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JEFF DANIELS (Senator George Fergus) found his first popular success in film with Terms of Endearment, as he played the philandering husband of Debra Winger's character. In 2005, his performance in The Squid and the Whale earned him Independent Spirit Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as Newsweek's choice for Best Actor. Daniels co-stars in the upcoming films Arlen Faber, Away We Go and Paper Man.

Daniels made his feature film debut in Milos Forman's Ragtime. Other film credits include Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo; Mike Nichols' Heartburn; Jonathan Demme's Something Wild; Radio Days; The House on Carroll Street; Marie; Checking Out; Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael; The Butcher's Wife; Grand Tour; Arachnophobia; Gettysburg; Speed; Dumb & Dumber; Fly Away Home; 2 Days in the Valley; 101 Dalmatians; Trial and Error; Pleasantville; My Favorite Martian; All the Rage; Chasing Sleep; Blood Work; The Hours; Gods and Generals; I Witness; Imaginary Heroes; Because of Winn-Dixie; RV; Good Night, and Good Luck.; Infamous; The Lookout; and most recently, Traitor.

Daniels launched his acting career from the New York stage. Raised in Michigan, he attended Central Michigan University and majored in English with a minor in theater. Impressed with the 21-year-old actor, guest director Marshall W. Mason invited him to join the acclaimed Circle Repertory Company in New York. His stage credits from this period include The Farm, Lanford Wilson's Brontosaurus and Corinne Jacker's My Life, in which he co-starred with Christopher Reeve and William Hurt. Other New York roles include Three Sisters, The Shortchanged Review, Lemon Sky (which earned Daniels a Drama Desk nomination) and A. R. Gurney, Jr.'s The Golden Age, which also starred Stockard Channing and Irene Worth. In 1993, Daniels worked with Marshall Mason on Broadway in Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain. In 2007, he returned to the off-Broadway stage in the critically acclaimed American premiere of David Harrower's Blackbird. He recently starred in the world premiere of Turn of the Century, a musical directed by Tommy Tune and written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, the writing team behind Jersey Boys. In March 2009, Daniels returned to the Broadway stage in Yasmina Reza's new play, God of Carnage. The play is described as a comedy of manners without the manners.

Playing the role of Jed Jenkins in Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July won Daniels widespread recognition early in his career. In 1983, after three different productions and filming the play for television, Daniels returned to Circle Repertory Company and starred in a one-man show that adapted Dalton Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun,” an effort for which he won an Obie Award.

Recently, Daniels starred in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Sweet Nothing in My Ear, opposite Marlee Matlin. Other television credits include An Invasion of Privacy, A Rumor of War, Trying Times, The Caine Mutiny Court- Martial, Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story, No Place Like Home, Tanner '88, The Crossing, Cheaters and The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

In 1991, Daniels established The Purple Rose Theatre Company, a nonprofit professional theater in the small town of Chelsea, Michigan. Since its establishment, The Purple Rose has gained a national reputation as a home for new American plays. Daniels has written 12 plays for The Purple Rose, including Apartment 3A, Boom Town and Guest Artist, the American Theatre Critics Association's runner-up for Best New Play in 2007.

In 1998, Daniels formed Purple Rose Films. The company's first project, Escanaba in da Moonlight, earned $2.3 million despite being self-distributed, making it one of 2001's top-grossing independent films in the country. In February 2002, Daniels' second venture, Super Sucker, won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the HBO-sponsored U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.

In 2003, Across the Way was a finalist and Daniels' first nomination for the ATCA's Best New Play. In fall 2006, The Purple Rose premiered Escanaba in Love, the second play of Daniels' Escanaba trilogy. Escanaba in da Moonlight sold out in 1995 and 1997, setting the record as the longest-running show in Detroit history. His latest play with music, Panhandle Slim and the Oklahoma Kid, premiered at The Purple Rose in June 2008.

Daniels' songwriting has taken him all over the country. Initially used as a way to raise money for The Purple Rose, Daniels' live performances and guitar playing can be found on his three CDs: "Live and Unplugged to Benefit The Purple Rose Theatre,” "Grandfather's Hat” and "Together Again.”

Daniels was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Central Michigan University. In 1991, he received both the Detroit News' Michiganian of the Year Award and the prestigious Michigan Artist Award from the Governor's Awards.

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