Jeffrey Warren " Jeff" Daniels ( born February 19, 1955 in Athens, Georgia ) is an American actor.
Daniels, who wanted to be a teacher originally, studied for his school English and theater at Central Michigan University. When the director Marshall W. Mason, 1976 at Eastern Michigan University students staged two performances, Daniels also appeared for the audition and got leading roles in two pieces. Mason was impressed by his talent so that he suggested to him, the New York theater company Circle Repertory Company to join, after Daniels graduated immediately cancels. Soon he was playing on Broadway and other New York theaters. He became famous for his portrayal of Jed Jenkins in Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson, who had the role of Daniel written on the body.
In 1981 he made his film debut in Miloš Forman's Ragtime. In Terms of Endearment 1983 he inspired both critics and audiences. His collaboration with Woody Allen for the film The Purple Rose of Cairo in 1985 impressed Daniels sustainable. He baptized not only his own theater and his production company, the name Purple Rose, but also took on Allen's work.
Since 1990, it promotes young talent from the Midwest, helping them to larger roles. His own plays Shoe Man, The Tropical Pickle, The Vast Difference and Escabana in da Moonlight brought him much fame and numerous awards. In 1994 he succeeded with the action film Speed and bawdy comedy Dumb and Dumber two of his greatest successes. In the following years he was also in Amy and the wild geese, 101 Dalmatians, Blood Work, Pleasantville - Too good to be true and to see The Hours. 2006 Daniels was nominated for the comedy film The Squid and the Whale for a Golden Globe for Best Actor ( Comedy / Musical).
Is married to Daniel since 1979 with his high school sweetheart, Kathleen Rosemary Treado. They have three children, who were born in 1984, 1987 and 1990.