramento Music Circus of Sacramento, California in The Music Man alongside Susan Watson, Richard Paul, Carol Swarbrick and the Delta Music Society Quartet of Sacramento.
    More Details Hide Details
    In addition, he also hosted a 170-episode revival of The $100,000 Pyramid in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Davidson also appeared as a featured guest on the The Carpenters television specials Space Encounters (1977) and Music! Music! Music! (1980).
  • 1986
    Age 44
    He also hosted a revival of Hollywood Squares, which ran from 1986 to 1989.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1985
    Age 43
    In 1985, he hosted the NBC daytime game show, Time Machine.
    More Details Hide Details Davidson worked with real estate promoter Dave Del Dotto’s infomercials during the late 80s and early 90s which were notable for taking place in outdoor, scenic settings (such as Hawaii), and for having the actor as host. The infomercials often appeared on late night television and were a staple for years on many cable channels until the FCC filed a complaint against Del Dotto in 1995, alleging that Del Dotto “made false and unsubstantiated representations".
  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 38
    Davidson's show aired daily in syndication from 1980 to 1982.
    More Details Hide Details
  • 1977
    Age 35
    In 1977, Davidson was present at the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in Southgate, Kentucky.
    More Details Hide Details He was expected to appear onstage as the headline act of the evening when the fire broke out, killing 165 persons. Davidson helped others escape before fleeing through a back door. Davidson was not injured and later participated in a charity concert to raise funds for the families of fire victims. However, his music director, Douglas Herro, was among those who perished in the fire. In the late 1970s, the actor became one of four regular guest hosts (along with Joey Bishop, McLean Stevenson and Joan Rivers) on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and hosted it 87 times. The performer hosted his own talk show, produced by Westinghouse Broadcasting/Group W after it dropped The Mike Douglas Show.
  • 1974
    Age 32
    In 1974, he guest starred on the TV show The Streets of San Francisco in the episode "Mask of Death", portraying a cross-dressing lounge singer who murders his/her fans.
    More Details Hide Details In the episode, Davidson sings in drag impersonating such notables as Carol Channing, singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend". Also in 1974, the singer posed near-nude (with a strategically placed towel) for the magazine Cosmopolitan.
  • 1973
    Age 31
    From 1973-1974, he starred with Sally Field in the series, The Girl With Something Extra.
    More Details Hide Details
  • TWENTIES
  • 1967
    Age 25
    Davidson made his film debut in The Happiest Millionaire in 1967, playing opposite Lesley Ann Warren.
    More Details Hide Details The next year saw them co-starring again in The One and Only, Genuine, Original, Family Band. During an appearance on the game show Scrabble in 1987, he told the national TV audience that he appeared as an underwear model in the 1959 Sears catalogue; he would have been 17 at the time.
  • 1966
    Age 24
    He made more than one hundred appearances on the original Hollywood Squares during its 1966–1981 run.
    More Details Hide Details He was a regular player on many anthology and variety series of the 1970s–1980s, including such shows as The Ed Sullivan Show, The Bobby Goldsboro Show, The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, Love American Style, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Spenser: For Hire. Davidson made numerous appearances on the original Hollywood Squares, from the mid-1960s until its cancelation, and was known for his long-winded bluffs. No one was more convincing at getting contestants to believe his (often ridiculous) answers to questions posed by Peter Marshall. Most times, Marshall could barely conceal a grin as Davidson started in on some far-fetched but plausible explanations for his answers, often prefaced with something to the effect of: "I just read about that in the New England Journal of Medicine, it was a fascinating study, and it said that ". Davidson sold these preposterous stories with such sincerity that contestants were often duped more than once in the same show.
  • 1964
    Age 22
    Davidson made his Broadway debut in the 1964 production of Foxy, which starred Bert Lahr.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared in State Fair in 1996. He was a member of the regular repertory company on the short-lived CBS variety show The Entertainers (1964–65).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Born
    Born on December 13, 1941.
    More Details Hide Details
Original Authors of this text are noted here.
All data offered is derived from public sources. Spokeo does not verify or evaluate each piece of data, and makes no warranties or guarantees about any of the information offered. Spokeo does not possess or have access to secure or private financial information. Spokeo is not a consumer reporting agency and does not offer consumer reports. None of the information offered by Spokeo is to be considered for purposes of determining any entity or person's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment, housing, or for any other purposes covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA)