Daniel Davis is an American actor born on November 26, 1945 in Gurdon, Arkansas. Often mistaken for being British due to his ability to speak with a perfect Victorian accent, he became interested in the performing arts at a young age, partly due to his parents owning and operating a movie theater. His first acting experience was at the age of 11 in a local broadcast production titled Betty’s Little Rascals. Daniel Davis later on trained at the Arkansas Arts Center and the American Conservatory Theater. He has also worked with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, as well as teaching acting classes. The accomplished singer has been known for acting in nearly every Shakespearean play, and was even nominated for a Tony Award in 2000 for his performance in Wrong Mountain.
Daniel Davis has worked on numerous television series throughout his career. He did, however, rise to fame when he was cast as the butler Niles on the CBS comedy series The Nanny. His other credits include roles in Highway to Heaven, Cheers, Matlock, The Equalizer, Frank’s Place, Dynasty and MacGyver. He later starred on the film K-9, alongside James Belushi. In 1990, Davis was seen as Captain Charlie Davenport on The Hunt for Red October, and continued to be cast on several TV productions. He was later seen on L.A. Law, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and voiced characters on Aaahh!! Real Monsters, Rugrats and Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man. After working on The Nanny, he found himself playing a recurring character on the series The Practice, and was on an episode of Frasier. He later became known as the judge on the 2006 fantasy-mystery film The Prestige, starring Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale. Davis was next seen on the series Ugly Betty, playing a doctor on the episode “Burning Questions.” He is also a recipient of the OBIE Award in 2003, as part of the acting company of Talking Heads, a series of six one-person shows.
-C.C.: How does she do that to him?
-Niles: It's a female thing. You wouldn't understand.
-C.C.: Oh, I could not put a foot outta bed this morning!
-Niles: Someone put a big rock over your coffin again?
-C.C.: Oooops, I'm dating myself.
-Niles: Dating yourself? How pathetic. Even you can do better than you.
-Niles: I couldn't resist the infomercial, Sir. Unwanted dirt just slides right off!
(C.C. slides off of the couch at that time.)
-Niles: We're English, we can say whatever we like and they think its Shakespeare.
-Niles: A blind man in New Jersey saw that one coming, sir.
-C.C.: Oh Niles, tell me or I'll just die!
-Niles: You say it, but you don't mean it.
-Fran: Where's the Nintendo?
-Niles: I accidentally pounded it repeatedly with a meat mallet.
-C.C.: Max I just heard the most delicious news!
-Niles: Well, why don't you run make a friend and tell them all about it....