Davis was born in Atlanta.He graduated from Northwestern University's School of Speech. Then he lived, studied and worked for three and a half years in London. During that time (thank you, Roger Hendricks Simon) he performed at The Mickery, Holland, and at The Royal Court, London. Great years to be young and in Europe.
He got his first Equity contract in 1972 in What The Butler Saw at the Old Orchard Dinner Theatre in the Chicago suburbs. (He'd seen the premiere in London.)
Broadway: Butley with Alan Bates; Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth
(premiere tour, British-American Repertory Company).
Off & Off-Off-Broadway: Edward the Second (Red Bull Theater); Frankie (premiere, Irish Arts Center); The Brothers Berg (premiere,
New Federal Theatre).
Regional: Outside Mullingar (Hudson Stage); The Importance of Being Earnest (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Touch of Rapture & The Good Daughter (premieres, NJ Repertory Company); The School For Scandal (McCarter Theatre); The Harmfulness of Tobacco (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey (Arkansas Rep); The Mystery of Irma Vep (Syracuse Stage).
Film: Tashlich, The Agency, Knife Point, Bohemibot, (award winning shorts);
Quiz Show, I Shot Andy Warhol.
Television: Madame Secretary, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Guiding Light, As The World Turns, and New York News.
Davis, Joe Costa & Matthew Rauch
Red Bull Theater's Edward the Second, 2008
He met his wife, costume designer Ingrid Price, while playing Hamlet as a Guest Artist at Florida State University in 1980.
He directed his first film, the short Mother's House in 2011. It's been in a number of film festivals and is available for viewing on vimeo.
In The Blind, (also on Vimeo) a short film with Nick Sandow and Neal Huff, premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival and has won numerous awards.
In 2015, he directed To Oh Seven, a short short.
Favorite roles: Young Charlie in the world premiere of Da (Olney Theater), Charlie in The Foreigner, Festé in Twelfth Night, Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey, Arthur in New-Found-Land, the Duke in Measure for Measure, Jane/Lord Edgar in Irma Vep, and Hamlet.
with Alan Ball as Horatio at FSU, 1980
Davis performed twice with his sister, Harriet Hall. In 1974 they appeared in the world premiere of Hugh Leonard's Summer and in 1980 in Hay Fever as brother and sister with Celeste Holm.
Sadly, Harriet passed away at the end of September, 2007.