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Jeff Daniels
JEFF DANIELS returned to the New York stage in March 2007 to appear in David Harrower's Blackbird at the Manhattan Theatre Club. His appearances on the Broadway stage include Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain, A.R. Gurney's The Golden Age, and Wilson's Fifth of July, which won him a Drama Desk Award for Best Supporting Actor. Off Broadway, Daniels received a Drama Desk nomination for Wilson's 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 Theatre Company, which he dedicated to encourage and develop Midwestern actors, playwrights, directors and designers. Daniels has written eleven plays for the PRTC, including Guest Artist, for which he was recently named a finalist of the Steinberg New Play Award. His other plays are 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 Escanaba ln Love. Daniels made his feature film debut in Milos Forman's Ragtime, but it was his portrayal as Debra Winger's husband in Terms of Endearment that catapulted him to stardom. Woody Allen was among the first to recognize the actor's talent and comic ability and cast Daniels in a starring role in The Purple Rose of Cairo. He then went on to star in a number of films, including Something Wild, The Butcher's Wife, Checking Out, Fly Away Home, 101 Dalmatians, Speed, Pleasantville, Arachnophobia, Gettysburg, Dumb and Dumber, Blood Work, The Hours, Gods and Generals, Imaginary Heroes, Because of Wynn-Dixie and Goodnight, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney. Daniels was recently honored with nominations for both a Golden Globe and an Independent Spirit award for his work in the highly lauded film The Squid and the Whale, written and directed by Noah Baumbach. His next films will be the crime thriller The Lookout, directed by Scott Frank, costarring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (scheduled to be released by Miramax on March 30th, 2007), and Tim Hamilton's comedy Mama's Boy, with Diane Keaton and Jon Heder (summer, 2007). Daniels was most recently seen in Doug McGrath's Infamous, with Toby Jones and Sandra Bullock, and Barry Sonnenfeld's RV with Robin Williams. 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 Midwestern vacuum cleaner salesmen, won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, CO. 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. Since the 1970's, Jeff has been composing songs, and recently released his second CD, Grandfather's Hat -- a collection of live performances which humorously and touchingly reflect on his life and career. Proceeds from the sale of these CDs (available at www.jeffdaniels.com) go to support The Purple Rose Theatre Company. In addition, he continues to bring his live concerts, Jeff Daniels ? Live and Unplugged, to venues coast to coast.

Bio as of April, 2007.

American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:

Working in the Theatre (video)
Leading Men - May, 2007 - Watch now.
Performance - April, 1993 - Watch now.

Downstage Center (audio)
Jeff Daniels - April, 2007 - Listen Now.

Internet Broadway Database Listing (IBDB.com)