Who is Jeff Daniels? Hemingway voice actor narrates part of PBS doc

Jane Corscadden April 6, 2021
Who is Jeff Daniels? Hemingway voice actor narrates part of PBS doc
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Actor Jeff Daniels narrates part of the new PBS documentary Hemingway, which first aired last night.

Many people are wanting to know more about the actor behind the voice of Hemingway, so let’s take a closer look.

Who is Jeff Daniels?

Jeff Daniels is an American actor, musician, and playwright. His work spans across TV, films, and stage productions.

He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and spent the first six weeks of his life here as his father was teaching there at the time.

After this, the family moved back to their native Michigan, where they lived in Chelsea.

His father owned the Chelsea Lumber Company and was even a one-time mayor of the town.

Daniels is best known for his roles in Dumb & Dumber, Steve Jobs, and The Newsroom.

However, he’s also used just his voice for certain roles. In 2008 he had a voice acting role in Space Chimps, the same year he narrated A Plumm Summer, and in 1993 he had a role in Frasier.

Last year, Jeff Daniels used his voice to help with Joe Biden’s election campaign in Michigan by narrating an election video.

Who is narrating Hemingway on PBS?

Hemingway is a documentary series from renowned documentary makers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

It spans six hours and leads viewers through the rocky life of writer Ernest Hemingway.

The main narrator of Hemingway is Peter Coyote. He’s an American actor and narrator who works alongside documentary maker Ken Burns regularly. So, it’s no surprise that he’s narrating Burns’s newest documentary!

But what may come as a surprise is another narrator voices the documentary’s star, Ernest Hemingway.

The voice of actor Jeff Daniels is used throughout the series to bring Hemingway’s words to life.

The filmmakers have used Daniels to provide an on-screen voice for the writer, reading from his letters and published works.

But as well as this, other famous voices join the documentary speaking for the author’s four wives. This includes none other than Meryl Streep.

The first instalment of the three-part series aired last night, with more to come tonight and tomorrow.

Make sure to check out the next instalments of Hemingway on PBS tonight and tomorrow at 8pm (ET) to find out more!

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Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.