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Daniel Davis (born 26 November 1945; age 78) is an actor who played James Moriarty in the Star Trek: The Next Generation second and sixth season episodes "Elementary, Dear Data" and "Ship In A Bottle" and the Star Trek: Picard third season episode "The Bounty".

Despite the British accent he uses in this role, Davis is actually an American from Gurdon, Arkansas, who normally speaks with a distinctive Southern accent.

Davis first gained recognition as a star on the short-lived NBC soap opera Texas from 1980 through 1982. He went on to have a recurring roles on the television series Dynasty (starring Joan Collins) during the 1987-1988 season. He is best known, however, for playing Niles, the butler, on the CBS series The Nanny during its entire six-season run from 1993 through 1999.

He also made guest appearances on such programs as The A-Team (starring his Next Generation castmate Dwight Schultz, in an episode with Jeannetta Arnette), Cheers (with Kelsey Grammer), Hardcastle and McCormick (starring Brian Keith and Daniel Hugh Kelly, with Louis Giambalvo), L.A. Law (starring Corbin Bernsen and Larry Drake, with Dakin Matthews), Civil Wars (with René Auberjonois, Erick Avari, Carolyn Seymour, and Barbara J. Tarbuck), Murder, She Wrote (with Cliff DeYoung, Robert Lansing, Arlee Reed, and William Windom) and Frasier (again featuring Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane). Among his many TV movie credits is 1987's The Spirit, co-starring Garry Walberg, Bumper Robinson, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actress Nana Visitor.

As a stage actor, Davis has performed in numerous Broadway shows, including renditions of William Shakespeare's King Henry V (with Len Cariou in the title role and Robert Foxworth also in the cast) and Othello (working with James Cromwell). During the early 1980s, he and Frank Langella were among those who portrayed Antonio Salieri in Amadeus (F. Murray Abraham played the role in the film version). In 2000, Davis received a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Wrong Mountain. Davis played the role Georges in the 2004 Broadway revival of the musical La Cage aux Folles, working with Ruth Williamson.

Davis once also played the commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in the 1990 film The Hunt for Red October, which also featured Gates McFadden, Ned Vaughn, Timothy Carhart, Boris Krutonog, and Ronald Guttman. Davis' other film credits include 1989's K-9 (also featuring Jeff Allin, Gary Combs, Sherman Howard, William Sadler, and Kevin Tighe) and 1990's Havana (co-starring Tony Plana). He was most recently seen as a judge in the acclaimed 2006 drama The Prestige, along with Christopher Neame and W. Morgan Sheppard.

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Additional projects in which Davis worked with other Star Trek alumni include:

Dynasty (1988, with Ian Abercrombie and George Murdock)

In addition to this, through his role as the Moriarty hologram, both Davis and Benedict Cumberbatch have portrayed characters associated with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories.

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