Jeff Daniels is an American actor, comedian, and playwright. He has starred in many blockbuster movies including “Dumb & Dumber”, “The Squid & the Whale” and “Good Night, And Good Luck”. He also played a role in a TV series called “Newsroom.”
The revered actor has built up quite an acting resume to date. He has also accumulated massive wealth in his acting career.
Let’s find out more about Jeff Daniels, how he made his wealth, and his net worth in 2021!
Jeffrey Warren Daniels was born on January 17, 1955, in Athens, Ohio. He is the son of Nellie May (née Smith) and Robert Lee “Bob” Daniels. Jeff attended Northwestern University where he studied theatre.
After college graduation, Jeff moved to New York City to pursue his acting dreams. His first break in acting was when he landed a role on a Broadway production called “Fifth of July”. He then played the lead character in Lanford Wilson’s play, “Fifth Of July” at Second Stage Theatre.
Jeff also had roles in several other plays during his early career including Henry IV and The Kentucky Cycle. His first movie break came when he landed a role on “The Purple Rose of Cairo”.
Daniels was cast in his first leading role when James L. Brooks picked him to play the lead character for As Good as It Gets. The movie earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Jeff then took roles in several other movies including Dumb and Dumber, Pleasantville, and The Hours. He took on a more dramatic role in Good Night And Good Luck where he played radio show host Edward R. Murrow as well as acted as a producer at CBS News for five years during the 1950s Red Scare.
He currently stars in Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama series called “The Newsroom”. The series is set behind the scenes of a cable news program called “NewsNight.” Jeff plays the lead character, Will McAvoy.
Jeff was married to his college sweetheart, Kathleen Rosemary Treado from 1979 until 1987. The couple has three children together.
In 1986, Daniels moved back to his hometown where he owns a home in Chelsea, Michigan. He also has a video and audio studio.
Jeff has been a part of several movies and TV shows that have ranked in the Top 100 Highest-Rated. Some include:
“The Squid & The Whale,” #69 on IMDb’s Top Rated Movies list ” Good Night, And Good Luck, ” #97 on IMDb “Dumb & Dumber, ” #88 on IMDb “The Hours, ” #87 on IMDb.
Jeff Daniels starred in Newsroom from 2012 to 2014. The series follows a news anchor, his new executive producer, and their team of producers as they deal with the professional and personal lives of working in cable TV news.
Jeff plays Will McAvoy who is an acerbic anchorman for “News Night,” a fictional television program on the HBO network. He has been described as “a small-town guy who wants to do the right thing.”
The show takes place in the present day and features real-life events along with fictional plot lines. The series has been nominated for several awards, including multiple Emmy Awards.
Jeff Daniels Net Worth
As of 2021, Jeff has a net worth of $45 million! He makes most of his wealth from acting and endorsements deals with companies like Microsoft and Lumber Liquidators. His company name is DumbDumb Productions which he co-founded with several business partners including his co-star Jim Carrey. Jeff Daniels makes $150000 per episode for “The Newsroom”.
Awards and Acknowledgments
Jeff has been awarded several awards and acknowledgments throughout his acting career. He won a Tony Award for Best Actor in 1988, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2011, and was nominated again the following year.
In 1994-1995 Jeff had four high grossing movies including “Dumb & Dumber”, “Speed”, “The Birdcage” and “That Thing You Do”.
Jeff has also been awarded several recognitions including two Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in 1998. Jeff was even inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame to commemorate his great works on Broadway!
Well, there you have it, folks, Jeff Daniels is a wealthy actor, comedian, and playwright. His net worth is bound to increase with many projects on the horizon for him!