Born Today: Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels

Born on 19th February, 1955, Jeff Daniels is an American actor, musician and playwright. He turns 60 today.

Daniels was born to Marjorie J. (Ferguson) and Robert Lee Daniels in Athens, Georgia USA however, at a very young age he moved to Michigan. Jeff studied at the Central Michigan University briefly before he moved to New York to pursue acting there and joined the Circle Repertory Company.

In the late 1980s, Daniels made his stage debut by starring in Lanford Wilson’s “Fifth of July”. Later on, he acted in other stage productions as well and earned Award nominations as well.

In 1981, Jeff Daniels made his silver screen debut by acting in “Ragtime”. Then in 1983, Daniels played “Flap Horton” in “Terms of Endearment” that bagged five Oscars and countless other awards and nominations including many Golden Globes.

In 1985, Jeff acted in Woody Allen’s “The Purple Rose of Cairo” which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination in the “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture” category. Later on in 1986, Daniels earned his second Golden Globe nomination for his role in the movie “Something Wild”. In 1987, he appeared in another Woody Allen movie called “Radio Days”.

In Arachnophobia (1990) Jeff played the lead role, then in 1993, he appeared in the popular War drama, “Gettysburg”. From this serious character, he moved on to play the very comical role of “Harry Dunne” in “Dumb and Dumber” along with Jim Carrey. This movie proved to be a blockbuster. In the same year, 1994 he appeared in Speed along with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. Jeff Daniels has also hosted the show “Saturday Night Live”. Then in 1998, he appeared in the Oscar nominated movie, “Pleasantville”.

In the 2000s, he appeared in “Blood Work” along side Clint Eastwood, “The Hours” with Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman, another war drama “Gods and General”, “Good Night, and Good Luck” with George Clooney, and “Infamous” with Toby Jones and Daniel Craig.

From 2012-2014, Jeff played the iconic and unforgettable role of “Will McAvoy” in HBO’s series “The Newsroom” which earned him a well deserved Primetime Emmy Award. In November, 2014 he made a come back as “Harry Dunne” in “Dumb and Dumber To”.

Apart from his acting career, Daniels also founded “The Purple Rose Theater Company” in 1991, for which, up till now he has written fifteen plays. Daniels is also a musician and songwriter and has “authored about 400 songs, played over 300 gigs” according to his official website.

Jeff Daniels tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart Kathleen Treado in 1979. Together, the couple has three children.

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