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Tim Daly
Daly in 2015
James Timothy Daly

(1956-03-01) March 1, 1956 (age 68)
Other namesTimothy Daly
Alma materBennington College, B.A. 1979
Occupation(s)Actor, producer
Years active1963–present
(m. 1982; div. 2010)
PartnerTéa Leoni (2014–2023)
Children2, including Sam Daly
RelativesTyne Daly (sister), George Kirgo (uncle)

James Timothy Daly (born March 1, 1956)[1] is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Joe Hackett on the NBC sitcom Wings and his recurring role as drug-addicted screenwriter J.T. Dolan on The Sopranos (for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award). He starred as Pete Wilder on the ABC medical drama Private Practice from 2007 to 2012. He is also known for his voice role as Clark Kent/Superman in Superman: The Animated Series and several animated Superman movies. From 2014 until 2019, he portrayed Henry McCord, husband of the Secretary of State, on the CBS political drama Madam Secretary.

Early life[edit]

Tim Daly, with his sister Tyne

Daly was born at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan,[2] the only son and youngest of four children of actor James Daly (1918–1978) and actress Mary Hope Daly (née Newell; 1921–2009). He is of Irish descent, his ancestors being from Limerick and County Kerry.[3][4] He is the younger brother of actress Tyne Daly.[5] He has two other sisters, Mary Glynn (wife of Mark Snow)[6] and Pegeen Michael. Daly attended The Putney School,[7] 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, acted in summer stock, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. He graduated from college in 1979, and returned to New York to continue studying acting and singing.[8]


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 Repertory Company, 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."[9]


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 Tom Nevers Field, a small airport in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where the Hackett brothers operated the one-plane airline, Sandpiper Air.

In 1993, he gave a much-respected performance as David Koresh in In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco (TV), though the film itself was controversial because it was already in production while the Waco standoff was still on-going.

Daly in 1995

Daly also became noted for voicing Clark Kent/Superman in Superman: The Animated Series during this time.

In 1997, he and J. Todd Harris formed Daly-Harris Productions,[10] through which he produced such films 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.


During the 2000–2001 television season, Daly starred as Dr. Richard Kimble in a remake of the classic television series The Fugitive. The series lasted only one season.

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.[11] 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.[citation needed] In 2006, Daly played the role of Nick Cavanaugh on the new ABC drama The Nine. From 2007 to 2012, Daly played a love interest for Kate Walsh's character on the TV series Private Practice.[citation needed]

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 and Justice League Unlimited), as he was under contract to star in a remake of the 1960s TV drama The Fugitive. 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 heads Red House Entertainment. Films produced through the company include Edge of America, which won a Peabody Award and a Humanitas Prize, 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's producing credits include the Los Angeles premiere of Vincent J. Cardinal's play A Colorado Catechism, starring Daly. The play received favorable reviews and earned Daly the Drama-Logue Award for Best Actor.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

In 2014, Daly guest starred in recurring roles on The Mindy Project and Hot in Cleveland.[citation needed] From mid-2014 until 2019, he played Henry McCord, the husband of the title character on the TV series Madam Secretary.[12]

Non-profit work[edit]

Daly is an activist in various liberal political and social causes.

In the beginning of 2007, Daly became a member of The Creative Coalition (TCC), a liberal, politically active 501(c)(3) nonprofit consisting of members of the American film entertainment industry; since 2008, Daly has served as its president.[13] As a member of TCC, Daly joined the National Task Force on Children's Safety, a program co-founded by TCC and Safety4Kids which describes itself as "the first children's media brand focused solely on safety and health."[14][15] In August 2007, Daly became one of the three chairs for TCC's activity at the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions, along with actress Kerry Washington and writer/director Sue Kramer.[16][17] In November 2007, Daly interviewed Senator John Edwards, one of the Democratic presidential candidates.[18]

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.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Daly married actress Amy Van Nostrand in 1982. They have two children, including Sam. In Madam Secretary, his son played the ex-fiancé of main character Daisy Grant and his daughter played the niece of his character Henry McCord.[20] In 2010, Daly and Van Nostrand divorced. He has been dating his Madam Secretary co-star Téa Leoni since December 2014.[21][22]

In 2012, Daly climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. That same year, he and his sister Tyne endorsed the re-election campaign of Democratic U.S. President Barack Obama.[23][24] Daly was in the Virgin America first-class lounge during the 2013 Los Angeles International Airport shooting.[25]



Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Diner Billy Credited as Timothy Daly
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
1995 Denise Calls Up Frank Oliver
1995 Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde Doctor Richard Jacks
1996 The Associate Frank Peterson
1998 The Object of My Affection Dr. Robert Joley
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
2005 My Neighbor Totoro Professor Tatsuo Kusakabe Voice (Disney English dub)[26]
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Clark Kent / Superman Voice[26]
2006 The Good Student Ronald Gibb
2006 Generation Boom Himself
2009 The Skeptic Bryan Becket
2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Clark Kent / Superman Voice[26]
2009 PoliWood Himself Documentary
2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Clark Kent / Superman Voice[26]
2010 Dilf Jake Holt Short film
2012 Justice League: Doom Clark Kent / Superman Voice[26]
2013 Waking[27] Jonathan
2013 After Darkness Raymond Beaty Sr.
2015 A Rising Tide Tom Blake
2023 Finestkind Dennis Sykes


Year Title Role Notes
1966 An Enemy of the People Morten Stockmann Film
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 Film
1985 Mirrors Chris Philips Film
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 Film
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 Film
1994 Dangerous Heart Angel Perno Film
1994 Witness to the Execution Dennis Casterline Film
1995 The John Larroquette Show Thor Merrick Episode: "Bad Pennies"
1996–2000 Superman: The Animated Series Clark Kent / Superman, Bizarro Voice, main role[26]
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 Film
1999 Intimate Portrait: Tyne Daly Narrator Film
2000 A House Divided Charles Dubose Film
2000–2001 The Fugitive Dr. Richard Kimble 23 episodes
2002 Monk Himself Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Airplane"
2002 The Outsider Johnny Gault Film
2003 Judging Amy Monty Fisher Episode: "Shock and Awe"
2003 Edge of America Leroy McKinney Film
2003 Wilder Days John Morse Film
2004–2007 The Sopranos J.T. Dolan 4 episodes
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 98 episodes
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Ray Harper Episode: "A'ale Ma'a Wau"
2014 The Mindy Project Charlie Lang 3 episodes
2014 Hot in Cleveland Mitch 5 episodes
2014–2019 Madam Secretary Henry McCord 120 episodes
2021–2023 The Game Colonel Ulysses S. Thatcher 9 episodes
2024 Life & Beth Mr. Pederson Episodes: "MRI", “Shower Sex”

Producer credits[edit]

Year Title Notes
2000 Tick Tock
2003 Edge of America Executive producer, also actor
2004 Bereft Also director and actor
2009 PoliWood Documentary[28]



Year Production Playwright Role Notes
1987–88 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[30]
1986–87 Coastal Disturbances Tina Howe Leo Hart
  • McGinn-Cazale Theatre (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[31] Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
  • Theatres at 45 Bleecker/Bleecker Street Theatre
2023 The Night of the Iguana[32] Tennessee Williams Rev. Shannon

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 Buried Child Sam Shepard
  • Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island
1981 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
  • Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island
1983 Mass Appeal Bill C. Davis
  • Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island
1983 Bus Stop William Inge
  • Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island
1983 The Cabaret
  • Williamstown Playhouse
1983 A Knife in the Heart Susan Yankowitz Donald Holt
  • Williamstown Playhouse[33]
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens/Hall and Cumming adaptation
  • Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island
1985 Paris Bound Philip Barry
  • Berkshire Theatre Festival
The Glass Menagerie Tennessee Williams
The Lion in Winter James Goldman
  • Windham Repertory
1987 A Study in Scarlet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Jefferson Hope
  • Williamstown Playhouse[34]
1993 The Colorado Catechism Vincent J. Cardinal Ty Wain
  • Coast Playhouse Los Angeles
Love Letters A. R. Gurney Andrew Makepiece Ladd III
  • 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
  • Williamstown Playhouse[35]
2010 Six Degrees of Separation John Guare Flan Kittredge
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival, July 14–25
2016 The Ruins of Civilization
2017 Downstairs Theresa Rebeck
  • Dorset Theatre Festival

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1987 Theatre World Awards Best Debut Performance in a Broadway production Coastal Disturbances Won [36]
1993 Drama-Logue Awards Outstanding Actor[citation needed] The Colorado Catechism Won
2000 Golden Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Television Series Drama The Fugitive Won [37]
2001 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The Fugitive Nominated [38]
TV Guide Awards Actor of the Year in a New Series The Fugitive Nominated
2005 TV Land Awards Favorite Airborne Character(s) Wings (shared with Steven Weber) Nominated
Peabody Awards Peabody Award Image Edge of America Won [39][40]
2006 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special Edge of America Nominated [41]
2007 Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos Nominated
2008 Vail Film Festival Excellence in Acting Award an annual award Won [42]


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