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(Colonel Joshua Chamberlain) 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
Woody Allen was among the first to recognize the actor's talent and comic
ability and cast Daniels in the 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, and most recently, Blood Work and The Hours.
Television credits include Robert Altman's The Caine Mutiny
Court Martial, Lee Grant's No Place Like Home, A&E's The
Crossing, Saturday Night Live, and Cheaters for HBO.
Daniels' success is not limited to the screen; his appearances on the
Broadway stage include Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain and Fifth
of July, which won him a Drama Desk Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Off Broadway, Daniels received a Drama Desk Nomination for 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 Theater Company, which he dedicated to encourage
and develop Midwestern actors, playwrights, directors and designers. All
of Daniels' own plays have premiered there; 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, and most recently, Across the
Way, which was nominated for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics
In 1999, Daniels formed Purple Rose Films, a Michigan-based independent
production company. His first film as writer/actor/director, Escanaba
in da Moonlight, a comedy about deer hunting based on his hit play, was
self-distributed in Michigan and Wisconsin, grossing $2.3 million. 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. The film was released in January 2003 in Detroit,
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Kansas City, St. Louis and
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