Jeff Daniels biography

Jeff Daniels

Date of Birth: February 19, 1955

This versatile leading man from Chelsea, Michigan attended Central Michigan University where he majored in English and minored in theater before dropping out and moving to NYC to seek his fortune. There he joined the Circle Repertory Company doing off-Broadway and Broadway plays and a number of television commercials.

Though he had already worked on both large and small screen projects, his big break didn't come until 1983 when he was cast as Debra Winger's inconstant husband in Terms of Endearment (1983). He followed it up with two Golden Globe award nominated performances in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) and Something Wild (1986).

Daniels continued to wow viewers as he moved through one film to the next playing everything from villains and cads to heroes and romantic leads to tragic figures and loveable goofs. More notable performances came in films like Arachnophobia (1990), Speed (1994), Dumb & Dumber (1994) opposite Jim Carrey, and Pleasantville (1998).

Though Daniels has found low-key success in film, he still maintains his connection to the stage and manages his own theatrical company, Purple Rose Theatre Company (he also runs a film company by the same name), where he has written eight plays and directed one play, Boom Town. In 2001 he made his directorial debut in film with Escanaba in Da Moonlight followed by Super Sucker in 2002.

In 2012, Daniels landed a recurring role as Will McAvoy in the HBO television drama The Newsroom. He also appeared in the 2012 blockbuster feature Looper alongside Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. He starred in Dumb and Dumber To (2014). More recently, he starred in Steve Jobs (2015), The Martian (2015) and will soon be seen in The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2015).

Married since 1979 to Kathleen Treado, his high school sweetheart, Daniels has been living in his hometown since the early '90s where he has been bringing up his three kids. Besides acting, Daniels enjoys the occasional round of golf. He is also an accomplished guitar player.

Filmography:

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)
The Martian (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
Looper(2012)
Quad (2011)
Howl(2010)
Paper Man (2009)
Away We Go(2009)
State of Play(2009)
Arlen Faber(2009)
Traitor(2008)
Space Chimps (2008) (voice)
Mama's Boy(2006)
The Lookout(2006)
Infamous(2006)
R.V. (2006)
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
The Squid and the Whale(2005)
Imaginary Heroes(2005)
Because of Winn-Dixie(2005)
I Witness (2003)
Gods and Generals(2002)
Blood Work(2002)
Super Sucker (2002)
Escanaba in Da Moonlight(2000)
Chasing Sleep (2000)
All the Rage (1999)
My Favorite Martian (1999)
Pleasantville(1998)
Trial and Error(1997)
101 Dalmatians(1996)
2 Days in the Valley (1996)
Fly Away Home(1996)
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Speed(1994)
Gettysburg (1993)
There Goes the Neighborhood (1992)
Rain Without Thunder (1992)
Love Hurts (1991)
The Butcher's Wife (1991)
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
Arachnophobia (1990)
Checking Out (1989)
The House on Carroll Street (1988)
Sweet Hearts Dance (1988)
Radio Days(1987)
Something Wild(1986)
Heartburn (1986)
Marie (1985)
The Purple Rose of Cairo(1985)
Terms of Endearment(1983)
Ragtime (1981)

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