Tim Daly

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Tim Daly
Tim Daly Shankbone 2009 Tribeca.jpg
Tim Daly at the 2009 premiere of PoliWood
BornJames Timothy Daly
(1956-03-01) March 1, 1956 (age 58)
New York City, New York, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
EducationThe Putney School
Alma materBennington College
OccupationActor, producer, director
Years active1963–present
Political party
Spouse(s)Amy Van Nostrand (1982–2010; divorced)
ChildrenSam Daly
Emelyn Daly
ParentsJames Daly (died 1978)
Hope Newell
FamilyTyne Daly (sister)
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For the playwright, see Timothy Daly (playwright).
Tim Daly
Tim Daly Shankbone 2009 Tribeca.jpg
Tim Daly at the 2009 premiere of PoliWood
BornJames Timothy Daly
(1956-03-01) March 1, 1956 (age 58)
New York City, New York, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
EducationThe Putney School
Alma materBennington College
OccupationActor, producer, director
Years active1963–present
Political party
Spouse(s)Amy Van Nostrand (1982–2010; divorced)
ChildrenSam Daly
Emelyn Daly
ParentsJames Daly (died 1978)
Hope Newell
FamilyTyne Daly (sister)

James Timothy "Tim" Daly (born March 1, 1956) is an American stage, screen and voice actor, director and producer. He is best known for his television role as Joe Hackett on the NBC sitcom Wings and for his voice role as Superman/Clark Kent in Superman: The Animated Series, as well as his recurring role of the drug-addicted screenwriter J.T. Dolan on The Sopranos for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award. He starred as Pete Wilder on Private Practice from 2007 to 2012. Daly is currently portraying Henry McCord, husband of the titular secretary, on the CBS drama Madam Secretary.

Early life[edit]

Daly with his sister Tyne Daly

Daly was born in New York City,[1] the only son and youngest child of actors James Daly and Mary Hope Newell.[2] He is the younger brother of actress Tyne Daly, who is 10 years his senior, and is a brother-in-law of television and film composer Mark Snow.[3] He has two other sisters, Mary Glynn (Snow's wife)[4] and Pegeen Michael. He is of part Irish ancestry. Daly attended The Putney School,[5] where he started to study acting.

Daly began his professional career while a student at Vermont's Bennington College, where he studied theatre and literature, in which he now holds a Bachelor of Arts,[6] and acted in summer stock. He graduated from college in 1979 and returned to New York to continue studying acting and singing.


Daly debuted on stage when he was seven years old in Jenny Kissed Me by Jean Kerr, together with his parents and two sisters. He appeared for the first time on TV when he was 10 years old in an American Playhouse adaptation of An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen, which starred his father James Daly. He dreamed about a sports or music career and also considered becoming a doctor or a lawyer, but finally decided to become an actor. Daly started his professional acting career when he appeared in a 1978 adaptation of Peter Shaffer's play Equus.

His first leading film role was in the film Diner, directed by Barry Levinson, in which he shared screen time with actors including Kevin Bacon and Mickey Rourke. Starring roles soon followed in Alan Rudolph's feature, Made in Heaven, the American Playhouse production of The Rise & Rise of Daniel Rocket, and the CBS dramatic series, Almost Grown created by David Chase.

In theatre he has starred in the Broadway production of Coastal Disturbances by playwright Tina Howe opposite Annette Bening and received a 1987 Theatre World Award for his performance. He has also starred in Oliver, Oliver at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Mass Appeal by Bill C. Davis and Bus Stop by William Inge at Trinity Square Repertory, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams at the Santa Fe Festival Theatre, A Knife in the Heart and A Study in Scarlet at the Williamstown Playhouse, and Paris Bound at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. During this time, Daly also starred in the CBS television miniseries I'll Take Manhattan as Toby Amberville.

Daly describes himself as being highly self-critical in regard to his career. In an interview with New Zealand 'ZM' radio personality Polly Gillespie Tim was quoted to say "I think part of it (his self-critical nature) is passed down to me from my parents who are actors. The theatre was our temple... When you entered you were expected to live up to the example of this glorious place."[7]

Daly in 1995


Wings is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from April 19, 1990 to May 14, 1997. It starred Daly and Steven Weber as brothers Joe and Brian Hackett. The show was set at the fictional Tom Nevers Field, a small airport in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where the Hackett brothers operated the one-plane airline, Sandpiper Air.

In 1997, he and J. Todd Harris formed Daly-Harris Productions,[8] through which he produced such movies as: Execution of Justice (1999) (TV), Urbania (2000) and Tick Tock (2000). In 1998, Daly appeared in several episodes of the Emmy award-winning, Tom Hanks-produced HBO mini-series From the Earth to the Moon playing astronaut Jim Lovell, whom Hanks himself had portrayed in the film Apollo 13.


In 2002, Daly guest-starred as himself in the TV series Monk in the episode "Mr. Monk and the Airplane", briefly reuniting him with his Wings castmate Tony Shalhoub. In 2006, Daly returned to Broadway when he appeared on stage opposite David Schwimmer and Željko Ivanek in the Broadway revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.[9]

Daly made several appearances on The Sopranos as J.T. Dolan, an AA buddy of Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli). Daly received a 2007 Emmy nomination for his work on the series. He appeared on the midseason ABC crime series Eyes, which got good reviews but was canceled after only five episodes.

As a voice-actor, Daly portrayed superhero Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent in Superman: The Animated Series (1996–2000), but was unable to return as Superman (thus being replaced by Christopher McDonald in Batman Beyond and George Newbern in Justice League), as he was already under contract to star in a remake of the 1960s TV drama The Fugitive, which aired for only one season (2000–2001). He reprised his role as Superman in the video game Superman: Shadow of Apokolips and the direct-to-video releases Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and Justice League: Doom. Tim Daly also reprised his role as Superman in an animated remake of the trailer for the 2013 film Man of Steel by the Hub Network to celebrate the release of the film and to promote the network's upcoming marathon of Superman episodes.

In 2006, Daly played the role of Nick Cavanaugh on the new ABC drama The Nine. Starting May 3, 2007, Daly began playing a new love interest for Kate Walsh's character on Private Practice, a spinoff of Grey's Anatomy.

Daly heads Red House Entertainment. Movies produced through the company include Peabody Award and Humanitas Prize winning Edge of America and Daly's directing debut, the independent film Bereft.[citation needed]

Daly also created Wandering Park Productions, a company designed to develop and produce a variety of film, television and theater projects. The company producing credits include the critically acclaimed and award winning Los Angeles premiere of Vincent Cardinal's play A Colorado Catechism, starring Daly. The play received outstanding reviews and earned Daly the Drama-Logue Award for Best Actor.

Daly co-produced a documentary, PoliWood, about the 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions. The documentary, directed by Barry Levinson had its premiere at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Non-profit work[edit]

Tim Daly is an activist in various liberal political and social causes. In 2004, he became active in the presidential politics of the Democratic Party by joining "John Kerry for President," an organization dedicated to John Kerry's presidential candidacy for the 2004 election.[10]

In the beginning of 2007, Daly became a member of The Creative Coalition (TCC), a nonprofit, (501(c)(3)) nonpartisan, politically active group formed of members of the American film entertainment industry; since 2008, Daly has served as President of the Creative Coalition. As a member of TCC Daly has joined the National Task Force on Children's Safety, a program co-founded by The Creative Coalition and Safety4Kids, "the first children's media brand focused solely on safety and health." According to the program website: "The Task Force is the first critical step in creating a national dialogue on safety and media literacy and determining next steps to ensure that the issues are prioritized in the minds of parents, educators and legislators."[11] "The Task Force is dedicated to awareness, education and lasting change by impacting national policy on safety education and media literacy."[12] In August 2007, Tim Daly became one of the three chairs for the organization's activity at the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions.[13] Along with actress Kerry Washington and writer/director Sue Kramer, Tim Daly was responsible for leading "TCC's Convention efforts designed to bring issues of importance to the forefront of the 2008 presidential campaign."[14] In November 2007, Tim Daly interviewed senator John Edwards, one of the Democratic president candidates.[15]

In June 2008, Tim Daly, together with Chandra Wilson, was named the 2008 ambassador for Lee National Denim Day – a fundraiser for breast cancer, benefiting the Women's Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.[16] In August 2008, Daly was named co-president of the Creative Coalition, a nonpartisan group that works on issues such as health care reform and arts funding.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Daly married actress Amy Van Nostrand in 1982. They have two children: son Sam born in 1984, and daughter Emelyn, born in 1989. In 2010, Daly and his wife divorced. In 2012, on a personal quest, he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. That same year, he and his sister, Tyne, endorsed the re-election campaign of Democratic U.S President Barack Obama.[18][19]

In 2013, Daly was in the Virgin America first-class lounge during a shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport.[20]


Feature films[edit]

1982DinerWilliam "Billy" Howard
1984Just the Way You AreFrank Bantam
1987Made in HeavenTom Donnelly
1988SpellbinderJeff Mills
1990Love or MoneyChris Murdoch
1992Year of the CometOliver Plexico
1994Caroline at Midnight (aka Someone's Watching)Detective Ray Dillon
1995Denise Calls UpFrank Oliver
Dr. Jekyll and Ms. HydeDoctor Richard Jacks
1996The AssociateFrank
1998The Object of My AffectionDr. Robert Joley
1999Seven GirlfriendsJesse Campbell
2003BasicColonel Bill Styles
2004Against the RopesGavin Reese
Return to Sender (aka Convicted)Martin North
2005My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)Professor Tatsuo Kusakabe (father)Voice (English version)
2006Superman: Brainiac AttacksClark Kent / SupermanVoice
2006The Good Student (aka Mr. Gibb)Ronald Gibb
2009The SkepticBryan Becket
Superman/Batman: Public EnemiesClark Kent / SupermanVoice
2010Superman/Batman: ApocalypseClark Kent / SupermanVoice
DilfJake HoltShort
2012Justice League: DoomClark Kent / SupermanVoice
After DarknessRaymond Beaty Sr.
2014Low Down
Hell Of A ViewTom BlakePost-Production


1966An Enemy of the PeopleMorten StockmannAmerican Playhouse production
1981Hill Street BluesDannEpisode: "Gatorbait"
1983Ryan's FourDr. Edward GillianTV movie
Ryan's FourDr. Edward GillianTV series
1984I Married a CenterfoldKevin Coates
1985MirrorsChris Philips
1986The Rise & Rise of Daniel RocketRichardAmerican Playhouse production
Alfred Hitchcock PresentsScottEpisode: "Enough Rope for Two"
1987I'll Take ManhattanToby Amberville
1988Almost GrownNorman Foley
1989The More You KnowHimself
Red Earth, White Earth aka Snake TreatyGuy Pehrsson
Midnight CallerElliot ChaseEpisode: "Watching Me, Watching You"
1990–1997WingsJoseph "Joe" Montgomery HackettTV Land Award for Favorite Airborne Character(s) – shared with Steven Weber
1993In the Line of Duty: Ambush in WacoDavid Koresh
QueenColonel James Jackson Jr.
1994Dangerous HeartAngel Perno
Witness to the ExecutionDennis Casterline
1995The John Larroquette ShowThor Merrick, Catherine's ex-husbandEpisode: "Bad Pennies"
1996–2000Superman: The Animated SeriesClark Kent/Superman/BizarroVoice
1998From the Earth to the MoonJim Lovell
Invasion AmericaAdditional Voices
The Batman/Superman MovieClark Kent/SupermanVoice
1999Storm of the CenturyMike Anderson
Execution of JusticeDan White
Intimate Portrait: Tyne DalyNarrator
2000A House DividedCharles Dubose
2000–2001The FugitiveDr. Richard KimbleGolden Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
TV Guide Award for Actor of the Year in a New Series
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
2002The OutsiderJohnny Gault
MonkHimselfEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Airplane"
2003Edge of AmericaLeroy McKinneyNominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special
Wilder DaysJohn Morse
Judging AmyMonty FisherEpisode: "Shock and Awe"
2004BereftUncle 'Happy'also producer and director
2004–2007The SopranosJ.T. DolanEpisodes: "In Camelot", "Mayham", "Stage 5", "Walk Like a Man"
Nominated – Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2005EyesHarlan Judd
2006Commander in ChiefCameron ManchesterEpisode: "Happy Birthday, Madam President"
Generation BoomHimself
2006–2007The NineNick Cavanaugh
2007Law & Order: Special Victims UnitReverend Jeb CurtisEpisode: "Sin"
Grey's AnatomyDr. Peter "Pete" WilderEpisodes: The Other Side of This Life: Part 1/Part 2 (Private Practice backdoor pilot)
2007–2012Private PracticeDr. Peter "Pete" Wilder
2013Hawaii Five-0Ray1 episode
2014The Mindy ProjectCharlie Lang3 episodes
2014Hot in ClevelandMitchRecurring, season 5
2014Madam SecretaryHenry McCord

Director credits[edit]

2004Bereftalso producer and actor

Producer credits[edit]

1999Execution of JusticeExecutive producer, also actor
GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie
2000Tick Tock
2003Edge of AmericaExecutive producer, also actor
Peabody Award Image
Humanitas Prize
2004Bereftalso director and actor


(Source: Broadway.com)


1987–1988Coastal DisturbancesTina HoweLeo Hart
2006The Caine Mutiny Court-MartialHerman Woukprosecutor Lt. Cmdr. John Challee


1984Fables For FriendsTrevor/Chris/Nicky/Victor/Eddie
1985Oliver, OliverPaul OsbornOliver Oliver
1986The Rise & Rise of Daniel RocketPeter ParnellRichard[24]
1986–1987Coastal DisturbancesTina HoweLeo Hart
  • Performances: McGinn-Cazale Theatre (Second Stage Theatre) (from November 19, 1986 – ran for 45 performances, then transferred to Broadway)
2003Fear of Flying at 30Erica Jong
2003The Exonerated[25]Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
  • Performances: Theatres at 45 Bleecker/Bleecker Street Theatre


2005Henry FlamethrowaJohn BellusoPeter Rhamelower[26]Performances: Studio Dante

Other stage credits[edit]

1963Jenny Kissed MeJean Kerr
1978EquusPeter ShafferAlan Strang
1981The Fifth of JulyLanford Wilson
1981The Buried ChildSam Shepard
1981Of Mice and MenJohn Steinbeck
1983Mass AppealBill C. Davis
1983Bus StopWilliam Inge
1983The Cabaret
  • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse
1983A Knife in the HeartSusan YankowitzDonald Holt
  • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse[27]
Christmas CarolCharles Dickens/Hall and Cumming adaptation
1985Paris BoundPhilip Barry
  • Performances: Berkshire Theatre Festival
The Glass MenagerieTennessee Williams
The Lion in WinterJames Goldman
  • Performances: Windham Repertory
1987A Study in ScarletSir Arthur Conan DoyleJefferson Hope
  • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse[28]
1993The Colorado CatechismVincent J. CardinalTy Wain
  • Performances: Coast Playhouse Los Angeles
  • Won – 1993 Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Actor
Love LettersA. R. GurneyAndrew Makepiece Ladd III
  • Performances: Canon Theater Los Angeles
2000Ancestral VoicesA. R. Gurney
Love LettersA. R. GurneyAndrew Makepiece Ladd III
2004Cabaret & MainDarius de Haas
  • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse[29]
2010Six Degrees of SeparationJohn GuareFlan Kittredge
  • Performances: Williamstown Theatre Festival, July 14–25

Awards and honors[edit]

1987Theatre World AwardBest Debut Performance in a Broadway productionCoastal DisturbancesWon[30]
1993Drama-Logue AwardOutstanding ActorThe Colorado CatechismWon
1996Golden Raspberry AwardWorst Screen ComboDr. Jekyll and Ms. HydeNominated
2000GLAAD Media AwardOutstanding TV MovieExecution of JusticeWon
Golden Satellite AwardBest Actor in a Television Series DramaThe FugitiveWon[31]
2001Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesThe FugitiveNominated[32]
TV Guide AwardActor of the Year in a New SeriesThe FugitiveNominated
2005TV Land AwardFavorite Airborne Character(s)Wings (shared with Steven Weber)Nominated
Peabody AwardPeabody Award ImageEdge of AmericaWon[33][34]
2006Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family SpecialEdge of AmericaNominated[35]
Humanitas PrizeChildren's Live – Action CategoryEdge of AmericaWon
2007Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe SopranosNominated
2008Vail Film Festival AwardExcellence in Acting Awardan annual awardWon[36]
(Source: IMDb.com)


  1. ^ David Drake interview with Tim Daly for Broadway.com
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ Mark Snow biography on Yahoo! Music
  4. ^ Mark Snow biography on ASCAP
  5. ^ Putney School, Notable Alumni
  6. ^ Bennington College, Selection of Notable Alumni
  7. ^ ZMTV – Tim Daly
  8. ^ Daly-Harris Prods forming announcement in Variety
  9. ^ Tim Daly joins cast of Broadway's The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
  10. ^ John Kerry for President members
  11. ^ National Task Force on children's Safety website
  12. ^ The Creative Coalition and Safety4Kids Turn Words into Action with Powerful Children's Safety and Media Literacy Summit on Capitol Hill, June 6, 2007
  13. ^ The Creative Coalition Names Chairs for 2008 Political Conventions at Summer Celebration
  14. ^ The Creative Coalition Takes on 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions
  15. ^ Tim Daly interview with John Edwards
  16. ^ Tim Daly and Chandra Wilson Named 2008 Lee National Denim Day Ambassadors
  17. ^ Tim Daly is Creative co-president. Accessed 2008-08-23.
  18. ^ "Actor Tim Daly: 'Obama Kept Us From Going Into a Really Severe Depression, Thank God for That'". Fox News Insider. September 4, 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-21. 
  19. ^ Yoon, Robert (2012-07-24). "Celebs Open Wallets In WH Race, Mostly For Obama". The Denver Channel. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  20. ^ CNN
  21. ^ Wakingmovie.com
  22. ^ Smile! You’re in PoliWood
  23. ^ Opening night of Broadway's The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
  24. ^ Tim Daly's career milestones
  25. ^ The Exonerated cast May 2003
  26. ^ Henry Flamethrowa announcement in Playbill News
  27. ^ Williamstown Theatre Festival A Knife in the Heart Credits
  28. ^ Williamstown Theatre Festival A Study in Scarlet Credits
  29. ^ Williamstown Theatre Festival 50th Season Celebration
  30. ^ Theatre World Awards Recipients
  31. ^ Golden Satellite Award winners announcement in Variety
  32. ^ 7th Annual SAG Awards Nominees
  33. ^ Peabody Winners 2005
  34. ^ Peabody Winners Book
  35. ^ 33rd Daytime Emmy Nominees
  36. ^ The Vail Film Festival’s 2008 tribute award recipients

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