Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels

Highest Rated: 94% Speed (1994)

Lowest Rated: 8% Mama's Boy (2007)

Birthday: Feb 19, 1955

Birthplace: Athens, Georgia, USA

Though he has never achieved the high profile or widespread acclaim of a Robert De Niro, Jeff Daniels ranks as one of Hollywood's most versatile leading men and over his career he has played everything from villains and cads to heroes and romantic leads to tragic figures and lovably goofy idiots, in movies of almost every genre. Daniels has also worked extensively on television and stage, where he first distinguished himself by winning an Obie for a production of Johnny Got His Gun. Blonde, cleft-chinned, and handsome in a rugged all-American way, Daniels made his screen debut playing PC O'Donnell in Milos Forman's Ragtime (1981). His breakthrough came when he was cast as Debra Winger's inconstant husband in Terms of Endearment (1983). Daniels has subsequently averaged one or two major feature films per year with notable performances, including: his memorable dual portrayal of a gallant movie hero/self-absorbed star who steps out of celluloid to steal the heart of lonely housewife Mia Farrow in Woody Allen's Purple Rose of Cairo (1984); his turn as a man terrified of spiders who finds himself surrounded by them in the horror-comedy Arachnophobia; and his role as Union officer Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, who led his troops into doom in Gettysburg (1993). In 1994, Daniels took a radical turn away from drama to star as one of the world's stupidest men opposite comic sensation Jim Carrey in the Farrelly brothers' hyperactive Dumb and Dumber. This lowest-common-denominator comedy proved one of the year's surprise hits and brought Daniels to a new level of recognition and popularity. Since then, Daniels has alternated more frequently between drama and comedy. His television credits include a moving portrayal of a troubled Vietnam vet in a Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Redwood Curtain. Daniels still maintains his connection to the stage and manages his own theatrical company. Before launching his acting career, he earned a degree in English from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. The later '90s found Daniels turning homeward and venturing into new territories through his labor of love, the Purple Rose Theater. Located in the small town of Chelsea, MI, the bus garage turned playhouse was designed to give Midwestern audiences the opportunity to enjoy entertainment generally reserved for big-city dwellers. Though he continued to appear in such films as Fly Away Home (1996) and Pleasantville (1998), Daniels made his feature directorial debut with the celluloid translation of his successful Yooper stage comedy Escanaba in da Moonlight (2000). Set in the Michigan's Upper Peninsula (U.P., hence "Yooper"), the tale of redemption by means of bagging a buck mixed the regionally accented humor of Fargo with the eccentricities inherent to northerners and served as an ideal directorial debut for the Michigan native. A modest regional success, Daniels would subsequently appear in such wide releases as Blood Work and The Hours (both 2002) before returning to the director's chair for the vacuum-salesman comedy Super Sucker (also 2002). Later reprising his role as Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain from Gettysburg, Daniels once again went back in time for the Civial War drama Gods and Generals (2002). In 2004 he appeared in the adaptation of fellow Michigander Mitch Albom's best-seller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and the next year he earned rave reviews for his role as a self-absorbed academic and terrible father in The Squid and the Whale. He continued to work steadily in a variety of projects including the Robin Williams vehicle RV, the indie thriller The Lookout, and Away We Go. He portrayed a Senator in the American remake of the British miniseries State of Play in 2009, and three years later he was cast as the lead in Aaron Sorkin's first cable series, The Newroom, playing the host of a cable news program who decides to tell it like it really is.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Guest Artist Screenwriter Joseph Harris Producer 2019
32% The Catcher Was A Spy William J. Donovan 2018
11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant David 2016
No Score Yet Mother with a Gun Director Screenwriter 2016
86% Steve Jobs John Sculley $12.5M 2015
91% The Martian Teddy Sanders $202.4M 2015
30% Dumb and Dumber To Harry Dunne 2014
93% Looper Abe $66.4M 2012
63% Howl Professor David Kirk $0.7M 2010
32% Paper Man Richard Dunn 2010
No Score Yet Checking Out Actor 2010
30% The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) Arlen Faber 2009
67% Away We Go Jerry $9.5M 2009
84% State of Play Senator George Fergus $37M 2009
No Score Yet The 10 Conditions of Love Director Screenwriter 2009
No Score Yet Baseball's Heirlooms: The Story of America's Classic Ballparks Host 2009
65% Traitor Carter $23.6M 2008
33% Space Chimps Zartog $30M 2008
20% A Plumm Summer Narrator "The Narrator" 2008
No Score Yet Sweet Nothing in My Ear Dan Miller 2008
8% Mama's Boy Mert Rosenbloom 2007
87% The Lookout Lewis Canfield $4.6M 2007
73% Infamous Alvin Dewey $1.1M 2006
23% RV Travis Gornicke $71.5M 2006
93% Good Night, And Good Luck Sig Mickelson $31.6M 2005
92% The Squid and the Whale Bernard Berkman $7.1M 2005
34% Imaginary Heroes Ben Travis 2005
55% Because of Winn-Dixie Preacher $32.6M 2005
No Score Yet Mitch Albom's 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' Blue Man 2004
No Score Yet The Goodbye Girl Elliot Garfield 2004
No Score Yet I Witness James Rhodes 2003
8% Gods and Generals Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain $13M 2003
29% Super Sucker Director Fred Barlow Screenwriter 2003
80% The Hours Louis Waters $41.5M 2002
53% Blood Work Buddy Noone $26.3M 2002
50% Escanaba in da Moonlight Screenwriter Director Rueben Soady 2000
50% Chasing Sleep Ed Saxon 2000
80% Cheaters Gerard Plecki 2000
27% It's the Rage Warren Harding 2000
12% My Favorite Martian Tim O'Hara 1999
No Score Yet The Crossing General Washington 1999
85% Pleasantville Mr. Johnson 1998
51% Trial and Error Charles Tuttle 1997
42% 101 Dalmatians Roger 1996
59% 2 Days in the Valley Alvin 1996
87% Fly Away Home Thomas Alden 1996
No Score Yet Redwood Curtain Lyman Fellers 1995
67% Dumb and Dumber Harry Dunne 1994
20% Terminal Velocity Actor 1994
94% Speed Harry 1994
76% Gettysburg Col. Joshua Chamberlain 1993
No Score Yet There Goes the Neighborhood (Paydirt) Willis Embry 1992
50% Rain Without Thunder Jonathan Garson 1992
No Score Yet Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story Agent Noonan 1992
No Score Yet Disaster in Time Ben Wilson 1992
25% The Butcher's Wife Dr. Alex Tremor 1991
No Score Yet The Story of America's Classic Ballparks Host 1991
No Score Yet Love Hurts Paul Weaver 1990
44% Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael Denton Webb 1990
92% Arachnophobia Dr. Ross Jennings 1990
20% Checking Out Ray Macklin 1989
50% Sweet Hearts Dance Sam Manners 1988
No Score Yet The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Lt. Maryk 1988
67% The House on Carroll Street Cochran 1988
89% Radio Days Baxter 1987
89% Something Wild Charles Driggs 1986
47% Heartburn Richard 1986
No Score Yet Marie Eddie Sisk 1985
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo Tom Baxter, Gil Shepherd 1985
No Score Yet Marie - A True Story Actor 1985
78% Terms of Endearment Flap Horton 1983
No Score Yet Fifth of July Jed Jenkins, Ken's Lover 1982
92% Ragtime O'Donnell 1981
No Score Yet A Rumor of War Actor 1980

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Washington
2020
Narrator Narrator 2020
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest 2019
2017
2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2019
2018
2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2018
88% The Looming Tower
2018
John O'Neill 2018
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
Guest 2018
2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest 2018
2012
2011
85% Godless
2017
Frank Griffin 2017
45% Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
2017
Narrator 2017
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing 2016
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
Panelist 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest 2014
2013
2012
59% The Newsroom
2012-2014
Will McAvoy 2014
2013
2012
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest 2013
2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2013
2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2013
2010
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest 1998
1995
1991
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Voice of Doug 1993
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Jed 1982

QUOTES FROM Jeff Daniels CHARACTERS

David says: You are the only one worth saving.

Harry Dunne says: Boy, I sure wish I could have been there when she was little.

Lloyd Christmas says: Whatever. That's all water under the fridge now, Har. Think of the bright side. You're finally getting to meet her, and you never had to change those poopy diapers.

Harry Dunne says: That's called being a parent, Lloyd. Besides, I changed your poopy diapers for 20 years.

Lloyd Christmas says: I totally sucked you in. Half the time, it wasn't even my poop.

Teddy Sanders says: If we are going to have a secret project called "Elrond", then I want my code name to be "Glorfindel".

Harry Dunne says: This is my associate, Dr. Christmas.

Dr. Meldmann says: Christmas, as in the holiday?

Lloyd Christmas says: No, as in the tree.

Harry Dunne says: Harry Dunne: Whoa, Lloyd. Check out the hotties at 12 o'clock.

Lloyd Christmas says: Lloyd Christmas: That's three hours away. Why can't I check 'em out now?

Harry Dunne says: You're hot for my daughter!

Lloyd Christmas says: What?

Harry Dunne says: Am I right?

Lloyd Christmas says: That's insane!

Harry Dunne says: You were right, Lloyd. She was definitely worth the trip.

Lloyd Christmas says: Yeah. she's something, ain't she, Har? I'm glad we were able to help her out.

Lloyd Christmas says: What happened, Harry? Some little filly break your heart?

Harry Dunne says: No. It was a girl.

Harry says: Guts will get you so far, and then they'll get you killed.

Cruella De Vil says: I'm getting really tired of you ROLAND !

Cruella De Vil says: I'm getting really tired of you Roland!

Roger says: ROGER !

Roger says: Roger!

Cruella De Vil says: Whatever !

Cruella De Vil says: Whatever!

Roger says: I hope 1944 turns out well. They pass so quickly. Where do they all go?

Biff Baxter says: So quickly. Then we get old. And we never knew what any of it was about.

Lloyd Christmas says: His head fell off?

Harry Dunne says: Yeah he was pretty old

Harry Dunne says: Yeah he was pretty old.

State Trooper says: Yeah, well you aware it's against the law to have an open alcohol container here in the state of Pennsylvania? Come on give me them booze you little pumpkin pie hair cutted freak!

Harry Dunne says: No sir way, way, way, way way!

Lloyd Christmas says: No sir don't drink tha...

State Trooper says: You'd keep your mouth shut if you knew it was good for you buddy. (Takes sip. swallows)

State Trooper says: You'd keep your mouth shut if you knew it was good for you buddy. [takes sip. swallows]

Harry Dunne says: Tic-Tac Sir?

State Trooper says: Get the hell out of here

State Trooper says: Get the hell out of here.

Abe says: This time travel crap, just fries your brain like a egg.

Uncle Martin says: Humans are really the amoebas of the universe.

Tim O'Hara says: This from a man who talks to his suit.

Uncle Martin says: Martians use 100% of their brain capacity. Humans less than 10.

Tim O'Hara says: I think we use more than 10.

Uncle Martin says: Your astronauts pee in their space suits. Case closed!

Tim O'Hara says: Leisure suit from Hell! Show your face if you had one.

Lewis says: Am I dead? I must be. No one's talking to me

Lewis says: Am I dead? I must be dead because no one's talking to me!

Harry Dunne says: No i should get it

Harry Dunne says: Yesterday was one of the greatest days of my life. Mary and I went skiing, we made a snowman, she touched my leg...

Lloyd Christmas says: no over here, i got us into this mess, shoot me

Lloyd Christmas says: Okay, Kill Him!

Harry Dunne says: No lloyd, i went out with mary today, we went skiing, we played in the snow... she touched my leg.

Lloyd Christmas says: OK KILL HIM

Abe says: This time travel crap just fries your brain like an egg.

Abe says: Ask yourself: who would I sacrifice for what's MINE?

Abe says: Ask yourself: who would I sacrifice for what's MINE?

Joe says: Abe: I'm from the future, go to China.

Abe says: I'm from the future, go to China.

Abe says: I'm from the future, go to China.

Joe says: I'm going to France.

Abe says: I'm from the future!! Go to China!!

Abe says: I'm from the future! Go to China!

Joe says: I'm going to France!!!

Joe says: I'm going to France!

Lloyd Christmas says: Mock!

Harry Dunne says: Yeah!

Lloyd Christmas says: ing!

Lloyd Christmas says: bird!

Lloyd Christmas says: Yeah!

Lloyd Christmas says: I'll tell ya where. Some place warm. A place where the beer flows like wine and beautiful women instinctively flock that salmon of capastrano! I'm talking about a place called ASS-PEN!

Harry Dunne says: I don't know Lloyd, the French are assholes.

Harry Dunne says: Look at the butt on that!

Lloyd Christmas says: Yeah, he must work out.

Harry Dunne says: Nice set of hooters you got there.

Mary Swanson says: I beg your pardon?

Harry Dunne says: The owls! They're beautiful!

Harry Dunne says: I don't know Lloyd, these places don't really do it for me.

Lloyd Christmas says: Why hare, some little Philly break your heart?

Harry Dunne says: No, it was a girl

Harry Dunne says: No, it was a girl.

Harry Dunne says: One time, we successfully mated a bulldog with a Shih-Tzu.

Mary Swanson says: Really? Thats weird.

Harry Dunne says: Yeah, we called it a Bull Shit.

Harry Dunne says: Yeah I called her up. She gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her, or something. I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention.

Harry Dunne says: You had, an extra pair of gloves this entire time?!

Harry Dunne says: You had, an extra pair of gloves this entire time?

Lloyd Christmas says: (As if it is a dumb question) Yeah...we're in the Rockies.

Lloyd Christmas says: [as if it is a dumb question] Yeah...we're in the Rockies.

Harry Dunne says: HARRY: it's a cardigan but thanks for noticing. Lloyd: yeah, killer boots man

Harry Dunne says: It's a cardigan but thanks for noticing.

Lloyd Christmas says: Yeah, killer boots man.

Harry Dunne says: goodbye my love

Harry Dunne says: Goodbye my love.

Harry Dunne says: harry, your hands are freezing

Harry Dunne says: Harry, your hands are freezing.

Harry Dunne says: i got worms

Harry Dunne says: I got worms.

Harry Dunne says: suck me sideways

Harry Dunne says: Suck me sideways.

Harry Dunne says: You know, Lloyd, just when I think you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!

Harry Dunne says: I can't believe we drove around all day, and there's not a single job in this town. There is nothing, nada, zip!

Lloyd Christmas says: Yeah! Unless you wanna work forty hours a week.

Harry Dunne says: One time, we successfully mated a bulldog with a Shih-Tzu.

Mary Swanson says: Really? That's weird.

Harry Dunne says: Yeah, we called it a bullshit.

George says: "So, what's going to happen now?"

George says: So, what's going to happen now?

Betty says: "I don't know. Do you know what's going to happen now?"

Betty says: I don't know. Do you know what's going to happen now?

George says: Laughs, then says, "I don't."

George says: [laughs] I don't.

Mr. Johnson says: "I guess I don't either."

Mr. Johnson says: I guess I don't either.

Harry Dunne says: Lloyd I can't feel my hands....

Lloyd Christmas says: Here have these extra pair of gloves my hands are getting kind of sweaty.

Harry Dunne says: You have had an extra pair of gloves this whole time!?!?

Harry Dunne says: You have had an extra pair of gloves this whole time!?

Lloyd Christmas says: Yeah Harry we are in the Rockys.

Harry Dunne says: I'm gonna kill you!!!!

Harry Dunne says: I'm gonna kill you!

Harry Dunne says: FOOTLONG!!! Who wants the FOOTLONG!!!

Harry Dunne says: FOOTLONG! Who wants the FOOTLONG!

Harry Dunne says: (As his foot is on fire) JUST GIVE ME THE GOD-DAMN NUMBER!!!!!

Harry Dunne says: [as his foot is on fire] JUST GIVE ME THE GOD-DAMN NUMBER!

Detective Dale says: Right if you're gonna be pushy just forget it!!

Detective Dale says: Right if you're gonna be pushy just forget it!

Harry Dunne says: (Looking through the spy-hole of their front door) There are two guys out there one of them has a gun.....

Harry Dunne says: [looking through the spy-hole of their front door] There are two guys out there one of them has a gun...

Lloyd Christmas says: Did you pay the Gas-man?!?!

Lloyd Christmas says: Did you pay the Gas-man?

Harry Dunne says: (Puts his hands on his head)

Harry Dunne says: [puts his hands on his head]

Lloyd Christmas says: Do you realise what you have done!!!

Lloyd Christmas says: Do you realise what you have done!

Harry says: You shoot me and they give you a medal, you little prick.

Jack Traven says: Harry, you told me to.

Harry says: [observing explosives mounted on the elevator] What do you think?

Jack Traven says: I dunno. YOU'RE the expert, I just work here.

Harry Dunne says: You just drove a sixth of the way in the wrong direction! We don't have enough money to get to Aspen! We don't have enough money to get home! We don't have enough money to eat! We don't have enough money to sleep!

Harry Dunne says: I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this.

Lloyd Christmas says: I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver's full of shit, man.

Harry Dunne says: you know, the thing that really chaps my ass is that i just spent my life savings turning my van into a poodle. the alarm alone cost me $200

Harry Dunne says: No, none taken. You know what really chaps my ass though? I spent my life savings turning my van into a dog. The alarm alone cost me two hundred.

Opal says: You couldn't give up

Opal says: You couldn't give up.

Preacher says: Opal

Preacher says: Opal.

Opal says: You give up on everything

Opal says: You give up on everything .

Preacher says: That's not true

Preacher says: That's not true.

Opal says: It is true, all you do is give up. You just slip your head back into your stupid turtle shell and give up. You won't talk, you won't go to parties, and I bet you didn't even go out looking for my mama when she left. I bet you just let her run off too.

Preacher says: I couldn't stop her, I tried, no, I tried. what you didn't think I wanted her to stay too? She was everything to me.

Opal says: You didn't try she wasn't everything to you

Opal says: You didn't try she wasn't everything to you.

Preacher says: yes she was, Opal, she was everything, everything. I..I failed her Opal, I tried, and I tried.

Preacher says: Yes she was, Opal, she was everything, everything. I.. I failed her Opal, I tried, and I tried.

Opal says: You didn't try! I know you didn't.

Preacher says: I tried, I tried and I tried and I tried with everything i had. It's my fault Opal it's all my fault. I'm sorry.

Preacher says: I tried, I tried and I tried and I tried with everything I had. It's my fault Opal it's all my fault. I'm sorry.

Opal says: Daddy?

Preacher says: And don't you believe losing Winn-Dixie isn't going to upset me more than it does you, I love that dog, i love him too.

Preacher says: And don't you believe losing Winn-Dixie isn't going to upset me more than it does you, I love that dog, I love him too.

Opal says: I love you daddy.

Preacher says: I love you too.

Lloyd Christmas says: i bet you $10 i can get you gambling by the end of the day

Lloyd Christmas says: I'll bet you twenty bucks I can get you gambling before the end of the day.

Harry Dunne says: your on

Harry Dunne says: Just when I thought you couldn't get any dumber.... you go and do this...... AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!

Harry Dunne says: Just when I thought you couldn't get any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!

Harry Dunne says: you sold my dead bird to a blind kid ?

Harry Dunne says: You sold my dead bird to a blind kid?

Lewis says: What's her name?

Chris Pratt says: That's her last name.

Chris Pratt says: Luvlee.

Lewis says: Luvlee Lemons? That's her name?

Lewis says: That's a name?

Chris Pratt says: Well, it's her stage name. She's a performer. Or she was.

Bernard Berkman says: `What is it about high school that you read all the worst books by good writers

Bernard Berkman says: What is it about high school, that you read all the worst books by good writers?

Lewis says: I smell money.