Peter S. Davis, best known as the producer of the Highlander movie, television and video game franchise died on February 21st. Mr. Davis was 79.
Peter S. Davis was CEO and President of Davis-Panzer Productions (DPP) and Davis Merchandising. He was a former lawyer on Wall Street as well as an entrepreneur who owned several business’ outside of movie-making. Davis began his Hollywood career in 1976 as an Executive Producer of The Death Collector which featured Joe Pesci in a co-starring role. Davis followed that up as Executive Producer of the movie Stunts starring Robert Forester and Ray Sharkey. Peter Davis was producer of Sam Peckinpah’s last film (The Osterman Weekend) as well as one of Brad Pitt’s first films (Cutting Class), but it is the Highlander series where Davis made his biggest and best contribution.
Davis pushed to get Highlander to the big screen. He is also credited for getting Sean Connery in the co-starring role that gave the film gravitas. The success of Highlander created a franchise that included a sequel, an animated series, a television series, tv movies and video games.
The original Highlander film is one of my all-time favorite films. Everything from the screenplay to the acting, direction and soundtrack/score came together. Although I wasn’t a fan of the sequel and didn’t get into the other Highlander ventures, I am such a fan of the original Highlander film, if that was the only contribution that Peter S. Davis made in his career, it would be worth noting here.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peter S. Davis’ family, friends and fans.