Jeff Daniels

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Brian Howe, Marcia Gay Harden and Jeff Daniels as Barry Lasenthal, Rebecca Halliday and Will McAvoy, respectively, in the 2014 Anthony Hemingway directed “The Newsroom” episode “Contempt”

It’s Jeff Daniels’ birthday. Daniels is one of the most diversely talented actors working today. With no fewer than 80 credits to his name, Daniels has been working as an actor of film and television since 1980.

Beginning in 1980 with the television mini-series “A Rumor of War,” Daniels has accomplished great things in front of film and television cameras. While many people typically point to the 1994 comedy “Dumb and Dumber” as being one of his better films, other films that must be mentioned include but is not limited to “Pleasantville” (1998), “Good Night, and Good Luck.” (2005) and “Steve Jobs” (2015).

In the short-lived television series “The Newsroom,” Daniels played the hard hitting no sugar-coating news anchor Will McAvoy. “The Newsroom” was one of those great television productions that died before its time. It just didn’t speak to a large enough audience for HBO’s liking. It was subsequently cancelled after only two seasons.

While “The Newsroom” didn’t last long, it did provide people with memorable moments, one of which came early in the series premiere.

Daniels’ character is correct in every way possible. “We aspired to intelligence,” something the current presidential administration doesn’t comprehend.

If “The Newsroom” was still part of our television reality, it would most certainly be addressing the issues America currently faces.

Born in Clarke County, Georgia on Saturday, 19 Feb. 1955, Daniels is equally at home treading the boards of the thespian world of theatre as he is working in front of the camera for film and television. As a thespian, Daniels has proven the worth of his abilities many times.

In productions both on and off Broadway, Daniels is seriously accomplished in live theatrical productions.

On-Broadway, Daniels appeared in Lanford Wilson’s “Redwood Curtain,” A. R. Gurney’s “The Golden Age” and Wilson’s “Fifth of July.” For his work in Wilson’s “Fifth of July,” Daniels picked up a nomination for a Drama Desk Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Daniels’ off Broadway theatrical credits are every bit as impressive as his on-Broadway accomplishments. For his performance in yet another Wilson staged play, this time “Lemon Sky,” Daniels earned a Drama Desk nomination. Further, he picked up an Obie Award for his performance in the Circle Repertory Company staged production of “Johnny Got His Gun.” Based on the 1939 Dalton Trumbo novel of the same title, the play is considered every bit as captivating as the source material.

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