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Jeff Daniels

Birth Place: Chelsea, MI, USA

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Jeff Daniels is an American actor, musician, and playwright whose career includes roles in films, stage productions, and television, for which he has won two Primetime Emmy Awards and received several Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Tony Award nominations. He made his film debut in Ragtime (1981), and amassed such additional credits as Terms of Endearment (1983), Arachnophobia (1990), Gettysburg (1993), Speed (1994), Dumb and Dumber (1994), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), 101 Dalmatians (1996), Fly Away Home (1996), Pleasantville (1998), The Hours (2002), Gods and Generals (2003), The Squid and the Whale (2005), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), Infamous (2006), The Lookout (2007), Looper (2012), Steve Jobs (2015), and The Martian (2015).

From 2012 to 2014, Daniels starred as Will McAvoy in the HBO political drama series The Newsroom, for which he won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. He won a second Primetime Emmy Award in 2018 for his supporting performance in the Netflix miniseries Godless (2017) and an additional nomination that year for his leading performance as John P. O'Neill in the Hulu miniseries The Looming Tower (2018). Daniels has also received a number of award nominations for his work on stage, including Tony Award nominations for Best Actor for his roles in the plays God of Carnage, Blackbird and To Kill a Mockingbird. He is the founder and current executive director of the Chelsea, Michigan–based Purple Rose Theatre Company.

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Original Broadway Production, 2021
Atticus Finch

Original Broadway Production, 2016

Original Broadway Production, 2009

Michael [Replacement]

Original Off-Broadway Production, 2007




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Nephew (Brontosaurus)

Schwarz/ Mr. Hunidei

Francis Geminiani (Understudy)

Randy Hastings (Understudy)

Herschel Weinberger (Understudy)

Young Eddie


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[Regional (US), 2018]
[Broadway, 1977]
Assistant Stage Manager



Jeff Daniels Movies

[1981]Ragtime P.C. O Donnell

[1983]Terms of Endearment Flap Horton

[1985]Marie Eddie Sisk

[1985]The Purple Rose of Cairo Tom Baxter, Gil Shepherd

[1986]Heartburn Richard

[1986]Something Wild Charles Driggs

[1987]Radio Days Biff Baxter

[1988]Checking Out Ray Macklin

[1988]The House on Carroll Street Cochran

[1988]Sweet Hearts Dance Sam Manners

[1990]Love Hurts Paul Weaver

[1990]Arachnophobia Ross Jennings

[1990]Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Denton Webb

[1991]Grand Tour: Disaster in Time Ben Wilson

[1991]The Butcher's Wife Dr. Alex Tremor

[1992]Rain Without Thunder Jonathan Garson

[1992]There Goes the Neighborhood Willis Embry

[1993]Gettysburg Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

[1994]Speed Harry

[1994]Dumb and Dumber Harry

[1996]Fly Away Home Thom Alden

[1996]101 Dalmatians Roger

[1996]2 Days in the Valley Alvin Strayer

[1997]Trial and Error Charles Tuttle

[1998]Pleasantville Mr. Johnson

[1999]All the Rage Warren Harding

[1999]My Favorite Martian Tim O Hara

[2000]Chasing Sleep Ed Saxon

[2001]Escanaba in da Moonlight Rueben Soady

[2002]Super Sucker Fred Barlow

[2002]The Hours Louis Waters

[2002]Blood Work Jasper Buddy Noone

[2003]Gods and Generals Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

[2003]I Witness James Rhodes

[2004]Imaginary Heroes Ben Travis

[2005]Good Night, and Good Luck. Sig Mickelson

[2005]The Squid and the Whale Bernard Berkman

[2005]Because of Winn-Dixie Preacher

[2006]RV Travis Gornicke

[2006]Infamous Alvin Dewey

[2007]The Lookout Lewis

[2007]Mama's Boy Mert Rosenbloom

[2007]A Plumm Summer Narrator

[2008]Space Chimps Zartog

[2008]Traitor Carter

[2009]Paper Man Richard Dunn

[2009]Away We Go Jerry

[2009]State of Play George Fergus

[2009]The Answer Man Arlen Faber

[2010]Howl David Kirk

[2012]Looper Abe

[2014]Dumb and Dumber To Harry

[2015]Steve Jobs John Sculley

[2015]The Martian Teddy Sanders

[2016]Allegiant David

[2018]The Catcher Was a Spy Bill Donovan

[2019]Guest Artist Joseph Harris

[2020]Adam Mickey

Jeff Daniels TV Shows

The Newsroom Will McAvoy

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Stonestreet Studios to Premiere Two Short Films at the Soho International Film Festival

Stonestreet Studios is having their world premieres of two socially poignant short films, Crowbar and Compulsion, both directed by Alyssa Rallo Bennett, at the Soho International Film Festival. Get all the details on the new films and purchase tickets now!

Meet the Cast of PURLIE VICTORIOUS, Beginning Previews on Broadway Tonight!

The first Broadway revival of the American comedy Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by legendary Ossie Davis will officially open on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at The Music Box Theatre. Meet the cast of Purlie Victorious here!

Video: Morgan Neville & Jeff Malmberg Doc THE SAINT OF SECOND CHANCES Gets Trailer Release From Netflix

Directed by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom) and Jeff Malmberg (Marwencol), narrated by Jeff Daniels, and featuring Charlie Day as a younger Veeck, The Saint of Second Chances is wildly unexpected, full of heart, and keeps you laughing through a comeback story unlike any other. Watch the video trailer now!

THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW is The Inaugural Production Of Core Theatre Group, Hudson Valley's Newest Professional Theatre Company

The Hudson Valley's newest Professional Theatre Company, Core Theatre Group (CTG), founded by Broadway vets and Warwick locals Jessica McRoberts, Pat McRoberts, Paul Loesel and Chuck Ragsdale, announce their first production following company launch with inaugural cabaret fundraiser on Friday, July 14, 2023. 

ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT to Open at Ridgedale Players in September

Ridgedale Players Community Theatre will present Escanaba in Da Moonlight by Jeff Daniels from September 15 through October 1.

The Yesters Debut Macabre Song 'Kingston City Morgue'

The Yesters, an innovative musical and filmmaking duo composed of real life partners Alyssa Rallo Bennett & Gary O. Bennett have unveiled their debut pièce de resistance: “Kingston City Morgue.” The song is available to stream on all streaming platforms, and the music video is available for streaming on YouTube.

Photos: Patti LuPone, Bryan Cranston & More Visit GREY HOUSE on Broadway

Get a look at the star-studded cast of GREY HOUSE as they welcome Patti LuPone, Bryan Cranston and more.

PURLIE VICTORIOUS Starring Leslie Odom, Jr. Sets September Opening Night Date on Broadway

The first Broadway revival of the American comedy Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by legendary Ossie Davis will officially open in September. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Jeff Daniels-Helmed DIVA ROYALE & More Set for The Purple Rose Theatre Company 2023-2024 Season

The Purple Rose Theatre Company has selected a hilarious lineup of plays for its 33rd season, featuring two world premieres and a well-loved revival.

Grace Gummer, Mamie Gummer & Louisa Jacobson to Star in THREE SISTERS at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Additional cast and creative team members have been revealed for the 2023 Williamstown Theatre Festival summer season’s Main Stage Reading Series. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Richard Kind & James Pickens, Jr. to Star in A TAILOR NEAR ME at The New Jersey Repertory Company This Summer

The New Jersey Repertory Company will present the world premiere of Michael Tucker's comedy A Tailor Near Me, directed by James Glossman. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Nomad Theatrical Company to Present Pride Reading of ALL MEN DO IT: A PRIMER This Month

Nomad Theatrical Company (Grant Neale, Artistic Director) has announced a Pride Week event. ALL MEN DO IT: A PRIMER written by John Robert Tillotson will be given a public reading on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 7 PM at The Ellington Room in Hell's Kitchen.

Review: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Ohio Theatre

What did our critic think of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at Ohio Theatre?

The Purple Rose Raises $225K with Starlite Ball Benefit

The Purple Rose Theatre Company’s (PRTC) ‘Starlite Ball’ on May 13th was a whimsical, 'Mad Men'-themed fundraiser to support the non-profit theater’s programming and general operations. 

Feature: The VIPs Behind the Curtain! A VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards

On Friday, May 19, 2023, one hour before the Drama League Awards, Board President Bonnie Comley, Kirk Iwanowski, Mary Jain, and the Board Hosted a VIP Reception at the Drama League Awards right next to the Ziegfeld Ballroom.

Meet the Cast of GREY HOUSE, Beginning Previews Tonight!

Grey House begins performances tonight, Saturday, April 29, 2023. Meet the cast of Grey House here!

The Purple Rose Theatre Company to Continue 32nd Season With World Premiere Play IN COMMON

The Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC) has announced the third production of their 32nd season, “In Common” a World Premiere play by Quinn D. Eli. Tickets are on sale now.

Review: HARPER LEE'S TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Commands 'ALL Rise' At Straz Center For The Performing Arts

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird was adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin and opened on Broadway at the Schubert Theatre in December of 2018. The play is set in 1930s Alabama and follows the story of Atticus Finch, a small-town lawyer in his defense trial of Tom Robinson, an African American man wrongfully accused of rape. However, Sorkin’s adaptation differs from the book by Lee, in which we see Atticus as the protagonist here, unlike the portrayal of Scout in Lee’s novel. Witnessing Atticus as the protagonist of the story we go on an emotional journey, and are able to see the change in Atticus as the show progresses. As Sorkin developed his adaptation, the production was faced with its own legal disputes. One being with the Lee estate in regards to its faithfulness to the original narrative, and the other to exclusivity rights regarding the use of the script by Christopher Sergel.

Exclusive: Billy Crudup Uncovers His Past in FINDING YOUR ROOTS

Watch an exclusive video from the season finale of Finding Your Roots, in which Billy Crudup reads the baptism record of his ancestor, Kristoff, from 1797 which reveals that Kristoff was an illegitimate child. Dr. Gates also reveals that Billy's fifth great-grandmother never married. Billy and Dr. Gates are amazed at how his family line started.

Billy Porter, Viola Davis & More Win Audie Awards - Full List of Winners

The 2023 Audie Awards recognizes distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment. Billy Porter won for Best Autobiography/Memoir for his Finding Me audiobook. Viola Davis’ Finding Me, which she wrote and narrated, and published by HarperCollins Publishers, earned two Audie Awards. Check out the full list of winners!


Jeff Daniels has appeared on Broadway in 7 shows.

Jeff Daniels has not appeared in the West End

Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for To Kill a Mockingbird , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for To Kill a Mockingbird , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Blackbird , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Blackbird , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for God of Carnage , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for God of Carnage , Outstanding Lead Actor (The Lortels) for Blackbird Outstanding Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Johnny Got His Gun and Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for 5th of July .

Jeff Daniels has written 1 shows including Time (Composer).

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