Friday, September 21, 2007

Jeff Daniels Stays True to His Michigan Roots

Most actors with the successful resume of Jeff Daniels would live in Los Angeles, but not him. He lives in his hometown of Chelsea Michigan and is the owner of the Purple Rose Theatre. This was named after the Woody Allen film he was in called The Purple Rose of Cairo. The website for this is He also appeared in Allen's Radio Days. He has been married to his high school sweetheart since 1979. If he had not become an actor he probably would have gone into the family business, Chelsea Lumber Company, which provided all of the building supplies for his theatre. He has released an album of songs he has written, including one titled "If William Shatner Can, I Can Too". His salary for the 1994 comedy with Jim Carrey, Dumb and Dumber was $750,000. His 2001 deer hunting film Escanaba in da Moonlight was shot in the upper peninsula town and the next year Super Sucker was shot in Jackson, Michigan. He was the writer and director for both of these movies. He has had success in comedies, dramas and family films. Here are some of his other notable films;

1983 Terms of Endearment
1985 The Purple Rose of Cairo
1986 Something Wild
1987 Radio Days
1990 Arachnophobia
1994 Dumb and Dumber
1996 Fly Away Home
1996 Two Days in the Valley
1998 Pleasantville
2005 The Squid and the Whale
2005 Because of Winn-Dixie
2005 Good Night and Good Luck
2006 RV

Back in 1980 he had a role in the TV series Hawaii Five-O.

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