The 6'3" low-key leading man with a reserved manner and c blond hair, blue eyes studied at the University of Central Michigan but his desire to be an actor soon took him to New York where he made a name for himself in the theatre. Daniels won an…more
In 2013, Jeff won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series playing Will McAvoy on The Newsroom.
Jeff enjoys traveling in his RV with his family, canoing, fishing, bicycling, and kayaking in his free time. He also enjoys writing stories, and reading for relaxation.
Jeff was been nominated for Golden Globe Awards in 1986 and 1987 for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture'. The Purple Rose of Cairo in 1986, and Something Wild in 1987.
Jeff performed the songs: "Wild Thing" in the 1986 movie Something Wild, "Your'e Still On My Mind" in 2000's Skipped Parts, and "Glory Glory" in 2005's Because of Winn-Dixie.
Jeff and Jim Carrey were nominated for an MTV Movie Award in 1995, for 'Best On-screen Duo', for their roles as Lloyd and Harry, the best friends on Dumb and Dumber.
Jeff's most prominent film role, was as Flap Horton, in James L. Brooks' Terms Of Endearment. He played opposite Debra Winger, as a philandering husband, dealing with his wife's death.
Jeff was inducted into the Michigan 'Walk of Fame' on May 25, 2006 in Lansing, Michigan.
Jeff is a loyal baseball fan who follows the 'Detroit Tigers'. He married his wife on Friday the 13th, because he wore the #13 on his baseball uniform.
Jeff made his big screen debut in 1981 playing a bit role as PC O'Donnell in Milos Forman's Ragtime. He plays a policeman who breaks up a fight between Coalhouse Waller and the fire chief.
Jeff appeared in both the 1978 off-Broadway version of the Fifth of July, and the 1980 Broadway version where he played Jed, the homosexual lover of a parapalegic, played by the late Christopher Reeve. The role was created especially for Daniels, by Lanford Wolans.
Jeff made his directorial debut with the comedy Escanaba Da Moonlight in 2001, adapted from his stage play about a hunting trip gone wrong.
Jeff wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy Super Sucker, about a door to door vacuum salesman who discovers that his vacuums serve a dual purpose for lonely housewives in 2002.
Jeff sang a parody of a country music song about drinking and womanizing that included all of the night's nominees at the 25th Annual CMT Music Awards, in 2005.
Jeff played guitar on former Miami Vice television star Don Johnson's album, "Let It Roll".
Jeff appeared in the music video "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead" for the band XTC in 1994.
Jeff did commercials for: Head & Shoulders shampoo in 1981, and Pepto-Bismal in 1982.
Jeff's salary for his role in the 1994 comedy hit Dumb & Dumber, was $750,000. He was not interested in the film's sequel Dumb & Dumberer.
Jeff played Anna Paquin's father in the family movie Fly Away Home in 1996. Nine years later he filmed a sex scene with her as his love interest, in The Squid and the Whale.
Jeff's siblings own the Chelsea Lumber Company, which provided all the building materials for the construction of his Purple Rose Theater.
Jeff is the founder of the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan.
Jeff: I love the theater, but if I had to choose, I would choose a film at this time in my life. Something meaty, to sink my teeth into. I have done all of the genres, and the dramatic role is my favorite. Ask me again in a month, and you'll get a completely different answer.
Jeff: It was definitely strange playing anna's romantic interest, after playing her father. We just cleared the air right away, and refocused on the new characters at hand...no one brought up any mention of geese, that's for sure.
Jeff: Working with Jim Carrey is an absolute gas. I have never laughed so hard for so long. Had he been on-board for the sequel of Dumb & Dumber, I wouldv'e jumped on, with no hesitation. Things just wouldn't have been the same had I done the sequel without him, and I passed.