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
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 $9.5M 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
93% 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
39% 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
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
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
88% 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
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 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 Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2012
  • 2011
86% Godless
2017
Frank Griffin
  • 2017
45% Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
2017
Narrator
  • 2017
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994-2018
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
70% 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

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