Robert Davi

Robert Davi Biography

Robert Davi as Franz Sanchez in Licence to Kill

Robert Davi is a multi-talented performer who has made a name for himself in Hollywood as an actor, singer, and director. Born in Astoria, Queens, New York, in 1953, Davi’s family roots trace back to both Italy and Sicily.

As a child, he spoke Italian and attended a Roman Catholic high school where he was recognized for his singing abilities. Davi went on to study drama at Hofstra University and receive acting training from renowned coach Stella Adler in Manhattan.

Davi’s acting career took off with his debut role in the 1977 TV film Contract on Cherry Street. He went on to appear in a number of hit films, including City Heat, The Goonies, as FBI Special Agent Johnson in Die Hard, Showgirls, and Licence to Kill, in which he starred as Bond Villain Franz Sanchez, and The Predator 2.


Other movies Robert Davi has acted in include The Taking of Beverly Hills, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Dukes, American Carol, The Iceman, and in 2014 Davi appeared as Goran Vata in The Expendables 3.

In addition to acting, Robert Davi has also proven his talent as a producer and director, with his first direction The Dukes premiering in the prestigious section of the Rome Film Festival. The last film he directed was the 2021 film My Son Hunter, which is based on the alleged corruption of President Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

As a singer, Davi received classical training from top vocal teachers before getting into acting, but damaged his voice. He chose to put singing on hold until 2011, when he returned to the music scene with his first album, Davi Sings Sinatra — On The Road To Romance on October 24, that year. The album garnered significant media attention and received positive reviews with Jazztimes referring to the album as “uniformly impressive.”

In his personal life, Davi has been married four times and has five children to his first 3 marriages. In 2019, Robert Davi married his fourth wife Diana, and they have a daughter.