EMMYS: Jeff Daniels Wins Outstanding Actor in a Drama for THE NEWSROOM
Stage and screen star Jeff Daniels took home the 2013 Emmy award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama for his role on HBO's THE NEWSROOM.
Daniels has earned his first Emmy nomination on Aaron Sorkin's cable news drama, and though he has made a half-dozen TV movies and a handful of guest appearances on shows, THE NEWSROOM is Jeff's first regular role on a series. In 2004, he made a TV version of the Neil Simon comedy THE GOODBYE GIRL alongside Patricia Heaton.
While Jeff is perhaps best known for his screen work, he does have a rather extensive, if not slightly unusual career with the stage; especially for a major movie star. Jeff started his Broadway career in 1977 as an Assistant Stage Manager and understudy on GEMINI. He then appeared in three more Broadway shows through 1993, starring alongside such stars as Swoosie Kurtz, Christopher Reeve, Stockard Channing, and Debra Monk. As his movie career continued to boom, it was another 16 years before Daniels returned to the Great White Way in his Tony-nominated role for 2009's GOD OF CARNAGE. In addition to his Tony nom, he also has three Drama Desk nominations over the years.
In 1991, Daniels founded the Purple Rose Theatre Company (which was named for the Woody Allen film that was one of his first major successes). The non-profit, Equity theatre is in Chelsea, Michigan, and Jeff Still serves as the Executive Director. Additionally, he has written 15 plays that have been performed there over the years.
Jeff sky-rocketed to the forefront of the movie industry with back-to-back Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical with THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO and SOMETHING WILD in 1985 and '86. In addition he has starred in the hits RAGTIME, TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, DUMB AND DUMBER, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, and GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK,