Peter Michael Davidson is an American actor and comedian. Davidson was born November 16, 1993, in Staten Island, New York to Amy and Scott Matthew Davidson. His parents also had a daughter named Casey Davidson. David was raised Catholic although his father was of Jewish heritage and his mother of Irish ancestry. His father was a New York City firefighter who died in service during the September 11 attacks, and was last seen running up the stairs of the Marriott World Trade Center, just prior to its collapse. Davidson, who was seven years old at the time, was profoundly affected by the loss. As a child, he struggled with mental health issues at a young age and as a result was often seen as a disturbance in school. He once said in an article that he struggled with suicidal thoughts from a very young age and says that comedy helped him deal with himself, and later In October of 2016, Davidson revealed on The Breakfast Club morning radio show that he struggled with suicidal thoughts when he was younger, and that the music of rap artist Kid Cudi saved his life. Davidson has his father's badge number, 8418, tattooed on his left arm.
Davidson first tried his hand at stand-up comedy at age 16 in a Staten Island bowling alley, where a group of friends, knowing of his comedy aspirations, dared him to take to the stage. He attended St. Joseph's School, then Tottenville High School before transferring to Xaverian High School in Brooklyn where he graduated in 2011. His mother still works as the school nurse at Tottenville. Following high school, he enrolled at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, remaining briefly before dropping out to pursue his career aspirations of stand-up comedy.
Davidson supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and on December 5, 2017, he revealed on his Instagram account that he got a tattoo on his leg of Clinton, whom he called his "hero" and "one of the strongest people in the universe." Clinton herself thanked Davidson for the compliment, commenting, "This makes it significantly less awkward that I’ve had a Pete Davidson tattoo for years."
He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 17 or 18, for which he receives intravenous treatment and medical marijuana as a pain reliever. On March 6, 2017, Davidson announced on his Instagram account that he had quit drugs and was sober for the first time in eight years. The personal problems he initially assumed were a result of his daily marijuana habit were actually caused by borderline personality disorder, for which he has since been undergoing treatment.
Beginning in 2013, Davidson began appearing on a variety of MTV series, such as Failosophy, Guy Code, and a guest role in Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out. After making his televised stand-up debut on Comedy Central's Gotham Comedy Live, he continued doing more stand-up gigs, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Comedy Underground with Dave Attell.
After gaining a guest star role on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Davidson earned a small part on the comedy Trainwreck (2015). Thanks to a recommendation from Bill Hader, Davidson landed the biggest role of his career — becoming a cast member of Saturday Night Live, which was starting its 40th season in 2014. At SNL, Davidson often works with a fellow Staten Island native, Colin Jost (pictured above). At age 20, he became one of the show's youngest cast members. Since his success on SNL, Davidson has participated in Justin Bieber's Comedy Central Roast and has appeared in the rom-com Set It Up (2018) and the upcoming John Turturro crime-comedy flick Going Places.
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