John Francis Daley (born July 20, 1985) is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. Standing at 6 foot 1 tall 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. He plays keyboards and sings for the band Dayplayer. 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.
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 Cal 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.
|2000||Allerd Fishbein's in Love||Allerd Fishbein||Short|
|2001||What Babies Do||Short
|2003||View from the Top||Rodney|
|2008||Burying the Ex||Zak||Short version|
|2011||Horrible Bosses||Carter||Also co-writer|
|2013||The Incredible Burt Wonderstone||Paramedic||Also writer|
|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|
|2018||Game Night||Also co-director, co-writer|
|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.