Jeff Daniels Biography

State of Play

State of Play

Score: 7.35 / 10
Released: April 17, 2009
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Andrew Hauptman
Studio: Universal Pictures
Cast: Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Jason Bateman, Jeff Daniels, Helen Mirren
Genre: Thriller
Length: 127 minutes
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Jeff Daniels Biography

JEFF DANIELS

Date of Birth: February 19, 1955

Versatile leading man Jeff Daniels from Chelsea, Michigan attended Central Michigan University, where he majored in English and minored in theater before dropping out and moving to NYC to seek his fortune. There he joined the Circle Repertory Company doing off-Broadway and Broadway plays and a number of television commercials.

Though he had already worked on both large and small screen projects, his big break didn't come until 1983 when he was cast as Debra Winger's inconstant husband in Terms of Endearment (1983). He followed it up with two Golden Globe award nominated performances in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) and Something Wild (1986).

Jeff continued to wow viewers as he moved through one film to the next playing everything from villains and cads to heroes and romantic leads to tragic figures and loveable goofs. More notable performances came in films like Arachnophobia (1990), Speed (1994), Dumb & Dumber (1994) opposite Jim Carrey, and Pleasantville (1998).

Though Jeff has found low-key success in film, he still maintains his connection to the stage and manages his own theatrical company, Purple Rose Theatre Company (he also runs a film company by the same name), where he has written eight plays and directed one play, Boom Town. In 2001 he made his directorial debut in film with Escanaba in da Moonlight followed by Super Sucker in 2002.

In 2012, Jeff landed a recurring role as Will McAvoy in the HBO television drama The Newsroom. He also appeared in the 2012 blockbuster feature Looper alongside Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt. He starred in Dumb and Dumber To (2014). More recently, he starred in Steve Jobs (2015), The Martian (2015) and The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016).

Married since 1979 to his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Treado, Jeff has been living in his hometown since the early '90s where he has been bringing up his three kids. Besides acting, Daniels enjoys the occasional round of golf. He is also an accomplished guitar player.

Filmography:

The Catcher Was a Spy(2017)
The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)
The Martian (2015)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Dumb and Dumber To (2014)
Looper(2012)
Quad (2011)
Howl(2010)
Paper Man (2009)
Away We Go(2009)
State of Play(2009)
Arlen Faber(2009)
Traitor(2008)
Space Chimps (2008) (voice)
Mama's Boy(2006)
The Lookout(2006)
Infamous(2006)
R.V. (2006)
Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
The Squid and the Whale(2005)
Imaginary Heroes(2005)
Because of Winn-Dixie(2005)
I Witness (2003)
Gods and Generals(2002)
Blood Work(2002)
Super Sucker (2002)
Escanaba in da Moonlight(2000)
Chasing Sleep (2000)
All the Rage (1999)
My Favorite Martian(1999)
Pleasantville(1998)
Trial and Error(1997)
101 Dalmatians(1996)
2 Days in the Valley (1996)
Fly Away Home(1996)
Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Speed(1994)
Gettysburg (1993)
There Goes the Neighborhood (1992)
Rain Without Thunder (1992)
Love Hurts (1991)
The Butcher's Wife (1991)
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael (1990)
Arachnophobia (1990)
Checking Out (1989)
The House on Carroll Street (1988)
Sweet Hearts Dance (1988)
Radio Days(1987)
Something Wild(1986)
Heartburn(1986)
Marie (1985)
The Purple Rose of Cairo(1985)
Terms of Endearment(1983)
Ragtime(1981)

Filmography

Actor Godless (Netflix) (2017)
Actor Steve Jobs (2015)
Actor Looper (2012)
Actor Howl (2010)
Actor Away We Go (2009)
Actor State of Play (2009)
Actor Traitor (2008)
Actor The Lookout (2007)
Actor Mama's Boy (2007)
Actor Infamous (2006)
Actor RV (2006)
Actor Imaginary Heroes (2005)
Actor Gods and Generals (2003)
Actor Blood Work (2002)
Actor The Hours (2002)
Actor Pleasantville (1998)
Actor Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Actor Speed (1994)