EMMYS COVERAGE 2013: BWW Salutes Stage & Screen Star Jeff Daniels
EMMYS, 65th PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS, Jeff Daniels, THE NEWSROOM
In anticipation of the live 65th Annual Emmy Award broadcast on CBS this Sunday, BWW will be spotlighting the Emmy nominated TV performances of some of Broadway's biggest stars. Today, we take a look back at the career of Jeff Daniels; from his early career in films like TERMS OF ENDEARMENT, THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, and even DUMB AND DUMBER to his Tony-nominated role in GOD OF CARNAGE to his Emmy-nominated turn as newsman Will McAvoy in HBO's THE NEWSROOM.
Jeff 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.