John Francis Daley

Active - 2003 - Present  |   Born - Jul 20, 1985 in Wheeling, Illinois, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Comedy Drama

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Biography by Cammila Collar

Many know Illinois native John Francis Daley for his memorable role as high school freshman Sam Weir on the cult hit series Freaks and Geeks. An actor from the age of nine, Daley appeared in the touring production of the Broadway musical Who's Tommy? before branching into screen acting. He would go on to appear in films like Waiting and on the series Kitchen Confidential, later scoring another leading role on the popular crime show Bones, playing psychologist Lance Swees. He turned his talents to work done behind the camera, co-writing the script for the hit 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses.

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  • Began acting at the age of 9, when he was cast as Young Tommy in the 1994 touring production of The Who's Tommy, which costarred his father, actor R.F. Daley.
  • Sang backing vocals on Tony Bennett's 1998 children's album The Playground, though his name is misspelled in the credits.
  • Directed the short film What Babies Do in 2001.
  • Was sick and subdued during his audition for Freaks and Geeks, but won the role of Sam Weir because the series' producers liked that he didn't overact.
  • Has since been a regular on several series, including The Geena Davis Show, Kitchen Confidential and Bones.
  • Holds a black belt in kung fu.
  • Is the lead singer, songwriter and keyboard player for the indie rock band Dayplayer.