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Date Of BirthJune 26, 1951
SpouseChristine Bolster (m. 1990), Jeri McBride (m. 1980–1990), Jan Borenstein (m. 1971–1980)
FactAttended Seton Hall High School, Patchogue, New York.

Robert Davi is an American actor, singer, and writer. He was born on June 26, 1953, in Queens, New York, USA. His parents, Maria (née Pavesi) and Sal Davi, were both Italian immigrants. He has two sisters, Antoinette and Elizabeth. Davi was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. He attended Seton Hall University, where he studied acting and sang in the university choir. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting.

Davi made his film debut in the 1978 film Contract on Cherry Street. He has since appeared in over 140 films and television shows. Some of his most notable roles include Al Torres in The Goonies (1985), Jake Fratelli in The Goonies (1985), Big Johnson in License to Kill (1989), and Franz Sanchez in License to Kill (1989). He has also appeared in such television shows as Miami Vice (1984-1985), Profiler (1996-2000), and NCIS: Los Angeles (2009-present).

In addition to his acting career, Davi is also a singer and songwriter. He has released three albums: Davi Sings Sinatra – On the Road to Romance (2011), Davi Sings Sinatra – It’s All Right With Me (2012), and Davi Sings Sinatra – My Way (2013).

Davi has been married twice. His first marriage was to actress Janice Rule from 1977 to 1983. His second marriage is to actress and singer Julie Cox, with whom he has two children.

Davi is 6 feet 2 inches tall and of Italian descent.

General Info

Full NameRobert Davi
Date Of BirthJune 26, 1951
Height1.88 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Film director, Writer, Actor, Singer
EducationHofstra University, Seton Hall University


SpouseChristine Bolster (m. 1990), Jeri McBride (m. 1980–1990), Jan Borenstein (m. 1971–1980)
ChildrenSean Christian Davi, Nicholas Edward Davi, Frances Davi, Ariana Marie Davi, Isabella Davi
ParentsMaria Davi, Sal Davi
SiblingsMichelle Queal, Yvonne Davi


MoviesLicence to Kill, The Goonies, Die Hard, The Expendables 3, Showgirls, Raw Deal, Maniac Cop 2, The Hot Chick, The Iceman, Predator 2, Maniac Cop III: Badge of Silence, The 4th Tenor, An American Carol, Cops & Robbersons, Kill the Irishman, The Dukes, Son of the Pink Panther, Action Jackson, Swamp Sha...
TV ShowsProfiler, The Gangster Chronicles

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1[2008, on The Goonies (1985)] I had a great time. Dick Donner [director Richard Donner], fantastic. Steven Spielberg, absolutely terrific to work with. He did the second-unit shooting for three and a half, five months. And Frank Marshall did the third-unit shooting. So you had three great talents filming it all, and you went from one set to another sometimes, because of all the effects and things we didn't have CGI stuff for. The thing I remember mostly--there were a few things, but again, me wanting to create Jake Fratelli in this. And also Chris Columbus wrote the screenplay. But I remember saying, "All right, we've got eight kids in this," or six kids, or whatever it was, "and this big set and the pirate thing. Now what am I going to bring to this character that's unique and unusual?" And the scene when I feed Sloth his food in the basement gave me the key to my whole character. It was written that I'd just put the food down and when Sloth went to reach for it, I'd move it away sadistically with my foot, and then I would bring it closer and move it away a little more. I felt that it was totally unsympathetic. And I wanted to create a character that you could also laugh [at] and have sympathy for in a certain way. So what I did was, I told Steven Spielberg--not told, I asked--Dick Donner and Steven Spielberg that I had an idea about Jake Fratelli, and that was that he was a frustrated opera singer and no one would listen to him. His brother Francis, his mother would never listen to him. But the only time he had a chance to express himself was when he was feeding Sloth. So, "Sing for your supper?" Listen to me for your supper. So I introduced the opera-singing there, and when Sloth just starts to scream over my singing, it hurts my feelings, because now he's not even listening to me. And then I'm able to say, "Here, you want your food? Here's your food. You don't listen to me! Nobody listens to me." And then having Anne Ramsey, I used to say to her, "I want you to slap me whenever you can."
2[2008, on Die Hard (1988)] Joel Silver called me and said, "Hey, I've got this character. I think you're going to like this character." And it was Big Johnson. That was a lot of fun, and it became a huge hit and kind of in the classic realm. That's a talented up]--McTiernan [director John McTiernan] and Joel Silver. You know, at the time, Bruce Willis wasn't really--if this film didn't work, it wasn't going to be good for him. And it just defied everyone's--McTiernan had done a film, Nomads (1986), so there was a huge buzz on him in the first Predator (1987). And it was a huge, just a huge surprise. Didn't know.
3[2008, on Showgirls (1995)]) I love Paul Verhoeven's work in Soldier of Orange (1977), and his films. The films he's getting back to making now, you know what I'm saying? I saw those films when they first came out, and I just always wanted to work with him. I almost did Total Recall (1990). I didn't, because I didn't want to play the bad guy in that film. But later on with "Showgirls", I hadn't really done anything with a real edge. So wanting to work with Verhoeven was the absolute main reason I did the picture, and also not playing a character that had formalities, and wanting to then bring something different to that character. For instance, I didn't want to be the guy that had the typical three-piece suit, jacket and tie, running a strip joint. So I asked Paul Verhoeven, "Could I be a little more predatory? Could I pick out a leopard-skin pattern for the shirt?" And I did. After that film, even The Rolling Stones, I think Keith Richards--the pattern of that shirt I had in "Showgirls" started to be seen a bit. And the little dance I did there with Nomi [Elizabeth Berkley] when she's gonna be the star, unfortunately it comes back to bite me on the ass a little bit, because people that don't tend to know my whole body of work . . . I can't tell you the community of people that loved the picture. It used to play like The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).
4[2008, on Son of the Pink Panther (1993)] I love Benigni's [Roberto Benigni] work, and to be able to go to the south of France for three months, and then Pinewood Studios and then to Jordan. I just remember having a very good time filming that.
5In the eighth grade I found I had a voice for opera, so I followed that path a little, but my impulse has always been an actor. I have always liked cinema, and let's face it, opera singers are just bad actors! I didn't want to translate myself in that direction. My heroes were people like Spencer Tracy, Bogart [Humphrey Bogart], Mitchum [Robert Mitchum], Marvin [Lee Marvin], Richardson [Ralph Richardson], Caine [Michael Caine], all those sort.
6[on being typecast] If you look at the careers of people like Anthony Quinn, [James Cagney, even Tommy Lee Jones, they all were cast as villains. There comes a certain point in your life, in your late 30s, early 40s, when suddenly that can change. Maybe a director sees a glimpse of something else within you along the way. I played comedy in The Goonies (1985), which showed something else was going on. Even when I played the Bond villain in Licence to Kill (1989), there were some people who were rooting for that character ahead of the traditional hero. Now, in Profiler (1996), I get to play Bailey Malone, and I get to show another essence of myself. Stage performances show off multi-varied aspects of an actor, film has always been something else entirely. You always have a prejudice as to what you can and can't do, but your soul is able to come out more.
7([on his beginning acting training] I was frustrated at Hofstra [University], so I moved to Manhattan, worked as a waiter and at a fruit-and-vegetable stand. I lived in a cheap railroad flat on East 171st Street, took classes at Juilliard and finally worked my way into Stella Adler's Actors Studio. And that made all the difference. This woman was like getting a flame inside you, she was so inspirational.
8I can play the bad guy, the character with the edge, but I would like him to get the girl without having to put a gun to her head, you know? Look at the careers of Robert Mitchum, Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney started out playing the adversary, too. I feel an affinity towards them. Right now, you have a lot of leading boys, but no leading men in the old sense of the word. There's a need for that and I think I can bring that to the screen.
9Great storytellers in the past would go to an unknown land and return to tell the stories they've found. Those were also journeys into their inner psyches and that's still true today. An actor, a writer, does that as if saying, "Here's what I've discovered about myself and about the world I'm in. I would like to share this with you." It's an act of giving.
10The war on terrorism is part of the war with Iraq.
11I know a couple of my friends - quite a few - there is a conservative movement in Hollywood, and we kind of stay amongst ourselves.
12[on George W. Bush and the "war on terrorism"] We have to protect America. And I think that, thank God we have this administration and this president.


1Is a close friend of conservative radio host, Michael Savage.
2Between 1977 and 1979, his parents, his sister and two of his grandparents died. Davi says dealing with the family tragedies was profoundly painful.
3Speaks fluent Italian.
4His father, Sal, was born in southern Italy, and though his mother, Mary, was born in America, her family came from southern Italy as well.
5He got into Hofstra University on a drama scholarship and began working with its famous Shakespeare program, which includes a campus replica of Shakespeare's Globe Theater. After a time, though, he lost interest in school. Instead, he held a larger ambition: to work with the great Stella Adler. He ended up studying with Adler for three years and also studied with Lee Strasberg. During his apprenticeship, he acted in a rich variety of plays, from Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" and "The Seagull" to William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" and Ken Kesey's "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".
6He went to Catholic primary schools on Long Island as a kid and then to Seton Hall, a Catholic high school in Patchogue, New York.
7Loves Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
8Met his wife-to-be Christine Bolster in 1989 when he invited friend Mickey Rourke over to his home for some karaoke fun. Rourke, who was dating the fashion model at the time, introduced her to Davi, and he vowed to Rourke that he would marry her one day. Bolster later received an invitation from Davi to join him on a pictorial spread he was doing for GQ Magazine. He proposed to her during the shoot and they married soon after.
9Made his professional debut with Long Island's Lyric Opera Company.
10Attended Hofstra University on a drama scholarship.
11Attended Seton Hall High School, Patchogue, New York.
12Only actor to star in all three of MGM's biggest franchises - James Bond, Pink Panther and Stargate (he is a recurring character on Stargate: Atlantis (2004)).
13Children: Sean Christian Davi (b.1981) with Jeri McBride, Ariana Marie Davi (b.April 3th 1990), Frances Davi (b.1992), Isabella Davi and Nicholas Edward Davi (twins, born on January 11th 2001) with Christine Bolster.
14Originally trained as an opera-singer, until he damaged his voice. Sometime protégé of famous opera star Tito Gobbi.




Breaking Vegas2005TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Plot to Kill Nixon2005TV SpecialNarrator
Halo 22004Video GameSpecOps Leader (voice)
Karen Sisco2004TV SeriesDenton
One Last Ride2004Father
Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss2004TV MovieIvan Nagy
The Hot Chick2002Stan
The 4th Tenor2002Ierra
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City2002Video GameColonel Juan Cortez (voice)
Verdict in Blood2002TV MovieWade Waters
The Sorcerer's Apprentice2001Merlin / Milner
Profiler1996-2000TV SeriesAgent Bailey Malone
The Pretender1999-2000TV SeriesAgent Bailey Malone
My Little Assassin1999TV MovieFrank Sturgis
Batman Beyond1999TV SeriesDr. Mike Morgan / Magma
The Bad Pack1997McQue
Cyber Vengeance1997R.D. Crowley
The Beneficiary1997TV MovieGil Potter
Absolute Aggression1996R. D. Crowley
An Occasional Hell1996Trooper Larry Abbott
For Which He Stands1996Carlito Escalara
The Zone1995Rowdy Welles
Showgirls1995Al Torres
Delta of Venus1995The Collector (voice)
Body Count1995Eddie Cook
VR.51995TV SeriesSimon Buchanan
No Contest1995Sergeant Crane
The Dangerous1995Davalos
Blind Justice1994TV MovieAlacran
Cops and Robbersons1994Osborn
The November Men1993Robert Davi (uncredited)
Quick1993Matthew Davenport
Son of the Pink Panther1993Hans Zarba
Night Trap1993Mike Turner
FBI: The Untold Stories1993TV SeriesDonnie Brasco / Joe Pistone
Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence1993Det. Sean McKinney
Christopher Columbus: The Discovery1992Martin Pinzon
Illicit Behavior1992Lt. Matt Walker
Center of the Web1992Richard Morgan
Legal Tender1991Fix Cleary
Under Surveillance1991
Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue1991Sully
The Taking of Beverly Hills1991Robert Masterson
White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd1991TV MovieLucky Luciano
Predator 21990Captain Phil Heinemann
Maniac Cop 21990Det. Sean McKinney
Deceptions1990TV MovieJack 'Harley' Kessler
Peacemaker1990Sergeant Ramos
Wiseguy1989TV SeriesAlbert Cerrico
Licence to Kill1989Franz Sanchez
Traxx1988Aldo Palucci
Die Hard1988FBI Special Agent Big Johnson
L.A. Law1988TV SeriesDominic Simonetti
Action Jackson1988Tony Moretti
Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami1988TV MovieSalim Ajami
Wild Thing1987Chopper
Raw Deal1986Max Keller
The Equalizer1986TV SeriesMichael Riegert
Hunter1985TV SeriesSonny Dunbar
The Goonies1985Jake
City Heat1984Nino
The A-Team1984TV SeriesBoyle
The Fall Guy1983-1984TV SeriesDan Kowal / Scar De Bond
Hart to Hart1984TV SeriesTony Bairos
T.J. Hooker1982-1984TV SeriesTom Warfield / Joseph Picartus
The Rousters1983TV SeriesNorman Clayton
The Rousters1983TV MovieNorman Clayton
The Optimist1983TV SeriesThe Cabbie
Bring 'Em Back Alive1983TV Series
Bay City Blues1983TV Series
St. Elsewhere1982TV SeriesPatrick
Hill Street Blues1982TV SeriesStan Mizell
The Powers of Matthew Star1982TV SeriesZealotta
Shannon1981TV SeriesMel
Gangster Wars1981Vito Genovese
Dynasty1981TV SeriesAmos
The Gangster Chronicles1981TV Mini-SeriesVito Genovese
Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story1980TV MovieHubbard
Rage!1980TV MovieResident #1
The $5.20 an Hour Dream1980TV MovieBobby Jim
Nick and the Dobermans1980TV MovieLieut. Anthony Elbone
Trapper John, M.D.1979TV SeriesOfficer Ed Buxton
Barnaby Jones1979TV SeriesPete Cerilla
The Incredible Hulk1979TV SeriesRader
Lou Grant1979TV SeriesHector
The Legend of the Golden Gun1979TV MovieWilliam Quantrill
...And Your Name Is Jonah1979TV MovieDickie
From Here to Eternity1979TV Mini-SeriesGuard
Charlie's Angels1978TV SeriesRitchie
Contract on Cherry Street1977TV MovieMickey Sinardos
Bachelor Lions2017filmingMaurice
Under the Dark2017pre-productionHope
Deported2016post-productionAgent Buckholtz
Feast of FearcompletedDealer
Poor PaulannouncedLeonardo
Reaganpre-productionLeonid Brezhnev
Spring Break '83completedDean Whitter
Your Movepost-productionRomero
Spreading Darkness2017Garvin McHulsey
The Bronx Bull2016Aaron Levy
Criminal2016Admiral Lance (uncredited)
Sopra la media2015Video shortJake
Sicilian Vampire2015Big Sal - The Don
Club Life2015Bobby
Bob Dylan: The Night We Called It a Day2015Video short
Lost Time2014Dr. Xavier Reed
The Expendables 32014Goran Vata
A Long Way Off2014Frank
Asteroid vs Earth2014TV MovieGeneral Masterson
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2014TV SeriesMarvin Braxton
Black Rose2014Captain Frank Dalano
You Are2014Video short
Doonby2013Sheriff Woodley
Blood of Redemption2013Hayden
The Great Chameleon2012Curry
The Iceman2012Leonard Merks
Smokewood2012TV MovieIke Wilson
Knight Blade2012Short
Swamp Shark2011TV MovieSheriff Watson
Kill the Irishman2011Ray Ferritto
Game of Death2010Smith
Criminal Minds2010TV SeriesDetective Adam Kurzbard / Detective Eric Kurzbard
Magic Man2010Simpson
Nip/Tuck2010TV SeriesChristian's Dad
Magic2010Dr. David Ortero
One in the Gun2010Vincent
The Butcher2009Murdoch
Stargate: Atlantis2004-2008TV SeriesCommander Acastus Kolya
An American Carol2008Aziz
Halo 32007Video GameShipmaster (voice)
The Dukes2007Danny
The Plot to Kill: Jesse James2006TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Scarface: The World Is Yours2006Video GameAlejandro Sosa (voice)
Huff2006TV SeriesDickins
In the Mix2005Fish


Davi's Way2016Documentary producer post-production
Lost Time2014executive producer
Ballistica2009executive producer
The Dukes2007producer


The Dukes2007


The Voiceannounced
The Dukes2007


Home & Family2013TV Series performer - 1 episode


The November Men1993presentation


Deep in the Heart2012thanks
Miracle Mile1988thanks


Davi's Way2016Documentary post-productionHimself
The Corrupt and the Dead2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Classic Hollywood Cinemas2016DocumentaryHimself
The High Road with Drake and Serena Travis2016TV SeriesHimself
Africa's Predator Zones2015TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
Hell's Kitchen2015TV SeriesHimself - Restaurant Patron
Haapasalo Goes America2014TV SeriesHimself
Tweet Out2014TV SeriesHimself
Give Me Shelter2014DocumentaryAnimal Advocate
Dirty Laundry Live2014TV SeriesHimself
Portraits of Faith2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Home & Family2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Fox and Friends2013TV SeriesHimself
Red Eye w/Tom Shillue2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
Fatherhood 1012013DocumentaryHimself (rumored)
Durch die Nacht mit...2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Everything or Nothing2012DocumentaryHimself
Hannity2009-2012TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Huckabee2012TV SeriesHimself
Actors Reporter Interviews2011TV SeriesHimself
25th Annual Genesis Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
The Great Ride2011TV SeriesHimself
The Making of a Cult Classic: The Unauthorized Story of 'The Goonies'2010Video documentary shortHimself
Troopathon 2010: Remember Their Sacrifice2010TV MovieHimself
24th Annual Genesis Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Apocalypse Island2010TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Island Summer Celebrity Sports Invitational2009TV MovieHimself
Russian Tenors2009TV SeriesHimself
Troopathon 2009: Honor Their Service2009TV MovieHimself
The Pool Boys2009Himself
Filmnut2008TV SeriesHimself
The View2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Bond '892006Video documentary shortHimself
On the Set with John Glen2006Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'Licence to Kill'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Confirmation: The Hard Evidence of Aliens Among Us?1999TV Movie documentaryNarrator
L.A. Without a Map1998Himself
The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
The World of James Bond1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
Licence to Kill: Production Behind the Scenes1989Video documentary shortHimself
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Wogan1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Kenworth Truck Stunt Featurette1989Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'The Goonies'1985TV Short documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Halo: The Master Chief Collection2014Video GameShipmaster
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesFranz Sanchez
Premiere Bond: Opening Nights2006Video documentary shortHimself
Stargate: Atlantis2005TV SeriesCommander Acastus Kolya
Best Ever Bond2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Inside 'From Russia with Love'2000Video documentary shortSanchez
The James Bond Story1999TV Movie documentaryFranz Sanchez (uncredited)


Won Awards

2008Coup de CoeurAlpe d'Huez International Comedy Film FestivalThe Dukes (2007)
2007Jury PrizeMonte-Carlo Comedy Film FestivalBest ScreenplayThe Dukes (2007)
2007Special Jury PrizeMonte-Carlo Comedy Film FestivalThe Dukes (2007)
2007Queens Spirit AwardQueens Film FestivalBest DirectorThe Dukes (2007)
2007Queens Spirit AwardQueens Film FestivalBest ProducerThe Dukes (2007)
2007Special Jury AwardWorldFest HoustonIndependent Theatrical Feature Films & Videos - First FeatureThe Dukes (2007)
2007Special Jury AwardWorldFest HoustonIndependent Theatrical Feature Films & Videos - DirectingThe Dukes (2007)

Nominated Awards

1996Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorShowgirls (1995)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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