Jeff Daniels
American actor
Jeff Daniels
Jeffrey Warren "Jeff" Daniels is an American actor, musician and playwright. He founded a non-profit theatre company, the Purple Rose Theatre Company, in his home state of Michigan. He has performed in a number of stage productions, both on and off Broadway, and has been nominated for the Tony Award as Best Actor for the Broadway play God of Carnage (2009), along with his other three cast-mates.
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Tony Nominees Really Want You to Turn Off Your Phone
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
Tony nominees Steve Martin, Jeff Daniels and others speak out on audience cellphone distractions. Photo: Charles Sykes/Associated Press
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Day Out: Jeff Daniels Takes a Baseball Break From ‘Blackbird’
NYTimes - 10 months
The Emmy-winning actor visits the Met’s baseball card exhibition between Broadway performances.
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Jeff Daniels on the Terror of Returning to ‘Blackbird’
NYTimes - 12 months
The actor writes about his role in a brutally unforgiving play: A man and a woman confront each other 15 years after their very illegal relationship — when he was 40 and she was all of 12.
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Chris Rock Added Black People To White Movies And They Got Much Better
Huffington Post - 12 months
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DVDs: A Lost Masterpiece, TV's Coolest New Show (This Week) And More
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A new year and a new flood of DVD and BluRay releases. We start with a lost landmark of French cinema, dive into the coolest show on TV (at least until yet another one is dubbed even cooler next week) and then all bets are off. It's only January and thanks to the ever-rising spectre of streaming video on demand, studios are emptying their vaults faster than ever. OUT 1 BOXED SET ($99.95 BluRay and DVD combo; Carlotta) Like Abel Gance's Napoleon, French director Jacques Rivette's 1971 masterpiece Out 1 is much-discussed but rarely seen, a rabbit-hole of a movie that's more than 12 hours long (in one version) and essentially invisible. Napoleon is difficult to screen for technical reasons; Out 1 simply wasn't available. Now finally the movie has been restored and screened in cinemas. But it will surely find its real audience via this beautifully made boxed set. Like the standard bearers from Criterion, this release from Carlotta is impeccable. You get the entire 12+ hour epi ...
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Can the Sci Fi V2.0 of <i>The Martian</i> Net an Oscar?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
While the buzz surrounding The Martian, the 2015 film based on Andy Weir's novel of the same name, directed by the brilliant Ridley Scott, appears to circle more 'round scientific accuracy, its flight of fancy shortcomings (it is, after all a sci fi film, not a documentary) are less for me at issue. Correctness of fact and historic reference (the sling shot debate) or dangling detail (that spare rocketship) take a back seat to what is, in my opinion, its brilliance, as a next step form of commercially viable sci-fi entertainment -- Sci Fi V2.0. The only "bad guy" is the dastardly "schneick happens" axiom -- there is no evil penny-pinching boss, no vengeful compatriot, no emotion-bogged "scientesse" (a la Hathaway's Interstellar damsel. "Interstellar - Time Blown," my review) to drop the proverbial car keys. The Martian possesses its own galaxy of stars, from Chiwetel Ejiofor's gentleman-champion to Jeff Daniels to Kristen Wiig (brought on board primarily for a token bit o' schtick?) ...
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Steve Jobs: Brunch With Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels, and Danny Boyle: The Smartest Men in the Room
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Steve Jobs, a biopic about the famed Apple founder starring Michael Fassbender, opened in early fall, and has been holding steady in the wake of the award season roll-out. Audiences will be taking another look at this excellent film now that Steve Jobs is getting some awards attention: Golden Globes, SAG, among them. At brunch at the Vault in the St. Regis Hotel last week, writer Aaron Sorkin spoke about his script, loosely based on Walter Isaacson's biography. Of course Jobs is best known for the creation of the Apple brand, and for his inspiring message Think Different, and the movie's 3 acts are organized around product launches in stages of the Apple computer, the 3-act structure very much a Danny Boyle flourish if you look at films like 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire. But what makes this a compelling movie is family, whether that consists of the friends and foes in the industry, including father surrogate John Sculley played so well by Jeff Daniels, or by the women, ex-gi ...
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Not My Job: We Ask Actor Jeff Daniels About People Named Steve And Their Jobs
NPR - about 1 year
Daniels portrays former Apple CEO John Sculley in the new film Steve Jobs. We'll ask Daniels about three other people named Steve, and what they do for a living.
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Steve Jobs
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The problem with Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, based on the Walter Isaacson bio, is that it's one long product lunch. There's a claustrophobia which derives from the setting, a kind of ur convention center in which the Apple Macintosh is presented in 1984, followed by the NeXT and then finally the iMac in l998. The latter finally lives up to its potential. Originally the bar had been set too high with Apple Macintosh failing to sell 1,000,000 computers to start and 20,000 a month thereafter, precisely the figures the iMac would ultimately achieve. The film is curiously talky by Hollywood standards, consisting of a series of conversations between Jobs (Michael Fassbender), his daughter Lisa, (played at age 9 by Ripley Sobo and l9 by Perla Haney-Jardin), his marketing guru and advisor Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), tech wiz Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), with whom he worked on the Apple II and two other associates John Sculley (Jeff Daniels) and Andy Herzfeld (Michael Stuhlberg). The sturm and ...
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The Brilliant Failure of Steve Jobs</em>
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Steve Jobs, which I've seen three times now, is a curious and entertaining film. Until recently seen as a top Oscar favorite, it's also proved to be a shocking box office bomb, falling away to virtually nothing just now after only its third weekend in general release. In some respects, an exhilarating, incisive, insightful and fascinating examination of high tech visionary and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at three key junctures in both his own all too short life and the course of global technology, it is also a distorted, downbeat, cloying, and claustrophobic piece of work that, fortunately, maddens less often than it satisfies. Hard as it is to typify, it's perhaps not a surprise that audiences have not taken to the very high-profile prestige project. That's especially so given the foolishness of the film's marketing and distribution. Highly anticipated given the subject and the authorship of West Wing auteur Aaron Sorkin, whose Oscar-winning screenplay for The Social Network show ...
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Thoughts on On Your Feet!</em>'s Lead, Blackbird</em>'s Tony Chances, Waitress</em> and More
Huffington Post - over 1 year
A lot has been going on in the last few months in the theater. Instead of writing separate posts, I share my random thoughts below: I think we've all gotten too used to actors doing less than eight performances a week. And we're also all too accepting of my least favorite trend -- the whole "s/he'll only do 6 performances a week but we won't tell you which" phenomenon. That is not fair to the ticket buyers. Fine for producers, not fair to audience members. So I want to give a shout-out to Ana Villafañe, Broadway's Gloria Estefan. Like Beautiful's Carole King, Chilina Kennedy (or Tony winner Jessie Mueller before her), this On Your Feet! star is carrying a show and performing all eight performances. On Your Feet! is yet to open, so I won't talk substantively about it (I know better than to cross spokesperson Leslie Papa), but I think I can legitimately divulge that Villafañe has a lot to do. She sings and dances a ton and -- other than when she is sick or during scheduled vacations -- ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jeff Daniels
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 61
    In 2016, Daniels received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Blackbird, opposite Michelle Williams.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 60
    Daniels portrayed CEO John Sculley in the 2015 biographical drama film Steve Jobs, directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, and starring Michael Fassbender in the title role.
    More Details Hide Details He played David in the last two films of the Divergent series, The Divergent Series: Allegiant and the upcoming The Divergent Series: Ascendant. Daniels has focused on recording a number of songs that he has written throughout his life, apparently marking key moments. He has kept busy with frequent gigs and six full-length albums, Jeff Daniels Live and Unplugged, Jeff Daniels Live at The Purple Rose Theater, Grandfather's Hat, Keep It Right Here, Together Again, and Days Like These. Proceeds from the album sales benefit The Purple Rose Theater. Daniels was featured on the cover of the April–May 2011 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine as well as the July–August 2011 issue of Making Music, where he discussed his experiences with music.
  • 2014
    Age 59
    In 2014, Daniels reprised his role as Harry Dunne in Dumb and Dumber To.
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  • 2012
    Age 57
    In 2012, Daniels became the new announcing voice for Apple with the iPhone 5 ads.
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  • 2009
    Age 54
    Also in 2009, Daniels would appear in the indie hit Away We Go. 2010 would be a slow year for Daniels.
    More Details Hide Details He continued his theater work and had a starring role in the little-seen indie Howl, alongside James Franco as Allen Ginsberg.
  • FORTIES
  • 2005
    Age 50
    The year 2005 proved to be a strong year for Daniels as he garnered notice as the star of the lauded Noah Baumbach film The Squid and the Whale.
    More Details Hide Details Daniels received his third Golden Globe nomination for the film, about a divorcing couple and the effect the split has on their children. That year Daniels also starred in the family film adaptation of Because of Winn-Dixie. He would round out the year with a supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film Good Night and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney. Daniels then starred as the redneck comic foil to Robin Williams's uptight business man in the vacation comedy RV, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. He had a supporting role in the Truman Capote biopic Infamous and in two other independent films, Mama's Boy and The Lookout, for which he was nominated for a Satellite Award. Daniels had a starring voice-over role as the villain Zartog in animated film Space Chimps. He then took back-to-back supporting roles in political thrillers: Traitor with Don Cheadle and State of Play with Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams.
  • 2004
    Age 49
    Daniels then starred in Imaginary Heroes and the 2004 television film adaptation of fellow Michigander and friend Mitch Albom's bestseller The Five People You Meet in Heaven.
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  • 1998
    Age 43
    Daniels would rebound, however, with 1998's Pleasantville as diner owner Bill Johnson, who learns to act as an individual and rebel against the norm at the urging of Tobey Maguire's David.
    More Details Hide Details Also starring Reese Witherspoon, Joan Allen, and Don Knotts, Pleasantville was nominated for three Academy Awards. Daniels starred alongside Christopher Lloyd in the critically and commercially unsuccessful film, My Favorite Martian. Daniels starred in the TV films The Crossing, Cheaters, and the direct-to-video release Chasing Sleep. At this point, in the early 2000s, Daniels began to focus more on his theater work at The Purple Rose Theatre as well as writing, starring, and directing the films Escanaba in da Moonlight and Super Sucker. Daniels's next major film role would be in Clint Eastwood's Blood Work, which received mixed reviews and was a commercial failure. He would rebound later that year with Stephen Daldry's Academy Award–winning The Hours. The film was also a financial success, grossing well over $100 million. Gods and Generals followed in 2003, as did the action film I Witness, which co-starred James Spader.
  • 1996
    Age 41
    Also in 1996 was the family hit film Fly Away Home with Daniels as the supportive single father of Anna Paquin's goose-raising preteen.
    More Details Hide Details Daniels then had a critical and commercial misfire with Trial and Error (1997).
    Daniels would then host Saturday Night Live a second time before the release of the 1996 Disney live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians.
    More Details Hide Details Daniels starred as the owner of a litter of dalmatians stolen by the evil Cruella De Vil (Glenn Close). The film was successful, grossing $320 million.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 39
    In 1994, Daniels would co-star with Jim Carrey in one of his most successful films, Dumb and Dumber.
    More Details Hide Details It was a noted departure for Daniels, owing to his status as a dramatic actor. That same year Daniels appeared with Keanu Reeves in the action blockbuster Speed; the film was an enormous hit, grossing over $350 million at the box office.
  • 1990
    Age 35
    Daniels earned his second Golden Globe nomination for starring in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild as an unassuming businessman swept up into a wild night by a mysterious woman (Melanie Griffith). Daniels then starred in the horror–comedy (or "thrill-omedy", as it was described in the promotion) Arachnophobia in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, Daniels starred in two films (Love Hurts and The Butcher's Wife). His next notable role was as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain in Gettysburg. Daniels reprised the role of Chamberlain ten years later in the prequel film Gods and Generals.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 26
    Daniels made his screen debut in Miloš Forman's Ragtime in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details His next film, the Oscar-winning Terms of Endearment, in which he played Debra Winger's callow and unfaithful husband, was his breakthrough. He garnered a Golden Globe nomination as the star of The Purple Rose Of Cairo, directed by Woody Allen. It was the last film that inspired the name for the theater company he established.
  • 1979
    Age 24
    Daniels married his college sweetheart, a fellow Michigander from the Upper Peninsula (Marquette) Kathleen Rosemary Treado, in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details In 1986, Daniels moved back to his native Chelsea, Michigan. The couple has three children: Benjamin (born 1984), Lucas (born 1987), and Nellie (born 1990). Daniels has appeared as the TV spokesman for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, promoting Michigan's effectiveness in bringing in new companies, featured on CNBC. He was inducted into the Michigan Walk of Fame on May 25, 2006, in Lansing, Michigan, and delivered the winter commencement address at the University of Michigan on December 20, 2009, at which he was granted an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts. The Purple Rose Theatre Company (or PRTC) was founded by Daniels in 1991. Originally known as the Garage Theatre, 'The Rose' takes its name from Woody Allen's 1985 film The Purple Rose of Cairo, which starred Daniels and Mia Farrow. The theatre provides resources for training actors, playwrights and other theatre artists residing in the Midwest region and develops new plays based on life in the Great Lakes Basin. The main performance space and administrative offices occupy a building in Chelsea, Michigan once owned by Daniels' grandfather. The theatre produces four shows a year on a 3/4 thrust stage in a 168-seat house. The PRTC is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and operates under a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) Agreement with the Actors' Equity Association (AEA).
  • 1977
    Age 22
    Marshall W. Mason was the guest director at EMU and he invited Jeff to come to New York to work at the Circle Repertory Theatre, where he performed in Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson in the 1977–78 season.
    More Details Hide Details Daniels performed in New York in The Shortchanged Review (1979) at Second Stage Theatre. It was the first show of the inaugural season for Second Stage Theatre. Daniels has starred in a number of New York productions, on and off Broadway. On Broadway, he has appeared in Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain, A. R. Gurney's The Golden Age and Wilson's Fifth of July, for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Best Supporting Actor. Off-Broadway, he received a Drama Desk nomination for Wilson's Lemon Sky, and an Obie Award for his performance in the Circle Repertory Company production of Johnny Got His Gun. He returned to the stage in 2009, appearing in Broadway's God of Carnage opposite Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden. In 1991, he founded the Purple Rose Theatre Company, a nonprofit stage company in Chelsea. Daniels has written more than a dozen plays for the company.
  • 1976
    Age 21
    Daniels was raised Methodist. He attended Central Michigan University and participated in the school's theater program. In the summer of 1976, Daniels attended the Eastern Michigan University drama school to participate in a special Bicentennial Repertory program, where he performed in The Hot l Baltimore and three other plays performed in repertoire.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1955
    Age 0
    Born on February 19, 1955.
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