John Francis Daley began acting as “Tommy” in the national and international tour of the Broadway smash hit, "The Who's Tommy." He came to national attention when he was cast in the lead role of “Sam Weir” in the critically acclaimed Judd Apatow-produced television series “Freaks and Geeks,” alongside Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel.
Following “Freaks and Geeks,” Daley landed roles on several television series, including “The Geena Davis Show,” “The Kennedys,” “Regular Joe” and “Kitchen Confidential.” His feature film credits include “A View from the Top”; “77”; “Waiting,” alongside Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris; and “Rapturepalooza,” opposite Anna Kendrick, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Ken Jeong.
In 2007, Daley and his writing partner, Jonathan Goldstein, sold their first screenplay, “The $40,000 Man,” and have since sold five more films to major studios. The pair wrote last summer’s hit comedy “Horrible Bosses,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jason Bateman and Colin Farrell and have just finished writing the follow-up to the film, “Horrible Bosses 2.” Additional writing credits include the soon-to-be-released Vegas magician comedic film, “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” starring Steve Carell, Jim Carrey, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, James Gandolfini and Alan Arkin; the sequel to Sony Animation’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”; and an episode of BONES. Daley and Goldstein were recently hired to write and direct the reboot of the “Vacation” film franchise.
Daley plays keyboard, sings and writes music for Dayplayer, a band that performs regularly throughout southern California and that appeared in the Season Four finale of BONES. Dayplayer plans to release an album in 2012, and they have just filmed their first music video, directed by Daley and Goldstein.
Originally from Wheeling, IL, Daley lives in Los Angeles.