Greg Davis (actor)

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Greg Davis
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Greg Davis at the 2018 BET Social Awards
Gregory Davis Jr.

(1993-09-25) September 25, 1993 (age 28)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Alma materLouisiana State University
Years active2016–present

Gregory "Tarzan" Davis, Jr. (born September 25, 1993) is an American actor. Born in New Orleans he began in theater, moved to Los Angeles, and starting his acting career. In 2018, he landed the role of Javy "Coyote" Machado in the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick film.[1] In 2021, he received a recurring role on ABC's series Grey’s Anatomy. He also had a supporting role in the horror film Tales from the Hood 2 (2018).

Early life and education

Gregory Davis Jr. was born on September 25, 1993, in New Orleans. He was born to Gregory Davis, Sr. and Colette Butler. His father was a boxer,[2] while his mother worked in telecommunications. He has a large family. He graduated from Edna Karr High School in 2011 and he was a running back on the football team. Davis attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he majored in elementary education and teaching.[3] He was first enrolled in dental college at LSU but after his freshman year, he decided to switch majors. Davis graduated in 2015.


While attending LSU, Davis began his career on social media posting comic videos on the Instagram and Vine platforms doing comedy skits and videos. He posted under the pseudonym "TheRealTarzan", thus becoming recognizable as "Tarzan". This self-given nickname was from his recognizable physique and loc hairstyle being similar to the character Tarzan. Davis's friend, NickNack PattiWhack, who is known for the "Oh No Baby, What Is You Doing?” meme and their viral song "Where Is Da Milk" also amassed a large following on Vine and YouTube. Davis can be seen in the music video for "Where Is Da Milk".[4] Davis and a group of friends all gained celebrity upon social media success. His brother, Mcashole, and friends NickNack PattiWhack, Dan Rue, 2realmacdatfee, and Tokyo Vanity eventually gained local celebrity status in the New Orleans area.

Davis created a weekly soap opera on Instagram titled Living with Jane and followed it with a sequel, Living with Jane 2. Davis wrote, produced, recorded, and acted as every character in the weekly soap opera.[5]

In his last semester in college, Davis took up acting and starred in an LSU theater production of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark playing the character of Leroy Barksdale. After graduating in 2015, Davis started as an Elementary School Teacher for the Louisiana State University Laboratory School teaching 1st-3rd graders. Davis decided to pursue acting after "I realized it was time to change careers after preaching to my students that they should follow their dreams no matter what."[3] After almost two years of teaching, Davis switched his focus to acting. Davis has done modeling with companies such as Nike and Coca-Cola.[5]

He began performing in various stage plays and films throughout the New Orleans area. He landed a guest role as Reece on the hit TV series Chicago P.D. in 2017.


In 2018, Davis moved to Los Angeles to focus on his acting career.[6] He played Kahad in the horror-comedy direct-to-video anthology film Tales from the Hood 2. Davis recently recurred on Freeform’s Good Trouble and had a guest-starring role in CBS's All Rise.

In May 2021, Davis signed with ICM Partners.[7]

In November 2021, it was announced that Davis has joined the cast of ABC's medical drama series Grey's Anatomy.[8] It was his first major role; he portrays Dr. Jordan Wright, who is from Minnesota, the favorite of Dr. Nick Marsh (Scott Speedman), and crosses paths with main character Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).

He is in Top Gun: Maverick.[9] Davis will also work with Tom Cruise, a friend of his, in the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One.[10]

Personal life

Davis has an intricate workout plan and enjoys baking and cooking.[6]



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
2017 Woke Brandon Ferguson Short film
2017 Controversy Pharaoh Pittman TV movie
2018 Tales from the Hood 2 Kahad TV movie
2020 The Call of the Wild Orchard Worker
2022 Top Gun: Maverick Lieutenant Javy "Coyote" Machado [9]
2023 Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part OneIndicates a film that has not yet been released TBA Filming

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Chicago P.D. Reece Episode: "Don't Bury This Case"
2019 Grand Hotel Jones Episode: "Curveball"
2020 All Rise Freddie Davidson Episode: "The Tale of Three Arraignments"
2020-21 Good Trouble Zion Episodes: "Truths and Dares", "Trap Heals", "Capoeira" (uncredited)
2021–present Grey's Anatomy Dr. Jordan Wright Recurring role


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  2. ^ "Greg Davis "True Champ"". BoxRec. Archived from the original on 2022-01-13. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  3. ^ a b Au, Quade (2 August 2021). "Interview With Greg Tarzan Davis". PIBE Magazine. Archived from the original on 2022-01-13. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  4. ^ "Nick Nack Patti Whack - Where Is Da Milk". July 9, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b "Greg Tarzan Davis". TV Maze. April 19, 2017. Archived from the original on December 9, 2021. Retrieved January 13, 2022.
  6. ^ a b Massicot, Kelly (1 June 2021). "Greg Tarzan Davis". MyNewOrleans. Archived from the original on 2021-11-10. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (May 20, 2021). "Greg Tarzan Davis Signs With ICM Partners".
  8. ^ "'Grey's Anatomy': Greg Tarzan Davis Joins ABC Medical Drama As Recurring". Deadline. November 8, 2021. Archived from the original on November 8, 2021. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Top Gun Day Celebrates 35th Anniversary With a Return to Theaters". CBR. 2021-05-06. Archived from the original on 2021-05-12. Retrieved 2021-05-12.
  10. ^ "Rob Delaney, Cary Elwes Among New Additions To 'Mission: Impossible 7' Cast". Deadline Hollywood. March 11, 2021. Archived from the original on March 11, 2021. Retrieved March 11, 2021.

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