Mostly Credited As: Jeff Daniels
Birth Name: Jeffrey Warren Daniels
Date Of Birth: February 19, 1955 (Age 59)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Athens, Georgia
Height: 6' 3" (1.9 m)
Jeff Daniels is an American actor and musician, and was born on February 19, 1955 in Athens, Georgia. Daniels first got the acting bug via the stage, performing in theater productions throughout his school career, and into adulthood. Daniels made his screen debut in the 1981 Milos Forman film 'Ragtime.' He then moved on to a well received supporting role in 1983's 'Terms of Endearment.' Daniels holds the distinction of receiving back to back to back Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor. In 1985, he starred in Woody Allen's 'The Purple Rose of Cairo', and in 1986, he starred opposite Melanie Griffith in 'Something Wild.'
Daniels' next beloved film role came in the 1990 horror/comedy 'Arachnophobia', for which the actor was nominated for a Saturn award. In 1993, Daniels drew critical raves as Union Col. Joshua Chamberlain in 'Gettysburg.' 1994 brought Daniels two mainstream hits in the form of the action/thriller 'Speed', and the Farrelly brothers comedy 'Dumb and Dumber.' Daniels' performance as lovable goofball Harry Dunn still remains one of his most widely recognized. 1998 comedy/drama 'Pleasantville' saw more critical love come Daniels' way.
Fast-forwarding to 2005 (because if we didn't, we'd be here all day), Daniels received multiple award nominations for his performance as Bernard Berkman in Noah Baumbach's 'The Squid and the Whale.' Despite his film career never really slowing down, Daniels chose to star in his first TV series in 2012. Daniels portrays flawed news anchor Will McAvoy on the HBO drama 'The Newsroom', a role that once again garnered him a Golden Globe nomination. 'The Newsroom' began its second season in the summer of 2013.