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Joy Keys chats with Actor William Stanford Davis from ABC’s Abbott Elementary

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Award-winning actor William Stanford Davis currently appears on the hit ABC series “Abbott Elementary” as the opinionated yet lovable janitor Mr. Davis. He also recurs on the sports series “Swagger” as Coach Max, in a story based in Kevin Durant’s youth basketball playing experience with the AAU circuit for AppleTV+.

This classically trained actor who is born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, is a veteran of both stage and screen. He has amassed an impressive resume that is over 70 credits long appearing in some of the most popular and award-winning tv shows over the years, most notably, playing the popular Potato Pie in Donovan’s Gym on Showtime’s long running Golden Globe-winning series “Ray Donovan” and Mr. Kym on Tyler Perry and OWN’s flagship successful series “If Loving You Is Wrong.” He has also guest starred on critically lauded programs such as  “Perry Mason,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,”  “Snowpiercer,” “Chicago Med,” ”Criminal Minds,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Lincoln Heights,” “Ally Mc Beal,” “Touched By An Angel,” and many, many more.

In film, Stan recently starred alongside Nafessa Williams and Sharon Neal in the film “A Holiday Chance,” which premiered in November 2021 on AppleTV+ and Hulu as well as the films “Please Stand By” starring Dakota Fanning and Toni Collette, “So B It” starring Cloris Leachman and Alfre Woodard and “Handsome” starring and directed by Jeff Garlin.

On stage, he was honored with an Ovation Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the 2006 Actors Studio Production of August Wilson’s “Fences,” and he performed in the musical production “North on South Central,” which won five NAACP Theatre Awards in 2004.

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