James Timothy "Tim" Daly (born March 1, 1956) is an American actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his role as Joe Hackett on the NBC sitcom Wings and his voice role as Clark Kent/Superman in Superman: The Animated Series, as well as his recurring role as 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.
Daly was born in New York City, the only son and youngest of four children of actors James and Mary Hope (née Newell) Daly. He is the younger brother of actress Tyne Daly. He has two other sisters, Mary Glynn (wife of Mark Snow) and Pegeen Michael. Daly attended The Putney School, 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 degree, 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, Daly was quoted as saying, "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."
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, 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.
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. Daly 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 also created Wandering Bark Productions, based at Paramount Pictures, 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.
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.
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." "The Task Force is dedicated to awareness, education and lasting change by impacting national policy on safety education and media literacy." In August 2007, Daly became one of the three chairs for the organization's activity at the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions. Along with actress Kerry Washington and writer/director Sue Kramer, Daly was responsible for leading "TCC's Convention efforts designed to bring issues of importance to the forefront of the 2008 presidential campaign." In November 2007, Daly interviewed senator John Edwards, one of the Democratic presidential candidates.
In June 2008, 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. 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.
Daly married actress Amy Van Nostrand in 1982. They have two children, Sam Daly and Emelyn Daly. In 2010, Daly and Van Nostrand divorced. He has been dating his Madam Secretary co-star Téa Leoni since December 2014.
In 2013, Daly was in the Virgin America first-class lounge during a shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport.
|1982||Diner||William "Billy" Howard|
|1984||Just the Way You Are||Frank Bantam|
|1987||Made in Heaven||Tom Donnelly|
|1990||Love or Money||Chris Murdoch|
|1989||The More You Know||Himself|
|1992||Year of the Comet||Oliver Plexico|
|1994||Caroline at Midnight||Detective Ray Dillon||aka Someone's Watching|
|1995||Denise Calls Up||Frank Oliver|
|1995||Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde||Doctor Richard Jacks||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Sean Young)|
|1998||The Object of My Affection||Dr. Robert Joley|
|1998||The Batman/Superman Movie||Clark Kent / Superman||Voice|
|1999||Seven Girlfriends||Jesse Campbell|
|2003||Basic||Colonel Bill Styles|
|2004||Against the Ropes||Gavin Reese|
|2004||Bereft||Uncle 'Happy'||also producer and director|
|2004||Return to Sender||Martin North||aka Convicted|
|2005||My Neighbor Totoro (Tonari no Totoro)||Professor Tatsuo Kusakabe (father)||Voice (English version)|
|2006||Superman: Brainiac Attacks||Clark Kent / Superman||Voice|
|2006||The Good Student||Ronald Gibb||aka Mr. Gibb|
|2009||The Skeptic||Bryan Becket|
|2009||Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||Clark Kent / Superman||Voice|
|2010||Superman/Batman: Apocalypse||Clark Kent / Superman||Voice|
|2010||Dilf||Jake Holt||Short film|
|2012||Justice League: Doom||Clark Kent / Superman||Voice|
|2013||After Darkness||Raymond Beaty Sr.|
|2014||Hell of a View||Tom Blake||Post-production|
|1978||An Enemy of the People||Morten Stockmann||Television movie|
|1981||Hill Street Blues||Dann||Episode: "Gatorbait"|
|1983||Ryan's Four||Dr. Edward Gillian||Episode: "Ryan's Four"|
|1984||I Married a Centerfold||Kevin Coates||Television movie|
|1985||Mirrors||Chris Philips||Television movie|
|1986||American Playhouse||Richard||Episode: "The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket"|
|1986||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Scott||Episode: "Enough Rope for Two"|
|1987||I'll Take Manhattan||Toby Amberville||2 episodes|
|1988–1989||Almost Grown||Norman Foley||13 episodes|
|1989||Midnight Caller||Elliot Chase||Episode: "Watching Me, Watching You"|
|1989||Red Earth, White Earth||Guy Pehrsson||Television movie|
|1990–1997||Wings||Joe Montgomery Hackett||172 episodes|
|1993||Alex Haley's Queen||Colonel James Jackson Jr.||2 episodes|
|1993||In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco||David Koresh||Television movie|
|1994||Dangerous Heart||Angel Perno||Television movie|
|1994||Witness to the Execution||Dennis Casterline||Television movie|
|1995||The John Larroquette Show||Thor Merrick||Episode: "Bad Pennies"|
|1996–2000||Superman: The Animated Series||Clark Kent / Superman / Bizarro||52 episodes|
|1998||From the Earth to the Moon||Jim Lovell||4 episodes|
|1998||Invasion America||Additional Voices||13 episodes|
|1999||Storm of the Century||Mike Anderson||3 episodes|
|1999||Execution of Justice||Dan White||Television movie|
|1999||Intimate Portrait: Tyne Daly||Narrator||Television movie|
|2000||A House Divided||Charles Dubose||Television movie|
|2000–2001||The Fugitive||Dr. Richard Kimble||23 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
|2002||Monk||Himself||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Airplane"|
|2002||The Outsider||Johnny Gault||Television movie|
|2003||Judging Amy||Monty Fisher||Episode: "Shock and Awe"|
|2003||Edge of America||Leroy McKinney||Television movie
Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Youth Special
|2003||Wilder Days||John Morse||Television movie|
|2004–2007||The Sopranos||J.T. Dolan||4 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
|2005||Eyes||Harlan Judd||12 episodes|
|2006||Commander in Chief||Cameron Manchester||Episode: "Happy Birthday, Madam President"|
|2006–2007||The Nine||Nick Cavanaugh||13 episodes|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Reverend Jeb Curtis||Episode: "Sin"|
|2007||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Peter "Pete" Wilder||2 episodes|
|2007–2012||Private Practice||Dr. Peter "Pete" Wilder||98 episodes|
|2013||Hawaii Five-0||Ray||Episode: "A'ale Ma'a Wau"|
|2014||The Mindy Project||Charlie Lang||3 episodes|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||Mitch||5 episodes|
|2014–present||Madam Secretary||Henry McCord||30 episodes|
|2004||Bereft||also producer and actor|
|1999||Execution of Justice||Executive producer, also actor
GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie
|2003||Edge of America||Executive producer, also actor
Peabody Award Image
|2004||Bereft||also director and actor|
- (Source: Broadway.com)
|1987–1988||Coastal Disturbances||Tina Howe||Leo Hart||
|2006||The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial||Herman Wouk||prosecutor Lt. Cmdr. John Challee||
|1985||Paul Osborn||Oliver Oliver||
|1986–1987||Coastal Disturbances||Tina Howe||Leo Hart||
|2003||Fear of Flying at 30||Erica Jong||
|2003||The Exonerated||Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen||
|2005||John Belluso||Peter Rhamelower||Performances:|
Other stage credits
|1978||Equus||Peter Shaffer||Alan Strang||
|1981||The Fifth of July||Lanford Wilson||
|1981||The Buried Child||Sam Shepard||
|1981||Of Mice and Men||John Steinbeck||
|1983||Mass Appeal||Bill C. Davis||
|1983||Bus Stop||William Inge||
|1983||A Knife in the Heart||Susan Yankowitz||Donald Holt||
|Christmas Carol||Charles Dickens/Hall and Cumming adaptation||
|1985||Paris Bound||Philip Barry||
|The Glass Menagerie||Tennessee Williams||
|The Lion in Winter||James Goldman||
|1987||A Study in Scarlet||Sir Arthur Conan Doyle||Jefferson Hope||
|1993||The Colorado Catechism||Vincent J. Cardinal||Ty Wain||
|Love Letters||A. R. Gurney||Andrew Makepiece Ladd III||
|2000||Ancestral Voices||A. R. Gurney||
|Love Letters||A. R. Gurney||Andrew Makepiece Ladd III||
|2004||Cabaret & Main||Darius de Haas||
|2010||Six Degrees of Separation||John Guare||Flan Kittredge||
Awards and honors
|1987||Theatre World Award||Best Debut Performance in a Broadway production||Coastal Disturbances||Won|
|1993||Drama-Logue Award||Outstanding Actor||Won|
|1996||Golden Raspberry Award||Worst Screen Combo||Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde||Nominated|
|2000||GLAAD Media Award||Outstanding TV Movie||Execution of Justice||Won|
|Golden Satellite Award||Best Actor in a Television Series Drama||The Fugitive||Won|
|2001||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series||The Fugitive||Nominated|
|TV Guide Award||The Fugitive||Nominated|
|2005||TV Land Award||Wings (shared with Steven Weber)||Nominated|
|Peabody Award||Peabody Award Image||Edge of America||Won|
|2006||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special||Edge of America||Nominated|
|Humanitas Prize||Children's Live – Action Category||Edge of America||Won|
|2007||Emmy Award||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||The Sopranos||Nominated|
|2008||Vail Film Festival Award||Excellence in Acting Award||an annual award||Won|