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Tim Daly Biography


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Birth Name: Tim Daly
Born: 03/01/1956
Birth Place: Suffern, New York, USA


Born on March 1, 1956 in Suffren, NY, Daly was raised in a performing household by his father, James Daly, an actor who was a regular on "Medical Center" (CBS, 1969-1976), and his mother, Hope Daly, also an actress. Adding to his later desire to follow in his parent's footsteps was his sister, Tyne Daly, of "Cagney & Lacey" (CBS, 1982-88) fame, who was ten years his senior and on her way to becoming a professional actor before he was even in the first grade. Just like his sister, Daly performed alongside his father as a child, appearing in a production of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. After beginning to take acting more seriously at The Putney School, he began performing in summer stock productions like "Fifth of July" (1981) and Sam Shepard's "Buried Child" (1981), while studying theater and literature at Bennington College in Vermont. Upon his graduation, Daly spent a couple of seasons at the Trinity Square Repertory in Providence, R.I., where he met his wife, actress Amy Von Nostrand. The two married in 1982, which happened to be the same year Daly made his feature debut as the best man for his old pal (Steve Guttenberg) in Barry Levinson's acclaimed coming-of-age dramedy, "Diner" (1982).

Soon thereafter, Daly moved to New York City, where he made his off-Broadway debut in "Fables for Friends" (1984). After appearing on the short-lived series "Ryan's Four" (ABC, 1983) and in the television movie "I Married a Centerfold" (NBC, 1984), he had a small role in "Just the Way You Are" (1984) before making his Broadway debut as Annette Bening's love interest in Tina Howe's "Coastal Disturbances" (1986). Despite this promising beginning, he had little luck in subsequent films. A small role in Alan Rudolph's off-beat "Made in Heaven" (1987) came next, which was followed by his first starring role in the unimpressive horror fantasy "Spellbinder" (1988). After appearing in the large cast of the four-part miniseries "I'll Take Manhattan" (CBS, 1987), Daly starred in the politically-charged, made-for-television movie "Red Earth, White Earth" (CBS, 1989). He appeared in the barely-watched sitcom "Almost Grown" (CBS, 1988-89) and logged an episode of "Midnight Caller" (NBC, 1988-1991) before his starring turn in the forgettable comedy "Love or Money?" (1990), in which he played a yuppie struggling to choose between a lucrative real estate deal and an affair with the boss' daughter.

Just when it looked as though his career had stalled, Daly landed a starring role on what turned out to be the hit sitcom, "Wings" (NBC, 1990-97). On the show, he was one of two brothers (the other played by Steven Weber) who own a fledgling commuter airline in Nantucket that is staffed by an eccentric and rather opinionated group (including Crystal Bernard, Thomas Hayden Church and Tony Shalhoub). Daly co-starred as amiable pilot Joe Hackett alongside Weber's prankish ne'er-do-well Brian Hackett. Portraying the naive, obsessive character allowed Daly the opportunity to polish his comic skills, and his down-to-earth appeal helped to round out the eccentric ensemble cast and helped the show remain alive for so long. While the show was a ratings winner, Daly maintained a film career that was lukewarm at best. He was the rugged lead in Peter Yates' little-seen adventure "Year of the Comet" (1992) and starred in two notable flops, the erotic thriller "Caroline at Midnight" (1993) and the dubious comedy "Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde" (1995), with Sean Young as his alter ego. The actor fared slightly better in the indie comedy "Denise Calls Up" (1995), and had a few good moments as Whoopi Goldberg's smarmy co-worker in "The Associate" (1996).

During his eight-season run on "Wings," Daly had better luck with small screen movies, delivering impressive turns as cult leader David Koresh in "In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco" (NBC, 1993) and as a death-row convict in the anti-death penalty drama "Witness to the Execution" (NBC, 1994). He was later featured as astronaut Jim Lovell in the acclaimed miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon" (HBO, 1998), while also voicing Clark Kent/Superman for the animated series "Superman" (CBS, 1996-99). After "Wings" went off the air, Daly continued trying with features, adding added charm to the role of Dr. Robert Joely, the arrogant boyfriend of Paul Rudd's nice guy lead opposite Jennifer Aniston in the skewed romantic comedy "The Object of My Affection" (1998). He next executive produced the fact-based drama "Execution of Justice" (Showtime, 1999), in which he starred as homicidal San Francisco politician Dan White, a conservative who assassinated Mayor George Moscone (Stephen Young) and groundbreaking openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk (Peter Coyote). Meanwhile, he capably played a perennial bachelor who ultimately seeks out his many former girlfriends for dating advice in the independent comedy "Seven Girlfriends" (2000).

After the event miniseries "Stephen King's Storm of the Century" (ABC, 1999), Daly returned to series television as Dr Richard Kimble, the titular man on the run in the remake series "The Fugitive" (CBS, 2000-01). Exhibiting his physical capabilities for action sequences while earning the crucial sympathy of the audience, Daly proved a good choice to play the wrongly accused escaped convict, though the series failed to survive past its first season. He next played Charles Dubose, an attorney who helps the daughter (Jennifer Beals) of a slave mother and plantation owner father (Sam Waterston) get her rightful inheritance in the drama "A House Divided" (Showtime, 2000). Following a brief return to features with an appearance in the critically-maligned military thriller "Basic" (2003), Daly logged an episode of "Judging Amy" (CBS, 1999-2005), which co-starred sister Tyne Daly as the widowed mother of the titular Amy (Amy Brenneman). He next played a sports journalist in the boxing-themed "Against the Ropes" (2004), before earning an Emmy Award nomination in 2007 for playing the TV writer friend of Christopher (Michael Imperioli) on "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007). Daly laded the leading role of Detective Nick Cavanaugh on the short-lived series "The Nine" (ABC, 2006), before guest-starring on a two-hour episode of "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ), which set-up the spinoff show "The Practice" (ABC, 2007- ). Daly's role carried over to the series, on which he played Dr. Peter Wilder, a practitioner of alternative medicine who engages in an on-again, off-again romance with Dr. Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh).