(born June 26
) is an American character actor
. Davi is best remembered for his role as the villain Franz Sanchez
in the James Bond
film Licence to Kill
, but also played roles such as Special Agent Johnson in Die Hard
and the villainous, singing Fratelli brother, Jake, in The Goonies
. He also had roles in movies such as Predator 2
, and Showgirls
He is tall.
Davi was born in Astoria, Queens, New York
, the son of Maria (née
Rullo) and Sal Davi. His mother was an Italian American
and his father was a native of Southern Italy
; Davi spoke Italian during his childhood. He attended Seton Hall, a Catholic
high school in Patchogue
), New York. He graduated from Hofstra University
, the same alma mater as fellow James Bond
villain Christopher Walken
. Davi was drawn to Hofstra because of the school's Shakespearean
Davi starred as FBI
Task Force director Bailey Malone in NBC
and has a recurring role as the erstwhile Genii military leader, Commander Acastus Kolya
, on Stargate Atlantis
. He is the only actor to appear in all three of MGM's biggest franchises: James Bond
, The Pink Panther
In 2004, he voiced the Covenant Elite, known as Spec-Ops Command Leader Half-Jaw in the game Halo 2. He reprised the role in Halo 3 (by which point his character had been promoted to Ship Master). He also co-starred in In the Mix, which marked the R&B singer Usher's first starring role. In 2005, he recorded a radio spot in support of California Proposition 73, the pro-life proposition that would have required that a physician notify in writing a parent or guardian at least 48 hours before performing an abortion on a minor girl.
Davi has played several "villain" roles during his lengthy career, including Bond baddie Franz Sanchez in Licence to Kill (1989) and gangster Jake Fratelli in The Goonies (1985).
He directed his first feature film, a doo-wop/heist movie called The Dukes, receiving great acclaim at film festivals in the fall of 2007. The film co-stars Chazz Palminteri and Peter Bogdanovich and introduced film newcomer Greg London.
Davi also narrated several film montages that aired during the 2008 Republican National Convention.