Brad Davis (actor)
Life and achievements
Davis moved to the high school, first to Georgia, then to New York City. There he studied in the early 1970s at the Academy of Dramatic Arts and appeared in several plays. In 1972 he played alongside Karl Malden and Michael Douglas in the TV movie The Streets of San Francisco and joined later on also in some episodes of the TV series of the same name. In 1974, he starred opposite F. Murray Abraham and Armand Assante in the television series How to Survive a Marriage.
In 1978, Davis in the film drama 12 clock at night - Midnight Express the lead role of American student Billy Hayes, who had been imprisoned in Turkey for a drug offense. For this role he won a Golden Globe Award in 1979 as Best Young Actor and was in another category for a Golden Globe nomination. He was also nominated for a BAFTA Award and won the Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award.
In the movie Querelle by Rainer Werner Fassbinder in 1982 he played the lead role of the sailor of the same name. 1987 Davis starred in the thriller Cold as steel in a starring role alongside Sharon Stone.
Davis died in 1991 after years of AIDS suffering from a deliberately induced overdose of drugs.