Tim Daly

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Tim Daly
Tim Daly Shankbone 2009 Tribeca.jpg
Tim Daly at the 2009 premiere of PoliWood
Born James Timothy Daly
(1956-03-01) March 1, 1956 (age 59)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Education The Putney School
Alma mater Bennington College
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 1963–present
Political party
Spouse(s) Amy Van Nostrand (1982–2010; divorced)
Children Sam Daly
Emelyn Daly
Parent(s) James Daly (died 1978)
Hope Newell
Family Tyne 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 of four children of actors James and Mary Hope (née Newell) Daly.[2] He is the younger brother of actress Tyne Daly.[3] He has two other sisters, Mary Glynn (wife of Mark Snow)[4] and Pegeen Michael. Tim 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 degree,[6] and acted in summer stock. He graduated from college in 1979, and returned to New York to continue studying acting and singing.[citation needed]


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 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[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]

Year Title Role Notes
1966 An Enemy of the People Morten Stockmann Television movie
1982 Diner William "Billy" Howard
1984 Just the Way You Are Frank Bantam
1984 I Married a Centerfold Kevin Coates Television movie
1985 Mirrors Chris Philips Television movie
1987 Made in Heaven Tom Donnelly
1988 Spellbinder Jeff Mills
1990 Love or Money Chris Murdoch
1989 The More You Know Himself
1989 Red Earth, White Earth Guy Pehrsson Television movie
1992 Year of the Comet Oliver Plexico
1993 In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco David Koresh Television movie
1994 Caroline at Midnight Detective Ray Dillon aka Someone's Watching
1994 Dangerous Heart Angel Perno Television movie
1994 Witness to the Execution Dennis Casterline Television movie
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
1999 Execution of Justice Dan White Television movie
1999 Intimate Portrait: Tyne Daly Narrator Television movie
2000 A House Divided Charles Dubose Television movie
2002 The Outsider Johnny Gault Television movie
2003 Basic Colonel Bill Styles
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 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[21] 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
1981 Hill Street Blues Dann Episode: "Gatorbait"
1983 Ryan's Four Dr. Edward Gillian Episode: "Ryan's Four"
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"
1990–1997 Wings Joe Montgomery Hackett 172 episodes
1993 Alex Haley's Queen Colonel James Jackson Jr. 2 episodes
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
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"
2003 Judging Amy Monty Fisher Episode: "Shock and Awe"
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 16 episodes

Director credits[edit]

Year Title Notes
2004 Bereft also producer and actor

Producer credits[edit]

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[22]


(Source: Broadway.com)


Year Production Playwright Role Notes
1987–1988 Coastal Disturbances Tina Howe Leo Hart
2006 The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Herman Wouk prosecutor Lt. Cmdr. John Challee


Year Production Playwright Role Notes
1984 Fables For Friends Trevor/Chris/Nicky/Victor/Eddie
1985 Oliver, Oliver Paul Osborn Oliver Oliver
1986 The Rise & Rise of Daniel Rocket Peter Parnell Richard[24]
1986–1987 Coastal Disturbances Tina Howe Leo Hart
2003 Fear of Flying at 30 Erica Jong
2003 The Exonerated[25] Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen


Year Production Playwright Role Notes
2005 Henry Flamethrowa John Belluso Peter Rhamelower[26] Performances: Studio Dante

Other stage credits[edit]

Year Production Playwright Role Notes
1963 Jenny Kissed Me Jean Kerr
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 The Cabaret
  • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse
1983 A Knife in the Heart Susan Yankowitz Donald Holt
  • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse[27]
Christmas Carol Charles Dickens/Hall and Cumming adaptation
1985 Paris Bound Philip Barry
  • Performances: Berkshire Theatre Festival
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams
The Lion in Winter James Goldman
  • Performances: Windham Repertory
1987 A Study in Scarlet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Jefferson Hope
  • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse[28]
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
2004 Cabaret & Main Darius de Haas
  • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse[29]
2010 Six Degrees of Separation John Guare Flan Kittredge
  • Performances: Williamstown Theatre Festival, July 14–25

Awards and honors[edit]

Year Award Category Project Result
1987 Theatre World Award Best Debut Performance in a Broadway production Coastal Disturbances Won[30]
1993 Drama-Logue Award Outstanding Actor The Colorado Catechism 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[31]
2001 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The Fugitive Nominated[32]
TV Guide Award Actor of the Year in a New Series The Fugitive Nominated
2005 TV Land Award Favorite Airborne Character(s) Wings (shared with Steven Weber) Nominated
Peabody Award Peabody Award Image Edge of America Won[33][34]
2006 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special Edge of America Nominated[35]
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[36]
(Source: IMDb.com)


  1. ^ David Drake interview with Tim Daly, Broadway.com; accessed March 11, 2015.
  2. ^ The New York Times
  3. ^ Mark Snow biography on Yahoo! Music
  4. ^ Mark Snow profile, ASCAP.com; accessed March 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Putney School, Notable Alumni, putneyschool.org; accessed March 11, 2015.
  6. ^ Bennington College, Selection of Notable Alumni, bennington.edu; accessed March 11, 2015.
  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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