Jeff Daniels: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me

Jeff Daniels at the L.A. Season 2 Premiere Of HBO's 'The Newsroom'
25 Things You Don't Know About Jeff Daniels Jeffrey Mayer/

Jeff Daniels plays news anchor Will McAvoy on HBO's The Newsroom, Sundays at 10 P.M. Here, the 58-year-old actor gets personal with Us.

1. My first name is spelled Jeffry because my mother wanted me to be different.

2. I don't care what hot dogs are made of.

3. My favorite snack is rice cakes with mustard, ketchup, and relish because I think I'm eating hot dogs.

4. I was on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Twice.

5. While reading off the teleprompter in The Newsroom, I once said, "Good evening, I'm Will Maxwell." [He plays Will McAvoy.]

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6. I have a 42-foot recreational vehicle.

7. I've read War and Peace.

8. I've read Moby Dick.

9. I was unable to read Don Rickles' memoir.

10. I don't rumba.

11. I dropped out of Central Michigan University.

12. I later received an honorary doctorate from CMU.

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13. I was never on Full House.

14. At 18, I was Tevye in a local staging of Fiddler on the Roof.

15. I drank from the Stanley Cup.

16. Once, during a production of Guys and Dolls, I realized I was playing Big Jule with my zipper down.

17. I sang "God Bless America" at Comerica Park in Detroit.

18. I sang the national anthem at Dodger Stadium.

19. I've written a song called "How 'Bout We Take Our Pants Off and Relax?"

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20. I have a C.F. Martin guitar: the OM Jeff Daniels custom artist edition.

21. I did a commercial about diarrhea 15 years before Dumb and Dumber.

22. I once outwrestled an elderly lady for a foul ball hit by George Brett.

23. I've made a hole in one.

24. I have countless close friends I've never met.

25. I no longer play along when someone calls me Jack Daniels.

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