Television credits include the recent Five People You Meet In Heaven (based on Mitch Albom's best-selling novel), TNT's remake of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl, Robert Altman's The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Lee Grant's No Place Like Home, A&E's The Crossing, NBC's Saturday Night Live and Cheaters for HBO.
Daniels' appearances on Broadway include Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain and Fifth of July, for which he won a Drama Desk Award for Best Supporting Actor. Off-Broadway, Daniels received a Drama Desk nomination for Lemon Sky, as well as an Obie for his performance in the Circle Repertory Company production of Johnny Got His Gun.
Back home in Chelsea, Michigan, he has continued his passion for the theater by founding the Purple Rose Theater Company, which is dedicated to encouraging and developing mid-western actors, playwrights, directors and designers. All of Daniels' own plays have premiered there: Shoe Man (Detroit News Critics Award for Best New Play), The Tropical Pickle, The Vast Difference, Thy Kingdom's Coming, Apartment 3A, Boom Town, Escanaba in da Moonlight, Across the Way (which was nominated for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics Association), Norma & Wanda and most recently, Guest Artist.
Since the 1970s, Jeff has been composing songs, and recently recorded Jeff Daniels -- Live and Unplugged, a collection of live performances which humorously and touchingly reflect on his life and career. Proceeds from the sale of this CD go to support The Purple Rose Theater.
In 1999, Daniels formed Purple Rose Films, a Michigan-based independent production company. His first film as writer/director/actor was Escanaba in da Moonlight, a comedy about deer hunting based on his hit play. His second film, Super Sucker, a comedy about mid-western vacuum cleaner salesmen, won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
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Jeff Daniels Facts
|Birthday||February 19, 1955 (63)|
|Birthplace||Chelsea, Michigan, USA|
|Height||6' 3" (1m91) How tall is Jeff Daniels compared to you?|
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