Bruce Davison

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Bruce Davison
Academy Awards afterparty CUN Bruce Davison.jpg
Davison at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard after party, February 25, 2007
Born(1946-06-28) June 28, 1946 (age 68)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)Jess Walton (1973, annulled)[1]
Lisa Pelikan (1986–2006)
Michele Correy (2006–present)
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Bruce Davison
Academy Awards afterparty CUN Bruce Davison.jpg
Davison at the 79th Annual Academy Awards Children Uniting Nations/Billboard after party, February 25, 2007
Born(1946-06-28) June 28, 1946 (age 68)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1968–present
Spouse(s)Jess Walton (1973, annulled)[1]
Lisa Pelikan (1986–2006)
Michele Correy (2006–present)

Bruce Davison (born June 28, 1946) is an American actor and director. Davison is well known for his Academy Award nominated performance in Longtime Companion (1989), which also awarded him a Golden Globe. Davison has also appeared in the first two films of the X-Men film franchise - X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003) - portraying antagonist Senator Robert Kelly. In more recent times, Davison has appeared in films such as Titanic II (2010), Return of the Killer Shrews (2012), and Saving Lincoln (2013).

Early life[edit]

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.[2] His parents divorced when he was three years old. He was raised by his mother, and also spent weekends with his father.[3] He graduated in 1964 at Marple Newtown Senior High School, and entered Penn State as an art major but stumbled into acting when he accompanied a friend to an audition. He attended NYU's Graduate Acting Program, graduating in 1969.[4]


Davison made his Broadway debut in Tiger at the Gates in 1968. He also appeared as John Merrick in The Elephant Man, and starred 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 film about peaceful student protest and its violent outcome The Strawberry Statement. Two years later he portrayed the title role in the 1971 version of Willard, the first of two, as of the year 2015, to have been based on the novel Ratman's Notebooks. He also appeared in Ulzana's Raid, Peege, Mame, Mother, Jugs & Speed, Short Eyes,The Lathe of Heaven, and Six Degrees of Separation. In 1978 he appeared as Dean Torrence opposite Richard Hatch in the made-for-TV biopic Deadman's Curve (the story of 1960s pop duo Jan & Dean). The same year, he played the title role in the TV movie adaptation Summer Of My German Soldier.

In 1981 he had the lead role in The Wave, based on real events, starring as a history teacher who had conducted an experiment in Nazi philosophy on his own students.

Davison also starred in Tales from the Darkside, Season 1, Episode 8 and played the role of the father in the short-lived Harry and the Hendersons TV series.

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. He also played the role of Ruby in the 1985 comedy Spies Like Us starring Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase.

In 1990 he portrayed a gay man whose lover is dying of AIDS, in Longtime Companion. 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.[citation needed]

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 from his roles in 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. He was the fanatical Reverened Samuel Parris in Arthur Miller's screen adaptation of his play The Crucible. Davison also portrayed a rich philanthropist in the movie Christmas Angel. Davison's many television credits include Hunter, in which he was a semi-regular for at least one season, 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, Ghost Whisperer, Castle, Hawaii Five-0, 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, Davison 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, a protege of Wilton Knight who was the creator of the Knight Industries Three Thousand 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. In May 2010, Davison was cast to portray art dealer Wilhelm Van Schlagel for several episodes on ABC's General Hospital to begin airing in July, 2010.

In 2010 he starred in the TV movie Titanic II. In 2011 he starred as Police Chief Kirkhoven in the movie "Munger Road". The next year, he appeared in Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem (2012). In addition, he played Secretary of State William H. Seward in the movie Saving Lincoln.

He played the role of Rear Admiral Arthur Shepard, Lieutenant Grace Shepard's father, in the short-stint TV series Last Resort.

Personal life[edit]

Davison married Michele Correy on April 30, 2006, and they have a daughter, Sophia Lucinda Davison, born on May 29, 2006. They reside in Los Angeles, California. Davison also has a son, Ethan, born on April 5, 1996, from a previous marriage to fellow actor Lisa Pelikan.



1969Last SummerDan
1970The Strawberry StatementSimon
1971WillardWillard Stiles
1971Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to MeFitzgore
1972The Jerusalem FileDavid
1972Ulzana's RaidLt. Garnett DeBuin
1973PeegeGregShort film
1974MamePatrick Dennis
1976Grand JuryBobby Allen
1976Mother, Jugs & SpeedLeroy
1977Short EyesClark Davis
1978Brass TargetCol. Robert Dawson
1978Deadman's CurveDean TorrenceTelevision film
1978Summer of My German SoldierAnton ReikerTelevision film
1978Mourning Becomes ElectraOrin MannonTelevision film
1979The Lathe of HeavenGeorge OrrTelevision film
1979The Gathering, Part IIGeorgeTelevision film
1981The WaveBen RossTelevision film
1981High RiskDan
1984Crimes of PassionDonny Hopper
1985Spies Like UsRuby
1986The Ladies ClubRichard Harrison
1987Wheels of TerrorCorporal Joseph Portaaka The Misfit Brigade
1989Longtime CompanionDavidGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
1991Steel and LaceAlbert Morton
1992Desperate Choices: To Save My ChildRichard RobbinsTelevision film
1992Live! From Death RowLaurence DvorakTelevision film
1993A Mother's RevengeBill SandersTelevision film
1993Short CutsHoward FinniganGolden Globe Award for Best Ensemble Cast
1993Six Degrees of SeparationLarkin
1995Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow DogJohn McCormick
1995The CureDr. Jensen
1995The Baby-Sitters ClubWatson Brewer
1996It's My PartyRodney Bingham
1996Grace of My HeartJohn Murray
1996After JimmyWard "Sam" StappTelevision film
1996The CrucibleReverend Samuel Parris
1996Hidden in AmericaDr. Michael MillertonTelevision film
1998PaulieDr. Reingold
1998Apt PupilRichard Bowden
1999At First SightDr. Charles Aaron
1999VendettaThomas SemmesTelevision film
2000The King Is AliveRay
2000X-MenSenator Robert Kelly
2001Crazy/BeautifulTom Oakley
2001Summer CatchRand Parrish
2001Off SeasonDr. ZimmerTelevision film
2002L.A. Law: The MovieLawrence DiebenkornTelevision film
2002High CrimesBrigadier General Bill Marks
2002DahmerLionel Dahmer
2003X2Senator Robert Kelly
2003Runaway JuryDurwood Cable
2003Out of the AshesPeter SchumanTelevision film
2005Hate CrimePastor Boyd
2005Going ShoppingAdam
20058mm 2Ambassador Harringtonmade for video
2006The Dead GirlLeah's father
2007BreachJohn O'Neill
2009La lineaAnthony
2009MegaFaultDr. Mark Rhodesmade for video
2009Christmas AngelNick Anderson
2009A Golden ChristmasRod
2010Arctic BlastWinslaw
2010Titanic IIJames Maine
2010Camp HellFr. Phineas McAllister
2011Munger RoadChief Kirkhoven
2011Earth's Final HoursRothman
2012Return of the Killer ShrewsJerry Farrell
2012BigfootSheriff Walt HendersonTelevision film
2012The Lords of SalemFrancis Matthias
2013Saving LincolnWilliam H. Seward
2013Words and PicturesWalt
2013The Bronx BullD. A. Bonomi
2014PersecutedSenator Donald Harrison


1970–1979Insight4 episodes
1973Love StoryJeffreyEpisode "Time For Love"
1974–1978Police Story2 episodes
1979Lou GrantAndrew Raines2 episodes
1984Tales from the DarksideRichard HagstromEpisode: "The Word Processor of the Gods"
1985VJohn Langley3 episodes
1985–1989HunterCapt. Wyler/Dep. Chief Wyler16 episodes
1990Designing WomenReverend Eugene 'Gene' ChapmanEpisode: "Have Faith"
1991–1993Harry and the HendersonsGeorge Henderson72 episodes
1995The Outer LimitsHarlan HawkesEpisode: "White Light Fever"
1996Star Trek: VoyagerJarethEpisode: "Remember"
1996–1997SeinfeldWyck3 episodes
1998Touched by an AngelJacob 'Jake' WeissEpisode: "Elijah"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1999–2000Chicago HopeDr. Burt Peters2 episodes
2000–2001The PracticeScott Wallace9 episodes
2002Without a TracePaul CartwrightEpisode: "Pilot"
2002Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDr. Graham MandellEpisode: "Waste"
2002Star Trek: EnterpriseMenosEpisode: "The Seventh"
2004Kingdom HospitalDr. Stegman13 episodes
2004JAGDr. Morris SperlingEpisode: "The Man on the Bridge"
2005Numb3rsRobert OliverEpisode: "Sacrifice"
2005The TriangleStan Lathem3 episodes
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryPeter BettsEpisode: "Baby Boom"
2005–2007Close to HomeAttorney Doug Hellman13 episodes
2006CSI: MiamiDane DanielsEpisode "Dead Air"
2006–2010LOSTDr. Douglas Brooks2 episodes
2007The L WordLeonard Kroll3 episodes
2008Terminator: The Sarah Connor ChroniclesDr. Peter SilbermanEpisode: "The Demon Hand"
2008–2009Knight RiderDr. Charles Graiman11 episodes
2009Criminal MindsFather DavisonEpisode: "Demonology"
2009–2010Ghost WhispererJosh Bedford5 episodes
2010PsychWalter SnowdenEpisode: "Think Tank"
2010General HospitalWilhelm von Schlagel5 episodes
2011CastleLou KarnackiEpisode: "Law & Murder"
2011CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationAvery TinsdaleEpisode: "Father of the Bride"
2011Hawaii Five-0Steven CarverEpisode: "Ua Lawe Wale"
2011Childrens HospitalNarratorEpisode: "Children's Hospital: A Play in Three Acts"
2011Covert AffairsMax LangfordEpisode: "Horse to Water"
2011–2012Drop Dead DivaJudge Cyrus Maxwell3 episodes
2012LuckHartstone2 episodes
2012Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23Gabe SharpeEpisode: "Whatever It Takes..."
2012–2013Last ResortAdmiral Arthur Shepard6 episodes
2014Those Who KillHoward Burgess10 episodes
2014The Legend of KorraLord Zuko6 episodes
2014SequesteredTBD12 episodes
2014KingdomLisa's fatherEpisode: "Eat Your Own Cooking"


Academy Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Independent Spirit Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards

Daytime Emmy Awards

National Society of Film Critics' Awards

New York Film Critics Circle Awards


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