John Francis Daley (born July 20, 1985) is an American actor, screenwriter, comedian and film director. Best known for playing high school freshman Sam Weir on the NBC comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks and FBI criminal profiler Dr. Lance Sweets on the series Bones, for which he was nominated for a 2014 PRISM Award. He plays keyboards and sings for the band Dayplayer.
He is known in cinema for his collaborative work with Jonathan Goldstein as a film-making duo. The pair have worked on various projects together. Daley and Goldstein's first work together was initially based in comedy where they were co-screenwriters for Horrible Bosses (2011), co-writers for The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013), co-story writers for Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), and co-wrote/co-directed the fifth film in the National Lampoon's Vacation film series, Vacation (2015). The duo were co-story writers for the Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) with Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and they co-directed the 2018 black comedy Game Night. In 2018, the pair signed on as directors for the Flashpoint film, which will be part of the shared universe Warner Bros. and DC Films.
|John Francis Daley|
Francis Daley in March 2012
July 20, 1985|
Wheeling, Illinois, U.S.
|Residence||Los Angeles, CA|
Corinne Kingsbury (m. 2016)
Daley was born in Wheeling, Illinois, to R.F. Daley, an actor, and Nancy Daley, a piano teacher. His father is of Irish Catholic background, while his mother is Jewish. He grew up in Nyack, New York, where he played Danny in Nyack Middle School's production of Grease.
Daley began acting when he was cast as "Young Tommy" in the U.S. and international tours of the Broadway hit The Who's Tommy. He played Sam Weir, protagonist of the "Geeks", in the television series Freaks and Geeks, and since then he has worked continuously in television, including series such as The Geena Davis Show, Boston Public, Regular Joe, Kitchen Confidential, Judging Amy, and Spin City. He was #94 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
In 2001, he co-directed a short film titled What Babies Do. He also wrote and starred in the comedy short Friday Night. In 2005, he appeared in the film Waiting... and in the Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential. In 2007, Daley joined the cast of the Fox drama series Bones, portraying psychologist Lance Sweets. He co-wrote the season six episode "The Truth in the Myth" with his writing partner Jonathan Goldstein. Bones executive producer Stephen Nathan said Sweets was killed because Daley wanted time off to direct a movie, and he was concerned that Daley's absence would be too long, especially if the directing job led to other jobs.
Daley was also featured in the music video for "Mercy Kiss" by Abandoned Pools.
In 2011, Daley and his writing partner Jonathan M. Goldstein wrote the black comedy Horrible Bosses. In 2013, Daley co-wrote The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Goldstein; Daley also has a cameo in the film as a paramedic. In 2013, the two were hired to write Call of the Wild for DreamWorks Studios. John plays Ben House in Rapture-Palooza. Daley went on to write the story for the sequel to Horrible Bosses.
Daley and Goldstein directed the 2018 black comedy Game Night, based on a screenplay by Mark Perez. The film, starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, "earned a raft of glowing reviews for its whip-smart script, energetic performances, and deliberate avoidance of modern comedy’s ubiquitous tropes," and grossed $117 million at the worldwide box office, versus a $37 million budget. While Daley and Goldstein did not receive screenwriter credit, they later said they rewrote "almost all of the original script’s dialogue, totally overhauled the characters — most notably a creepy cop portrayed by Jesse Plemons — and comprehensively reworked the original script’s third act."
|2000||Allerd Fishbein's in Love||Yes||No||No||Allerd Fishbein||Short film|
|2001||What Babies Do||No||Yes||No||Short film|
Co-director with Jonathan Goldstein
|2003||View from the Top||Yes||No||No||Rodney|
|2008||Burying the Ex||Yes||No||No||Zak|
|2011||Horrible Bosses||Yes||No||Yes||Carter||Co-screenwriter with Michael Markowitz and Jonathan Goldstein|
|Audio Tour||No||Yes||Yes||Short film|
Co-writer/co-director with Jonathan Goldstein
|2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Yes||No||Yes||Paramedic||Co-screenwriter with Jonathan Goldstein|
Co-story writer with Chad Kultgen, Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan Goldstein
|Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2||No||No||Yes||Co-screenwriter with Jonathan Goldstein and Erica Rivinoja|
|2014||Horrible Bosses 2||No||No||Story||Co-story writer with Jonathan Goldstein, Sean Anders and John Morris|
|2015||Dude Bro Party Massacre III||Yes||No||No||Ernest||Cameo role|
|Vacation||Yes||Yes||Yes||Ride Operator||Theatrical directorial debut|
Co-writer/Co-director with Jonathan Goldstein
|2017||Spider-Man: Homecoming||No||No||Yes||Co-screenwriter with Jonathan Goldstein, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers|
Co-story writer with Jonathan Goldstein
|2018||Game Night||Yes||Yes||No||Carter||Co-director with Jonathan Goldstein|
|1999–2000||Freaks and Geeks||Sam Weir||18 episodes|
|2000–2001||Boston Public||Anthony Ward||5 episodes|
|2000–2001||The Geena Davis Show||Carter Ryan||22 episodes|
|2001||The Ellen Show||Erik||Episode: "Walden Pond"|
|2001||The Kennedys||Anthony||Television movie|
|2002||Spin City||Spencer||Episode: "Eyes Wide Open"|
|2003||Regular Joe||Grant Binder||5 episodes|
|2004||Judging Amy||Jace Crosby||Episode: "Roadhouse Blues"|
|2005–2006||Kitchen Confidential||Jim||13 episodes|
|2006||Stacked||Kevin||Episode: "The Third Date"|
|2007||The Call||Tom||Television movie|
|2007–2014||Bones||Dr. Lance Sweets||138 episodes|
|2010||Yo Gabba Gabba!||Himself||1 episode|
|2012||The Finder||Dr. Lance Sweets||Episode: "Bullets"|
|2015||Bottom's Butte||Scott and Cabana Boy||Voice|
|2016||Fresh Off the Boat||Jordan||Episode: "Rent Day"|
For Ash Wednesday, I have my Irish Catholic dad put the ash on my forehead, then I have my Jewish mother lick her thumb and wipe it off.
I have sympathy nerves for everyone. I think it's the half-Jew in me.
Um my mom's Jewish and my dad's Irish. I am in fact the same mix as Harrison Ford, which I like to point out as often as possible when I go on dates.