|Raised in Michigan, Jeff Daniels has been a professional stage and film actor for thirty four years. A 1976 move to New York City found Daniels immediately cast in David Storey’s English family drama, THE FARM. Soon after, Daniels was understudying on Broadway. Since then, many theatre awards have come his way: Drama Desk Nomination for Best Supporting Actor, an Obie Award, Drama League Award, and Tony Nomination for Best Actor. Recently, after performing 256 straight shows of GOD OF CARNAGE, Daniels came back to the show in the role originally played by James Gandolfini for another 112 performances, thus becoming one of only five actors in Broadway history to “flip roles” in the same production.|
Daniels has enjoyed success as well in many varied television projects. Yet, it’s his film history that resides in the thickest part of his resume. Beginning with Milos Forman’s RAGTIME through present day, Daniels has over 40 films under his belt.
Then, in 1991, Daniels established the Purple Rose Theatre Company, a not-for-profit professional theatre featuring Midwestern actors, directors, playwrights and designers. Located in the small town of Chelsea, Michigan, the 119 seat space (expanded to 168 seats in the Spring of 2000) provides intimate surroundings, bringing the subtlety and detail of film acting to the stage. In nine years, the PRTC has gained a national reputation as a home for new American plays. Daniels has written, directed, and won numerous accolades for numerous stage projects at The Purple Rose.
Daniels then formed Purple Rose Films in 1998, a Michigan based Production Company as an outlet for his desire to act, write and direct his own independent films. Once again, acknowledgements and awards were earned by Daniels for accomplishments in this element of his career.
In Michigan Daniels has received Honorary Doctorates from his alma mater, Central Michigan University, from Albion College, and from the University of Michigan. In 1991, Daniels received both the Detroit News’ Michiganian of the Year Award and the prestigious Governor’s Michigan Artist Award. He was honored by the State Of Michigan with a House and Senate Resolution proclaiming October 4, 2000 “Jeff Daniels Day”.
As a singer and songwriter, Daniels has played to sold out audiences across the States. His annual two-week run at the Purple Rose Theatre have raised over $500,000 for the PRTC. Daniels has performed live on XM Radio’s THE VILLAGE (hosted by Christine Lavin); on the Country Music Television Awards in 2005; at New York’s Birdland, Joe’s Pub, the City Winery; the Ram’s Head Tavern in Annapolis, MD; the Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, CO; World Cafe in Philadelphia; The Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA; Cactus Cafe in Austin, TX; and The Old School Of Folk Music in Chicago, IL.
Now with four CDs to his credit (LIVE & UNPLUGGED, GRANDFATHER’S HAT, TOGETHER AGAIN with fellow Circle Rep actor Jonathan Hogan, and LIVE AT THE PURPLE ROSE), Jeff Daniels once again takes to the road. His honest, sincere, and relatable approach to songwriting allows us all to be reminded of our own lives, our own hopes, and our own dreams. So, pull up a chair, give a listen, enjoy some great songwriting and some mean guitar work, tap your foot, and enjoy the musical crafting of Jeff Daniels.