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      Jeff Daniels

      Jeff Daniels

      Highest Rated: 100% The Saint of Second Chances (2023)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Mama's Boy (2007)

      Birthday: Feb 19, 1955

      Birthplace: Athens, Georgia, USA

      American actor Jeff Daniels built a versatile career where he moved easily between comedy and dramatic roles. Born in Athens, Georgia, he grew up in Chelsea, Michigan. He studied theater in college, but left to pursue a professional career in New York. He gained notice with his Off-Broadway performance in "Fifth of July," and recreated his role for the Broadway production. He began landing small television roles, including a guest appearance on "Hawaii Five-O" (CBS, 1968-80). The actor moved into film work with a role in Milos Forman's "Ragtime" (1981). His profile took a huge jump when he starred with Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, and Debra Winger in the Academy Award-winning "Terms of Endearment" (1983). He was given the chance to step into a starring role when Woody Allen cast him as one of the leads, along with Mia Farrow, in "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985). The role would earn Daniels a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. His role opposite Melanie Griffith in Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild" (1986) earned him another Golden Globe nom. He began working steadily, starring in an array of films. One stretch of the 1990s showcased his diversity. He was part of the ensemble of the Civil War epic "Gettysburg" (1993). He played Keanu Reeves's partner in the thriller "Speed" (1994), and joined Jim Carrey for the blockbuster sophmoric comedy "Dumb and Dumber" (1994). Then he starred in the family films "Fly Away Home" (1996) and "101 Dalmations" (1996). The actor never forgot his theater roots, returning to the stage on a regular basis and added playwright to his resume as well. He later directed the film version of one of his plays, "Escanaba in da Moonlight" (2001). He earned critical raves for his role as a father struggling through a divorce in Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale" (2005). Daniels turned to television for what would become one of his most acclaimed roles. The actor starred as TV news anchor Will McAvoy in Aaron Sorkin's drama "The Newsroom" (HBO, 2012-14). The role earned Daniels an Emmy Award. On the big screen, he re-teamed with Carrey for the sequel "Dumb and Dumber To" (2014), and joined the ensembles of "The Martian" (2015) and "Steve Jobs" (2015). His strong work on television continued with a starring role in the miniseries "The Looming Tower" (Hulu, 2018) as real-life counter-intelligence agent John O'Neill, who was convinced that the U.S. was being targeted by Al-Queda and died in the World Trade Center attacks. He also starred as outlaw Frank Griffin in the Western drama "Godless" (Netflix, 2018). Daniels earned Emmy nominations for both projects, winning for "Godless." On stage, he earned critical raves and a Tony nomination for his role as Atticus Finch in a 2018 production of "To Kill a Mockingbird."

      Highest rated movies

      Good Night, and Good Luck.
      The Purple Rose of Cairo
      The Squid and the Whale
      Radio Days
      The Martian


      Kathleen Rosemary Treado, Jeff Daniels at arrivals for The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 EMMYS - Part 2, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Los Angeles, CA August 25, 2014. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection Jeff Daniels, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, THE NEWSROOM in the press room for The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards - PRESS ROOM, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA September 22, 2013. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection STEVE JOBS, from left: Jeff Daniels, Michael Fassbender, as Steve Jobs, 2015. ph: Francois Duhamel/©Universal Pictures STEVE JOBS, from left: Michael Fassbender, as Steve Jobs, Jeff Daniels, 2015. ph: Francois Duhamel/©Universal Pictures Aaron Sorkin, Jeff Daniels at arrivals for Premiere of Season 2 of HBO''s THE NEWSROOM, The Paramount Theater (Paramount Studio), Los Angeles, CA July 10, 2013. Photo By: Dee Cercone/Everett Collection THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, Jeff Daniels, 1985, (c)Orion Pictures DUMB AND DUMBER, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, 1994. (c) New Line DUMB AND DUMBER, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, 1994, (c) New Line R.V., Jeff Daniels, Robin Williams, 2006, ©Columbia Pictures THE LOOKOUT, Jeff Daniels, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 2007. ©Miramax MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, Jeff Daniels, Christopher Lloyd, 1998, (c) Buena Vista R.V., Jeff Daniels, 2006. ©Columbia Pictures SOMETHING WILD, Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels, 1986, (c) Orion MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, Jeff Daniels, Elizabeth Hurley, 1999 DUMB AND DUMBER, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, 1994, (c) New Line THE LOOKOUT, Greg Dunham, Matthew Goode, Jeff Daniels, 2007. ©Miramax DUMB AND DUMBER, Jeff Daniels, 1994. (c) New Line THE MARTIAN, Jeff Daniels, 2015. TM & copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved DUMB AND DUMBER, Lauren Holly, Jeff Daniels, 1994. (c) New Line PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, Jeff Daniels, Mia Farrow, 1985, in a movie theater



      89% 98% Bye Bye Barry Narrator - 2023
      100% 96% The Saint of Second Chances Narrator - 2023
      No Score Yet 77% 9/11: Inside the President's War Room Narrator - 2021
      92% No Score Yet Television Event Director,
      - 2020
      63% 36% Guest Artist Joseph Harris (Character),
      $7.0K 2019
      100% 98% The Russian Five Self $370.2K 2018
      33% 50% The Catcher Was a Spy William J. Donovan (Character) $706.6K 2018
      11% 41% The Divergent Series: Allegiant David (Character) $66.2M 2016
      85% 73% Steve Jobs John Sculley (Character) $17.8M 2015
      91% 91% The Martian Teddy Sanders (Character) $228.4M 2015
      30% 35% Dumb and Dumber To Harry (Character) $86.2M 2014
      93% 82% Looper Abe (Character) $66.3M 2012
      63% 58% Howl David Kirk (Character) $617.3K 2010
      32% 48% Paper Man Richard (Character) $15.4K 2009
      32% 42% The Answer Man Arlen Faber (Character) $25.6K 2009
      67% 74% Away We Go Jerry (Character) $9.4M 2009
      84% 73% State of Play George Fergus (Character) $37.0M 2009
      No Score Yet 73% Sweet Nothing in My Ear Dan Miller (Character) - 2008
      65% 64% Traitor Carter (Character) $23.5M 2008
      33% 33% Space Chimps Zartog (Voice) $30.1M 2008
      20% 49% A Plumm Summer Narrator $53.8K 2007
      8% 26% Mama's Boy Mert (Character) - 2007
      87% 74% The Lookout Lewis Canfield (Character) $4.6M 2007
      74% 69% Infamous Alvin Dewey (Character) $1.2M 2006
      24% 45% RV Travis Gornicke (Character) $71.4M 2006
      92% 81% The Squid and the Whale Bernard Berkman (Character) $7.4M 2005
      93% 83% Good Night, and Good Luck. Sig Mickelson (Character) $31.5M 2005
      55% 63% Because of Winn-Dixie Preacher (Character) $32.6M 2005
      No Score Yet 44% The Goodbye Girl Elliot Garfield (Character) - 2004
      35% 81% Imaginary Heroes Ben Travis (Character) $228.5K 2004
      No Score Yet 82% Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven Blue Man (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 32% I Witness James Rhodes (Character) - 2003
      29% 41% Super Sucker Fred Barlow (Character),
      - 2003
      8% 64% Gods and Generals Colonel Joshua Chamberlain (Character) $12.9M 2003
      79% 84% The Hours Louis (Character) $41.6M 2002
      52% 40% Blood Work Buddy Noone (Character) - 2002
      50% 79% Escanaba in da Moonlight Reuben Soady (Character),
      $2.3M 2000
      80% 60% Cheaters Dr. Gerard Plecki (Character) - 2000
      50% 49% Chasing Sleep Ed Saxon (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 61% The Crossing Gen. George Washington (Character) - 2000
      27% 44% All the Rage Unknown (Character) - 1999
      12% 31% My Favorite Martian Tim O'Hara (Character) $36.8M 1999
      86% 79% Pleasantville Mr. Bill Johnson (Character) $40.6M 1998
      50% 31% Trial and Error Charles 'Charlie' Tuttle (Character) $13.6M 1997
      62% 54% 2 Days in the Valley Alvin Strayer (Character) $11.1M 1996
      39% 40% 101 Dalmatians Roger Darling (Character) $136.2M 1996
      88% 70% Fly Away Home Thomas Alden (Character) $24.6M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Redwood Curtain Lyman Fellers (Character) - 1995
      68% 84% Dumb & Dumber Harry Dunne (Character) $127.2M 1994
      95% 76% Speed Det. Harold 'Harry' Temple (Character) $121.2M 1994
      77% 89% Gettysburg Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Character) - 1993
      50% 64% Rain Without Thunder Jonathan Garson (Character) $6.7K 1992
      No Score Yet 47% Paydirt Willis Embry (Character) $8.2K 1992
      No Score Yet 33% Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story Tom Noonan (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Timescape Ben Wilson (Character) - 1992
      24% 30% The Butcher's Wife Alex (Character) $8.9M 1991
      50% 46% Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Denton Webb (Character) $3.5M 1990
      93% 54% Arachnophobia Dr. Ross Jennings (Character) $53.2M 1990
      No Score Yet 0% Love Hurts Paul Weaver (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Place Like Home Mike Cooper (Character) - 1989
      20% 20% Checking Out Ray Macklin (Character) $12.7K 1989
      No Score Yet 77% The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Lt. Steve Maryk (Character) - 1988
      44% 35% Sweet Hearts Dance Sam Manners (Character) $2.9M 1988
      71% 28% The House on Carroll Street Cochran (Character) $161.7K 1988
      92% 84% Radio Days Biff Baxter (Character) $11.1M 1987
      45% 46% Heartburn Richard (Character) $24.3M 1986
      91% 69% Something Wild Charles Driggs (Character) $6.4M 1986
      No Score Yet 33% Marie: A True Story Eddie Sisk (Character) $1.9M 1985
      93% 88% The Purple Rose of Cairo Tom Baxter/Gil Shepherd (Character) - 1985
      82% 83% Terms of Endearment Flap Horton (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An Invasion of Privacy Francis Ryan (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fifth of July Unknown (Character) - 1982
      83% 76% Ragtime P.C. O'Donnell (Character) - 1981


      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2023
      26% 77% American Rust Del Harris (Character),
      Executive Producer
      No Score Yet 47% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2014-2019 2021
      No Score Yet 50% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2018-2021
      90% 86% Hemingway Hemingway (Voice) 2021
      66% 68% The Comey Rule James Comey (Character) 2020
      No Score Yet 20% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015 2018 2020
      No Score Yet 9% The View Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 89% Impractical Jokers Self 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Washington Narrator 2020
      No Score Yet 62% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016-2017 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 60 Minutes Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 38% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2018
      88% 67% The Looming Tower John O'Neill (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conan Guest 2012 2018
      45% No Score Yet Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge Narrator 2017
      83% 85% Godless Frank Griffin (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2016
      100% 29% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 91% The Newsroom Will McAvoy (Character) 2012-2014
      No Score Yet 100% The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Guest 2014
      100% 90% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Himself (Guest Voice) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010 2012-2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Colbert Report Guest 2005 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2003
      No Score Yet 58% Saturday Night Live Host 1991 1995
      95% 94% Frasier Doug (Guest Voice) 1993