Andrew Davis


Andrew Davis (Director/Producer/Writer) is a filmmaker with a reputation for directing intelligent thrillers, most notably the Academy Award® nominated box-office hit, The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. The film received seven Academy Award® nominations including Best Picture and earned Jones a Best Supporting Actor award. Davis garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director and a Directors Guild of America nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Direction. In reviewing The Fugitive, film critic Roger Ebert commended Davis, noting that he “transcends genre and shows an ability to marry action and artistry that deserves comparison with Hitchcock, David Lean, and Carol Reed. He paints with bold, visual strokes.”

Davis is the son of parents who met in a repertory theater company in Chicago, where he was raised. His late father, Nathan Davis, worked on several of his films, including his role as Shia Labeouf’s Grandfather in Holes. Andy Davis received his degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and began his work in motion pictures as an assistant cameraman to renowned cinematographer and director Haskell Wexler on the 1969 classic Medium Cool. Wexler’s ultra-realistic approach was to have a great influence on Davis, who then became a director of photography on numerous award-winning television commercials and documentaries, including fifteen studio and independent features.

In 1976, joined by many of his fellow cinematographers, Davis challenged the IATSE union’s restrictive studio roster system in a landmark class-action suit that forced the industry to open its doors to young technicians in all crafts.

Davis made his directorial debut in 1978 with the critically acclaimed independent musical, Stony Island, which he also co-wrote and produced. The thriller The Final Terror was Davis’ sophomore project, for producer Joe Roth, which starred then-newcomers Darryl Hannah, Joe Pantoliano, Rachel Ward and Adrian Zmed.

Davis then co-wrote the screenplay for Harry Belafonte’s rap musical “Beat Street” before moving into the director’s chair full-time for Mike Medavoy and Orion Pictures on the Chuck Norris classic, Code of Silence. Davis directed, co-produced and co-wrote Steven Seagal’s feature film debut, Above the Law, for Warner Brothers. The Package, (Orion) followed, directed by Davis and starring Gene Hackman and Tommy Lee Jones. Davis went on to direct fall 1992’s top grossing picture, Under Siege, for Warner Brothers, a classic action film teaming Steven Seagal with Tommy Lee Jones.

Davis’ other directorial credits include (for Warner Bros.) Collateral Damage, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; and A Perfect Murder, starring Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Viggo Mortensen; Chain Reaction, (Fox) starring Keanu Reeves, Morgan Freeman and Rachel Weisz; and Steal Big, Steal Little, starring Andy Garcia and Alan Arkin.

Davis next directed and produced Holes, the feature film adaptation of Louis Sachar's beloved Newberry Medal and National Book Award-winning children's novel. Starring Shia Labeouf, Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight and Patricia Arquette, and released by the Walt Disney Company, Holes was named one of the 100 Best Family Films. Holes has been praised by audiences of all ages, furthering Davis' reputation as a director with a wide range. A.O. Scott’s review in The New York Times called it "the best film released by an American studio so far this year".

In 2006, Davis completed the Disney/Touchstone feature film, The Guardian which honors the true heroes of the ocean, the Rescue Swimmers of the U.S. Coast Guard. Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher portray heroic swimmers committed to the personal and physical sacrifices necessary to save the lives of those stranded helplessly in the sea. In an unforgettable instance of life imitating art, the film’s New Orleans production was halted due to the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. The staff of U.S. Coast Guard advisors to the production left to help rescue 35,000 people in the wake of one of the worst natural disasters in American history.

Presently, Davis is developing several projects through his Santa Barbara based production company, Chicago Pacific Entertainment, including: Silvers Gold - A Return to Treasure Island, a modern retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, adapting the Gene Wilder novella My French Whore, Mentors – a series for worldwide television with a pilot episode examining the lives of two legendary photographers.

Davis recently completed his first novel, alongside writer Jeff Biggers, Disturbing the Bones, a geopolitical thriller involving the world threatening discovery of rouge weapons found in Southern Illinois by a Chicago detective and a young female archaeologist set for release in fall of  2024 by Melville House Publishing.

2023 saw both the 20th anniversary of Holes and the 30th anniversary of a newly remastered version of The Fugitive overseen by Davis at Warner Bros slated for a limited rerelease in theaters in spring 2024 with a global release on 4K UHD disc in November 2023.

In November 2023, Davis’ first film, Stony Island celebrated its 45th anniversary with a theatrical screening at the Gene Siskel Center in Chicago before its North American digital debut on major VOD platforms and DVD.

Stony Island was selected by the Roger Ebert Film festival Ebertfest to be screened April 18 2024 in Champaign Il.