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Bruce Davison (born 28 June 1946; age 78) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor who played Jareth in the Star Trek: Voyager third season episode "Remember" and Menos in the Star Trek: Enterprise second season episode "The Seventh". His boots from the latter appearance were sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]

Davison first gained attention for playing the title role in Willard (1971), and has since become known for his roles in such films as X-Men, Short Cuts, and Longtime Companion (for which he received an Academy Award nomination). He is also known for his regular and recurring roles in such television series as Hunter, Harry and the Hendersons, The Practice, Cold Case, and the 2008 version of Knight Rider. In addition to his Oscar nomination, he is the recipient of such accolades as two Golden Globes, an Independent Spirit Award, and an Emmy Award nomination.

Early life and career[]

born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Davison began acting in the 1960s. He first gained recognition for his role in Last Summer (1969), which marked his film debut. He followed this with The Strawberry Statement (1970, with Star Trek: The Original Series guest actress Kim Darby), and the following year, he starred in Willard.

Davison continued to act steadily throughout the 1970s and 1980s, appearing on both film and television and amassing some 60 credits in the process. Among his most notable films during this time period were Ulzana's Raid (1972), Mame (1974, starring Lucille Ball and featuring Barbara Bosson), Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976), Crimes of Passion (1984), Spies Like Us (1985, co-starring Bernie Casey), and The Misfit Brigade (1987, with Keith Szarabajka). Also during this time, he made appearances on such popular TV shows as Marcus Welby, M.D., Police Story, The Waltons, Lou Grant, V, and Murder, She Wrote (in an episode with Ed Lauter and John McLiam).

In 1980, Davison starred as John Merrick in the Broadway production of The Elephant Man, taking over the role from Philip Anglim. That same year, Davison gained much acclaim for his lead role as George Orr in The Lathe of Heaven, where he starred along with Kevin Conway (who also participated in Broadway's The Elephant Man). He can also be seen in the 1986 episode "Boo" of the Steven Spielberg series Amazing Stories alongside Robert Picardo.

During the 1985-1986 TV season, Davison was a regular on NBC's Hunter, in which he played Captain Wyler. James Whitmore, Jr., was also a regular on this series at the time. Davison made several return appearances to the show in later seasons.


Davison received an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his portrayal of a gay man whose lover is dying of AIDS in Longtime Companion (1990). He also won a Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit Award, a National Society of Film Critics Award, and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for his performance in Longtime Companion.

Davison became a regular on the TV series Harry and the Hendersons, which aired for three seasons from 1991 through 1993. He then had a major role in Short Cuts (1993), which won awards at the Golden Globes and the Venice Film Festival for Best Ensemble Cast. Others who were a part of that cast include fellow Voyager guest actor Charles Rocket and fellow Enterprise guest actor Zane Cassidy, the latter of whom played Davison's son in the film.

Davison later had roles in Six Degrees of Separation (1993, with J.J. Abrams), The Cure (1995, with John Carroll Lynch and Mary McCusker), It's My Party (1996, with Sally Kellerman), The Crucible (1996, with Winona Ryder), Apt Pupil (1998, directed by Bryan Singer), and At First Sight (1999, co-starring Steven Weber). He also continued acting on television, including multiple appearances as Wyck Thayer on Seinfeld (starring Jason Alexander) and an Emmy Award-nominated performance in a 1998 episode of Touched by an Angel.


Davison is currently best known for playing Senator Robert Kelly in X-Men (2000, starring Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen and Rebecca Romijn). Although his character died in that movie, Davison returned for X2 in 2003 to play the role of a mutant shape-shifter who had taken Senator Kelly's form.

His other film credits following the turn of the century include Crazy/Beautiful (2001, with Kirsten Dunst), High Crimes (2002, with Ashley Judd and co-starring Jude Ciccolella and Enterprise star John Billingsley), Runaway Jury (2003, with Bruce McGill, Leland Orser, and Henry Darrow), The Dead Girl (2006, featuring Eva Loseth and Amy Benedict), and Breach (2007).

Davison had a recurring role on The Practice, co-starring such Star Trek alumni as René Auberjonois, Jerome Butler, Daniel Davis, Bruce French, Zach Grenier, Dakin Matthews, Tracy Middendorf, Randy Oglesby, Steve Rankin, and Jeremy Roberts. In 2002, Davison appeared in the pilot episode of Without a Trace, on which Enrique Murciano is a regular. That same year, Davison was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for directing the children's movie Off Season. He also starred in the movie.

Davison and Ed Begley, Jr. were among those who starred in Kingdom Hospital, which aired in early 2004. From 2005 through 2007, Davison had a recurring role as defense attorney Doug Hellman on Close to Home, working with Erich Anderson, Ann Cusack, Jennifer Hetrick, Thomas Kopache, John Carroll Lynch, and Anne Elizabeth Ramsay. In 2007, Davison also had a recurring role on The L Word, which featured Kristanna Loken.

Other TV shows he has appeared on include JAG (in an episode with Michael Reilly Burke, Scott Lawrence, and Zoe McLellan), Numbers (with Elizabeth Dennehy), J.J. Abrams' and Damon Lindelof's Lost (starring Daniel Dae Kim and Terry O'Quinn), and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (starring Thomas Dekker and featuring location work by Scott Trimble) as Doctor Peter Silberman, taking over the role played in the first three films by Earl Boen. He even appeared on Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica, which aired on the Sci-Fi Channel.

Davison had a supporting role in the 2008 TV movie The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice, directed by Jonathan Frakes. During the 2008-2009 television season, Davison was a regular on NBC's Knight Rider.

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