Charles Davis

Actor, Writer, Director and Co-Founder of the Actors & Singers Studio

“Acting is what dreams are made of. Dreams are what make life worth living. You are never too old or too young to dream. Don’t stop dreaming dreams!”

Irish-born actor Charles Davis, first came to the attention of American audiences, when he played the role of Og the leprechaun, in the Broadway hit musical Finian’s Rainbow. He appeared in over one thousand performances both on Broadway and in the national touring company. After moving to Hollywood, Davis appeared in 22 major motion pictures and over 100 TV shows. He appeared in such movies as The Desert Rats with Richard Burton, Hong Kong Story with Clark Gable and Susan Hayward, The Wreck of the Mary Deare with Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston, and Star with Julie Andrews. Davis was a regular guest-star on many of TV’s most popular shows, including Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Perry Mason, The Wild Wild West, Leave It To Beaver, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Donna Reed Show, The George Burns Show, Hallmark Hall of Fame, Have Gun Will Travel and Playhouse 90. Davis is also familiar to many for his appearance in the Sony Playstation television commercials.

 

Davis co-owned The Hollywood School of Drama and The Hollywood Repertory Theatre, with Oscar-nominated actor Dan O’Herlihy. The 280-seat theatre broke all records for the longest running musical in Los Angeles history. Davis also directed countless stage productions in theaters across the country. Davis was also a writer, director and film producer. He wrote for hit TV shows such as Death Valley Days, Have Gun Will Travel, and The Bold Ones, and directed movies of the week and TV specials, for NBC. He wrote, directed and produced feature films including Kennedy’s Ireland, Thunder Run, Hazel’s People, and The Violent Ones, starring actors such as Oscar-winner Geraldine Page, David Carradine, Pat Hingle, Forrest Tucker and Robert Vaughn. Davis also wrote and directed over fifty documentaries, several of which won the Blue Ribbon Award in the American Film Festival.

“My advise is—don’t be afraid of making a fool of yourself. I’ve been there. All actors have been. The rewards from getting up there and doing it, far outweigh the risks.
Do it—for money if possible—for love, always.”

Among his many film and television roles, Charles Davis played Robert Conrad’s butler on the “The Wild Wild West” (left), and an officer on a doomed ship in Rod Serling’s “Night Gallery” (lower right). Charles first came to America from Dublin, Ireland, to play the role of “Og” the leprechaun, in the Broadway production of “Finian’s Rainbow” (above center).

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