John Francis Daley

John Francis Daley Biography

John Francis Daley (born July 20, 1985) is an American actor, screenwriter, film director, and musician. He is known for playing high school freshman Sam Weir on the NBC comedy-drama Freaks and Geeks and FBI criminal profiler Dr. Lance Sweets on the series Bones, for which he was nominated for a 2014 PRISM Award. He plays keyboards and sings for the band Dayplayer. In 2011, Daley co-wrote the box office hit Horrible Bosses with his writing partner Jonathan M. Goldstein.

Early life

Daley was born in Wheeling, Illinois, to R.F. Daley, an actor, and Nancy Daley, a piano teacher. His father is of Irish Catholic background, while his mother is Jewish. He grew up in Nyack, New York, where he played Danny in Nyack Middle School's production of Grease.


Daley began acting when he was cast as "Young Tommy" in the U.S. and international tours of the Broadway hit The Who's Tommy. He played Sam Weir, protagonist of the "Geeks", in the television series Freaks and Geeks, and since then he has worked continuously in television, including series such as The Geena Davis Show, Boston Public, Regular Joe, Kitchen Confidential, Judging Amy, and Spin City. He was #94 on VH1's 100 Greatest Teen Stars.

In 2001, he co-directed a short film titled What Babies Do. He also wrote and starred in the comedy short Friday Night. In 2005, he appeared in the film Waiting... and in the Fox sitcom Kitchen Confidential. In 2007, Daley joined the cast of the Fox drama series Bones, portraying psychologist Lance Sweets. He co-wrote the season six episode "The Truth in the Myth" with his writing partner Jonathan Goldstein. Bones executive producer Stephen Nathan said Sweets was killed because Daley wanted time off to direct a movie, and he was concerned that Daley's absence would be too long, especially if the directing job led to other jobs.

Daley was also featured in the music video for "Mercy Kiss" by Abandoned Pools.

In 2011, Daley and his writing partner Jonathan M. Goldstein wrote the black comedy Horrible Bosses. In 2013, Daley co-wrote The Incredible Burt Wonderstone with Goldstein; Daley also has a cameo in the film as a paramedic. In 2013, the two were hired to write Cal of the Wild for DreamWorks Studios. John plays Ben House in Rapture-Palooza. Daley went on to write the story for the sequel to Horrible Bosses.

Daley and Goldstein co-wrote and co-directed the 2015 film Vacation, the latest installment of the National Lampoon's Vacation film series, starring Ed Helms and Christina Applegate.

In July 2015, Daley and Goldstein confirmed that they will write the screenplay for the 2017 film Spider-Man: Homecoming.



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Allerd Fishbein's in Love Allerd Fishbein Short
2001 What Babies Do Short
Co-director, writer
2003 View from the Top Rodney
2005 Waiting... Mitch
2008 Burying the Ex Zak Short version
2011 Horrible Bosses Carter Also co-writer
2011 Audio Tour Short
Co-director, writer
2013 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Paramedic Also writer
2013 Rapture-Palooza Ben
2013 Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Co-writer
2014 Horrible Bosses 2 Co-writer
2015 Dude Bro Party Massacre III Ernest Cameo
2015 Vacation Ride Operator Also co-director, co-writer
2017 Spider-Man: Homecoming Co-writer
2017 5-25-77 Pat


Year Title Role Notes
1999-2000 Freaks and Geeks Sam Weir 18 episodes
2000-2001 Boston Public Anthony Ward 5 episodes
2000-2001 The Geena Davis Show Carter Ryan 22 episodes
2001 The Ellen Show Erik Episode: "Walden Pond"
2001 The Kennedys Anthony Television movie
2002 Spin City Spencer Episode: "Eyes Wide Open"
2003 Regular Joe Grant Binder 5 episodes
2004 Judging Amy Jace Crosby Episode: "Roadhouse Blues"
2005-2006 Kitchen Confidential Jim 13 episodes
2006 Stacked Kevin Episode: "The Third Date"
2007 The Call Tom Television movie
2007-2014 Bones Dr. Lance Sweets 138 episodes
2010 Yo Gabba Gabba Himself 1 episode
2012 The Finder Dr. Lance Sweets Episode: "Bullets"
2015 Bottom's Butte Scott and Cabana Boy Voice
2016 Fresh Off the Boat Jordan Episode: "Rent Day"

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