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Brad Davis

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Nation acoustic guitarist Brad Davis joined up with Marty Stuart’s street music group in the past due ’80s and appeared in several Stuart’s albums, including This One’s Gonna Harm You, Strike Pack, as well as the Pilgrim. He also supported or documented with Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, the Forester Sisters, as well as the Sweethearts from the Rodeo. In the first 21st hundred years, he was dividing his time taken between playing business lead electric guitar for Earl Scruggs & Close friends and burning Billy Bob Thornton. In January 2003, Davis released his very own debut solo record, I’m Not really Gonna Allow My Blues Bring Me Down, on FGM Information, with lots of the people he previously used over time helping out. Afterwards in the entire year, he continued tour because the business lead guitarist within the Sam Bush Music group.

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Full Name Brad Davis
Salary 265,000 USD
Died September 8, 1991, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.75 m
Profession Actor
Education American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Nationality American
Spouse Susan Bluestein
Children Alexandra Davis
Parents Anne Davis, Eugene Davis
Siblings Eugene M. Davis
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor
Music Songs Never Give the Devil a Ride, Mick Jagger Jesus, God Amazes Me, Little Green Irish Men, Cypress Walls, Steel Lady Ride, Love's Lemonade, Will Tylor, This World Ain't No Child, Every Shade of Who I Am, Just What My Dad Would've Done, Not Gonna Let My Blues Get Me Down, Trouble 'Til the Day I Die, Two Blue Hearts, Wheel Hoss, Rock Star Zombie Killer, I'm Not Through Loving You, Love You Don't Know, Dawg Diddy, Ain't That Just Like Love, Tell Me Son, Way Beyond This Life, Make Me One More Memory, The World Will Break, Evidence of Where We've Been, Feet Of Clay, Wine into Water, Big Timber, Steel Lady Ride Earl Scruggs Story, Mick Jagger Jesus Story, Eddie Stubbs Story, Hey Mister Billy Bob Thornton Story
Albums Walk on Faith, I'm Not Going to Let My Blues Bring Me Down, A Bluegrass Tribute to George Jones, With Both Feet, I Need Music, This World Ain't No Child
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Movies Midnight Express, Querelle, Chariots of Fire, Rosalie Goes Shopping, A Small Circle of Friends, The Plot to Kill Hitler, Unspeakable Acts, Cold Steel, Child of Darkness, Child of Light, Blood Ties, Hangfire, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, Heart, Sybil, The Habitation of Dragons, The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy, The Secret Life of John Chapman, Vengeance, Chiefs, When the Time Comes
TV Shows Chiefs, Sybil, Roots, A Rumor of War, Robert Kennedy and His Times, Firehouse


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#Fact
1 Pat McNamara, Annabella Price, Ebbe Roe Smith, Priscilla Smith and he were awarded the 1982 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Ensemble for "Metamorphosis" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2 He was considered for the role of Kane in Alien (1979).
3 Married casting director Susan Bluestein in 1979 and had one child, Alexandra. In 1979, Davis, a former intravenous drug user, contracted HIV, by 1985 it had developed into AIDS, a condition the couple kept secret until just prior to his death by assisted suicide. Shortly after his passing she wrote the memoir "After Midnight: The Life and Death of Brad Davis" with Hilary De Vries. His widow continues to be an AIDS activist.
4 Born in Tallahassee, Florida to Eugene Davis, a dentist, and his wife, the former Anne Creel. His brother, Gene Davis, is also an actor.
5 According to an article in The New York Times published in 1987, the actor's mother sexually abused him. His father was an alcoholic whose dental practice declined as a result. As an adult, Brad was both an alcohol and drug user before becoming sober in 1981.
6 At seventeen, after winning a music talent contest, Davis worked at Theatre Atlanta before moving to New York City.
7 Bisexual in real life, he was deemed a gay film icon for the number of gay-themed plays and films he appeared in despite the warnings that it could damage his career.
8 Growing up, he was known as Bobby Davis (his first name was actually Robert). However, once he arrived in New York, there was already another actor named Bobby Davis, so Davis went by the name Brad Davis.
9 Born into a southern aristocratic family, he was reportedly a direct descendant of Confederate president Jefferson Davis.
10 Davis took a professional risk by accepting the title role as a gay sailor in Querelle (1982), Rainer Werner Fassbinder's screen adaptation of a novel by Jean Genet. Associates in the entertainment industry warned Davis that taking this part, especially after performances in other gay-themed theatrical works such as Larry Kramer's "Sissies' Scrapbook" (1973) and Joe Orton's "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" (1981), would be detrimental to his career. Nevertheless, Davis chose to work with Fassbinder on what would turn out to be the director's last film. Unfortunately, Querelle (1982) was a commercial failure and generally not well-received by critics.
11 In 1985 Davis won critical acclaim for his portrayal of the lover of a man dying of AIDS in Larry Kramer's play "The Normal Heart". Still, his film career foundered...the only film in which he starred after this was Percy Adlon's comedy Rosalie Goes Shopping (1989).
12 Brother of actor Gene Davis.
13 Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1978" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 30.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Habitation of Dragons 1992 TV Movie George Tolliver
The Player 1992 Brad Davis
Child of Darkness, Child of Light 1991 TV Movie Dr. Phinney
Hangfire 1991 Sheriff Ike Slayton
The Plot to Kill Hitler 1990 TV Movie Count Claus von Stauffenberg
Unspeakable Acts 1990 TV Movie Joseph Braga
The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy 1989 TV Movie Neil Travers
American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts 1989 TV Series Luke Bentley
The Edge 1989 TV Movie Kenny
Rosalie Goes Shopping 1989 Ray 'Liebling' Greenspace
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial 1988 TV Movie Lt. Com. Phillip Francis Queeg
Cold Steel 1987 Johnny Modine
Heart 1987 Eddie
When the Time Comes 1987 TV Movie Dean
The Hitchhiker 1987 TV Series Jerry Rulac
Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo 1986 TV Movie Tony Cimo
Il cugino americano 1986 TV Movie Julian Salina
The Twilight Zone 1986 TV Series Arthur Lewis (segment "Button, Button")
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985 TV Series Arthur
Robert Kennedy and His Times 1985 TV Mini-Series Robert Kennedy
Chiefs 1983 TV Mini-Series Sonny Butts
Querelle 1982 Querelle
BBC2 Playhouse 1981 TV Series The American
Chariots of Fire 1981 Jackson Scholz
The Greatest Man in the World 1980 TV Movie Jack Smurch
A Small Circle of Friends 1980 Leonardo DaVinci Rizzo
A Rumor of War 1980 TV Mini-Series Lt. Philip 'Phil' Caputo
Midnight Express 1978 Billy Hayes
McLaren's Riders 1977 TV Movie Bobby John Britain
Baretta 1977 TV Series Ray
Roots 1977 TV Mini-Series Old George
The Secret Life of John Chapman 1976 TV Movie Andy Chapman
Sybil 1976 TV Mini-Series Richard
The American Parade 1976 TV Mini-Series Thomas Nast / Streetcar conductor
Eat My Dust 1976 uncredited
How to Survive a Marriage 1974 TV Series Alexander Kronos (1974)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Our Time 1983 TV Series Himself
The Wizard of Babylon 1982 Documentary Himself
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1979 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Motion Picture Acting Debut - Male and Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Accepting Special Award to Roots

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Spisok korabley 2008 Documentary Querelle
Sexes 2005 TV Series Querelle
Ban the Sadist Videos! 2005 Video documentary Himself
And the Band Played On 1993 TV Movie Billy Hayes (epilogue sequence) (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Motion Picture Acting Debut - Male Midnight Express (1978)
1978 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Midnight Express (1978)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Midnight Express (1978)
1979 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actor Midnight Express (1978)
1979 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Midnight Express (1978)


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#Quote
1 Hollywood is an industry that gives umpteen benefits and charity affairs with proceeds going to (AIDS) research. But in actual fact, if an actor is even rumored to have HIV, he gets no support on an individual basis. He does not work.


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