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Actor Jeff Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia, but was raised in Chelsea, Michigan. He is the son of Marjorie J. (Ferguson) and Robert Lee Daniels, who owned The Chelsea Lumber Company and was also mayor of Chelsea. Jeff attended Central Michigan University, but became involved in acting and dropped out to pursue a career as an actor. Daniels made... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 11 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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The Squid and the Whale
The Squid and the Whale Bernard Berkman
Dumb and Dumber
The Purple Rose of Cairo
The Purple Rose of Cairo Tom Baxter / Gil Shepherd
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 2018 The Looming Tower (TV Mini-Series)
John O'Neill
- Episode #1.10 (2018) ... John O'Neill
- Tuesday (2018) ... John O'Neill
- A Very Special Relationship (2018) ... John O'Neill
- The General (2018) ... John O'Neill
- Boys at War (2018) ... John O'Neill
 2018 The Catcher Was a Spy
William J. Donovan
 2017 Godless (TV Mini-Series)
Frank Griffin
- Homecoming (2017) ... Frank Griffin
- Shot the Head off a Snake (2017) ... Frank Griffin
- Fathers & Sons (2017) ... Frank Griffin
- Wisdom of the Horse (2017) ... Frank Griffin
- The Ladies of La Belle (2017) ... Frank Griffin
 2016 Allegiant
 2015 The Martian
Teddy Sanders
 2015 Steve Jobs
John Sculley
 2012-2014 The Newsroom (TV Series)
Will McAvoy
- What Kind of Day Has It Been (2014) ... Will McAvoy
- Oh Shenandoah (2014) ... Will McAvoy
- Contempt (2014) ... Will McAvoy
- Main Justice (2014) ... Will McAvoy
- Run (2014) ... Will McAvoy
 2014 Dumb and Dumber To
 2014 Saturday Night Live (TV Series)
Harry Dunne Lloyd (segment "Carrey Family Reunion")
- Jim Carrey/Iggy Azalea (2014) ... Harry Dunne Lloyd (segment "Carrey Family Reunion") (uncredited)
 2013 Grounded
 2012 Looper
 2011 Forcin' the Blues (Short)
 2010 Howl
David Kirk
 2009 Paper Man
Richard Dunn
 2009 Away We Go
 2009 State of Play
George Fergus
 2009 The Answer Man
Arlen Faber
 2008 Traitor
 2008 Space Chimps
Zartog (voice)
 2008 Sweet Nothing in My Ear (TV Movie)
Dan Miller
 2007 Mama's Boy
Mert Rosenbloom
 2007 A Plumm Summer
 2007 The Lookout
 2006 Infamous
Alvin Dewey
 2006 RV
Travis Gornicke
 2005 Good Night, and Good Luck.
Sig Mickelson
 2005 Because of Winn-Dixie
 2005 The Squid and the Whale
Bernard Berkman
 2004 The Five People You Meet in Heaven (TV Movie)
Blue Man
 2004 Imaginary Heroes
Ben Travis
 2004 The Goodbye Girl (TV Movie)
Elliot Garfield
 2003 I Witness
James Rhodes
 2003 Gods and Generals
Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
 2002 The Hours
Louis Waters
 2002 Blood Work
Jasper 'Buddy' Noone
 2002 Super Sucker
Fred Barlow
 2001 Escanaba in da Moonlight
Rueben Soady
 2000 Chasing Sleep
Ed Saxon
 2000 Cheaters (TV Movie)
Dr. Gerard Plecki
 2000 The Crossing (TV Movie)
Gen. George Washington
 1999 All the Rage
Warren Harding
 1999 My Favorite Martian
Tim O'Hara
 1998 Pleasantville
Bill Johnson
 1997 Trial and Error
Charles Tuttle
 1996 101 Dalmatians
 1996 2 Days in the Valley
Alvin Strayer
 1996 Fly Away Home
Thomas Alden
 1995 Redwood Curtain (TV Movie)
Lyman Fellers
 1994 Dumb and Dumber
 1994 Speed
 1993 Frasier (TV Series)
- Here's Looking at You (1993) ... Doug (voice)
 1993 Gettysburg
Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
 1992 There Goes the Neighborhood
Willis Embry
 1992 Rain Without Thunder
Jonathan Garson
 1992 Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (TV Movie)
Tom Noonan
 1992 Grand Tour: Disaster in Time
Ben Wilson
 1991 The Butcher's Wife
Dr. Alex Tremor
 1990 Love Hurts
Paul Weaver
 1990 Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
Denton Webb
 1990 Arachnophobia
Ross Jennings
 1989 No Place Like Home (TV Movie)
Mike Cooper
 1989 Checking Out
Ray Macklin
 1988 Sweet Hearts Dance
Sam Manners
 1988 Tanner '88 (TV Mini-Series)
Park Ranger
- The Girlfriend Factor (1988) ... Park Ranger
 1988 The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (TV Movie)
Lt. Stephen Maryk
 1987 Trying Times (TV Series)
- The Visit (1987) ... Jim
 1987 Radio Days
Biff Baxter
 1986 Something Wild
Charles Driggs
 1986 Heartburn
 1985 Marie
Eddie Sisk
 1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo
Tom Baxter / Gil Shepherd
 1983 Terms of Endearment
Flap Horton
 1983 An Invasion of Privacy (TV Movie)
Francis Ryan
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Jed Jenkins
- The Fifth of July (1982) ... Jed Jenkins
 1982 Catalina C-Lab (TV Movie)
Rick Guthrie
 1981 Ragtime
P.C. O'Donnell
 1980 Breaking Away (TV Series)
- The Cutters (1980)
 1980 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Neal Forrester
- The Flight of the Jewels (1980) ... Neal Forrester
 1980 A Rumor of War (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Chaplain
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Chaplain
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(April 5 to May 29, 2011) He acted in Christopher Hampton's translation of Yasmina Reza's play, "God of Carnage," in a West Coast premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden in the cast. Matthew Warchus was director. See more »

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8 Interviews | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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[on how he got through filming a sex scene in The Squid and the Whale (2005) with Anna Paquin, who had 9 years earlier played his daughter in the goose-filled family film Fly Away Home (1996)]: We tried not to think about ... you know, geese. See more »


Daniels has been married to his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Rosemary Treado, since 1979. They have three children: Benjamin (born 1984), Lucas (born 1987), and Nellie (born 1990). A baseball fan and an avid Detroit Tigers fan, he married his wife on Friday the 13th because he wore the number 13 on his baseball uniform. See more »

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