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JEFF DANIELS (Zartog) was recently honored with Golden Globe and Independent Spirit nominations for his work in the highly lauded The Squid and the Whale, written and directed by Noah Baumbach. Daniels also appeared in Doug McGrath's Infamous, with Toby Jones and Sandra Bullock. His most recent film was the crime thriller The Lookout, directed by Scott Frank and costarring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Daniels won rave reviews for his on-stage performance in the Manhattan Theatre Club's SRO production of David Harrower's provocative play, "Blackbird.” Directed by Joe Mantello, the two-character play also stars Alison Pill.

The actor made his feature film debut in Milos Forman's Ragtime, but it was his performance as Debra Winger's husband in Terms of Endearment that catapulted Daniels to stardom. Woody Allen was among the first to recognize his talent and comic ability, casting him in a featured role in The Purple Rose of Cairo. Daniels 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.

Television credits include the recent "The 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”; and "Saturday Night Live” and "Cheaters” for HBO.

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, Daniels has continued his passion for the theatre by founding the Purple Rose Theatre Company, which he dedicated to encourage and develop Midwestern actors, playwrights, directors and designers. All of Daniels' own plays have premiered there, including "Shoe Man,” winner of the 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; "Guest Artist”; "Norma & Wanda”; and most recently "Escanaba in Love.” Daniels has been composing songs since the 1970s and recently released his second CD, "Grandfather's Hat,” a collection of live performances that humorously and touchingly reflect on his life and career. Proceeds from the sale of these CDs go to support The Purple Rose Theatre Company. In addition, Daniels continues to bring his live concert show, "Jeff Daniels: Live and Unplugged,” to venues coast to coast.

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 successful stage 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, Colorado.


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