Tim Daly

This article is about the actor. For the playwright, see Timothy Daly (playwright).
Tim Daly

Daly at the Tribeca Film Festival, 2009
Born James Timothy Daly
(1956-03-01) March 1, 1956
New York, New York, U.S.
Other names Timothy Daly
Alma mater Bennington College
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1963–present
Spouse(s) Amy Van Nostrand (m. 1982–2010)
Children 2
Relatives Tyne Daly (sister)

James Timothy "Tim" Daly (born March 1, 1956) is an American actor and producer. He is 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. Since 2014, he has portrayed Henry McCord, husband of the titular character, on the CBS drama Madam Secretary.

Early life

Daly with his sister Tyne

Daly was born March 1, 1956, 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. 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, and acted in summer stock. He graduated from college in 1979, and returned to New York to continue studying acting and singing.[6]


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."[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. 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.[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, 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, 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, Daly interviewed senator John Edwards, one of the Democratic presidential candidates.[15]

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.[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

Daly married actress Amy Van Nostrand in 1982. They have two children, Sam and Emelyn. In 2010, Daly and Van Nostrand divorced. He has been dating his Madam Secretary co-star Téa Leoni since December 2014.[18]

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.[19][20]



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
1996 The Associate Frank Peterson
1998 The Object of My Affection Dr. Robert Joley
1998 The Batman/Superman Movie Clark Kent / Superman Voice role
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 role (English version)
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Clark Kent / Superman Voice role
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 role
2009 PoliWood Himself Documentary
2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Clark Kent / Superman Voice role
2010 Dilf Jake Holt Short film
2012 Justice League: Doom Clark Kent / Superman Voice role
2013 Waking[21] Jonathan
2013 After Darkness Raymond Beaty Sr.
2014 Low Down Dalton
2015 A Rising Tide Tom Blake
2015 Submerged Hank Searles


Year Title Role Notes
1978 An Enemy of the People Morten Stockmann 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 Movie
1985 Mirrors Chris Philips 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 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 Movie
1994 Dangerous Heart Angel Perno Movie
1994 Witness to the Execution Dennis Casterline 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 Movie
1999 Intimate Portrait: Tyne Daly Narrator Movie
2000 A House Divided Charles Dubose Movie
2000–2001 The Fugitive Dr. Richard Kimble 23 episodes
2002 Monk Himself Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Airplane"
2002 The Outsider Johnny Gault Movie
2003 Judging Amy Monty Fisher Episode: "Shock and Awe"
2003 Edge of America Leroy McKinney Movie
2003 Wilder Days John Morse Movie
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 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 Main role

Producer credits

Year Title Notes
1999 Execution of Justice Executive producer, also actor
2000 Tick Tock
2003 Edge of America Executive producer, also actor
2004 Bereft Also director and actor
2009 PoliWood Documentary[22]


(Source: Broadway.com)


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
  • Off-Broadway debut
  • Performances: Playwrights Horizon Theatre
1985 Oliver, Oliver Paul Osborn Oliver Oliver
1986 The Rise & Rise of Daniel Rocket Peter Parnell Richard[24]
1986–87 Coastal Disturbances Tina Howe Leo Hart
  • Performances: 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[25] Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
  • Performances: Theatres at 45 Bleecker/Bleecker Street Theatre

Other stage credits

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
  • Performances: Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island
1981 Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
  • Performances: Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island
1983 Mass Appeal Bill C. Davis
  • Performances: Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island
1983 Bus Stop William Inge
  • Performances: Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island
1983 The Cabaret
  • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse
1983 A Knife in the Heart Susan Yankowitz Donald Holt
  • Performances: Williamstown Playhouse[26]
Christmas Carol Charles Dickens/Hall and Cumming adaptation
  • Performances: Trinity Square Repertory Company, Providence, Rhode Island
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[27]
1993 The Colorado Catechism Vincent J. Cardinal Ty Wain
  • Performances: Coast Playhouse Los Angeles
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[28]
2010 Six Degrees of Separation John Guare Flan Kittredge
  • Performances: Williamstown Theatre Festival, July 14–25

Awards and honors

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1987 Theatre World Awards Best Debut Performance in a Broadway production Coastal Disturbances Won [29]
1993 Drama-Logue Awards Outstanding Actor The Colorado Catechism Won
2000 Golden Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Television Series Drama The Fugitive Won [30]
2001 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The Fugitive Nominated [31]
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 [32]
2006 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children/Youth/Family Special Edge of America Nominated [34]
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 [35]


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  2. Fraser, C. Gerald (July 6, 1978). "James Daly, Actor, Is Dead at 59; Took Many TV Character Roles; Had Part in 'Roots II' Won an Emmy Award". The New York Times.
  3. Du Brow, Rick (November 5, 1991). "Tim and Tyne Daly Team Up on 'Wings'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  4. "Zombies & ASCAP Music Highlight TV Academy's SCORE! Concert". ASCAP.com. June 2, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  5. "Tim Daly Says: Arts Education = Creativity". The Putney School. August 14, 2013. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  6. Raspuzzi, Dawson (June 3, 2011). "Tim Daly tells grads: Enjoy life". Bennington Banner. Retrieved May 22, 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. "Téa Leoni, Tim Daly Make Their Red Carpet Debut At White House Correspondents' Dinner". Huffington Post. April 27, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  19. "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.
  20. Yoon, Robert (2012-07-24). "Celebs Open Wallets In WH Race, Mostly For Obama". The Denver Channel. Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  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. Williamstown Theatre Festival A Knife in the Heart Credits
  27. Williamstown Theatre Festival A Study in Scarlet Credits
  28. Williamstown Theatre Festival 50th Season Celebration
  29. Theatre World Awards Recipients
  30. Golden Satellite Award winners announcement in Variety
  31. 7th Annual SAG Awards Nominees
  32. Peabody Winners 2005
  33. Peabody Winners Book
  34. 33rd Daytime Emmy Nominees
  35. The Vail Film Festival’s 2008 tribute award recipients
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