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Peter Frank Davis, born January 2, 1937 to screenwriters Frank Davis and Tess Slesinger, is an American television and film director, writer and producer. In addition to a long career with CBS News, Davis' Hearts and Minds, a film about American military action in Vietnam, won the Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary for the year 1974. In that same year Davis' wife Johanna "Josie" Mankiewicz, a writer and a member of a distinguished Hollywood family, was killed in a traffic accident in New York City. In 1968, Davis signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War. He also wrote the book Where is Nicaragua? in 1988 about the Nicaraguan revolution and the American military's action in that Central American country.
Davis has two children with his late wife Johanna: Timothy, b. 1963, who writes for the television show Men in Trees, Nicholas, b. 1965 (TV and movie producer Nick Davis). Davis has two children with his second wife, Karen Zehring Davis: Jesse, b. 1980, and Antonia, b. 1981.
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