John Francis Daley

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John Francis Daley
John Francis Daley in March 2012.jpg
John Francis Daley in March 2012
BornJohn Francis Daley
(1985-07-20) July 20, 1985 (age 29)
Wheeling, Illinois, United States
OccupationActor, musician, director, screenwriter
Years active1998–present
 
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John Francis Daley
John Francis Daley in March 2012.jpg
John Francis Daley in March 2012
BornJohn Francis Daley
(1985-07-20) July 20, 1985 (age 29)
Wheeling, Illinois, United States
OccupationActor, musician, director, screenwriter
Years active1998–present

John Francis Daley (born July 20, 1985) is an American television and film actor and screenwriter sometimes credited as John Daley or John Francis Daly. He is best known for playing high school freshman Sam Weir on the NBC comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks and his current role as FBI criminal profiler Dr. Lance Sweets on the series Bones, for which he is nominated for a 2014 PRISM Award. He plays keyboards and sings for the band Dayplayer.[1] In 2011, Daley co-wrote the box office hit Horrible Bosses.

Early life[edit]

Daley was born in Wheeling, Illinois, to R.F. Daley, an actor, and Nancy Daley, a piano teacher.[2] His father is of Irish Catholic background and his mother is Jewish.[3][4][5][6] He grew up in Nyack, New York, and played "Danny" in Nyack Middle School's production of Grease.[7][unreliable source]

Career[edit]

Daley began acting when he was cast as "Young Tommy" in the U.S. and international tours of the Broadway hit The Who's Tommy. He played Sam Weir, protagonist of the "Geeks", in the television series Freaks and Geeks, and since then he has worked continuously in television, including series such as The Geena Davis Show, Boston Public, Regular Joe, Kitchen Confidential, Judging Amy, and Spin City. He was #94 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.[2]

In 2001, he directed a short film titled What Babies Do. He also wrote and starred in the comedy short Friday Night. In 2005, he appeared in the film Waiting... and in the Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential. In 2007, Daley joined the cast of the Fox drama series Bones, portraying psychologist Lance Sweets. He was also featured in the music video for "Mercy Kiss" by Abandoned Pools.[8]

In 2011, Daley and his writing partner Jonathan Goldstein wrote the black comedy Horrible Bosses. In 2013, Daley co-wrote The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Goldstein; Daley also has cameo in the film as a paramedic. The two have also been hired to write Cal of the Wild for DreamWorks Studios. Cal of the Wild is reportedly a comedy that riffs on reality TV, particularly Survivor.[9] John plays Ben House in Rapture-Palooza. Daley most recently wrote the script to Horrible Bosses's sequel.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Allerd Fishbein's in LoveAllerd FishbeinShort
2001The KennedysAnthonyTelevision movie
2001What Babies DoShort
Director
2003View from the TopRodney
2005Waiting...Mitch
20075-25-77Pat
2007The CallTomTelevision movie
2008Burying the ExZak
2011Horrible BossesCarterAlso writer
2011Audio TourShort
Director, short
2013The Incredible Burt WonderstoneParamedicAlso writer
2013Rapture-PaloozaBen
2013Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2Writer
2014Horrible Bosses 2Writer
Post-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999–2000Freaks and GeeksSam Weir18 episodes
2000–2001Boston PublicAnthony Ward5 episodes
2000–2001The Geena Davis ShowCarter Ryan22 episodes
2001The Ellen ShowErikEpisode: "Walden Pond"
2002Spin CitySpencerEpisode: "Eyes Wide Open"
2003Regular JoeGrant Binder5 episodes
2004Judging AmyJace CrosbyEpisode: "Roadhouse Blues"
2005–2006Kitchen ConfidentialJim13 episodes
2006StackedKevinEpisode: "The Third Date"
2007–presentBonesDr. Lance Sweets138 episodes
2012The FinderDr. Lance SweetsEpisode: "Bullets"

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.myspace.com/dayplayer
  2. ^ a b "5 Things You Didn't Know About Bones' John Francis Daley". wetpaint. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Interfaith Celebrities: a Former Geek, the Equestrian Author, and an Aboriginal Jewish Doctor". InterfaithFamily.com. July 5, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "John Francis Daley". Twitter - @JohnFDaley. February 23, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012. "For Ash Wednesday, I have my Irish Catholic dad put the ash on my forehead, then I have my Jewish mother lick her thumb and wipe it off." 
  5. ^ "John Francis Daley on co-writing tonight's episode of 'Bones' and sharing a scene with his dad for the first time. (Awww.)". Entertainment Weekly. April 14, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2013. "I have sympathy nerves for everyone. I think it’s the half-Jew in me." 
  6. ^ "The Talented Mr Daley". meinmyplace.com. September 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012. "Um my mom’s Jewish and my dad’s Irish. I am in fact the same mix as Harrison Ford, which I like to point out as often as possible when I go on dates." 
  7. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0197855/bio
  8. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3y7VaXQHdQ
  9. ^ Graser, Marc. "Writers set for Dreamworks' 'Wild'". www.dreamworksstudios.com. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

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