Timothy Daly

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.

    Early life

    Daly with his sister Tyne Daly

    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."

    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, 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 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.[]

    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.

    Non-profit work

    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.

    Personal life

    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 2012, on a personal quest, Daly climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. That same year, he and his sister, Tyne, endorsed the re-election campaign of Democratic U.S President Barack Obama.

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


    Feature films

    Year Title Role Notes
    1982 Diner William "Billy" Howard
    1984 Just the Way You Are Frank Bantam
    1987 Made in Heaven Tom Donnelly
    1988 Spellbinder Jeff Mills
    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)
    1996 The Associate Frank
    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
    2006 Generation Boom Himself
    2009 The Skeptic Bryan Becket
    2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Clark Kent / Superman Voice
    2009 PoliWood Himself Documentary
    2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Clark Kent / Superman Voice
    2010 Dilf Jake Holt Short film
    2012 Justice League: Doom Clark Kent / Superman Voice
    2013 Waking Jonathan
    2013 After Darkness Raymond Beaty Sr.
    2014 Low Down Dalton
    2014 Hell of a View Tom Blake Post-production
    2014 Submerged N/A Filming


    Year Title Role Notes
    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

    Director credits

    Year Title Notes
    2004 Bereft also producer and actor

    Producer credits

    Year Title Notes
    1999 Execution of Justice Executive producer, also actor
    GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Movie
    2000 Tick Tock
    2003 Edge of America Executive producer, also actor
    Peabody Award Image
    Humanitas Prize
    2004 Bereft also director and actor
    2009 PoliWood Documentary


    (Source: Broadway.com)


    Year Production Playwright Role Notes
    1987–1988 Coastal Disturbances Tina Howe Leo Hart
    • Broadway debut
    • Performances: Circle in the Square Theatre (February 14, 1987 – January 3, 1988)
    • Won – 1987 Theatre World Award
    2006 The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Herman Wouk prosecutor Lt. Cmdr. John Challee


    Year Production Playwright Role Notes
    1984 Trevor/Chris/Nicky/Victor/Eddie
    • Off-Broadway debut
    • Performances:
    1985 Paul Osborn Oliver Oliver
    1986 Peter Parnell Richard
    1986–1987 Coastal Disturbances Tina Howe Leo Hart
    • Performances: (Second Stage Theatre) (from November 19, 1986 – ran for 45 performances, then transferred to Broadway)
    2003 Fear of Flying at 30 Erica Jong
    2003 The Exonerated Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
    • Performances: /


    Year Production Playwright Role Notes
    2005 John Belluso Peter Rhamelower Performances:

    Other stage credits

    Year Production Playwright Role Notes
    1963 Jean Kerr
    1978 Equus Peter Shaffer Alan Strang
    • Performances: Summer Stock (with Kevin McCarthy)
    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 The Cabaret
    • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse
    1983 A Knife in the Heart Susan Yankowitz Donald Holt
    • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse
    Christmas Carol Charles Dickens/Hall and Cumming adaptation
    1985 Paris Bound Philip Barry
    • Performances: Berkshire Theatre Festival
    The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams
    • Performances: , Santa Fe, New Mexico
    The Lion in Winter James Goldman
    • Performances: Windham Repertory
    1987 A Study in Scarlet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Jefferson Hope
    • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse
    1993 The Colorado Catechism Vincent J. Cardinal Ty Wain
    • Performances: Coast Playhouse Los Angeles
    • Won – 1993 Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Actor
    Love Letters A. R. Gurney Andrew Makepiece Ladd III
    • Performances: Canon Theater Los Angeles
    2000 Ancestral Voices A. R. Gurney
    Love Letters A. R. Gurney Andrew Makepiece Ladd III
    • Performances: Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island
    2004 Cabaret & Main Darius de Haas
    • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse
    2010 Six Degrees of Separation John Guare Flan Kittredge
    • Performances: Williamstown Theatre Festival, July 14–25

    Awards and honors

    Year Award Category Project Result
    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
    (Source: IMDb.com)


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