John Francis Daley is a man of diverse talents and has made it big for himself as an actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. He has also flirted with the idea of making a career as a singer. Daley is particularly known for playing the role of a high-school student, ‘Sam Weir,’ in the ‘NBC’ comedy ‘Freaks and Geeks’ (1999–2000). His other popular performance was as ‘Dr. Lance Sweets’ in the ‘Fox’ crime drama ‘Bones.’ He has also been actively engaged as a screenwriter. He was a co-screenwriter for the 2011 box-office hit ‘Horrible Bosses.’ He co-wrote the story for the sequel of the movie, too, which released in 2012. So far, his best work as a writer happens to be ‘Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ As a co-writer/director, Daley has collaborated with Jonathan Goldstein for most of his projects. The duo has witnessed steady growth in their respective careers.
Childhood & Early Life
John Francis Daley was born on July 20, 1985, in Wheeling, Illinois, US, to artist parents. His father, RF Daley, was an actor, and his mother, Nancy Daley, was a piano teacher. Since his early childhood, he was exposed to an environment that encouraged him to cultivate his various artistic faculties.
Daley’s father was of Irish Catholic descent, and his mother was Jewish. The family lived in Nyack, New York, all through Daley’s boyhood. He attended the ‘Nyack Middle School’ and was involved in theater. He performed in school plays such as ‘Grease.’
Interestingly, Daley’s acting career shaped up before he learned what the word “career” meant. At 3 years of age, the toddler was included in the US and international tours of the ‘Broadway’ show ‘The Who’s Tommy.’ He performed as young ‘Tommy.’
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Daley made a breakthrough in his career as a TV artist, with the 1999 show ‘Freaks and Geeks,’ in which he played high-school student ‘Sam Weir.’ His next significant TV role was in ‘The Geena Davis Show’ (2000–2001). This was followed by ‘Kitchen Confidential’ (2005–2006) and his longest-running TV drama ‘Bones’ (2007–2014).
Daley played recurring roles in many series. However, he was also seen in guest roles in a number of popular shows, such as ‘The Ellen Show’ (2001, as ‘Erik’), ‘Regular Joe’ (2003, as ‘Grant Binder’), ‘Stacked’ (2006, as ‘Kevin’), ‘Yo Gabba Gabba!’ (2010), and ‘Fresh off the Boat’ (2016, as ‘Jordan’).
In the first decade of his life as an adult actor, which started from the turn of the century, Daley appeared in a lot of box-office hits, such as ‘View from the Top’ (2003, as ‘Rodney’), ‘Waiting…’ (2005, as ‘Mitch), ‘Burying the Ex’ (2008, as ‘Zak’), and ‘Horrible Bosses’ (2008, as ‘Carter’).
The next decade witnessed an equally consistent performance from Daley as an actor. He worked in the sequel of the successful comedy ‘Horrible Bosses,’ titled ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ (2014). This hit was followed by others, such as ‘Vacation’ (2015) and ‘Game Night’ (2018).
Daley has simultaneously been working as an actor, director, and screenwriter. His writing achievements consist of some of the best-known movies of our time, one of them being ‘Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ He also co-wrote the script/story of the ‘Horrible Bosses’ movies and that of ‘Vacation.’
His directorial projects include the short film ‘What Babies Do’ (2001), ‘Vacation’, and ‘Game Night.’ Daley and Goldstein are also supposed to co-write and co-direct a ‘DC’ film revolving around ‘The Flash,’ a member of the ‘DC Extended Universe.’ The dates of its release are yet to be announced.
He has donned the producer’s hat for two upcoming films: the action comedy film ‘Stuber’ (2019) and the science-fiction film ‘Vacation Guide to the Solar System.’ The second film has just been announced.
Daley is also a member of an alternative rock band called ‘Dayplayer,’ in which he serves as a vocalist and a keyboard player.
‘Vacation,’ a comedy released in 2015, can be listed as one of the most personal works of Daley’s life. This was a movie that featured him as an actor, director, and co-writer (along with Goldstein). The movie also starred Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth. His involvement and investment in the movie were worth praises.
The ‘Fox’ crime drama ‘Bones,’ which featured Daley as ‘Dr. Lance Sweets,’ happened to be the longest-running TV show which featured him as a member of the regular cast. The show was led by the characters of forensic anthropologist ‘Dr. Temperance “Bones” Brennan’ and ‘FBI’ agent ‘Seeley Booth,’ who solved intriguing mysteries by studying the bones of the dead. Daley performed in 138 episodes of the show and received immense accolades and love for his performance.
Daley was a co-writer for ‘Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,’ which remains one of the career-defining projects of his life. It also earned a lot at the box office. His earlier movies ‘Horrible Bosses’ and ‘Horrible Bosses 2’ were also box-office successes.
Awards & Achievements
Daley was nominated for a ‘Prism’ award in 2014, for his performance in the role of ‘Dr. Lance Sweets’ in ‘Bones.’
Family & Personal Life
Daley has disclosed very little about his personal life. So far, he has been incredibly discreet about his relationship status. While media sources speculate that Daley is not only in a relationship but is also married to his long-term girlfriend, the sources have failed to come up with sufficient evidence to defend their claims.
Daley has had a prolific career and has had the opportunity to explore his multiple potentials simultaneously. He has made a lot of money in the process, and his net worth is estimated to be somewhere close to $5 million at present.
Daley six feet tall. He shares his birthday with Judy Greer. His zodiac sign is Cancer.