Geraint Wyn Davies

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Geraint Wyn Davies
Geraint Wyn Davies 2004.JPG
Born(1957-04-20) April 20, 1957 (age 57)
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Spouse(s)Alana Guinn (1985-2006, divorced);
Claire Lautier (2011-present)
 
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Geraint Wyn Davies
Geraint Wyn Davies 2004.JPG
Born(1957-04-20) April 20, 1957 (age 57)
Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Spouse(s)Alana Guinn (1985-2006, divorced);
Claire Lautier (2011-present)

Geraint Wyn Davies (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɡɛraint], b. April 20, 1957, Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom) is a stage, film and television actor and a director. Born in Wales and educated in Canada, he has worked in Britain, Canada and the United States of America. Possibly his most famous role was that of Nick Knight (vampire turned police-detective) in the Canadian television series Forever Knight.

Early life and training[edit]

Geraint Wyn Davies was born on the 20th April 1957 in Swansea, Wales. He was the son of a Congregationalist Christian preacher. At the age of 7 he moved with his family from Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire to Canada. There he attended Upper Canada College. He first acted at age 12, appearing in a school production of Lord of the Flies. He went on to study at the University of Western Ontario, where he studied economics before dropping out to pursue an acting career. [1]

His professional stage debut was made in 1976 in Quebec City, when at 19 he appeared in The Fantasticks, Red Emma and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Stage career[edit]

Wyn Davies moved from Quebec to London's Centre Stage theatre company, and later played the lead in The Last Englishman with the British Actors Theatre Company. He spent two seasons with Theatr Clwyd, touring Britain in Enemy of the People and Hamlet (for which he received the Regional Theatre Best Actor award), and a season with the Chichester Festival, in Henry VIII.

In Canada he appeared over several seasons with the Shaw Festival and Stratford Festival of Canada. He gained a reputation for his performances in The Music Cure, Candida, Cyrano de Bergereac, The Vortex, Goodnight Disgrace, Henry V and The Three Musketeers. He even sang his way through the Rodgers and Hart musical The Boys from Syracuse. Other performances include My Fat Friend in Los Angeles and Sleuth with Patrick Macnee in Toronto. In 2004 he appeared in Washington, D.C. in the title roles of both Cyrano de Bergerac and Richard III.[2]

In April 1996 Wyn Davies appeared as Petruchio in Shakespeare's The Taming of The Shrew, directed by Patrick Tucker of the Original Shakespeare Company. This three-performance run was presented as Shakespeare's own players may have done - with sparse rehearsal, eclectic costuming and rotating roles.

In Spring 1998 he appeared in the Moises Kaufmann production Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Gross Indecency earned the Garland Award for "Best Ensemble Cast from Backstage West" that year.

In August 1999 Wyn Davies starred in Leon Pownall's one-man show An Evening with Dylan Thomas at the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada. The following summer he returned to the Atlantic Theatre Festival in Pownall's Dylan Thomas and Shakespeare: In the Envy of Some Greatness. August 2001 saw the completion of Pownall's Dylan Thomas trilogy with Stranger in Paradise.

In the summer of 2002 WynnDavies returned to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival Theatre's main stage in My Fair Lady, as Henry Higgins, a role he shared with his friend Colm Feore. He also reprised his role of Dylan Thomas at the Festival's Studio Theatre.

He returned to the Atlantic Theatre Festival in August 2003 to perform a one-act play Hughie by Eugene O'Neill. The evening was topped off by a presentation of The Sermon by David Mamet.

2004 saw Wyn Davies appear at the Lincoln in New York as Edmund to Christopher Plummer's King Lear. Following Lear he starred in the title role of Cyrano at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., for which he won the prestigious "Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Play".

In 2005 Wyn Davies was Dylan Thomas for seven weeks in Do Not Go Gentle at the Arclight Theatre in New York City. While there he also did a reading of Tennessee Williams's letters at the New York Public Library, and performed in a reading of Eugene O'Neill's Days Without End. In September he joined in a reading of R. L. Stevenson's Treasure Island in Washington, D.C., and in October took part in a staged reading of a new play by Austin Pendleton entitled H6R3, which blends Shakespeare's plays Henry VI and Richard III.

In 2006 Wyn Davies returned to The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. to perform Don Armado in Michael Kahn's '60s version of Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost. Following the American run the play moved to Stratford-Upon-Avon in Britain for a limited run. He was nominated but did not win The Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Play for Don Armado. While in D.C. he also participated in a reading of London Assurance by Dion Boucicault.

Early in 2007 he headlined as Richard III by Shakespeare at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. He, along with friend Brent Carver, opened Toronto's CanStage production of The Elephant Man in mid-October.

2008 saw Wyn Davies's return to Ontario’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival to appear in Hamlet (as Polonius) and Fuente Ovejuna (as the King). He followed the Stratford season playing the Duke in Red Bull Theater’s production of Women Beware Women in New York City. He returned to Stratford for their 2009 season playing Duncan in Macbeth, Caesar in Julius Caesar and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. For the 2010 Stratford Shakespeare Festival season, he portrayed King Arthur in Lerner and Loewe's Camelot and Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor. The 2011 season featured him again in a singing role as King Arthur.

For the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's 60th season in 2013, Wyn Davies portrayed Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure and the Earl of Leicester in Mary Stuart.

Wyn Davies has voiced two audio books, Great American Suspense: Five Unabridged Classics and Great Classic Hauntings: Six Unabridged Stories.

Filmography[edit]

Davies made his film debut in Deadly Harvest in 1977, and has since appeared in many films, among them RoboCop: Prime Directives (2000). In 2007 he appeared in a cameo in Nancy Drew and filmed a made-for-TV movie titled Post Mortem for Lifetime.

Television[edit]

Davies was a regular in the cast of To Serve and Protect. Since Forever Knight he has appeared in several series. He has guest-starred in episodes of Katts and Dog, Highlander: The Series, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, The Outer Limits, RoboCop: The Series, The Hidden Room, Matrix, Diamonds, Sweating Bullets, 1-800-Missing and many more.

Directing[edit]

Davies has directed many episodes of Forever Knight, Black Harbour, Pit Pony, Power Play and North of 60. In June 2000 he took on the challenge of directing Oliver Mayer's Joy of the Desolate in Highland Park, IL. A "back-burner" project for Geraint is Horatio Salt, a collection of four short films that he is producing and directing.

Music[edit]

In Forever Knight Davies played the piano in the loft and co-wrote a song for the "Baby Baby" episode; he was featured in one of the selections on the first Forever Knight CD.

He has appeared in several musicals, notably as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady in Stratford, Ontario.

He is a self-taught musician, who produced a CD of his own works, Bar Talk, which is sold through his fan club with the proceeds going to a variety of charities such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Children's Hospital Foundation in Washington D.C., the Atlantic Theatre Festival of Wolfville and The Stratford Festival's Shakespeare School (Stratford, Ontario).

Personal life[edit]

Davies was married to Canadian artist Alana Guinn from 1985 to 2006. They have two children, daughter Pyper and son Galen.

In August 2011 he married actress Claire Lautier.

On 13 June 2006 Davies became an American citizen, having been sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richard Ouzounian (June 3, 2011). "Geraint Wyn Davies: It’s good to be the king". Toronto Star. 
  2. ^ From 'Lear' To 'Cyrano,' Just Following His Nose
  3. ^ http://thefiveeight.com/murdochmysteries/epguide6.html
  4. ^ Horwitz, Jane (2007-01-31). This Winter, No Discontent As Richard III. Washington Post, 31 January 2007. Report of actor's naturalization as citizen of the United States. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/30/AR2007013001747.html

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