Nathan Davis Jr. was born on January 18th in Long Beach, California, USA. He is an actor and musician, known for Detroit (2017), Hotel Artemis (2018) & Marvel Runaways (2017). As a small child, Nathan left California with his mother, Sofea Watkins, to move to Memphis, TN, his mother’s hometown. He was fond of Comedy TV and live performances while growing up. He use to marvel at performances by Michael Jackson, Will Smith & Jamie Fox. He started singing before he could talk at just 10 months old, which gave him his first stage and a lot of attention. He would entertain the family at Christmas dinners and summer vacations while visiting his family in Houston, TX. At the age of 11, he appeared in his debut acting performance of “Annie Jr” as Mr Warbucks. His love for performing grew and he started impersonating his idol, Michael Jackson, in his teen years. While in high school he was trained and competed as a classical vocalist, under the direction of his Music Teacher, Dr. Billy Rayburn, which garnered him three All-West Tennessee Honors Awards. He also had supporting roles in musical theater productions. It was in his Senior year of high school, after failing to book a lead role in a theater production and after being told he would not make it as an actor, by the drama teacher, when he decided to pursue a professional career in acting. In September of 2012, Davis, along with his mother, took a leap of faith and moved back to California. He had asked her to quit her job as a Special Education Teacher, to manage his singing and acting careers. After only a few weeks back in LA, he landed roles on Criminal Minds, The Soul Man, and Glee. He also booked a national campaign, singing along side Justin Timberlake that same year. That jump started his career in commercials, voiceover and television. As an actor, he has a wide range of dramatic and comedic versatility. Not only was he a big hit in television, but he also gained attention in his community. Nathan took first prize at the Taste of Soul LA StarQuest in 2013 to an audience of more than 300,000 people. Shortly after, he was cast as “Diego” in Nickelodeon’s, Chase Champion, as a series regular. He was recently cast in his debut silver screen performance as “Aubrey Pollard” in the multiple Oscar Award winning Director, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” movie and “Ricardo” in Hotel Artemis. He also stars in TV One’s two Christmas movies, Miss Me This Christmas and You Can’t Fight Christmas and guest stars in Hulu’s, Marvel Runaways, all in 2017. A charismatic and natural born performer, he is focused on furthering both his acting career and as a musical headliner. Nathan’s comedic timing has been likened to a young Will Smith and his stage presence and musical talent as that of a young Michael Jackson.
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