Born on February 19, 1955
From Athens, Georgia
Jeff Daniels as "Will McAvoy"
Aaron Sorkin once chronicled the daily work of the federal government in "The West Wing." In "The Newsroom," the Emmy-winning executive producer uses the operation of a fictional cable news network as the heart of the story, with Jeff Daniels portraying the network's lead anchor and leading an ensemble cast. Episodes are written around actual recent news events, reported by a staff that takes its collective responsibilities seriously, but corporate and commercial obstacles -- plus entangled personal relationships -- fly in the face of their public mission.
|Emmy (Primetime) (2015)||Nominated||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series|
|Emmy (Primetime) (2014)||Nominated||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)||Nominated||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series|
|Emmy (Primetime) (2013)||Won||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series|
|Golden Globe (2013)||Nominated||Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013)||Nominated||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series|
Jeff Daniels as "Bernard Berkman"
A pair of brothers living in Brooklyn are caught in the middle of, and deeply affected by, the divorce of their erudite parents, Bernard (Jeff Daniels) and Joan Berkman (Laura Linney). Older sibling Walt (Jesse Eisenberg) sides with dad and acts out at school, while younger brother Frank (Owen Kline) quietly backs up mom. The household tension rises further when Joan's writing career takes off and surpasses the failed ambitions of her professor ex-husband.
|Golden Globe (2005)||Nominated||Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical|
Jeff Daniels as "Sig Mickelson"
When Senator Joseph McCarthy begins his foolhardy campaign to root out Communists in America, CBS News impresario Edward R. Murrow (David Strathairn) dedicates himself to exposing the atrocities being committed by McCarthy's Senate "investigation." Murrow is supported by a news team that includes long-time friend and producer Fred Friendly (George Clooney). The CBS team does its best to point out the senator's lies and excesses, despite pressure from CBS' corporate sponsors to desist.
|Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)||Nominated||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
Jeff Daniels as "Louis"
"The Hours" is the story of three women searching for more potent, meaningful lives. Each is alive at a different time and place, all are linked by their yearnings and their fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a surprising, transcendent moment of shared recognition.
|Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)||Nominated||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
Jeff Daniels as "Charles Driggs"
Free-spirited Lulu (Melanie Griffith) sets her sights on uptight banker Charles (Jeff Daniels) for a little bit of fun. Their relationship starts off simple enough with a tryst and some modest adventure, but Lulu wants Charles to pose as her husband at a high school reunion. It seems harmless enough to Charles, but that all changes when Lulu's actual husband, Ray (Ray Liotta), confronts them at the event. Understandably, Ray isn't content to let Charles and Lulu ride off into the sunset.
|Golden Globe (1986)||Nominated||Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical|
Jeff Daniels as "Tom Baxter/Gil Shepherd"
Unhappily married Depression-era waitress Cecilia (Mia Farrow) earns the money while her inattentive husband, Monk (Danny Aiello), blows their meager income on getting drunk and gambling. To assuage her loneliness, Cecilia escapes to the picture show and becomes transfixed with the movie "The Purple Rose of Cairo," and especially with its lead character, archeologist Tom Baxter (Jeff Daniels). When Tom literally steps off of the screen and into her life, both realities are thrown into chaos.
|Golden Globe (1985)||Nominated||Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical|