John Francis Daley

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John Francis Daley (born July 20, 1985) is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. He is 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.[1] He plays keyboards and sings for the band Dayplayer.[2] In 2011, Daley co-wrote the box office hit Horrible Bosses with his writing partner Jonathan M. Goldstein, as well as The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, the 2017 Marvel Studios film Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Vacation, which the duo also directed.

John Francis Daley
John Francis Daley in March 2012
Francis Daley in March 2012
Born July 20, 1985 (age 32)
Wheeling, Illinois, United States
Occupation Actor, screenwriter, film director
Years active

1998–present (acting)

2001–present (writing)
Spouse(s) Corinne Kingsbury (m. Feb. 6, 2016)

Early life

Daley was born in Wheeling, Illinois, to R.F. Daley, an actor, and Nancy Daley, a piano teacher.[3] His father is of Irish Catholic background, while his mother is Jewish.[4][5][6][7] 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.[3]

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.[8]

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 Cal of the Wild for DreamWorks Studios.[9] John plays Ben House in Rapture-Palooza. Daley went on to write the story for the sequel to Horrible Bosses.

Daley and Goldstein co-wrote and co-directed the 2015 film Vacation, the latest installment of the National Lampoon's Vacation film series, starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate.[10]

Daley and Goldstein wrote the screenplay for the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming with four other screenwriters.[11]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Allerd Fishbein's in Love Allerd Fishbein Short
2001 What Babies Do Short
Co-director, writer
2003 View from the Top Rodney
2005 Waiting... Mitch
2008 Burying the Ex Zak Short version
2011 Horrible Bosses Carter Also co-writer
2011 Audio Tour Short
Co-director, writer
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Paramedic Also writer
2013 Rapture-Palooza Ben
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Co-writer
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Co-writer
2015 Dude Bro Party Massacre III Ernest Cameo
2015 Vacation Ride Operator Also co-director, co-writer
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Co-writer
2017 5-25-77 Pat
2018 Game Night Co-director


Year Title Role Notes
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"


  1. ^ "John Francis Daley as Lance Sweets". Retrieved May 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "Dayplayer", My space.
  3. ^ a b "5 Things You Didn't Know About Bones' John Francis Daley". wetpaint. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  4. ^ "Interfaith Celebrities: a Former Geek, the Equestrian Author, and an Aboriginal Jewish Doctor". July 5, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  5. ^ "John Francis Daley". Twitter – @JohnFDaley. February 23, 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 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.
  6. ^ "John Francis Daley on co-writing tonight's episode of 'Bones' and sharing a scene with his dad for the first time. (Awww.)". Entertainment Weekly. April 14, 2011. Retrieved June 4, 2013. I have sympathy nerves for everyone. I think it's the half-Jew in me.
  7. ^ "The Talented Mr Daley". September 2012. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 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.
  8. ^ Heldenfels, Rich (January 30, 2015). "Mailbag". Akron Beacon-Journal.
  9. ^ Graser, Marc. "Writers set for Dreamworks' 'Wild'". Retrieved March 18, 2013.
  10. ^ "'Horrible Bosses' Writers to Direct 'Vacation' Reboot (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  11. ^ "Back To Walley World: The Griswolds Go On 'Vacation' Again". NPR. July 25, 2015. Archived from the original on July 26, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2015.

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