Central Michigan University
Won first Best Actor Emmy for his role as Will McAvoy on "The Newsroom"
Cast opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis in sci-fi action "Looper"
Starred on Aaron Sorkin's drama series "The Newsroom" (HBO) as veteran anchorman Will McAvoy
Cast as Professor David Kirk in "Howl," based on Allen Ginsberg's famous poem
Played a struggling novelist who befriends a high school girl who gives him back his motivation in the independent feature "Paper Man"
Returned to the stage for the Broadway production of Yasmina Reza’s "God of Carnage"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play
Played Joseph Gordon-Levitt's blind roommate in the crime thriller "The Lookout"
Starred in the Truman Capote biopic "Infamous"
Co-starred with Laura Linney in Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and the Whale"; earned Independent Spirit and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor
Co-starred in the George Clooney-directed "Goodnight, and Good Luck," a 1950s-era drama that chronicles broadcaster Edward R. Murrow’s campaign to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy
Appeared with Sigourney Weaver in the family drama "Imaginary Heroes"
Starred as Lt. Col. Joshua Chamberlain – the same role he played ten years earlier in "Gettysburg" – in the Civil War drama "Gods and Generals"
Played small but pivotal role as Ed Harris' ex-lover in "The Hours"
Co-starred with Clint Eastwood in the detective thriller "Blood Work"
Feature directorial debut, "Escanaba in da Moonlight"; also scripted from his play and starred
Played a teacher who assisted his students in cheating in the HBO film "Cheaters"
Portrayed George Washington in the A&E original film "The Crossing"
NYC debut as playwright, "Thy Kingdom's Come"
Co-starred in Gary Ross' Academy Award-nominated film "Pleasantville"
Co-starred with Glenn Close in the live action feature "101 Dalmatians"
Reprised stage role in the CBS TV adaptation of "Redwood Curtain"
Played pivotal role as Keanu Reeves' partner in the hit action film "Speed"
Co-starred with Jim Carrey in the commercial hit "Dumb and Dumber"
Starred as Lt. Col. Joshua Chamberlain in the Civil War ensemble "Gettysburg"
Returned to the Broadway stage in "Redwood Curtain"; penned by Lanford Wilson
Founded the regional theater Purple Rose Theater Company in Chelsea, MI
Played guitar on Don Johnson's album Let It Roll
Received critical praise for his turn in Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild"
Played first full-fledged romantic lead in Woody Allen's "The Purple Rose of Cairo"
Landed first prominent film role as Flap, Debra Winger's cheating husband in James L Brooks' "Terms of Endearment"
Played first leading role on TV in the NBC adventure pilot "Catalina C-Lab"
Starred in one-person off-Broadway show "Johnny Got His Gun"
Feature acting debut, a bit part in Miloš Forman's "Ragtime"
Made Broadway debut reprising the role of Jed for "Fifth of July"
Made TV acting debut in the CBS miniseries "A Rumor of War"
Originated the role of Jed in "Fifth of July"; role written expressly for Daniels by playwright Lanford Wilson