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Born in Athens, Ga., on Feb. 19, 1955, and raised in Chelsea, Mich., Jeff Daniels has built a career as a low-key leading man, playing everything from villains to romantic heroes and lovable idiots.

After finding some success in film and on stage, Daniels scored his breakout role as Debra Winger's philandering husband in Terms of Endearment (1983). He followed this success with a memorable role as a silver-screen hero who steps off the screen to romance Mia Farrow's lonely housewife in Woody Allen's Purple Rose of Cairo. In 1991, Daniels founded the Purple Rose Theatre Co. in Michigan to establish a creative home for Midwestern actors.

Daniels continues to act and direct in films and theater. Other notable movies include Arachnophobia, Gettysburg, Dumb & Dumber, Fly Away Home, Pleasantville and Blood Work.

Jeff Daniels in The Martian

The Martian

2015 PG-13

Abandoned on the surface of Mars after his crew concludes that he perished in a dust storm, astronaut Mark Watney must find a way to survive the planet's harsh environment -- despite having only 28 days of supplies left.

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  • Jeff Daniels in Looper Looper
  • Jeff Daniels in The Hours The Hours
  • Jeff Daniels in Heartburn Heartburn
  • Jeff Daniels in State of Play State of Play
  • Jeff Daniels in 101 Dalmatians 101 Dalmatians
  • Jeff Daniels in Gods and Generals Gods and Generals
  • Jeff Daniels in Fly Away Home Fly Away Home
  • Jeff Daniels in Howl Howl
  • Jeff Daniels in Something Wild Something Wild
  • Jeff Daniels in Terms of Endearment Terms of Endearment
  • Jeff Daniels in Away We Go Away We Go
  • Jeff Daniels in Speed Speed
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  • Jeff Daniels in Pleasantville Pleasantville
  • Jeff Daniels in Good Night, and Good Luck Good Night, and Good Luck
  • Jeff Daniels in Radio Days Radio Days
  • Jeff Daniels in Arachnophobia Arachnophobia
  • Jeff Daniels in Blood Work Blood Work
  • Jeff Daniels in RV RV
  • Jeff Daniels in 2 Days in the Valley 2 Days in the Valley
  • Jeff Daniels in The Crossing The Crossing
  • Jeff Daniels in The Goodbye Girl The Goodbye Girl
  • Jeff Daniels in The Squid and the Whale The Squid and the Whale
  • Jeff Daniels in Infamous Infamous
  • Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber To Dumb and Dumber To
  • Jeff Daniels in Space Chimps Space Chimps
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  • Jeff Daniels in Paper Man Paper Man
  • Jeff Daniels in Escanaba in da Moonlight Escanaba in da Moonlight
  • Jeff Daniels in I Witness I Witness
  • Jeff Daniels in Imaginary Heroes Imaginary Heroes
  • Jeff Daniels in Because of Winn-Dixie Because of Winn-Dixie
  • Jeff Daniels in Mama's Boy Mama's Boy
  • Jeff Daniels in Traitor Traitor
  • Jeff Daniels in The Answer Man The Answer Man
  • Jeff Daniels in The House on Carroll Street The House on Carroll Street
  • Jeff Daniels in Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael
  • Jeff Daniels in The Five People You Meet in Heaven The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom The Newsroom
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  • Jeff Daniels in Cheaters Cheaters
  • Jeff Daniels in A Plumm Summer A Plumm Summer