Jeff Daniels

  • Birth Name: Jeffrey Warren Daniels
  • Birth Place: Athens, Georgia, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Singer, Songwriter
Where to Watch

Available to Stream

  • Watch on

Next on TV

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.

Awards

  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1986, 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
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie: Winner
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2018, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2016, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: 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, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2003, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2006, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 2017, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Tony — Actor (Play): Nominee
  • 2017, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Benjamin Daniels — Son
  • Nellie Daniels — Daughter
  • Kathleen Daniels — Wife
  • Lucas Daniels — Son
  • Marjorie Daniels — Mother
  • Robert Lee Daniels — Father

College

  • Attended Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States

Coming Soon

Because it's never too early to plan Thursday night... two months from now.

Your new favorite show is right here. Trust us.

My News

Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorites shows - Start Now