Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels

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Author Profession: US Actor
Born: February 19, 1955
Age: 61 years old
Birth Sign: Pisces

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Give me good writing, and I'll play it all day.

I'm the guy to call. Look at the resume. I have kids of my own. I have dogs.

We're all capable of anything as human beings. Any emotion, any action. We really are.

I think we have the attention span of a gnat. You know, with cell phones and Twitter.

I think Michigan keeps you sane and on an even keel through the ups and downs. In Michigan, I do fireworks, shovel snow and live life.

I went to Walter Reed hospital a couple of times to visit wounded soldiers, kids with no legs and one arm. You start to question some things.

On cable now, the writer is king. Any actor chases that.

Our kids are in their twenties now, which is a wonderful time.

Television in the last few years has been where all the great writers are going. TV now is what indie film used to be.

You know, it's really strange now with the Internet, with everyone having an unsolicited, anonymous opinion.

And regardless of the fact that in this country, certainly in the arts, we treat comedy as a second-class citizen, I've never thought of it that way. I've always thought it to be important. The last time I looked, the Greeks were holding up two masks. I've always thought of it not only as having equal value, but as the craft of it, being funny.

And that's one thing that helps me is I learn it blandly, vanilla, then I don't try to act it too soon because you start to act it, and you kind of go away from what the next sentence is, what the next paragraph is. So get it down so it kind of can - it's in there so you can then, as I call it, dance on top of it.

I think the American electorate should work a little harder at getting informed. That includes hearing, truly listening, to what the other side is saying. Whether you're left or right.

Meryl Streep's brilliant, just brilliant. I've been fortunate to do two movies with Meryl. And for an actor to go moment to moment like she does, there's no one better. And she dances between moments. Each take is different because she's riding instincts, she's riding impulses. And she trusts that.

And the actors tend not to want to watch themselves very often. I'm one of those guys.

Comedy is hard to do. All the cliches about it are true.

Every actor just wants good writing.

I have done all of the genres, and the dramatic role is my favorite.

I just never did buy this idea that you have to live in Los Angeles to be an actor. I didn't see that as a requirement in my job description.

I love living in Michigan, which has been great for my kids and my family.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger

I always loved acting and improv and sketch comedy and theater, which I did at a local youth theater. Emma Stone age

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