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John Davidson

Biography

Entertainer as well as the sponsor of game displays such as for example That’s Incredible and Hollywood Squares. He also made an appearance in the 1967 film The Happiest Millionaire. He graduated from a fresh York senior high school and went to Denison University or college. He was the overall game show sponsor of your time Machine and Hollywood Squares in the 1960s. He wedded Rhonda Rivera in 1983 after previously becoming wedded to Jackie Miller for 15 years. He offers three children called Ashleigh, Jennifer and John Jr. He hosted That’s Amazing with Cathy Lee Crosby.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth December 13, 1941
Place Of Birth Pittsburgh, PA
Height 1.82 m
Profession Game Show Host
Education University of Cambridge, Trinity College, Cambridge
Nationality American
Spouse Rhonda Rivera, Jackie Miller
Children Ashleigh Davidson, Jennifer Davidson, John Davidson Jr.
Movies Edward Scissorhands, The Squeeze, The Concorde ... Airport '79, Coffee, Tea or Me?, The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band, The Happiest Millionaire, The Moonstone, The Rescue, Fool's Paradise, Roger & Harry: The Mitera Target, Shell Game, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders II, A Time for Love, Love for Ransom
TV Shows Hollywood Squares, That's Incredible!, The Girl with Something Extra, Pyramid, Kraft Music Hall, Time Machine, The Carpenters...Space Encounters, The New Hollywood Squares, The John Davidson Show, The Great American Quiz Show, The 1975 Fashion Awards
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1Currently living in Atlantis, Florida [2015].
2Not to be confused with and is no blood relation to early 20th century Hollywood actor John Davidson ,who was born on December 25, 1886 in New York City, New York, USA. Who also passed away on January 16, 1968.
3Frequently dines with Peter Marshall.
4Protege of former The Hollywood Squares (1965) predecessor - Peter Marshall.
5Boston, MA, USA: Touring with "Wicked" in the role of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. [August 2013]
6Lives in New Jersey and still performs across the country. [June 2000]
7Now living in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with his wife, Rhonda Davidson. [December 2009]
8Generally considered to be among John Davidson's best acting performances was in an episode of The Streets of San Francisco: Mask of Death (1974), where he plays a female impersonator and entertainer. Surprisingly beautiful and convincing, Davidson performs a perfect spot-on imitation of Carol Channing. Unfortunately, his character is a schizophrenic, with dual personality disorder, who embodies both "him" and "her" simultaneously... one of them a cold-blooded murderer. One particularly chilling scene is where "she" threatens "him" during a spellbinding conversation in a mirror. The performance remains among the most unusual and remarkable of the series.
9He was nominated for a 1974 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Guest Artist for his performance in "Oklahoma!", at the Arie Crown Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
10Was model for RCA portable televisions.
11Attended White Plains High School, graduating in 1959. Voted Best Looking in high school yearbook.
12He was the headlining performer at the Beverly Hills Supper Club, in Southgate, Kentucky, on the night of May 28, 1977. At approximately 9 PM that night, a fire began to rage through the club, eventually resulting in the deaths of 165 people. It was the second worst club fire in American history. John, fortunately, was not harmed.
13He met his current wife, Rhonda Davidson (nee Rivera), while doing his daytime talk show, The John Davidson Show (1969). Rhonda was the lead member of his back-up singing trio of ladies, known as "Blush". Together, they have one daughter, Ashleigh Davidson.
14As of 2000, John's daughter, Jennifer Davidson (age 27), is a professional ice skater. His son, John Davidson Jr. (Age 30), is an entrepreneur.
15His father was the minister who married Dick Clark and his wife, Kari Clark.
16Member of Delta Upsilon fraternity.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edward Scissorhands1990Host-TV
The Squeeze1987Honest Tom T. Murray
Spenser: For Hire1986TV SeriesRev. Bobby Freemont
Goodbye Charlie1985TV ShortGeorge Erskine
Scene of the Crime1985TV SeriesDean
The Love Boat1985TV SeriesGrant Cooper
Hotel1983-1984TV SeriesAshley Bennett / Michael Robson
Fantasy Island1984TV SeriesArthur Crane
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders II1980TV MovieTerry Killian
The Concorde... Airport '791979Robert Palmer
Roger & Harry: The Mitera Target1977TV MovieRoger Quentin
Shell Game1975TV MovieMax Castle
The Streets of San Francisco1974TV SeriesKen Scott
The Girl with Something Extra1973-1974TV SeriesJohn Burton
Coffee, Tea or Me?1973TV MovieDennis Burnham
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1973TV SeriesGuest Host
A Time for Love1973TV MovieLarry
Love, American Style1970-1973TV SeriesPaul (segment "Love and the Baby Derby") / (segment "Love and the Scroungers") / Buzz Wright (segment "Love and the Young Executive")
Here's Lucy1973TV SeriesProfessor John Kleindorf
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1972TV Series
The F.B.I.1972TV Series
U.S.A.1971TV MovieJ. Ward Morehouse
The Interns1971TV SeriesDavid Ryan
Daniel Boone1969-1970TV SeriesSam Weaver / Jimmy McGill
Roberta1969TV MovieJohn Kent
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band1968Joe Carder
The Happiest Millionaire1967Angie
The Fantasticks1964TV MovieMatt
The Milton Berle Show1958TV SeriesGuest

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story2009Documentary performer: "Detroit", "Are We Dancing"
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV Special performer: "All I Owe I-Oh-Way"
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Kraft Music Hall1968-1970TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Daniel Boone1969-1970TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Bob Hope Show1968TV Series performer - 1 episode
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band1968performer: "Dakota", "'Bout Time", "Oh, Benjamin Harrison"
The Happiest Millionaire1967performer: "Are We Dancing?", "Detroit", "Let's Have a Drink On It" - uncredited
John Davidson at Notre Dame1967TV Movie performer: "What the World Needs Now is Love"
The Fantasticks1964TV Movie performer: "Metaphor", "Soon It's Gonna Rain", "Happy Ending", "I Can See It", "They Were You" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Starting Over2005TV SeriesHimself
That's Incredible: The Reunion Part 22003TV MovieHimself - Host
E! True Hollywood Story2003TV Series documentaryHimself
That's Incredible: The Reunion2002TV SpecialHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2001TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHimself
Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade1992TV SpecialHimself - Roving Reporter
The $25,000 Pyramid1991TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael1990TV SeriesHimself
Search for Haunted Hollywood1989TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The New Hollywood Squares1986-1989TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Holiday Gourmet1989TV SeriesHimself - Host
Battle of the Network Stars XIX1988TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team Captain
Incredible Sunday1988TV SeriesHimself - Host
That's Incredible! Reunion1988TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1968-1987TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Himself - Guest / Himself / ...
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHimself
The Great American Quiz Show1987TV SpecialHimself - Host
War of the Stars1987TV Series 1987
Hour Magazine1984-1986TV SeriesHimself
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHimself
Time Machine1985TV SeriesHost
Star Search1984TV SeriesHimself - Introducer
Solid Gold1982TV SeriesHimself
The 34th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1982TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The John Davidson Show1980-1982TV SeriesHimself - Host
Battle of the Network Stars XII1982TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team
That's Incredible!1980-1981TV SeriesHimself - Host
The First 100 Years of Recorded Music1981TV SpecialHimself - Host
Battle of the Network Stars IX1980TV SpecialHimself - ABC Team Captain
The Carpenters: Music, Music, Music1980TV SpecialHimself
The Hollywood Squares1970-1979TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Center Square
The Mike Douglas Show1971-1979TV SeriesHimself - Co-Host / Himself - Vocalist / Actor / ...
Musical Comedy Tonight1979TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Morning America1976-1979TV SeriesHimself
The John Davidson Christmas Show1978TV SpecialHimself
The Carpenters... Space Encounters1978TV SpecialHimself
The John Davidson Christmas Special1977TV MovieHimself
Happy Birthday, Las Vegas1977TV SpecialHimself
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
The Captain and Tennille1976TV SeriesHimself
The Peter Marshall Variety Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975-1976TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651976TV SeriesHimself
The Rich Little Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Tony Orlando and Dawn1976TV SeriesHimself
The 1975 Fashion Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Host
Sandy Duncan Special1974TV Special
Donahue1974TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Palladium1974TV MovieHimself - Host
ABC Late Night1974TV SeriesHimself - Host
Sandy in Disneyland1974TV SpecialHimself
All-Star Baffle1973TV SeriesHimself
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour1973TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
The $10,000 Pyramid1973TV SeriesHost (1991-1992)
NBC Follies1973TV SeriesHimself
The Carol Burnett Show1967-1972TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
John Davidson with Love1972TV SpecialHimself
The David Frost Show1970-1972TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Bowling1972TV SeriesHimself
Stand Up and Cheer1971TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1971TV SeriesSemi-Regular
The Ice Palace1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
Kraft Music Hall Presents: The Des O'Connor Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Ed Sullivan Show1969-1970TV SeriesHimself - Singer / Himself
He Said, She Said1970TV SeriesHimself
The Dick Cavett Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Kraft Music Hall1968-1970TV SeriesHimself - Host
The John Davidson Show1969-1970TV SeriesHimself - Host
Della1970TV SeriesHimself
This Is Tom Jones1969TV Series documentaryHimself
The Jonathan Winters Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Bob Hope Show1968TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHimself
John Davidson at Notre Dame1967TV MovieHimself - Host
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Kraft Summer Music Hall1966TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Hollywood Palace1966TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Bell Telephone Hour1965-1966TV SeriesHimself - Singer
The Jimmy Dean Show1965TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The Entertainers1964-1965TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments2002TV SpecialHimself
Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents1996TV Special documentaryHimself
The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue1985Video shortAngie Duke
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1972TV SeriesJoe Carder

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1968Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale New Face6th place.


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#Quote
1Trust me. (Frequently spoken to contestants on "The Hollywood Squares".)
2I don't know why people are so surprised by my live performances. My approach is so simple; every song I sing, every story I tell, every move I make, must move the audience to laughter, tears, or inspiration. Otherwise, why do it? It's the communication. Singing well has always been important to me, but the most important factor is the connection to the audience.


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