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Jeff Daniels

Highest Rated:   93% Looper (2012)
Lowest Rated:   8% Mama's Boy (2007)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
12% 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
29% Dumb and Dumber To
  • Harry Dunne
2014
93% Looper
  • Abe
$66.4M 2012
62% 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
68% Away We Go
  • Jerry
$9.4M 2009
84% State of Play
  • Senator George Fergus
$37M 2009
No Score Yet The 10 Conditions of Love
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2009
No Score Yet Baseball's Heirlooms: The Story of America's Classic Ballparks
  • Host
2009
64% Traitor
  • Carter
$23.6M 2008
34% 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
93% The Squid and the Whale
  • Bernard Berkman
$7.1M 2005
35% Imaginary Heroes
  • Ben Travis
2005
54% Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Preacher
$32.5M 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
$12.9M 2003
29% Super Sucker
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Fred Barlow
2003
81% The Hours
  • Louis Waters
$41.5M 2002
53% Blood Work
  • Buddy Noone
$26.2M 2002
No Score Yet Escanaba in da Moonlight
  • Director
  • Rueben Soady
  • Screenwriter
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
84% Pleasantville
  • Mr. Johnson
1998
43% Trial and Error
  • Charles Tuttle
1997
38% 101 Dalmatians
  • Roger
1996
59% 2 Days in the Valley
  • Alvin
1996
86% Fly Away Home
  • Thomas Alden
1996
No Score Yet Redwood Curtain
  • Lyman Fellers
1995
67% Dumb and Dumber
  • Harry Dunne
1994
17% Terminal Velocity
  • Actor
1994
93% Speed
  • Harry
1994
80% 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
21% 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
91% 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
88% Radio Days
  • Baxter
1987
88% 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
88% Terms of Endearment
  • Flap Horton
1983
No Score Yet Fifth of July
  • Jed Jenkins, Ken's Lover
1982
90% Ragtime
  • O'Donnell
1981
No Score Yet A Rumor of War
  • Actor
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
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
62% The Newsroom
2012-2014
  • Will McAvoy
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet 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 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 Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 1998
  • 1995
  • 1991
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Doug
  • 1993
No Score Yet Godless
2017
  • Frank Griffin

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