Jeff Daniels is an American actor, musician and playwright best known for playing Debra Winger's husband in the 1983 Oscar-winning film Terms of Endearment.
He also starred as news anchor Will McAvoy in the television drama series The Newsroom. It was his first starring role in a television series.
Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia but raised in Chelsea, Michigan, where his father Robert owns The Chelsea Lumber Company. He attended Central Michigan University, but became involved in acting and dropped out to pursue a career as an actor.
Daniels made his feature film debut in Milos Forman's Ragtime, in 1981.
He went on to prove himself to be one of Hollywood's most reliable and versatile actors with roles in successes such as Terms of Endearment (1983), The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Something Wild (1986), Arachnophobia (1990), Dumb & Dumber (1994), Pleasantville (1998), The Hours (2002) and Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), to name a few.
He has also guest starred in a number of television series including Hawaii Five-0, Tanner '88 and Frasier.
Alongside screen work, Daniels has many stage credits to his name and is the founder of The Purple Rose Theater Company in Chelsea, Michigan. He is also a musician and songwriter and has recorded two albums.
Daniels is married to his childhood sweetheart, Kathleen Treado and they have three children.