Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal is an American actor. A member of the Gyllenhaal family and the son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting as a child with a screen debut in City Slickers, followed by roles in A Dangerous Woman and Homegrown, his breakthrough performance was as Homer Hickam in October Sky and he garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead for playing the title character in the indie cult hit Donnie Darko, in which he played a psychologically troubled teenager, alongside his older sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal. He subsequently appeared in another indie film, The Good Girl and the climate fiction-disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, portraying a student caught in a cataclysmic climate event. In 2005, Gyllenhaal portrayed Anthony "Swoff" Swofford in Jarhead, Harold Dobbs in Proof, Jack Twist in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain. For his performance in Brokeback Mountain, he received critical acclaim and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Gyllenhaal received further recognition for his roles in Zodiac, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Love & Other Drugs, for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, Source Code, End of Watch, Enemy, Nightcrawler and Nocturnal Animals, for which he was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. For Nightcrawler, he received widespread critical acclaim, was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, the son of film producer and screenwriter Naomi Foner and film director Stephen Gyllenhaal. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, his older sister, appeared with him in the film Donnie Darko. Gyllenhaal's father, raised as a Swedenborgian, is of Swedish and English descent, is a descendant of the Swedish noble Gyllenhaal family.
Jake's last ancestor to be born in Sweden was his great-great-grandfather, Anders Leonard Gyllenhaal. Jake's mother is Jewish, was born in New York City to a Jewish family from Russia and Poland. Gyllenhaal has said. On his 13th birthday, Gyllenhaal performed a "barmitzvah-like act, without the typical trappings", volunteering at a homeless shelter because his parents wanted to give him a sense of gratitude for his privileged lifestyle, his parents insisted that he have summer jobs to support himself and he thus worked as a lifeguard and as a busboy at a restaurant operated by a family friend. Gyllenhaal said his parents encouraged artistic expression: "I do have parents who supported me in certain ways. In other ways, they were lacking. It's in expression and creativity where my family has always been best at." As a child, Gyllenhaal was exposed to filmmaking due to his family's deep ties to the industry. He made his acting debut as Billy Crystal's son in the 1991 comedy film City Slickers, his parents did not allow him to appear in the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks because it would have required him to leave home for two months.
In subsequent years, his parents allowed him to audition for roles but forbade him to take them if he were chosen. He was allowed to appear in his father's films several times. Gyllenhaal appeared in the 1993 film A Dangerous Woman. Along with their mother and Maggie appeared in two episodes of Molto Mario, an Italian cooking show on the Food Network. Prior to his senior year in high school, the only other film not directed by his father, in which Gyllenhaal was allowed to perform, was the 1993 film Josh and S. A. M. A little-known children's adventure. Gyllenhaal graduated from the Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles in 1998 attended Columbia University, where his sister was a senior and from which his mother had graduated, to study Eastern religions and philosophy. Gyllenhaal dropped out after two years to concentrate on acting but has expressed intentions to finish his degree. Gyllenhaal's first lead role was in October Sky, Joe Johnston's 1999 adaptation of the Homer Hickam autobiography Rocket Boys, in which he portrayed a young man from West Virginia striving to win a science scholarship to avoid becoming a coal miner.
The film earned $32 million and was described in the Sacramento News and Review as Gyllenhaal's "breakout performance". Donnie Darko, Gyllenhaal's second film, was not a box office success upon its initial 2001 release but became a cult favorite. Directed by Richard Kelly, the film is set in 1988 and stars Gyllenhaal as a troubled teenager who experiences visions of a 6-foot tall rabbit named Frank who tells him that the world is coming to an end. Gyllenhaal's performance was well received by critics, his performance was described by one critic as "silly and straight to video". Gyllenhaal had more success starring opposite Jennifer A
Patricia Davies Clarkson is an American actress. She has starred in numerous leading and supporting roles in a variety of films, ranging from independent features to major studio productions, her accolades include one Academy Award nomination, two Golden Globe Award nominations, four Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, one Tony Award nomination, two Primetime Emmy Awards, two National Society of Film Critics Awards, one British Independent Film Award. Born and raised in New Orleans to a politician mother and school administrator father, Clarkson earned a degree in drama from Fordham University before attending the Yale School of Drama, where she graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree, she made her feature film debut in Brian De Palma's mob drama The Untouchables, followed by a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's The Dead Pool. After appearing in numerous minor roles in the early and mid-1990s, she garnered critical attention for her portrayal of a drug-addicted actress in the independent drama High Art.
Clarkson went on to appear in numerous supporting roles in such films as The Green Mile, The Pledge, Dogville. She garnered further critical acclaim in 2003 for her performances in the drama films The Station Agent, which earned her a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, Pieces of April, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Clarkson appeared as a recurring guest star on the HBO series Six Feet Under from 2002 to 2006, won two Primetime Emmy Awards for her performance. Other credits from the 2000s include Good Night, Good Luck and the Real Girl, Elegy. In 2010, Clarkson had a supporting role in Martin Scorsese's thriller Shutter Island, followed by roles in the mainstream comedies Easy A and Friends with Benefits, she subsequently portrayed the villainous Ava Paige in its two sequels. She returned to theater in 2014, playing the role of Madge Kendal in a Broadway production of The Elephant Man, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress.
In 2017, she won a British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Sally Potter's drama The Party, guest-starred on the Netflix series House of Cards. She co-starred with Amy Adams on the HBO miniseries Sharp Objects in 2018, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. Clarkson was born in New Orleans, the daughter of Jackie Clarkson, a New Orleans politician and councilwoman, Arthur "Buzz" Clarkson, a school administrator who worked at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, she is one of five sisters. She was raised on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. From 1977 to 1979, Clarkson studied speech pathology at Louisiana State University before deciding she wanted to pursue a drama degree. In 1980, she transferred to Fordham University in New York City to enroll in their undergraduate acting program, from which she graduated summa cum laude in 1982, she earned her Master of Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama in 1985.
After graduating from the Yale School of Drama, Clarkson was cast in a 1986 Broadway production of The House of Blue Leaves as a replacement in the role of Corrinna Stroller. The following year, she made her feature film debut in Brian De Palma's The Untouchables, portraying Catherine Ness, the wife of US Treasury Prohibition agent Elliott Ness. Clarkson stated she was financially struggling during this time and was paying student loans, that De Palma expanded her role in the film as she only had several days' worth of shooting; the next year, she was cast in Clint Eastwood's The Dead Pool, the fifth installment in the Dirty Harry film series. In 1989, she returned to Broadway portraying a Wall Street investment counselor whose brother is diagnosed with AIDS. Clarkson has stated that beginning in the early 1990s, she went through a turbulent period in her career and was unable to find significant work, she had a small role in Jumanji before being cast in the independent drama High Art, portraying a drug-addicted German actress in New York City.
Her performance earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. In 1999, Clarkson appeared in a supporting role as an ailing wife of a prison warden in The Green Mile, nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble Cast; the same year, she had a supporting part in the romantic comedy Simply Irresistible, followed by a supporting part in Stanley Tucci's biopic Joe Gould's Secret. Next, she portrayed a single mother in the drama The Safety of Objects, had a supporting role opposite Jack Nicholson in the Sean Penn-directed thriller The Pledge, playing the mother of a murder victim, she had a leading role in the independent horror film Wendigo, directed by Larry Fessenden, in the comedy Welcome to Collinwood. Roger Ebert praised the performances in the former, noting: "The actors have an unforced, natural quality that looks easy but is hard to do." In 2002, Clarkson was cast in a supporting role in Todd Haynes's period drama Far from Heaven, opposite Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid, playing the neighbor of a repressed housewife in the 1950s.
The same year, she starred as Margaret White in the television film adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie. Between 2002 and 2005, Clarkson had a guest-starring role on the HBO drama series Six Feet Under, playing Sarah O'Connor, the arti
Linda Edna Cardellini is an American actress. She is known for playing Lindsay Weir on Freaks and Geeks, Samantha Taggart on ER and Meg Rayburn on Bloodline, she received an Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Sylvia Rosen on Mad Men. Cardellini is known for her portrayals of Velma Dinkley in the Scooby-Doo live-action film series, Cassie in Brokeback Mountain, Laura Barton in Avengers: Age of Ultron, she received an Independent Spirit nomination for her performance in Return. In 2018, she appeared in Green Book as Dolores Vallelonga. Cardellini's voice work includes the animated television series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Regular Show, Gravity Falls, Sanjay and Craig. Cardellini was born in Redwood City, the daughter of Lorraine, a homemaker, Wayne David Cardellini, a businessman, she is the youngest of four children. Cardellini is of Italian and German descent, she was raised Catholic. She made her first public appearance at age 10. Subsequently, she started attending drama lessons.
She graduated from nearby Mountain View's Catholic St. Francis High School in 1993 moved to Los Angeles to seek roles in television and film. Cardellini was a contestant in a 1994 episode of The Price Is Right, winning a fireplace. Cardellini received her first big break role in 1996 when she landed a starring role as Sarah on ABC's Saturday morning live-action children's series, Bone Chillers. Following this, she made guest appearances on prime-time programs such as Step by Step, Clueless, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Boy Meets World as Lauren, a girl that came between the show's star couple. Cardellini co-starred in the AMC mini-series The Lot in 1999, spent the summer in Europe as part of a touring production of Lancelot, a fourteenth-century Dutch tragedy. Cardellini had her first major success when she landed one of the starring roles in the NBC series Freaks and Geeks, which debuted during the 1999–2000 season; as Lindsay Weir, an honor student in the midst of an identity crisis, Cardellini earned positive response that subsequently catapulted her to fame.
Cardellini starred in the live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo in 2002, in which she played the cartoon character Velma Dinkley. She reprised the role of Velma in 2004's Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, she joined the cast of the hospital drama ER in 2003 as a free-spirited nurse. Cardellini acted for six seasons on ER, until the series finale, "And in the End...", with the cast won the TV Land ensemble Icon Award in 2009. Her other film work includes roles in Dead Man on Campus, Good Burger, Legally Blonde, Brokeback Mountain, a starring role in the Happy Madison film Grandma's Boy as Samantha, she was the voice of Ursula in the role-playing video game and played the voice of Bliss Goode on the ABC animated series The Goode Family. In 2007, Cardellini was chosen to play lovelorn Clara in the CBS miniseries Comanche Moon, a prequel to 1989's Lonesome Dove. In 2010 and 2011, Cardellini returned to the stage with the Dr. God comedy group in Los Angeles and San Francisco, appeared in Kill the Irishman and Super, starred in the independent film Return.
She appeared with cast members and producers of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared at the Paley Center for Media PaleyFest on March 12, 2011. From June 15, 2012 to February 15, 2016, she has been the voice of Wendy on the Disney Channel show Gravity Falls. Cardellini voice acts periodically on the podcast and live show The Thrilling Adventure Hour, on the Sparks Nevada: Marshal on Mars segments. In 2013, she was chosen to play Sylvia Rosen, a love interest of Don Draper on Mad Men. For her performance on Mad Men, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Starting in 2015, she joined Kyle Chandler on a new Netflix series Bloodline from the creators of Damages; the show was cancelled in 2016, ended after its third season. In August 2018, Cardellini was cast to co-star with Christina Applegate in Netflix's dark comedy series Dead to Me. Applegate, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Jessica Elbaum will be credited as executive producers of the series. Cardellini attended Loyola Marymount University's College of Communication and Fine Arts, graduating in 2000 with a degree in theatre arts.
In 2007, she was recognized as a "Distinguished Alumna" by the university. She dated Geeks co-star Jason Segel for five years following the show's cancellation. In October 2011, Cardellini and her boyfriend Steven Rodriguez announced her pregnancy. Cardellini gave birth to their daughter in February 2012. Cardellini and Rodriguez became engaged in June 2013. Media related to Linda Cardellini at Wikimedia Commons Linda Cardellini on IMDb
Robin Gayle Wright is an American actress. She is the recipient of seven Primetime Emmy Award nominations and has earned a Golden Globe Award and a Satellite Award for her work in television. Wright first gained attention for her role in the NBC Daytime soap opera Santa Barbara, as Kelly Capwell from 1984 to 1988, she made the transition to film, starring in the romantic comedy fantasy adventure film The Princess Bride. This role led Wright to further success in the film industry, with starring roles in films such as the romantic comedy-drama Forrest Gump, the romantic drama Message in a Bottle, the superhero drama-thriller Unbreakable, the historical drama The Conspirator, the biographical sports drama Moneyball, the mystery thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the biographical drama Everest, the superhero film Wonder Woman, the neo-noir science fiction film Blade Runner 2049. Wright starred as Claire Underwood in the Netflix political drama web television series House of Cards, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2013, making her the first actress to win a Golden Globe for a web television series.
Wright has received consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actress category for House of Cards between 2013 and 2017, the Outstanding Drama Series category in 2016 and 2017 as a producer on the show. Wright is one of the highest paid actresses in the United States, earning US$420,000 per episode for her role in House of Cards in 2016. Wright was born in Dallas, Texas, to Gayle, a cosmetics saleswoman, Freddie Wright, a pharmaceutical company employee. Wright was raised in California, she attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. Wright began her career as a model, when she was 14. At the age of 18, she played Kelly Capwell in the NBC Daytime soap opera Santa Barbara, for which she received several Daytime Emmy Award nominations, she transitioned into feature film work as Buttercup in the cult film The Princess Bride. She gained critical acclaim in her role as Jenny Curran in Forrest Gump, receiving Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Supporting Actress.
In 1996 she starred in the lead role of the film adaptation of Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders, for which she received a Satellite Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Drama. She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress for her role in She's So Lovely, a film in which she co-starred with her then-husband Sean Penn. Wright received her third Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her role in the television film Empire Falls. Since 2013, Wright has appeared in the Netflix political drama web television series House of Cards in the role of Claire Underwood, the ruthless wife of political mastermind Frank Underwood. On January 12, 2014, she won a Golden Globe for the role, becoming the first actress to win the award for an online-only web television series, she received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award in 2013 and 2014 for the same role. Following Season 4 in 2016, Wright stated that she felt Claire Underwood was the equal of Frank Underwood and demanded equal pay for her performance as her co-star Kevin Spacey.
In 2017, for her performance in the fifth season, Wright was nominated for her fifth consecutive Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama. For the years 2014, 2016, 2017, Wright received Best Actress in a Drama Series nominations for the Critics' Choice Television Awards, with her being the only nomination for the show in December 2017. In October 2017, Wright was set as the show's new lead, following sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey, which resulted in him being fired from the sixth and final season. In 2017, Wright played General Antiope in Wonder Woman, alongside Chris Pine, she appears in the Blade Runner sequel Blade Runner 2049 alongside Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Jared Leto. From 1986 to 1988, Wright was married to actor Dane Witherspoon, whom she met in 1984 on the set of the soap opera Santa Barbara. In 1989, Wright became involved with actor Sean Penn following his divorce from Madonna. Wright was offered the role of Maid Marian in the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, but turned it down because she was pregnant.
Wright and Penn's daughter, Dylan Frances, was born in April 1991. She backed out of the role of Abby McDeere in The Firm due to her pregnancy with her second child. Wright and Penn's son, Hopper Jack, was born in August 1993. After breaking up and getting back together and Penn married in 1996, she changed her name to Robin Wright Penn, their on-and-off relationship ended in divorce plans, announced in December 2007, but the divorce petition was withdrawn four months at the couple's request. In February 2009, Wright and Penn attended the 81st Academy Awards together, at which Penn won Best Actor. Penn withdrew the petition in May. On August 12, 2009, Wright filed for divorce. At that time, she dropped "Penn" from her professional name; the divorce was finalized on July 22, 2010. In February 2012, Wright began dating actor Ben Foster, their engagement was announced in January 2014; the couple called off their engagement in November 2014, but reunited in January 2015. On August 29, 2015, they announced.
In 2017, Wright began dating Clement Giraudet, a Saint Laurent executive, they secretly wed in August 2018. The wedding took place in La Roche-sur-le-Buis, F
Jason Isaacs is an English actor and producer, best known for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter film series, Colonel William Tavington in The Patriot, criminal Michael Caffee in the Showtime series Brotherhood and Marshal Georgy Zhukov in The Death of Stalin. In December 2016, he played Dr. Hunter Aloysius "Hap" Percy in the Netflix supernatural series The OA, he played Captain Gabriel Lorca, the commanding officer of the USS Discovery in the first season of Star Trek: Discovery and provided the voice of The Inquisitor, Sentinel, in Star Wars Rebels, the animated television series. Outside of film and television, his stage roles include Louis Ironson in Declan Donnellan's 1992 and 1993 Royal National Theatre London premières of Parts One and Two of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, as Ben, one of two hitmen, playing opposite Lee Evans as Gus, in Harry Burton's 50th-anniversary revival of Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter's 1957 two-hander The Dumb Waiter at Trafalgar Studios in the West End.
He starred in the NBC drama Awake as Detective Michael Britten from March to May 2012. He played a high-rolling Russian in the 2018 film Hotel Mumbai. Jason Isaacs was born in England, to Jewish parents, his father was a jeweller. Isaacs spent his earliest childhood years in an "insular" and "closely knit" Jewish community of Liverpudlians, of which his Eastern European Jewish great-grandparents were founder-members in the leafy Liverpool suburb, Childwall; the third of four sons, Isaacs has stated that Judaism played a big role in his childhood, as he attended youth club in the local synagogue, a Jewish school, known as King David High school, a cheder twice a week as a young adult. When Isaacs was 11, he moved with his family to north west London, attending The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, in Elstree, Hertsmere, in Hertfordshire, where he was in the same year as film reviewer Mark Kermode, he describes the bullying and intolerance he observed during his childhood as "preparation" for portraying the "unattractive", villainous characters whom he has most played.
As a Jewish teenager in London, Isaacs endured marked antisemitism by members and supporters of the far right extremist organisation, the National Front. In an interview, Isaacs stated that "There were people beating us up or smashing windows. If you were say, on a Jewish holiday, identifiably Jewish, there was lots of violence around, but when I was 16, in 1979, the National Front were taking hold, there were leaflets at school, Sieg Heiling and people goose-stepping down the road and coming after us". Following in the footsteps of his conventional careerist brothers, one who became a doctor, one a lawyer, one an accountant, Isaacs entered law at Bristol University, but he became more involved in the drama society performing in over thirty plays and performing each summer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, first with Bristol University and twice, with the National Student Theatre Company. After graduating from Bristol he went to train at London's Central School of Speech and Drama. After completing his training as an actor, Isaacs immediately began appearing on the stage and on television.
He was known as a television actor in the United Kingdom, with starring roles in the ITV drama Capital City and the BBC drama Civvies and guest roles in series such as Taggart, Inspector Morse, Highlander: The Series. He played Michael Ryan in ITV's adaptation of Martina Cole's novel Dangerous Lady, directed by Jack Woods and produced by Lavinia Warner in 1995. On stage, he portrayed the "emotionally waffling" gay Jewish office temp Louis Ironson in Tony Kushner's Pulitzer-Prize-winning Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, at the Royal National Theatre, in its London première, performing the role in both parts, Part One: Millennium Approaches, in 1992, Part Two: Perestroika, in 1993; when auditioning for that role, he told the producers, "Look, I play all these tough guys and thugs and strong, complex characters. In real life, I am a neurotic Jewish mess. Can't I for once play that on stage?"His first major Hollywood feature-film role was alongside Laurence Fishburne in the horror film Event Horizon.
Subsequently, he appeared in the Bruce Willis blockbuster Armageddon. Called upon to take a substantial role, Isaacs was cast in a much smaller capacity as a planet-saving scientist so that he could accommodate his commitment to Divorcing Jack, a comedy-thriller he was making with David Thewlis. After portraying a priest opposite Julianne Moore and Ralph Fiennes in Neil Jordan's acclaimed adaptation of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair, Isaacs played the charismatic honourable priest opposite Kirstie Alley in the miniseries The Last Don, he shone as "memorable" villain, Colonel William Tavington, in Roland Emmerich's American Revolutionary War fictional film epic The Patriot. Starring opposite Mel Gibson as the film's hero, Heath Ledger as Gibson's screen son, Isaacs portrays a sadistic British Army officer who kills Ledger's character, among many other soldiers. Although his work in the film earned him comparisons to Ralph Fiennes' portrayal of Nazi Amon Göth in Schindler's List and mention of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, reaching beyond being typecast as an historical villain, Isaacs chose to play a drag queen in his next project, Sweet November, a romantic comedy-drama.
Isaacs has appeared in many other f
Jeffrey Warren Daniels is an American actor and playwright whose career includes roles in films, stage productions, on television, for which he has won two Emmy Awards and received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Tony Award nominations. Making his film debut in Ragtime, Daniels's film credits include Terms of Endearment, Gettysburg, Speed, 101 Dalmatians, Fly Away Home, The Hours and Generals, Good Night, Good Luck, The Lookout, Steve Jobs, The Martian. Daniels is known for playing Harry Dunne in the buddy comedy Dumb and Dumber and its sequel Dumb and Dumber To, he received Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor, for his performances in The Purple Rose of Cairo, Something Wild, The Squid and the Whale. Daniels has received a number of award nominations for his work on stage, including Tony Award nominations for Best Actor for his roles in the plays God of Carnage and Blackbird, he is the founder and current executive director of the Chelsea, Michigan–based Purple Rose Theatre Company.
From 2012 to 2014 Daniels starred as Will McAvoy in the HBO political drama series The Newsroom, for which he won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. He won a second Primetime Emmy Award in 2018 for his supporting performance in the Netflix miniseries Godless, receiving an additional nomination that year for his leading performance as John P. O'Neill in the Hulu miniseries The Looming Tower. Daniels was born in Georgia, to Marjorie J. and Robert Lee "Bob" Daniels. He spent the first six weeks of his life in Georgia, where his father was teaching, grew up in Chelsea, Michigan, his father owned the Chelsea Lumber Company and was a onetime mayor of Chelsea. Daniels was raised Methodist, he participated in the school's theater program. In the summer of 1976, he attended the Eastern Michigan University drama school to participate in a special Bicentennial Repertory program, where he performed in The Hot l Baltimore and three other plays performed in repertoire.
Marshall W. Mason was the guest director at EMU, he invited Jeff to come to New York to work at the Circle Repertory Theatre, where he performed in Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson in the 1977–78 season. Daniels performed in New York in The Shortchanged Review at Second Stage Theatre, it was the first show of the inaugural season for Second Stage Theatre. Daniels has starred on and off Broadway. On Broadway, he has appeared in Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain, A. R. Gurney's The Golden Age, Wilson's Fifth of July, for which he was nominated for 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 1991 Daniels founded the Purple Rose Theatre Company, a nonprofit stage company in Chelsea, Michigan Daniels has written more than a dozen plays for the company. In 2009, he received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in God of Carnage, opposite Hope Davis, James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden.
In 2016 he received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance in Blackbird, opposite Michelle Williams. In December 2018, Daniels began performing in To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre. Daniels made his screen debut in Miloš Forman's Ragtime in 1981, his next film, the Academy Award-winning Terms of Endearment, in which he played Debra Winger's callow and unfaithful husband, was his breakthrough. In 1985, Daniels starred in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose Of Cairo alongside Mia Farrow and Danny Aiello; the film was met with critical praise earning a 91% on Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus reading, "lighthearted and sweet, Purple Rose stands as one of Woody Allen's more inventive -- and enchantingly whimsical -- pictures." Daniels garnered a Golden Globe nomination for his performance It was the film that inspired the name for the theater company he established. In 1986, he starred in Jonathan Demme's Something Wild as an unassuming businessman swept up into a wild night by a mysterious woman and earned his second Golden Globe nomination.
In 1990, Daniels starred in two films. His next notable role was as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain in Gettysburg. Daniels reprised the role of Chamberlain 10 years in the prequel film Gods and Generals. In 1994 Daniels would co-star with Jim Carrey in one of his most commercially successful films and Dumber, it was a noted departure for Daniels, owing to his status as a dramatic actor. That same year Daniels appeared with Keanu Reeves in the action blockbuster Speed. Daniels would host Saturday Night Live a second time before the release of the 1996 Disney live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians. Daniels starred as the owner of a litter of dalmatians stolen by the evil Cruella De Vil; the film was successful. In 1996 was the family hit film Fly Away Home with Daniels as the supportive single father of Anna Paquin's goose-raising preteen. Daniels had a critical and commercial misfire with Trial and Error, he would rebound, with 1998's Pleasantville as diner owner Bill Johnson, who learns to act as an individual and rebel against the norm at the urging of To
Matthew Raymond Dillon is an American actor and film director. He made his feature film debut in Over the Edge and established himself as a teen idol by starring in the films My Bodyguard, Little Darlings, Rumble Fish, The Outsiders and The Flamingo Kid. From the late 1980s onward, Dillon achieved further success, starring in Drugstore Cowboy, The Saint of Fort Washington, To Die For, Beautiful Girls, In & Out, There's Something About Mary, Wild Things. In a 1991 article, famed movie critic Roger Ebert referred to him as the best actor within his age group, along with Sean Penn. In the 2000s, he made his directing debut with City of Ghosts and went on to star in the films Factotum, You, Me and Dupree, Nothing but the Truth, Sunlight Jr. and The House That Jack Built. For Crash, he won an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, he had earlier been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for narrating Jack Kerouac's On the Road.
In 2015, he has starred in the first season of the FOX television series Wayward Pines, for which he was nominated for a Saturn Award. Dillon was born in New Rochelle, New York, to Mary Ellen, a homemaker, Paul Dillon, a portrait painter and sales manager for Union Camp, a toy bear manufacturer, his paternal grandmother was the sister of comic strip artist Alex Raymond, the creator of Flash Gordon. Dillon is the second of six children with one sister and four brothers, one of whom is actor Kevin Dillon, he is of Irish descent, with some Scottish and German ancestry. Dillon was raised in a close-knit Roman Catholic family, he grew up in New York. In 1978, Jane Bernstein and a friend were helping director Jonathan Kaplan cast the violent teen drama Over the Edge when they found Dillon cutting class at Hommocks Middle School in Larchmont. Dillon made his debut in the film; the film received a regional, limited theatrical release in May 1979, grossed only over $200,000. Dillon's performance was well-received, which led to his casting in two films released the following year: the teenage sex comedy Little Darlings, in which Kristy McNichol's character loses her virginity to a boy from the camp across the lake, played by Dillon, the more serious teen dramedy My Bodyguard, where he played a high-school bully opposite Chris Makepeace.
The films, released in March and July 1980 were box office successes and raised Dillon's profile among teenage audiences. Another of Dillon's early roles was in the Jean Shepherd PBS special The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters; the only available copies of this film are stored at UCLA, where a legal dispute makes it unavailable to the public. One of his next roles was in Liar's Moon, where he played Jack Duncan, a poor Texas boy madly in love with a rich banker's daughter. In the early 1980s, Dillon had prominent roles in three adaptations of S. E. Hinton novels: Tex, The Outsiders and Rumble Fish. All three films were shot in Tulsa, Hinton's hometown; the Outsiders and Rumble Fish had Dillon working with Francis Ford Diane Lane. He followed those up with The Flamingo Kid in 1984, he made his Broadway debut with the play The Boys of Winter in 1985. Dillon did voiceover work in the 1987 documentary film Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. In 1989, Dillon won critical acclaim for his performance as a drug addict in Gus Van Sant's Drugstore Cowboy.
Dillon continued to work in the early 1990s with roles in films like Singles. He had a resurgence when he played Nicole Kidman's husband in To Die For, as well as starring roles in Wild Things and There's Something About Mary, for which he received an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain. In 2002, he wrote and directed the film City of Ghosts, starring himself, James Caan and Gérard Depardieu. In 2005, he starred in a film adaptation of an autobiographical work by Charles Bukowski. Two years he received critical praise and earned Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for his role in Crash, a film co-written and directed by Paul Haggis. In 2005, Dillon co-starred in Disney's Herbie: Fully Loaded and on March 11, 2006 hosted Saturday Night Live, in which he impersonated Greg Anderson and Rod Serling in sketches. Dillon starred in the comedy You, opposite Kate Hudson and Owen Wilson; the film opened on July 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006, Dillon was honored with the Premio Donostia prize in the San Sebastián International Film Festival.
Dillon contributed his voice as the narrator, Sal Paradise, in an audiobook version of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road. In 2006, he narrated Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos. Dillon appeared in several music videos during his career, he made a cameo appearance as a detective in Madonna's Bad Girl music video which stars Christopher Walken. Dillon appeared in 1987 in the music video for "Fairytale of New York" by the Irish folk-punk band The Pogues playing a cop who escorts lead singer Shane MacGowan into the "drunk tank". In 2007, the band Dinosaur Jr. hired Dillon to direct the video for their single "Been There All The Time" from the album Beyond. That year, he guest-starred on The Simpsons episode "Midnight Towboy". Early in 2015 he played the role of a Secret Service agent in the FOX 10-episode series Wayward Pines. In 2018, Dillon played the lead role in the Lars von Trier thriller The House That Jack Built. Dillon had a three-year relationship with actress Cameron Diaz.
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