Well, mostly I act and whatever I did must have worked because I’m doing it more now than in any decade of my career which is not how they draw it up in Star School. In 1976, I drove to New York City to learn everything I didn’t know, achieving just enough success along the way to inch my way up the Serious Actor Ladder. As my career marched on, I appeared in over seventy films, numerous television shows, returned again and again to the theatre, and am currently riding a string of once in a lifetime roles in NEWSROOM, GODLESS, LOOMING TOWER, THE COMEY RULE and a year long run on Broadway as Atticus Finch in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.
Much as I love acting, however, I don’t do it every day. The only thing I do every day, the only thing I want to do, the only thing I have to do, is play my acoustic guitar. Back in ’76, I bought a Guild D-40, tossed it into the backseat of a beat up Buick and chased a dream. I had no idea I was bringing along my best friend. The one I would need, the one I would turn to, the one I would rely on. And now, decades later, the one who knows what I’m all about.
Sometimes I’m asked if I’ll ever write a book and I always answer that I already have. It’s in my songs.
—- Jeff Daniels