Hollywood personal assistant dies in accident


Michael Davison, one of the most experienced and respected personal assistants in the entertainment industry, died Sept. 6 while on vacation in Kona, Hawaii, as a result of injuries suffered in a road accident. He was 49.

A canoe that had broken loose from a trailer crashed through the windshield of Davison's car, according to the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Davison was taken to Kona Community Hospital, where he died less than an hour later.

Most recently, Davison was personal assistant to Nicolas Cage, working with the actor in Los Angeles and around the world on the films "Next," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," "Bangkok Dangerous," "Knowing," "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," "Season of the Witch," "Kick-Ass" and "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

Davison had worked as personal assistant to Warren Beatty from 1986-99 and again from 2002-06 on "Dick Tracy," "Bugsy," "Love Affair," "Bulworth" and "Town & Country."

From 2001-02, Davison was based in New York as executive assistant to Barry Diller when Diller ran USA Networks and Vivendi Universal.

Davison was a founding member and company manager of Incline, the Theater Group, a nonprofit company producing 99-seat, Equity waiver and site-specific theater events around Los Angeles. A native of England, he became a U.S. citizen on July 24.

Davison is survived by his parents, Kath and Terry Davison; brother and sister-in-law Steve and Lynne Davison; and sister Heather.