Who is John Francis Daley?

American actor, moviemaker and musician John Francis Daley was born in Wheeling, Illinois USA, on 20 July 1985, making Cancer his zodiac sign. He has 31 acting credits, and is perhaps known best for voicing Special Creature in the 2023 action adventure comedy “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves”, which he also directed; the movie starred Chris Pine and Michelle Rodriguez, follows a group of adventurers on a quest to find a lost relic, and was nominated for three awards.

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Education and early life

John was raised an only child in Nyack, New York State, by his Jewish mother Nancy Daley who’s a piano teacher, and Catholic father R. F. Daley who’s an actor.

He studied at a local elementary school and fell in love with acting when cast to play Danny in the school’s production of “Grease”; he was 14 when he made his debut TV series appearance, portraying the lead character Sam Weir in all 18 episodes of the 1999 comedy “Freaks and Geeks”, which also starred Linda Cardellini and James Franco, and was created by Paul Feig. It follows the life of a high school mathlete, and the series won four of its 19 award nominations. The following year saw John make his debut film appearance, starring as Allerd Fishbein in the short drama “Allerd Fishbein’s in Love”.

He studied at a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2003, chose to focus on acting rather than to go after a college degree.

Roles in TV series

John played Anthony Ward in five episodes of the 2000 comedy “Boston Public”, and the following year saw him star as Carter Ryan in all 22 episodes of the comedy “The Geena Davis Show”, which also starred Geena Davis and Peter Horton, and was created by Terri Minsky. The series follows author Max Ryan who’s fallen in love with party-planner Teddie Cochran, and it was nominated for four awards.

John could then have been seen appearing in an episode or two of the romantic comedy “The Ellen Show”, the comedy “Spin City” and another comedy “Regular Joe”. In 2005 and 2006, he starred as Jim in all 13 episodes of the romantic comedy “Kitchen Confidential”, which also starred Bradley Cooper and Nicholas Brendon, and was created by David Hemingson. It follows the life of a ‘bad boy’ chef, and the series was nominated for only a single award. The remainder of the 2000s saw John appear in an episode of the comedy “Clark and Michael” and the family comedy “Yo Gabba Gabba!”

From 2007 through 2014, he portrayed Lance Sweets in 140 episodes of the popular crime mystery “Bones”, which starred David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel, and was created by Hart Hanson. It follows FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth and forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan as they’re investigating murders together, and the series won eight of the 50 awards for which it was nominated.

John’s two most recent TV series roles have been in the 2016 episode “Rent Day” of the comedy “Fresh Off the Boat”, and the 2019 episode “Behind Enemy Lines” of the historical comedy “Drunk History”.

Roles in movies

John portrayed Anthony in the 2001 comedy “The Kennedys”, and some of his following roles were in the 2003 romantic comedy “View from the Top”, the 2005 comedy “Waiting…” and the 2007 comedy “The Call”.

The year 2008 saw him portray the lead character Pat Johnson in the comedy “5-25-77”, which also starred Austin Pendleton and Kevin Rosendo, and was written and directed by Patrick Read Johnson. It follows the life of moviemaker Pat Johnson, and the movie won two awards. John could then have been seen appearing in the 2011 crime comedy “Horrible Bosses”, and in 2013 the comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and 2013 fantasy comedy “Rapture-Palooza”.

In 2015, he portrayed Ride Operator in the hit adventure comedy “Vacation”, which he also directed; the film co-starred Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, follows Rusty Griswold who’s taken his family on a road trip, and it won one of its four award nominations.

John’s two most recent movie roles have been in the 2016 short animated comedy “Bottom’s Butte” (voice role), and the 2018 action adventure comedy “Game Night”.

Other credits

John received special thanks for the 2008 short comedy movie “Untied Strangers”, the 2016 action adventure comedy film “The Brothers Grimsby” and the 2020 action crime comedy movie “Coffee & Kareem”.

He’s written 12 and produced four movies; some of his most recent writing work has been the 2021 adventure comedy “Vacation Friends”, the above mentioned 2023 “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves” and the 2023 action fantasy adventure “The Flash”.

Some of John’s most recent talk-show appearances have been in “Front Row Flynn”, “How Well Do You Know Your IMDb Page?” and “The Filmmakers Podcast”.

Awards and nominations

John’s been nominated for 11 awards, including a 2014 BAFTA Children’s Award for Feature Film, for his and his colleagues’ performance in “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2”.

Some of his other nominations include two YoungStar Awards in 2000, for “Freaks and Geeks”, a 2000 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series – Young Ensemble, also for “Freaks and Geeks” (shared with colleagues), and a 2015 People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Character We Miss Most, for “Bones”.

Love life and marriage

Even though John prefers to keep his love life away from media, it’s still widely known that he’s been married for more than seven years now.

He and American screenwriter, actress and producer Corinne Kingsbury married in a private ceremony on 6 February 2016; Corinne’s probably still known best for portraying Jenny in the 2003 comedy movie “Old School”.

In 2017, Corinne gave birth to their son Basil.

There are no other women whom John’s been with, that we know about, but this is Corinne’s second marriage, as she had previously been wed to American actor and director Tate Donovan from 26 November 2005 through 2008.

John’s married to Corinne Kingsbury as of July 2023, and they have a son together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

John’s passionate about martial arts, and holds a black belt in Kung Fu.

He’s into music and can play both the drums and the piano; he’s today a member of a rock ‘n’ roll band.

His real-life father played his TV father in the series “Boston Public”.

John once wanted to play Gavroche in a Broadway production of “Les Miserables”, but wasn’t tall enough; he eventually became tall enough, but had by that time lost interest.

VH1 ranked him #67 on their 2012 list ‘100 Greatest Kid Stars’.

Over 8,000 people are following John on Instagram today, but he’s uploaded only 44 pictures and videos onto the network, most of which show him during his everyday life.

The late Marlon Brando’s one of John’s favorite actors, and some of his favorite movies include “Julius Caesar”, “Mutiny on the Bounty” and “The Godfather”.

Height, eyes and wealth

John’s age is 37. He has brown hair and eyes, is 6ft (1.83m) tall and weighs around 170lbs (78kgs).

John’s net worth’s been estimated at over $5 million, as of July 2023.

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