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Subject: ARCHIVE: September 8, 1991 ~Actor Brad Davis, began his career in off-Broadway plays, which soon brought notice to Holywood, cast in acclaimed TV efforts in "Sybil", and "Roots", leading to his the lead in 1978's "Midnight Express", which earned him a Golden Globe, but commits suicide at 41, after AIDS diagnosis. ...

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Date Posted: Sunday, September 09, 10:53:14am

Known professionally as Brad Davis, was an American actor, known
for starring in 1978's "Midnight Express", and 1982's "Querelle". ...

Brad Davis
[ Robert Creel Davis ]
(November 6, 1949 – September 8, 1991)

Early life ...
He was born in Tallahassee, Florida to Eugene Davis (a dentist whose career declined due to alcoholism) and his wife, Anne (née Creel) Davis. His brother Gene is also an actor. According to an article in The New York Times published in 1987, Davis suffered physical abuse and sexual abuse at the hands of both parents. As an adult, he was an alcoholic and an intravenous drug user before becoming sober in 1981. Davis was known as "Bobby" during his youth, but took Brad as his stage name in 1973. Davis attended and graduated from Titusville High School.

Career ...
At 16, after winning a music-talent contest, Davis worked at Theater Atlanta. He later moved to New York City and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the American Place Theater where he studied acting. After a role on the soap opera How to Survive a Marriage, he performed in Off-Broadway plays.

In 1976, he was cast in the television mini-series Roots, then
as Sally Field's love interest in the television film Sybil. ...

In 1981, he played American track star Jackson Scholz in the Academy Award-winning film Chariots of Fire.
He played the lead role in Larry Kramer's play about AIDS, The Normal Heart (1985). His most successful film
role was as the main character, Billy Hayes, in Midnight Express (1978), for which he won the Golden Globe Award
for New Star of the Year – Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Acting Debut – Actor. ...

...He was also nominated for a similar award at that year's BAFTA Awards, in addition to receiving Best Actor
nominations at both ceremonies. Another memorable movie role in 1982 was playing the title character of
"Querelle" (1982), a ruggedly lethal sailor who seduces and sets both men and women's hearts aflutter. ...

Personal life ...
Davis married Susan Bluestein, an Emmy Award-winning casting director, 1976. They had one child, Alex, a dentist.

Death ...
Diagnosed with HIV in 1985, Davis kept his condition a secret until shortly before his death at age 41, on September 8, 1991, in Los Angeles. It was revealed in a book proposal that Davis had written before his death that he had to keep his medical condition a secret in order to be able to continue to work and support his family. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills). Shortly after his passing his widow Susan wrote the memoir "After Midnight: The Life and Death of Brad Davis" with Hilary De Vries, where she revealed that he committed assisted suicide by a drug overdose. Susan Bluestein-Davis continues to be an AIDS activist....

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