February 19, 1955
66 years old
Salt & Pepper
6 ft 3 in | 190.5 cm
80 kg | 176.5 lbs
12 US | 45 EU
Jeffrey Warren Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia, United States, on February 19, 1955, is an American actor.
Young Jeff Daniels first started performing at the Central Michigan University, in school theater productions.
He began his professional acting career on the New York stage in Off-Broadway productions, in the mid 1970s.
He got his television debut in CBS police procedural drama series Hawaii Five-O (1980) in episode: "The Flight of the Jewels", in role as Neal Forrester.
He made his big screen debut in drama movie Ragtime (1981) in role as P. C. O'Donnell.
Jeffrey's breakthrough performance came as Flap Horton in family comedy drama film Terms of Endearment (1983).
He landed his directorial debut with comedy film Escanaba in da Moonlight (2001) which he also wrote and starred in lead role as Reuben Soady.
He released his first album, "Jeff Daniels Live and Unplugged (To Benefit the Purple Rose Theatre)", in 2004.
Adam (2020) drama in role as Mickey, opposite Aaron Paul and Tom Berenger
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his roles in movies:
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) romantic fantasy comedy in role as Tom Baxter / Gil Shepherd
Something Wild (1986) action comedy in role as Charles Driggs
The Squid and the Whale (2005) independent arthouse comedy drama in role as Bernard Berkman
He won the Saturn Award for Best Actor for his role as Ross Jennings in black comedy horror film Arachnophobia (1990).
The Martian (2015) science fiction opposite Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig
Looper (2012) science fiction action with Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt
Dumb and Dumber (1994) and Dumb and Dumber To (2014) comedy opposite Jim Carrey
Speed (1994) action with Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper and Sandra Bullock
Radio Days (1987) comedy drama opposite Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest and Mike Starr
Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005) historical drama with Robert Downey, Jr., Patricia Clarkson and George Clooney
Pleasantville (1998) fantasy comedy drama opposite Tobey Maguire, Joan Allen and William H. Macy
Steve Jobs (2015) biographical drama with Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen
Gettysburg (1993) epic war opposite Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen and Stephen Lang
The Lookout (2007) thriller crime with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Matthew Goode and Isla Fisher
Away We Go (2009) comedy drama opposite John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph and Allison Janney
Blood Work (2002) mystery thriller with Clint Eastwood, Wanda De Jesús and Anjelica Huston
101 Dalmatians (1996) comedy adventure opposite Glenn Close, Joely Richardson and Hugh Laurie
The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) dystopian science fiction action with Shailene Woodley and Theo James
He wrote, produced and starred in lead role as Joseph Harris in drama film Guest Artist (2019).
He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Will McAvoy in HBO political drama television series The Newsroom (2012-2014).
He won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance as Frank Griffin in Netflix Western drama web television miniseries Godless (2017).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role as John O’Neill in Hulu miniseries The Looming Tower (2018).
A Rumor of War (1980) miniseries in role as Chaplain
He hosted Saturday Night Live (1991) in episode "Jeff Daniels/Color Me Badd".
The Comey Rule (2020) Showtime political drama miniseries in role as James Comey
Attended Central Michigan University.
Attended Eastern Michigan University drama school in 1976.
Has English, Scots-Irish / Northern Irish, Scottish and German ancestry.
Has one brother, John Daniels.
He founded a theatre company "Purple Rose Theatre Company", in Chelsea, Michigan (1991).
He was nominated for the Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play for his roles in plays:
God of Carnage (2009-2010) in role as Alan / Michael, at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Blackbird (2016) in role as Ray, at Belasco Theatre
To Kill a Mockingbird (2018-2019) in role as Atticus Finch, at Shubert Theatre
He was inducted into the Michigan Walk of Fame in 2006.
He voiced Zartog in animated comic science fiction film Space Chimps (2008).
Lives in Chelsea, Michigan, United States.
He married Kathleen Rosemary Treado in 1979, they have three children: Benjamin, Lucas and Nellie.