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Name: Jeffrey Warren Daniels                                                       
Born: 19 February 1955 Athens, Georgia, U.S.                                       
Jeffrey Warren "Jeff" Daniels (born February 19, 1955) is an American actor,       
musician and playwright.                                                           
Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia and grew up in Chelsea, Michigan, where his   
father, Robert Lee Daniels, ran a local lumber yard. He was raised in the         
Methodist religion. Daniels attended Central Michigan University and               
participated in their theater program before dropping out during his junior year   
to move to New York City. His first performance in New York was in The             
Shortchanged Review (1979) at Second Stage Theatre. It was the first show of       
the inaugural season for Second Stage Theatre.                                     
Daniels has starred in a number of New York productions, on and off Broadway. On   
Broadway, he has appeared in Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain, A. R. Gurney's     
The Golden Age and Wilson's Fifth of July, for which he won a Drama Desk Award     
for Best Supporting Actor. Off-Broadway, he received a Drama Desk nomination for   
Wilson's Lemon Sky, and an Obie Award for his performance in the Circle           
Repertory Company production of Johnny Got His Gun.                               
In 1986, Daniels moved his home to the town where he and his wife grew up,         
Chelsea, Michigan. Five years later, he founded the regionally-acclaimed           
Purple Rose Theatre Company, a non-profit professional theatre company. He is     
currently Executive Director of PRTC, and has written 11 plays for the company.   
Daniels is best known for his roles in The Purple Rose of Cairo, Terms of         
Endearment, Gettysburg, Arachnophobia, Because of Winn-Dixie, and The Squid and   
the Whale. Although primarily a dramatic actor, some of Daniels' most well-known   
scenes are from the comedy Dumb & Dumber, in which he gets his tongue stuck to a   
ski-lift as well as having an attack of explosive diarrhea. In the 2002 film       
Blood Work, Daniels was cast against type as the film's villain.                   
He is currently focusing on recording a number of songs that he has written       
throughout his life, apparently marking key moments. According to personal         
statements, it seems that he has undergone a complete career change, keeping       
busy with frequent gigs and two full length albums, Grandfather's Hat and Jeff     
Daniels Live and Unplugged.