This Hollywood tough guy will melt your heart
Robert Davi is famous for his tough guy roles in iconic films such as Licence to Kill, Die Hard and Gangs of New York – his television credits are just as vast, including the hit series Profiler, Stargate: Atlantis and Criminal Minds.
Davi’s voice is rich, swinging and booming. Harnessing formidable musical talent, Davi croons a love letter to his mentor– the legendary Frank Sinatra through the great American song book in this Adelaide premiere Cabaret Festival performance.
While he is recognised as one of film’s best-known tough guys, Robert Davi has been winning the respect and admiration of fans, critics and fellow artists with his expressive jazz singing. In 2011 the album, Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance (produced by Grammy-winner Phil Ramone), received rave reviews from audiences and critics and reached number six on Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 Jazz Chart.
Davi’s love of music and entertaining began at an early age. At 15, he won First Place in the prestigious New York State School Music Association Solo Competition. As a young adult, he studied under several top vocal teachers including the legendary Tito Gobbi, Dan Ferro of Juilliard, Samuel Margolis (who taught Robert Merrill) and most recently, renowned vocal coach Gary Catona.
In his latest film role, Davi adds to his movie legacy. He joins the most recent instalment of the popular franchise The Expendables. From the memorable villain, Colombian drug lord Frank Sanchez, in the Bond film License to Kill (voted one of the top Bond villains of all time) to his stand-out performances in The Goonies, Die Hard, Kill the Irishman, The Iceman and many other films to the respected series Profiler and Stargate: Atlantis, Davi has appeared in over 100 movies and many television programs and has acted opposite Marlon Brando, Roberto Benigni, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Glover, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco, and Val Kilmer, among others.
His tough exterior masks an inner sensitivity, which he has brought to his roles as a Palestinian terrorist in the award-winning TV movie, Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami, and in memorable appearances in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without a Trace, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds and many more.
Robert Davi will joinedon stage by his sensational band including Grammy Award-winning musical director and arranger Randy Waldman and legendary percussionist Emil Richards who performed in Sinatra’s original band.
Festival Theatre, Sunday 8 June 7:30pm UNITED STATES | ADELAIDE PREMIERE
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