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Davies was born in Dalton, Georgia, the son of Emily and Bill Davies. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with cum laude honors for his degree in speech and theater. Currently, he resides in Georgia with his family. He has two sons, Nathan and Thatcher.
On stage, Davies has worked with such companies as the Trinity Square Repertory Company of Providence, Rhode Island; Atlanta's Alliance Theater; Houston's Alley Theatre; The Old Globe Theater in San Diego; the Georgia Shakespeare Festival; the Globe Playhouse in Los Angeles, as well as with the two companies he founded and co-founded. His classical credits include Henry IV, Mark Antony, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Orlando, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and Richard III, as well as the direction of several productions.
Some of his more contemporary work includes: Boolie in Driving Miss Daisy, David Crockett in the highly acclaimed Crockett By Himself, Slim in Of Mice and Men and William Desmond Taylor in a revival of Mack and Mabel.
Davies also played the lead in such plays as Hamlet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew and Cyrano de Bergerac at the Globe Playhouse. He co-starred with Matthew Faison in a revival of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, playing Rosencrantz. He has directed a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Davies founded the Santa Susana Repertory Company, a nonprofit professional theatre company dedicated to cultural enrichment of the community through the presentation of outstanding plays and musicals from the repertories of American and world classics. He also co-founded the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company in cooperation with California Lutheran University. Kingsmen Shakespeare Company was listed, in 2004, as a Major Festival in the book Shakespeare Festivals Around the World by Marcus D. Gregio (Editor). In 2007-2008, Davies founded the Tennessee Shakespeare Festival in Bell Buckle, TN, as a professional summer company. Its first production was Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (one of Davies' favorites) set in Athens, GA, instead of Athens, Greece. Lane is now involved in many productions in Middle Tennessee, including multiple performances with the Tennessee Repertory Theater in Nashville.
Davies has appeared in lead or supporting roles in four short-lived comedies; Good & Evil, Woops!, The Crew, and The Mommies. He had appeared as a feature actor on a number of shows, including Married… with Children, Major Dad, Scrubs, Seinfeld, Just Shoot Me!, and Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, where he played a time-travelling psychopath Tempus. He also had recurring roles on 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Practice, Coach, Complete Savages, The Nanny, Dallas, The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, and Ellen.
Davies also played a role in the first Russian-American television crime drama, Russians in the City of Angels, also known as A Force of One, a new 12-part series that aired in Russia. Besides Lane, other American actors featured on the show included Eric Roberts, Gary Busey, and Sean Young as well as Russian stars such as acclaimed Russian filmmaker and actor Rodion Nahapetov, and Ekaterina Rednikova.
Soap opera roles
Davies also had a prolific body of work in daytime soap operas.
- His first role was as Evan Whyland on Days of our Lives, which he played from 1981 to 1982.
- Davies' trademark dry, quick wit was part of what his perhaps his best known role, that of Mason Capwell on the now-defunct soap opera Santa Barbara. He played the role from the show's debut in July 1984 until July 1989. Davies was challenged by a complicated working relationship with co-star Nancy Lee Grahn, whom he was involved with during their time on the show. Constant conflict over the direction of their characters led to his departure in 1989. When he first left the show, he was quoted as saying, "It's not that I'm looking for another kind of challenge as far as acting is concerned. I'm just ready for a rest more than a challenge. I've kind of challenged myself into an early grave." Davies has been reported as saying that his departure this time is permanent. He took a six-month around-the-world tour and returned to the United States in February 1990. Davies never returned to the role of Mason Capwell on Santa Barbara.
- In 1992, he filled for Ronn Moss as Ridge Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful as temporary replacement while Moss was on leave.
- Davies was cast as Dr. Cameron Lewis on General Hospital from 2002 to 2004. He again appeared opposite Grahn; the two resolved their issues and were friends, and she had joined General Hospital as lawyer Alexis Davis. However, Davies was never prominently featured during his time on the show, and his character was written out just a little more than a year after he joined the show.
His film roles include The Magic of Lassie with James Stewart, Stephanie Zimbalist, and Mickey Rooney; Body Double with Melanie Griffith; Impure Thoughts with Brad Dourif; and Funland with David L. Lander, and William Windom.