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Fans of independent films have long been aware of Hope Davis's charms as an actress, but it took her portrayal of Jack Nicholson's estranged daughter in 2002's About Schmidt to bring her to the attention of wider audiences.

Born March 23, 1964, in Englewood, N.J., Davis graduated from Vassar and studied acting in London before heading back to America to try her luck on the Chicago stage. After appearing in numerous productions at the prestigious Goodman Theatre, she began to get offers from Hollywood.

In 1990, Davis made her film debut in Flatliners and, by the middle of the decade, was receiving acclaim for her roles in indie fare such as Next Stop Wonderland (1998) and Arlington Road (1999). Bigger parts in bigger movies followed, including American Splendor (2003) and Proof (2005). She earned Emmy and Golden Globe nods in 2010 for her performance as Hillary Clinton in the HBO film The Special Relationship.

Hope Davis in Real Steel

Real Steel

2011 PG-13

In a future world where flesh-and-blood boxers have been replaced by towering mechanized fighters, pugilist-turned-promoter Charlie Kenton reconnects with his estranged son, Max, to convert a discarded machine into a World Robot Boxing contender.

  • Hope Davis in About Schmidt About Schmidt
  • Hope Davis in Duma Duma
  • Hope Davis in Hearts in Atlantis Hearts in Atlantis
  • Hope Davis in Wayward Pines Wayward Pines
  • Hope Davis in American Splendor American Splendor
  • Hope Davis in Infamous Infamous
  • Hope Davis in Synecdoche, New York Synecdoche, New York
  • Hope Davis in Disconnect Disconnect
  • Hope Davis in The Matador The Matador
  • Hope Davis in Proof Proof
  • Hope Davis in Charlie Bartlett Charlie Bartlett
  • Hope Davis in A Summer in Genoa A Summer in Genoa
  • Hope Davis in Louder Than Words Louder Than Words
  • Hope Davis in The Impostors The Impostors
  • Hope Davis in The Secret Lives of Dentists The Secret Lives of Dentists
  • Hope Davis in The Weather Man The Weather Man
  • Hope Davis in The Lodger The Lodger
  • Hope Davis in Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce
  • Hope Davis in The Daytrippers The Daytrippers
  • Hope Davis in The Nines The Nines
  • Hope Davis in The Special Relationship The Special Relationship
  • Hope Davis in Run for Cover Run for Cover
  • Hope Davis in Final Final
  • Hope Davis in The Family Tree The Family Tree
  • Hope Davis in Love, Marilyn Love, Marilyn