Roger Davis (television actor)

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Roger Davis
Roger Davis Alias Smith and Jones 1972.JPG
Davis in 1972.
BornJon Roger Davis
(1939-04-05) April 5, 1939 (age 75)
Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky, U.S.
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Jaclyn Smith (1968–1978)
Suzanne Irwin (1979–1983)
Alice LeGette (1985–1988)
Donna Jenis (1991-present)
 
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Roger Davis
Roger Davis Alias Smith and Jones 1972.JPG
Davis in 1972.
BornJon Roger Davis
(1939-04-05) April 5, 1939 (age 75)
Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky, U.S.
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Jaclyn Smith (1968–1978)
Suzanne Irwin (1979–1983)
Alice LeGette (1985–1988)
Donna Jenis (1991-present)

Jon Roger Davis (born April 5, 1939) is an American actor and entrepreneur. The sandy-haired Davis is best known for his boyish good looks, and lilting, Henry Fonda-like voice. He came to fame in such television series as Dark Shadows and Alias Smith and Jones. Davis was born in Louisville, Kentucky.

Acting career[edit]

Davis first appeared on television in 1962. He portrayed Pvt. Roger Gibson in the ABC television series The Gallant Men.[1] In 1963, he co-starred with Richard Egan in the NBC Western drama Redigo, which was the renamed second season of the previous Empire television series, both set on a ranch in New Mexico.[2] In 1964, Davis also appeared in one episode of The Twilight Zone, "Spur of the Moment", co-starring Diana Hyland.

From 1968-70, Davis garnered attention playing multiple characters on the daytime Gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows. He played Peter Bradford, Jeff Clark, Ned Stuart, Dirk Wilkins, and Charles Delaware Tate.[3]

In 1971, Davis narrated the voiceover theme sequence for the western series Alias Smith and Jones, starring Pete Duel as Hannibal Heyes/Joshua Smith and Ben Murphy as Kid Curry/Thaddeus Jones. He also appeared in one of the episodes ("Smiler with a Gun") as slick gunfighter Danny Bilson. Bilson has the distinction of being the only character kind-hearted Kid Curry was ever driven to kill during the series.[4]

When Pete Duel committed suicide at the end of 1971, Davis replaced him as Hannibal Heyes. However, after Davis completed just seventeen episodes, it was clear the show would never achieve the same level of popularity as it had with Pete Duel. The series subsequently ended in 1973. Competition from NBC's popular Flip Wilson Show siphoned the show's ratings.[5]

Davis continued to act in guest starring roles on TV series and movies throughout the 1970s, and he has been the voiceover artist for thousands of TV and radio commercials. He also regularly participates in Alias Smith and Jones and Dark Shadows festivals and reunions, and, in early 2011, reprised his role of Charles Delaware Tate in a new Dark Shadows play - The Blind Painter.[6]

Business career[edit]

Davis developed land and built luxury homes in southern California until 2010, and owns an interest in movie developer Lonetree Entertainment in Los Angeles. Roger also renovated the famous Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, and built a luxury condominium building there, known as 1400 Willow. His family owned Davis Tire Company in Louisville.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1968, Davis married actress and entrepreneur Jaclyn Smith. After a long separation, they divorced in 1978. During his second marriage, to Ohio native Suzanne Irwin (Emerson,) Roger became a first-time father to a daughter, Margaret, in 1981. The family resided at Spring Station, Louisville, Kentucky's oldest home, built in 1791. After a divorce in 1983, Davis was briefly married to Louisville realtor Alice LeGette from 1985-88. Since 1991, Davis has been married to Los Angeles attorney Donna Jenis.[8]

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