Jeffrey Warren Daniels (born February 19, 1955) is an American actor, musician, and playwright whose career includes roles in films, stage productions, and television, for which he has won two Primetime Emmy Awards and received several Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Tony Award nominations.He made his film debut in Miloš Forman's drama Ragtime (1981), and continued to work regularly throughout the 1980s to 1990s in James L. Brooks' Terms of Endearment (1983), Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Mike Nichols' Heartburn (1986) as well as the war epic Gettysburg (1993) and the action film Speed (1994). He found great success for his role in the comedy Dumb and Dumber (1994) opposite Jim Carrey. He also starred in the live action Disney film 101 Dalmatians (1996), and fantasy film Pleasantville (1998). During the 2000's Daniels starred in critically acclaimed film such as Stephen Daldry's psychological drama The Hours (2002), Noah Baumbach's coming of age comedy The Squid and the Whale (2005), George Clooney's historical drama Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), and the Truman Capote drama Infamous (2006). He also appeared in the science fiction action film Looper (2012), Danny Boyle's drama Steve Jobs (2015), and Ridley Scott's science fiction comedy The Martian (2015).From 2012 to 2014, Daniels starred as Will McAvoy in the HBO political drama series The Newsroom, for which he won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. He won a second Primetime Emmy Award in 2018 for his supporting performance in the Netflix miniseries Godless (2017) and an additional nomination that year for his leading performance as John P. O'Neill in the Hulu miniseries The Looming Tower (2018). In 2020 he played FBI director James Comey in The Comey Rule for Showtime. Daniels has also received a number of award nominations for his work on stage, including Tony Award nominations for Best Actor for his roles in the plays Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage, David Harrower's Blackbird and Aaron Sorkin's To Kill a Mockingbird. He is the founder and current executive director of the Chelsea, Michigan–based Purple Rose Theatre Company.
In 1986, he moved back to his hometown of Chelsea, Michigan, and as of 2016, he still primarily resides there. In 1979, Daniels married his college sweetheart, a fellow Michigan resident also from Chelsea, Kathleen Rosemary Treado. The couple have three children: Benjamin (born 1984), Lucas (born 1987), and Nellie (born 1990).Daniels has appeared as the TV spokesman for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, promoting Michigan's effectiveness in bringing in new companies, featured on CNBC. He was inducted into the Michigan Walk of Fame on May 25, 2006, in Lansing, Michigan, and delivered the winter commencement address at the University of Michigan on December 20, 2009, at which he was granted an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts.In 2020, Daniels endorsed Joe Biden in the presidential election against Donald Trump. He narrated a campaign ad for Biden entitled, America Needs Michigan, focusing on the swing state of Michigan, a state in which Daniels resides. In the ad Daniels states, "Michigan deserves a president who believes in things like decency, honesty and respect", adding that he voted for Biden.
Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia, to Marjorie J. (née Ferguson) and Robert Lee "Bob" Daniels (1929–2012). He spent the first six weeks of his life in Georgia, where his father was then teaching, and grew up in Chelsea, Michigan. His father owned the Chelsea Lumber Company and was a one-time mayor of Chelsea.Daniels was raised Methodist. He briefly attended Central Michigan University and participated in the school's theater program. In the summer of 1976, he attended the Eastern Michigan University drama school to participate in a special Bicentennial Repertory program, where he performed in The Hot l Baltimore and three other plays performed in repertoire. Marshall W. Mason was the guest director at EMU, and he invited Daniels to come to New York to work at the Circle Repertory Theatre, where he performed in Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson in the 1977–78 season. Daniels performed in New York in The Shortchanged Review (1979) at Second Stage Theatre. It was the first show of the inaugural season for Second Stage Theatre.
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9/11: Inside the President's War Room
The President has exclusive access to information from the one's that had to make decisions during the World Trade Center's attack.
One of the greatest and most influential writers America has ever produced was Ernest Hemingway. The series reveals the brilliant, ambitious, charismatic, and complicated man behind the myth, and the ...
A compelling family drama that explores the tattered American dream through the eyes of complicated and compromised chief of police Del Harris in a Rust Belt town in southwest Pennsylvania. When the w...
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age explores the world of Broadway from 1959 through the early 1980s as recounted by a diverse cast of Broadway stars who lived through it, creating a first-hand archive of...
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The story of how a fatherless young soldier full of personal ambition becomes a leader of men willing to sacrifice all for the common cause. A once-loyal British subject rises to battle an empire in a...
A hard-working salesman becomes a paraplegic after an accident.
Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party
The stars of Impractical Jokers talk about their week at a dinner party. They don't have to stop laughing because they can't be together.
The Comey Rule
A behind-the-headlines account of the historically turbulent events surrounding the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, which divided a nation. The story of two powerful figures who are stri...
Joseph Harris, a troubled playwright, comes to a small Michigan town at Christmastime to mount his latest play. A young aspiring writer is greeting the cynical New Yorker and challenging his hero to b...
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The Russian Five
The story of the five Russian hockey stars who helped propel the Detroit Red Wings to two Stanley Cup championships and created one of the most memorable chapters in Motor City sports history.
The Looming Tower
While Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda become a global threat, the rivalry between the CIA and FBI inadvertently sets the stage for the tragedy of 9/11 and the Iraq War.
The Emperor's Newest Clothes
Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale gets a colorful, music-filled makeover. Filled with animation, musical numbers and valuable lessons, this enchanting twist on a beloved tale chronicles the story...
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Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge
A chronicle of the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture can be found through the perspective of Rolling Stone magazine. An exhilarating visual and musical experience of the ma...
A ruthless outlaw prowls the West in search of a former member of his gang, who has found a new life in a quiet town populated only by women.
The Hunt for the Zodiac Killer
The Zodiac Killer murdered at least five people in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1960s and early '70s.
The Long Way Home: Making 'The Martian'
A long form documentary on the making of Ridley Scott's film, "The Martian," featuring interviews with its cast and crew.
Ares III: Refocused
Some of the actors from the movie are in this fakedocumentary about the rescue of Mark Watney.
Two people are taken into protective custody by a mysterious agency known as the Bureau of Genetic Welfare after venturing outside of the fence.
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"That's Awesome!": The Story of 'Dumb and Dumber To'
An expansive, five-part 45 minute making-of with cast and crew interviews.
Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert is leaving his "The Colbert Report" character to make his long-awaited return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux -- taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre a...
Of Miracles and Men
The story of one of the greatest upsets in sports history has been told. A plucky band of American collegians stunned the vaunted Soviet national team, 4-3, in the medal round of the 1980 Winter Olymp...
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
During a manned mission to Mars, Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. Watney is alone and stranded on a hostile planet. He must use his ingenuity, wit and spi...
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on t...
An FBI cold case that has been inactive for 70 years leads a group of world-renown investigators on the ultimate hunt to find out if Hitler survived World War II.
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AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jane Fonda
Hollywood stars pay tribute to Jane Fonda.
Dumb and Dumber To
20 years after their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry's daughter who was given up for adoption.
Off Camera with Sam Jones
Sam Jones sits down with the professionals of television and movies, and other celebrities, to discuss their development before fame, their passions beyond their careers, and gives them a space to ope...
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There is a behind-the-scenes look at the people who make cable news. The series focuses on a network anchor, his new executive producer, the newsroom staff and their boss, as well as their quixotic mi...
Time travel will be invented in the film, but it will be illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they will send their target 30 years into the past wh...
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Four lifelong friends are followed by a hidden camera as they take dares to an outrageous level. To find out who is best under pressure, the guys compete in awkward and outrageous hidden-camera hijink...
It's San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film, recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Gin...
A coming-of-middle-age comedy that chronicles the unlikely friendship between failed author Richard Dunne and a Long Island teen who teaches him a thing or two about growing up, all under the disappro...
State of Play
Unflappable U.S. Stephen Collins is the future of the political party because he serves as the chairman of a committee that oversees defense spending. The rising star is seen as the party's contender ...
The Answer Man
Two decades ago, Arlen Faber wrote a book about spirituality. He likes the company of his doctor. As Elizabeth's warmth starts to melt Arlen's cold heart, he comes to realize what love really means.
Away We Go
With Veronica expecting their first child, Burt's parents decide to move to Belgium, leaving them in a place they hate and without a support structure in place. They embark on a tour of disparate loca...
Three Chimpanzees are sent to explore the possibility of alien life after a space shuttle crashes.
All of the clues seem to lead back to the U.S. when FBI agent Roy Clayton leads the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy. The Special Operations officer is Samir Horn.
Sweet Nothing in My Ear
A family drama tells the story of a couple who are torn between giving their son a hearing implant or not.
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A slacker who lives with his mom learns his sweet set-up is threatened when she hears wedding bells with her self-help guru beau.
A tragic accident has turned the life of a once promising high school athlete upside down. As he tries to maintain a normal life, he takes a job as a janitor at a bank where he gets caught up in a pla...
The Graham Norton Show
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
A Plumm Summer
Based on a true-story - A Plumm Summer tells the remarkable tale of two young brothers, Elliott and Rocky Plumm, who go head-to-head with the FBI in order to crack the "frog-napping" case and get thei...
RV Nation: The Culture of Road Warriors
The cast and crew of RV (2006) comment on the titular vehicle
Still Dumb After All These Years
Through interviews with the Farrelly Brothers, the producers of the film and Jeff Daniels we learn about casting decisions, how the script was proved to be a very tough sell to certain studio parties,...
Robin Williams: A Family Affair
The cast and crew of RV (2006) comment on how Robin Williams is "always on," "amazingly brilliantly talented," and "the sweetest guy to work with."
Barry Sonnenfeld: The Kosher Cowboy
The cast of RV talk about how irrepressably wacky that Barry Sonnenfeld is.
Truman Capote had a close relationship with two murderers while researching his book.
Climbing aboard their mammoth recreational vehicle for a cross-country road trip to the Colorado Rockies, the McNeive family is getting ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Spending two weeks togeth...
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Good Night, and Good Luck.
The story of a journalist. The witch-hunts were against Murrow.
Because of Winn-Dixie
A girl who was abandoned by her mother when she was three years old moves to a small town in Florida with her father. She adopts a dog. The bond between the girl and her special companion brings toget...
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson, who is the third regular host of the Late Late Show franchise. Late Show with David Letterman airs on CBS...
The Squid and the Whale
The story of two young boys dealing with their parents divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s is told in The Squid and the Whale.
The Colbert Report
The Colbert Report is an American satirical late night television program that airs Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central. It stars political humorist Stephen Colbert, a former correspondent for T...
Everyone is shocked when the best competitive swimmer in his school commits suicide. Each member of his family struggles to recover from the tragedy with mixed results.
The Goodbye Girl
Tony DeSanti was going to take Paula to Hollywood, but he got a European movie part. He lets Garfield stay in the master bedroom of their New York apartment. Paula still hates actors, but Lucy takes t...
The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Eddie, a war vet and a maintenance worker at the Ruby Pier amusement park, died trying to save a girl who was sitting under a falling ride on his 83rd birthday. Five people with ties to his corporeal ...
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Gods and Generals
The film focuses on the personal and professional life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a brilliant if eccentric Confederate general, from the outbreak of the American Civil War until its halfway point ...
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
TheEllenDeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by Ellen Degeneres.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is a late-night talk show on ABC.
A man tries to figure out what happened after 27 bodies are found in a collapsed tunnel.
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Chris Farley
Even though he's gone, he will always be remembered. The best of Chris Farley's SNL performances are here, including a motivational speaker, an aspiring Chippendales dancer, and the bashful host of Th...
Two door to door vaccuum cleaner salesmen are competing.
While recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler returns to work when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.
Three women are searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place because of their desires and fears. Their stories come together in a moment of shared recogniti...
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My Favorite Martian
Tim O'Hara was fired for having sex with his boss' daughter. He witnessed the crash of a small Martian craft and realized that he had a chance to deliver a story that would rock the earth. The Martian...
It's the Rage
When fates collide at gun point, a rich cross-section of urban USA find their lives changed.
The adventures of the Griffin family are the subject of an animated series. Peter and Lois have three children. Meg is the most unpopular girl in town and the middle kid is not very bright but has a p...
Saturday Night Live: A Tribute to Chris Farley
Chris Farley was one of the most popular comedians of the 1990s, thanks to his hilarious skits on "Saturday Night Live," which featured Matt Foley, everyone's favorite motivational speaker, the Chippe...
Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville" and find a world where everything is busy all the time...
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Walt Disney World's 25th Anniversary Party
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the most magical place on earth!
Trial and Error
An actor is pretending to be a lawyer.
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...
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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are tackled by The World's Fakest News Team.
Fly Away Home
Amy was 13 years old when her mother was killed. She goes to Canada to live with her father. Amy is not happy in her new life. When a local forest is torn down, she discovers a nest of goose eggs. Amy...
2 Days in the Valley
In a sleepy bedroom community of LA's San Fernando Valley, the murder of a professional athlete by two hit men sets into motion a chain of events that puts the mundane lives of a dozen residents on a ...
An evil high- fashion designer plans to steal Dalmatian puppies in order to make an extravagant fur coat, but instead creates an extravagant mess.
Dumb and Dumber
Lloyd and Harry are stupid. The two friends who found the suitcase decided to return it to Mary because she lost an important suitcase with money. They use the lost money to fight for Mary's heart and...
Los Angeles police officer Jack Traven is up against bomb expert Howard Payne. It's a rigged elevator in a tall building. If it slows, it will blow, bad enough any day, but a nightmare in LA traffic. ...
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Frasier moved back to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father was shot while on duty.
Rain Without Thunder
In a future where the government watches every woman's sexual activity, this faux documentary is evocative. Allison Golding was sentenced to life in prison for having an abortion. As politicians, jour...
Late Night with Conan O'Brien
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
General Robert E was in the summer of 1863. I was in the office. Lee leads the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with the goal of marching to Washington, D.C. The com...
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Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story
The main money machine for a long time was the Teamsters Union. The fight was on to find Jimmy Hoffa after he vanished. The son of a long time union board member was elevated to one of the most powerf...
HBO First Look
"Hbo First Look" is a television show that chronicles up and coming movies. A League of Their Own starring Tom Hanks aired in 1992. Interviews with the actors are included in the series. Part document...
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was hosted by Jay Leno from May 25, 1992 to May 29, 2009, and resumed production on March 1, 2010. Three days after Johnny Carson's retirement as host of the Tonight Sho...
There Goes the Neighborhood
There Goes the Neighborhood is a comedy film that is found in most foreign countries. A dying prisoner whispers the location of his loot to the facility's psychologist who heads to the New Jersey subu...
Before they can complete renovations on their new inn, a father and daughter are visited by a woman who is looking for immediate lodging for her strange group of travelers.
The Butcher's Wife
A woman believes that she met her husband because she saw him in a dream. He takes her back to his butcher shop in New York city, where her powers tend to influence everyone she meets while working th...
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
The bright lights of Hollywood are being abandoned by a movie star. She should be able to dedicate a city building in her hometown. The town of Clyde is bracing for the return of Carmichael, as well a...
A large spider from the jungles of South America is accidentally transported in a crate with a dead body to America where it mates with a local spider. The residents of a small California town disappe...
Paul Weaver had a strained relationship with his family.
No Place Like Home
An apartment building in Pittsburgh is destroyed in a fire. The two families don't get along so Daniel and his family move in with his brother. The family moves from rundown hotels to homeless shelter...
After his best friend died of a heart attack, Ray Macklin became obsessed with his own mortality. Ray's life turned into a slapstick farce of health-crazed anxiety and hypochondria after he was convin...
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Sweet Hearts Dance
The couple have been happily married for a long time and are currently in the process of breaking up. Sam is in love with a teacher. They are adjusting to conflicting emotions in their relationship.
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
An adaptation of the court-martial segment from the novel "The Caine Mutiny" is in the works.
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The House on Carroll Street
The House Un-American Activities Committee fired Emily Crane after she refused to give names, and she took a part-time job as a companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to a noisy argu...
The half-hour sitcom anthology series that aired on PBS from 1987 to 1989 is about people struggling with the daily routines of life.
In the days before TV, the radio influenced the Narrator's childhood. In the New York City of the late 1930s to the New Year's Eve 1944, this coming-of-age tale mixes the narrator's experiences with c...
Rachel is a food writer at a New York magazine who meets Washington columnist Mark at a wedding and ends up falling in love with him despite her reservations about marriage. They buy a house, have a d...
A woman is abducting a dog for a weekend of adventure. The fun quickly takes a dangerous turn when her ex-con husband shows up.
An Invasion of Privacy
A woman on a remote island is raped by a local resident and finds her fight for justice impeded by community prejudice.
Terms of Endearment
Aurora is in search of true love while her daughter is going through a divorce. They help each other deal with problems and find reasons to be happy.
Fifth Of July
Ken Talley, a Vietnam vet who lost his legs in combat, lives in a farmhouse in rural Missouri with his lover, Jed. Traumatized and bitter, Ken struggles to find meaning in his life. As he contemplates...
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A Rumor of War
Philip Caputo's 1977 memoir about his service in the United States Marine Corps in the early years of the Vietnam War is the basis for a miniseries.
1 TV show
Saturday Night Live
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...
1 TV show
Hawaii Five-O is a police procedural drama. The show aired for 12 seasons from 1968 to 1980. Jack Lord portrayed Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett, the head of a special state police task force whi...
1 TV show
Hallmark Hall of Fame
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