Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels

  • Highest Rated: 94% Speed (1994)
  • Lowest Rated: 8% Mama's Boy (2007)
  • Birthday: Feb 19, 1955
  • Birthplace: Athens, Georgia, USA
  • Though he has never achieved the high profile or widespread acclaim of a Robert De Niro, Jeff Daniels ranks as one of Hollywood's most versatile leading men and over his career he has played everything from villains and cads to heroes and romantic leads to tragic figures and lovably goofy idiots, in movies of almost every genre. Daniels has also worked extensively on television and stage, where he first distinguished himself by winning an Obie for a production of Johnny Got His Gun. Blonde, cleft-chinned, and handsome in a rugged all-American way, Daniels made his screen debut playing PC O'Donnell in Milos Forman's Ragtime (1981). His breakthrough came when he was cast as Debra Winger's inconstant husband in Terms of Endearment (1983). Daniels has subsequently averaged one or two major feature films per year with notable performances, including: his memorable dual portrayal of a gallant movie hero/self-absorbed star who steps out of celluloid to steal the heart of lonely housewife Mia Farrow in Woody Allen's Purple Rose of Cairo (1984); his turn as a man terrified of spiders who finds himself surrounded by them in the horror-comedy Arachnophobia; and his role as Union officer Colonel Joshua Chamberlain, who led his troops into doom in Gettysburg (1993). In 1994, Daniels took a radical turn away from drama to star as one of the world's stupidest men opposite comic sensation Jim Carrey in the Farrelly brothers' hyperactive Dumb and Dumber. This lowest-common-denominator comedy proved one of the year's surprise hits and brought Daniels to a new level of recognition and popularity. Since then, Daniels has alternated more frequently between drama and comedy. His television credits include a moving portrayal of a troubled Vietnam vet in a Hallmark Hall of Fame production, Redwood Curtain. Daniels still maintains his connection to the stage and manages his own theatrical company. Before launching his acting career, he earned a degree in English from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, MI. The later '90s found Daniels turning homeward and venturing into new territories through his labor of love, the Purple Rose Theater. Located in the small town of Chelsea, MI, the bus garage turned playhouse was designed to give Midwestern audiences the opportunity to enjoy entertainment generally reserved for big-city dwellers. Though he continued to appear in such films as Fly Away Home (1996) and Pleasantville (1998), Daniels made his feature directorial debut with the celluloid translation of his successful Yooper stage comedy Escanaba in da Moonlight (2000). Set in the Michigan's Upper Peninsula (U.P., hence "Yooper"), the tale of redemption by means of bagging a buck mixed the regionally accented humor of Fargo with the eccentricities inherent to northerners and served as an ideal directorial debut for the Michigan native. A modest regional success, Daniels would subsequently appear in such wide releases as Blood Work and The Hours (both 2002) before returning to the director's chair for the vacuum-salesman comedy Super Sucker (also 2002). Later reprising his role as Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain from Gettysburg, Daniels once again went back in time for the Civial War drama Gods and Generals (2002). In 2004 he appeared in the adaptation of fellow Michigander Mitch Albom's best-seller The Five People You Meet in Heaven, and the next year he earned rave reviews for his role as a self-absorbed academic and terrible father in The Squid and the Whale. He continued to work steadily in a variety of projects including the Robin Williams vehicle RV, the indie thriller The Lookout, and Away We Go. He portrayed a Senator in the American remake of the British miniseries State of Play in 2009, and three years later he was cast as the lead in Aaron Sorkin's first cable series, The Newroom, playing the host of a cable news program who decides to tell it like it really is.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Guest Artist Screenwriter Joseph Harris Producer 2019
32% The Catcher Was A Spy William J. Donovan 2018
11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant David 2016
No Score Yet Mother with a Gun Director Screenwriter 2016
86% Steve Jobs John Sculley $12.5M 2015
91% The Martian Teddy Sanders $202.4M 2015
30% Dumb and Dumber To Harry Dunne 2014
93% Looper Abe $66.4M 2012
63% Howl Professor David Kirk $0.7M 2010
32% Paper Man Richard Dunn 2010
No Score Yet Checking Out Actor 2010
30% The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) Arlen Faber 2009
68% Away We Go Jerry $9.5M 2009
84% State of Play Senator George Fergus $37M 2009
No Score Yet The 10 Conditions of Love Director Screenwriter 2009
No Score Yet Baseball's Heirlooms: The Story of America's Classic Ballparks Host 2009
65% Traitor Carter $23.6M 2008
33% Space Chimps Zartog $30M 2008
20% A Plumm Summer Narrator "The Narrator" 2008
No Score Yet Sweet Nothing in My Ear Dan Miller 2008
8% Mama's Boy Mert Rosenbloom 2007
88% The Lookout Lewis Canfield $4.6M 2007
73% Infamous Alvin Dewey $1.1M 2006
24% RV Travis Gornicke $71.5M 2006
93% Good Night, And Good Luck Sig Mickelson $31.6M 2005
93% The Squid and the Whale Bernard Berkman $7.1M 2005
34% Imaginary Heroes Ben Travis 2005
55% Because of Winn-Dixie Preacher $32.6M 2005
No Score Yet Mitch Albom's 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven' Blue Man 2004
No Score Yet The Goodbye Girl Elliot Garfield 2004
No Score Yet I Witness James Rhodes 2003
8% Gods and Generals Lt. Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain $13M 2003
29% Super Sucker Director Fred Barlow Screenwriter 2003
80% The Hours Louis Waters $41.5M 2002
53% Blood Work Buddy Noone $26.3M 2002
50% Escanaba in da Moonlight Screenwriter Director Rueben Soady 2000
50% Chasing Sleep Ed Saxon 2000
80% Cheaters Gerard Plecki 2000
27% It's the Rage Warren Harding 2000
12% My Favorite Martian Tim O'Hara 1999
No Score Yet The Crossing General Washington 1999
85% Pleasantville Mr. Johnson 1998
51% Trial and Error Charles Tuttle 1997
42% 101 Dalmatians Roger 1996
59% 2 Days in the Valley Alvin 1996
87% Fly Away Home Thomas Alden 1996
No Score Yet Redwood Curtain Lyman Fellers 1995
67% Dumb and Dumber Harry Dunne 1994
20% Terminal Velocity Actor 1994
94% Speed Harry 1994
80% Gettysburg Col. Joshua Chamberlain 1993
No Score Yet There Goes the Neighborhood (Paydirt) Willis Embry 1992
50% Rain Without Thunder Jonathan Garson 1992
No Score Yet Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story Agent Noonan 1992
No Score Yet Disaster in Time Ben Wilson 1992
25% The Butcher's Wife Dr. Alex Tremor 1991
No Score Yet The Story of America's Classic Ballparks Host 1991
No Score Yet Love Hurts Paul Weaver 1990
44% Welcome Home Roxy Carmichael Denton Webb 1990
92% Arachnophobia Dr. Ross Jennings 1990
20% Checking Out Ray Macklin 1989
50% Sweet Hearts Dance Sam Manners 1988
No Score Yet The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Lt. Maryk 1988
67% The House on Carroll Street Cochran 1988
89% Radio Days Baxter 1987
89% Something Wild Charles Driggs 1986
47% Heartburn Richard 1986
No Score Yet Marie Eddie Sisk 1985
91% The Purple Rose of Cairo Tom Baxter, Gil Shepherd 1985
No Score Yet Marie - A True Story Actor 1985
84% Terms of Endearment Flap Horton 1983
No Score Yet Fifth of July Jed Jenkins, Ken's Lover 1982
91% Ragtime O'Donnell 1981
No Score Yet A Rumor of War Actor 1980

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2018
88% The Looming Tower
2018
John O'Neill
  • 2018
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2012
  • 2011
85% Godless
2017
Frank Griffin
  • 2017
45% Rolling Stone: Stories from the Edge
2017
Narrator
  • 2017
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
1994
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
Panelist
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
58% The Newsroom
2012-2014
Will McAvoy
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1998
  • 1995
  • 1991
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Voice of Doug
  • 1993
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Jed
  • 1982

QUOTES FROM Jeff Daniels CHARACTERS

David
You are the only one worth saving.
Harry Dunne
Boy, I sure wish I could have been there when she was little.
Lloyd Christmas
Whatever. That's all water under the fridge now, Har. Think of the bright side. You're finally getting to meet her, and you never had to change those poopy diapers.
Harry Dunne
That's called being a parent, Lloyd. Besides, I changed your poopy diapers for 20 years.
Lloyd Christmas
I totally sucked you in. Half the time, it wasn't even my poop.
Teddy Sanders
If we are going to have a secret project called "Elrond", then I want my code name to be "Glorfindel".
Harry Dunne
This is my associate, Dr. Christmas.
Dr. Meldmann
Christmas, as in the holiday?
Lloyd Christmas
No, as in the tree.
Harry Dunne
Harry Dunne: Whoa, Lloyd. Check out the hotties at 12 o'clock.
Lloyd Christmas
Lloyd Christmas: That's three hours away. Why can't I check 'em out now?
Harry Dunne
You're hot for my daughter!
Lloyd Christmas
What?
Harry Dunne
Am I right?
Lloyd Christmas
That's insane!
Harry Dunne
You were right, Lloyd. She was definitely worth the trip.
Lloyd Christmas
Yeah. she's something, ain't she, Har? I'm glad we were able to help her out.
Lloyd Christmas
What happened, Harry? Some little filly break your heart?
Harry Dunne
No. It was a girl.
Harry
Guts will get you so far, and then they'll get you killed.
Cruella De Vil
I'm getting really tired of you ROLAND !
Cruella De Vil
I'm getting really tired of you Roland!
Roger
ROGER !
Roger
Roger!
Cruella De Vil
Whatever !
Cruella De Vil
Whatever!
Roger
I hope 1944 turns out well. They pass so quickly. Where do they all go?
Biff Baxter
So quickly. Then we get old. And we never knew what any of it was about.
Lloyd Christmas
His head fell off?
Harry Dunne
Yeah he was pretty old
Harry Dunne
Yeah he was pretty old.
State Trooper
Yeah, well you aware it's against the law to have an open alcohol container here in the state of Pennsylvania? Come on give me them booze you little pumpkin pie hair cutted freak!
Harry Dunne
No sir way, way, way, way way!
Lloyd Christmas
No sir don't drink tha...
State Trooper
You'd keep your mouth shut if you knew it was good for you buddy. (Takes sip. swallows)
State Trooper
You'd keep your mouth shut if you knew it was good for you buddy. [takes sip. swallows]
Harry Dunne
Tic-Tac Sir?
State Trooper
Get the hell out of here
State Trooper
Get the hell out of here.
Abe
This time travel crap, just fries your brain like a egg.
Uncle Martin
Humans are really the amoebas of the universe.
Tim O'Hara
This from a man who talks to his suit.
Uncle Martin
Martians use 100% of their brain capacity. Humans less than 10.
Tim O'Hara
I think we use more than 10.
Uncle Martin
Your astronauts pee in their space suits. Case closed!
Tim O'Hara
Leisure suit from Hell! Show your face if you had one.
Lewis
Am I dead? I must be. No one's talking to me
Lewis
Am I dead? I must be dead because no one's talking to me!
Harry Dunne
No i should get it
Harry Dunne
Yesterday was one of the greatest days of my life. Mary and I went skiing, we made a snowman, she touched my leg...
Lloyd Christmas
no over here, i got us into this mess, shoot me
Lloyd Christmas
Okay, Kill Him!
Harry Dunne
No lloyd, i went out with mary today, we went skiing, we played in the snow... she touched my leg.
Lloyd Christmas
OK KILL HIM
Abe
This time travel crap just fries your brain like an egg.
Abe
Ask yourself: who would I sacrifice for what's MINE?
Abe
Ask yourself: who would I sacrifice for what's MINE?
Joe
Abe: I'm from the future, go to China.
Abe
I'm from the future, go to China.
Abe
I'm from the future, go to China.
Joe
I'm going to France.
Abe
I'm from the future!! Go to China!!
Abe
I'm from the future! Go to China!
Joe
I'm going to France!!!
Joe
I'm going to France!
Lloyd Christmas
Mock!
Harry Dunne
Yeah!
Lloyd Christmas
ing!
Lloyd Christmas
bird!
Lloyd Christmas
Yeah!
Lloyd Christmas
I'll tell ya where. Some place warm. A place where the beer flows like wine and beautiful women instinctively flock that salmon of capastrano! I'm talking about a place called ASS-PEN!
Harry Dunne
I don't know Lloyd, the French are assholes.
Harry Dunne
Look at the butt on that!
Lloyd Christmas
Yeah, he must work out.
Harry Dunne
Nice set of hooters you got there.
Mary Swanson
I beg your pardon?
Harry Dunne
The owls! They're beautiful!
Harry Dunne
I don't know Lloyd, these places don't really do it for me.
Lloyd Christmas
Why hare, some little Philly break your heart?
Harry Dunne
No, it was a girl
Harry Dunne
No, it was a girl.
Harry Dunne
One time, we successfully mated a bulldog with a Shih-Tzu.
Mary Swanson
Really? Thats weird.
Harry Dunne
Yeah, we called it a Bull Shit.
Harry Dunne
Yeah I called her up. She gave me a bunch of crap about me not listening to her, or something. I don't know, I wasn't really paying attention.
Harry Dunne
You had, an extra pair of gloves this entire time?!
Harry Dunne
You had, an extra pair of gloves this entire time?
Lloyd Christmas
(As if it is a dumb question) Yeah...we're in the Rockies.
Lloyd Christmas
[as if it is a dumb question] Yeah...we're in the Rockies.
Harry Dunne
HARRY: it's a cardigan but thanks for noticing. Lloyd: yeah, killer boots man
Harry Dunne
It's a cardigan but thanks for noticing.
Lloyd Christmas
Yeah, killer boots man.
Harry Dunne
goodbye my love
Harry Dunne
Goodbye my love.
Harry Dunne
harry, your hands are freezing
Harry Dunne
Harry, your hands are freezing.
Harry Dunne
i got worms
Harry Dunne
I got worms.
Harry Dunne
suck me sideways
Harry Dunne
Suck me sideways.
Harry Dunne
You know, Lloyd, just when I think you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!
Harry Dunne
I can't believe we drove around all day, and there's not a single job in this town. There is nothing, nada, zip!
Lloyd Christmas
Yeah! Unless you wanna work forty hours a week.
Harry Dunne
One time, we successfully mated a bulldog with a Shih-Tzu.
Mary Swanson
Really? That's weird.
Harry Dunne
Yeah, we called it a bullshit.
George
"So, what's going to happen now?"
George
So, what's going to happen now?
Betty
"I don't know. Do you know what's going to happen now?"
Betty
I don't know. Do you know what's going to happen now?
George
Laughs, then says, "I don't."
George
[laughs] I don't.
Mr. Johnson
"I guess I don't either."
Mr. Johnson
I guess I don't either.
Harry Dunne
Lloyd I can't feel my hands....
Lloyd Christmas
Here have these extra pair of gloves my hands are getting kind of sweaty.
Harry Dunne
You have had an extra pair of gloves this whole time!?!?
Harry Dunne
You have had an extra pair of gloves this whole time!?
Lloyd Christmas
Yeah Harry we are in the Rockys.
Harry Dunne
I'm gonna kill you!!!!
Harry Dunne
I'm gonna kill you!
Harry Dunne
FOOTLONG!!! Who wants the FOOTLONG!!!
Harry Dunne
FOOTLONG! Who wants the FOOTLONG!
Harry Dunne
(As his foot is on fire) JUST GIVE ME THE GOD-DAMN NUMBER!!!!!
Harry Dunne
[as his foot is on fire] JUST GIVE ME THE GOD-DAMN NUMBER!
Detective Dale
Right if you're gonna be pushy just forget it!!
Detective Dale
Right if you're gonna be pushy just forget it!
Harry Dunne
(Looking through the spy-hole of their front door) There are two guys out there one of them has a gun.....
Harry Dunne
[looking through the spy-hole of their front door] There are two guys out there one of them has a gun...
Lloyd Christmas
Did you pay the Gas-man?!?!
Lloyd Christmas
Did you pay the Gas-man?
Harry Dunne
(Puts his hands on his head)
Harry Dunne
[puts his hands on his head]
Lloyd Christmas
Do you realise what you have done!!!
Lloyd Christmas
Do you realise what you have done!
Harry
You shoot me and they give you a medal, you little prick.
Jack Traven
Harry, you told me to.
Harry
[observing explosives mounted on the elevator] What do you think?
Jack Traven
I dunno. YOU'RE the expert, I just work here.
Harry Dunne
You just drove a sixth of the way in the wrong direction! We don't have enough money to get to Aspen! We don't have enough money to get home! We don't have enough money to eat! We don't have enough money to sleep!
Harry Dunne
I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this.
Lloyd Christmas
I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver's full of shit, man.
Harry Dunne
you know, the thing that really chaps my ass is that i just spent my life savings turning my van into a poodle. the alarm alone cost me $200
Harry Dunne
No, none taken. You know what really chaps my ass though? I spent my life savings turning my van into a dog. The alarm alone cost me two hundred.
Opal
You couldn't give up
Opal
You couldn't give up.
Preacher
Opal
Preacher
Opal.
Opal
You give up on everything
Opal
You give up on everything .
Preacher
That's not true
Preacher
That's not true.
Opal
It is true, all you do is give up. You just slip your head back into your stupid turtle shell and give up. You won't talk, you won't go to parties, and I bet you didn't even go out looking for my mama when she left. I bet you just let her run off too.
Preacher
I couldn't stop her, I tried, no, I tried. what you didn't think I wanted her to stay too? She was everything to me.
Opal
You didn't try she wasn't everything to you
Opal
You didn't try she wasn't everything to you.
Preacher
yes she was, Opal, she was everything, everything. I..I failed her Opal, I tried, and I tried.
Preacher
Yes she was, Opal, she was everything, everything. I.. I failed her Opal, I tried, and I tried.
Opal
You didn't try! I know you didn't.
Preacher
I tried, I tried and I tried and I tried with everything i had. It's my fault Opal it's all my fault. I'm sorry.
Preacher
I tried, I tried and I tried and I tried with everything I had. It's my fault Opal it's all my fault. I'm sorry.
Opal
Daddy?
Preacher
And don't you believe losing Winn-Dixie isn't going to upset me more than it does you, I love that dog, i love him too.
Preacher
And don't you believe losing Winn-Dixie isn't going to upset me more than it does you, I love that dog, I love him too.
Opal
I love you daddy.
Preacher
I love you too.
Lloyd Christmas
i bet you $10 i can get you gambling by the end of the day
Lloyd Christmas
I'll bet you twenty bucks I can get you gambling before the end of the day.
Harry Dunne
your on
Harry Dunne
Just when I thought you couldn't get any dumber.... you go and do this...... AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!
Harry Dunne
Just when I thought you couldn't get any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!
Harry Dunne
you sold my dead bird to a blind kid ?
Harry Dunne
You sold my dead bird to a blind kid?
Lewis
What's her name?
Chris Pratt
That's her last name.
Chris Pratt
Luvlee.
Lewis
Luvlee Lemons? That's her name?
Lewis
That's a name?
Chris Pratt
Well, it's her stage name. She's a performer. Or she was.
Bernard Berkman
`What is it about high school that you read all the worst books by good writers
Bernard Berkman
What is it about high school, that you read all the worst books by good writers?
Lewis
I smell money.