Jeff Daniels

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Jeffrey Warren Daniels
  • Birth Place: Athens, GA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 02/19/1955, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor; director; singer; songwriter
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Jeff Daniels Fast Facts:
  • Taught himself how to play guitar as a means of relaxation when he moved to New York City to find work as an actor.
  • Married his high-school sweetheart, and they returned to Michigan to raise their children.
  • Won a 1982 OBIE Award for his performance in Johnny Got His Gun.
  • Founded the nonprofit Purple Rose Theatre Company in his hometown of Chelsea, MI. The name is a nod to his breakthrough role in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985).
  • Has written many plays performed at the Purple Rose Theatre. 
  • Is a singer-songwriter whose CDs (which raise funds for his theater company) include Jeff Daniels: Live and Unplugged (2004), Grandfather's Hat (2006), Together Again (2009), Live at the Purple Rose (2010) and Keep It Right Here (2010).
  • Known to mix comedy into his musical performances when performing live. 
  • Has promoted Michigan by serving as a spokesperson for Michigan ad campaigns.
  • Among his prized possessions: a guitar of his that George Harrison signed and then played a song on.
  • Jeff Daniels Relationships:
  • Nellie Daniels - Daughter
  • Kathleen Daniels - Wife
  • Lucas Daniels - Son
  • Benjamin Daniels - Son
  • Jeff Daniels Awards:
  • 1986 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 2009 Tony: Actor (Play) - Nominee
  • 2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 2013 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Nominee
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2014 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1987 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI

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