Owen Davis

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Owen Davis
Owen Davis, Sr.jpg
Born Owen Gould Davis
(1874-01-29)January 29, 1874
Portland, Maine, U.S.
Died October 14, 1956(1956-10-14) (aged 82)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Pen name John Oliver
Occupation Playwright, screenwriter
Nationality American
Spouse Elizabeth Breyer
Child(ren) Owen Davis, Jr.
Donald Davis
Magnum opus Icebound
Awards Pulitzer Prize for Drama (1923)

Owen Gould Davis, Sr. (January 29, 1874 – October 14, 1956) was an American dramatist. He received the 1923 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his 1923 play Icebound, and penned hundreds of plays and scripts for radio and film. Before the First World War, he also wrote racy sketches of New York high jinks and low life for the Police Gazette under the name of Ike Swift. Many of these were set in the Tenderloin, Manhattan. Davis also wrote under several other pseudonyms, including Martin Hurley, Arthur J. Lamb, Walter Lawrence, John Oliver, and Robert Wayne.[1]

Personal life

Davis was born in Portland, Maine and lived in Bangor until he was fifteen. He was the father of actor Owen, Jr., and playwright Donald. His brother Wilsterliam Hammatt Davis was Chairman of the National War Labor Board in Franklin Roosevelt's administration. Davis died in New York City.

As a boy, Owen Davis wrote plays for his eight brothers and sisters, who performed them for the town.



  1. ^ Bryer, Jackson R.; Hartig, Mary C., eds. (2010). The Facts on File Companion to American Drama (2nd ed.). New York: Facts on File. pp. 119–120. ISBN 978-0-8160-7748-9. 

Further reading

  • Staff writers (April 15, 1992). "Donald Davis Is Dead; Playwright Was 88". The New York Times. Retrieved December 12, 2008. 
  • Webster's Biographical Dictionary (First ed.). Springfield, MA: G. & C. Merriam Co. 1980. 

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