Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Jeff Daniels Biography

Birth Name:
Jeffrey Warren Daniels
Birth Place:
Athens, Georgia, United States
Profession
Actor, director, singer, songwriter

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

  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated
  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie: winner
  • 2015Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2007Golden Satellite Award-Best Supporting Actor: nominated
  • 2006Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2006London Film Critics Association-Best Actor: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2005National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor - Runner-up: winner
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2003Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1987Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated

Relationships

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