Davis, a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, began his career in show business at age 11 on a local television show for children where he sang, danced and performed skits. As a child, Davis' parents ran the local movie theater and Davis quietly sat in the cry room and watched every film, which inspired him to be an actor. He attended the Arkansas Arts Center and graduated with a bachelor's and master's degree in Fine Arts. Upon his graduation, he was invited to join the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where he was spotted by a producer who brought him to New York for the lead in the off-Broadway production of Futz.
When Davis left the play, he joined the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Conneticut for two years, thus launching his career in regional theater. He has performed with numerous companies over a 22 year span, including The Guthrie Theatre, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The National Theatre of Canada and seven years with The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
The actor also performed on Broadway in Amadeus and with Katharine Hepburn in Coco. Davis appeared in the feature films The Hunt for Red October, Havana and K-9.
His numerous television guest starring credits include Cheers, L.A. Law, Civil Wars, Frank's Place, The Equalizer and Cagney & Lacey. He also played the recurring role of Professor Moriarty in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Davis was a regular on the series Texas and co-starred in the television movies A Mighty Fortress and The Perfect Tribute.
Davis, who moved to Hollywood in 1986, loves to read and is an exercise enthusiast. He is also a horseman, having learned to ride dressage, a form of English horseback riding.
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