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Tim Daly

Tim Daly

Birthday: 1 March 1956, New York City, New York, USA
Birth Name: James Timothy Daly
Height: 183 cm

Tim Daly was born on March 1, 1956 in New York City, New York, USA as James Timothy Daly. He is an actor and producer, known for Wings (1990), Private Practice (2007) and Superman (1996). He was previ ...Show more

Tim Daly
I am friends with Kerry and Bobby Kennedy - and Ethel, who is sort of my crush ... my Kennedy crush. I am friends with Kerry and Bobby Kennedy - and Ethel, who is sort of my crush ... my Kennedy crush.
'Superman' was a total accident. The producers of the animated series were having a hard time findin Show more 'Superman' was a total accident. The producers of the animated series were having a hard time finding someone to read the character. I was brought in through a connection and, I think, out of desperation. Hide
I love getting on the subway because you get on the car, and you see the entire human race represent Show more I love getting on the subway because you get on the car, and you see the entire human race represented in any given subway car. Hide
People are human beings. They talk about stuff, they make mistakes, they try to impress each other w Show more People are human beings. They talk about stuff, they make mistakes, they try to impress each other with their tidbits. Hide
I will always look for things that are different from the last thing I played. I will always look for things that are different from the last thing I played.
The creative tension with spirituality vs. practicality in the world of politics is a vital conversa Show more The creative tension with spirituality vs. practicality in the world of politics is a vital conversation. Hide
Usually when I see myself in a film or on television, there's about a six-month period where I can't Show more Usually when I see myself in a film or on television, there's about a six-month period where I can't look at it because all I'll see are the mistakes. I'm just appalled by the person that I see. Hide
I know this sounds stupid, but in some ways, the way I look is a drawback. I know this sounds stupid, but in some ways, the way I look is a drawback.
I am a member of the human race. There's a certain irony about the cyberworld. You don't know who is Show more I am a member of the human race. There's a certain irony about the cyberworld. You don't know who is talking to you, if it's a machine, so I tend to try to reach out to those fellow humans. Hide
I grew up with actors, so I never thought of them as anything but human - sort of horribly, inextric Show more I grew up with actors, so I never thought of them as anything but human - sort of horribly, inextricably human. Hide
Wings (1990) offered me the rare opportunity to be a full-time dad and a working actor for eight yea Show more Wings (1990) offered me the rare opportunity to be a full-time dad and a working actor for eight years. Hide
Everybody wants to have their Breaking Bad (2008). It went to Bryan Cranston. It couldn't have happe Show more Everybody wants to have their Breaking Bad (2008). It went to Bryan Cranston. It couldn't have happened to a better guy or a better actor. Hide
Wings (1990) was a blessing, but it was also very difficult. Whenever you do situation comedy, no ma Show more Wings (1990) was a blessing, but it was also very difficult. Whenever you do situation comedy, no matter how excellent the execution - and we had a great cast and great writers - but the format is somewhat limited. Hide
Well, I have a farm in Vermont that's my main residence, where I do lots of digging and mowing, and Show more Well, I have a farm in Vermont that's my main residence, where I do lots of digging and mowing, and ride tractors - just so you don't get the wrong idea that I'm too girlie! Hide
I've always felt if my nose were more crooked, critics would focus more on my acting. I've always felt if my nose were more crooked, critics would focus more on my acting.
When Superman comes along with his red cape and his blue outfit, it works on such a primary level. H Show more When Superman comes along with his red cape and his blue outfit, it works on such a primary level. Here's this guy who wears no mask. He's very positive. He tries to help everybody as much as he can. I think readers and especially children gravitate to that. They know they can trust this guy. Hide
I never had the desire to get in front of the camera. It never occurred to me! I always thought I'd Show more I never had the desire to get in front of the camera. It never occurred to me! I always thought I'd be a theater actor. Hide
I have a beautiful wooden Superman statue with a removable cape - I really love that piece. I have a beautiful wooden Superman statue with a removable cape - I really love that piece.
There are two jobs. There is being an actor, and there is being a celebrity. Some people are really Show more There are two jobs. There is being an actor, and there is being a celebrity. Some people are really good at both. Some people are really good celebrities and terrible actors, and some people are really good actors and terrible celebrities. Hopefully, I am a really good actor and an OK celebrity. Hide
I realized that my grandfather walked with Martin Luther King forty years ago. That was his dream. A Show more I realized that my grandfather walked with Martin Luther King forty years ago. That was his dream. And in his little way, he helped us get closer to where we are today. Hide
[Daly on his relationship with his father, during an interview with "CBS Sunday Morning," June 19, 2 Show more [Daly on his relationship with his father, during an interview with "CBS Sunday Morning," June 19, 2016] My dad left when I was a very young man, a young boy, and I didn't see him very much. You know, my parents had a long and difficult marriage, mostly because my father was gay. Not many people know this. But given the wisdom of that era--the medical, psychological and societal wisdom of that time, which was all false--being homosexual was a disease, right? That could be cured. My father worked very hard to try to 'cure' himself of something that was incurable, and so did my mom. And it was very sad. So when he left, my parents made a mutual decision based on all this false information that they would limit my exposure to my father so that I would not contract this "disease." And it was a tragedy, as I look back on it, because my father had the means and the desire to see me, and I loved him desperately. And I saw him maybe a couple weeks a year. We were about to do a play together, a summer stock tour. And my father died on the day we were going to begin rehearsals. So it felt like this momentous point in my life where I was about to really get to know him as a man, and the universe intervened, and there was this moment where the torch was passed, and I was now the man. So. You know, I was sort of robbed of the opportunity to really get to know my dad. Hide
What can I say: I got started on the whole wife-and-kids thing at a young age. What can I say: I got started on the whole wife-and-kids thing at a young age.
I appreciate all the devices the Windows people are coming up with, but the operating system... I ju Show more I appreciate all the devices the Windows people are coming up with, but the operating system... I just want to smash it. Hide
It's become a cliché to think of marriage as a disaster area and a war zone. It's become a cliché to think of marriage as a disaster area and a war zone.
We sort of have given up on the idea of taking any sort of personal responsibility for what we see. Show more We sort of have given up on the idea of taking any sort of personal responsibility for what we see. I don't understand it at all. There are many things that I won't let my kids watch. Hide
I had so much fun on The Mindy Project (2012). I had so much fun on The Mindy Project (2012).
[on Superman's animated appearance] I look great as Superman. I am so buff. [on Superman's animated appearance] I look great as Superman. I am so buff.
I'm not hopefully psychotic. So I know that what I do is actually fictional. That said, it is sort o Show more I'm not hopefully psychotic. So I know that what I do is actually fictional. That said, it is sort of uncannily prescient about things that are happening in the world. I think it's kind of odd - sometimes I wonder, who IS [executive producer] Barbara Hall, and who does she know? Because it seems like we do a show and a couple months later it shows up in the headlines. Hide
I get offered a lot of parts where I want to say, 'Why don't you just hire a model? Don't hire an ac Show more I get offered a lot of parts where I want to say, 'Why don't you just hire a model? Don't hire an actor.' I'm trying to convince people I'm a real actor, not some mannequin. Hide
My natural self is John Goodman. If I relaxed, I'd be him. My natural self is John Goodman. If I relaxed, I'd be him.
[on providing the voice of Superman in Superman (1996)] Initially, I thought, "Oh, this is a fun lit Show more [on providing the voice of Superman in Superman (1996)] Initially, I thought, "Oh, this is a fun little job doing a little cartoon." I didn't realize the grave responsibility that was bestowed upon me. Hide
I used to build lofts in SoHo back when there was nothing there. I had a stoop on West Broadway betw Show more I used to build lofts in SoHo back when there was nothing there. I had a stoop on West Broadway between Prince and Spring. My partner and I would sit there, eat dinner, and watch the world go by. Hide
I had my kids while I was in utero. I had my kids while I was in utero.
I look for characters that offer me opportunities to explore some aspect of the human condition. I t Show more I look for characters that offer me opportunities to explore some aspect of the human condition. I think a lot of actors would say that and would look for that. I've been lucky enough to find projects that let me do that. Hide
I have no illusions of being the big box office draw. But I would like to have some choices. I have no illusions of being the big box office draw. But I would like to have some choices.
I like bothering people and stirring things up. I like bothering people and stirring things up.
I can't help teasing people. That's the way that I am, and I hope that nobody takes it too personall Show more I can't help teasing people. That's the way that I am, and I hope that nobody takes it too personally. Hide
No one's banging down my door. People see the way I look, and they don't feel threatened, but they s Show more No one's banging down my door. People see the way I look, and they don't feel threatened, but they should watch out for me. They don't know there's a steel rod that drives me. I get ticked off, and the rage just gets me going. My motor is anger. Hide
On Madam Secretary (2014): I love it - I absolutely love it. Right now might not be the best time to Show more On Madam Secretary (2014): I love it - I absolutely love it. Right now might not be the best time to ask, because we do a long season and everybody's starting to get a little tired. After the winter break when I'm peppy and refreshed, I'd be more enthusiastic. But yes - I'm ready for season 3! Hide
I could have been a rich kid who stayed in college and got by on the path of least resistance, but I Show more I could have been a rich kid who stayed in college and got by on the path of least resistance, but I got much more out of being in the world and pulling my own weight. Hide
I have this burgeoning reputation for playing a scumbag. I have this burgeoning reputation for playing a scumbag.
I love exploring the relationship between fathers and daughters. I think that's a special thing, esp Show more I love exploring the relationship between fathers and daughters. I think that's a special thing, especially with daughters who are dealing with being adults. Hide
I don't think I gave Wings (1990) its due. I was young. I wanted to light the world on fire. I don't think I gave Wings (1990) its due. I was young. I wanted to light the world on fire.
Eastern medicine is not about curing your sickness. It's about keeping you well. Eastern medicine is not about curing your sickness. It's about keeping you well.
I was 9 years old, and this was - well, whenever it was, they paid a thousand bucks. I thought I was Show more I was 9 years old, and this was - well, whenever it was, they paid a thousand bucks. I thought I was going to be rich forever! But I had no thought I would be an actor at that point. Hide
It's ironic, really, because I've spent the bulk of my career making my living in a very commercial Show more It's ironic, really, because I've spent the bulk of my career making my living in a very commercial realm: network television. And yet, my sensibilities don't necessarily line up with how I pay my rent. Hide
Look, drama is conflict, that's what it is. So hell yeah, bring it on! Look, drama is conflict, that's what it is. So hell yeah, bring it on!
It's an actor's job to play all the human conditions - light, dark, and medium. It's an actor's job to play all the human conditions - light, dark, and medium.
Well, I've seen a bunch of acupuncturists and one of my sister-in-laws is an herbalist. So I know a Show more Well, I've seen a bunch of acupuncturists and one of my sister-in-laws is an herbalist. So I know a lot about alternative medicine. I don't know a lot about the practice but I know about the world. Hide
I've found that the majority of my work is just a series of grunting, groaning and straining noises. Show more I've found that the majority of my work is just a series of grunting, groaning and straining noises. Because, you know, Superman is forever getting clobbered with force fields, nuclear weapons, trains -- whatever large, blunt, heavy objects are at hand to clobber him. I have to dig deep for those special noises. Hide
One of the things that I share with Bryan Becket is this hole in my childhood memory. There's about Show more One of the things that I share with Bryan Becket is this hole in my childhood memory. There's about five years of my life that's virtually gone. I've thought about it a lot, and I've come to the conclusion that it might be for my own protection that those memories are gone, and maybe I don't want to dredge up those things. Hide
Thank God for acupuncture. It's been around for 2000 years. It's not going anyplace and people use i Show more Thank God for acupuncture. It's been around for 2000 years. It's not going anyplace and people use it all of the time for a variety of cures and to avoid illnesses. Hide
I was a little bit of a slob who was sort of surrounded by dirty laundry. I can trace the exact mome Show more I was a little bit of a slob who was sort of surrounded by dirty laundry. I can trace the exact moment that I became a tidy human being, and that moment was the day my son Sam was born. Hide
My public Facebook page is what it is. My Twitter account is sort of what it is, but if I'm totally Show more My public Facebook page is what it is. My Twitter account is sort of what it is, but if I'm totally honest with you, that is not my personal, private self. I have another Facebook page that is devoted to my dear friends and family, and they can keep in touch with me that way. Hide
I didn't dream of being in television or film. But then I got married pretty young and had children, Show more I didn't dream of being in television or film. But then I got married pretty young and had children, and I wanted to feed the children, so I worked a lot of film and television. Hide
I think I'm a lot more complicated than my looks might indicate. I think I'm a lot more complicated than my looks might indicate.
I'm probably my own harshest critic. If I get a hundred good reviews and one really bad one, it's th Show more I'm probably my own harshest critic. If I get a hundred good reviews and one really bad one, it's that one out of a hundred that I remember. I think we actors are hard on ourselves, and I don't know why that is. Hide
I love babies - I love being with them. As for acting with them, it's kind of hard because they don' Show more I love babies - I love being with them. As for acting with them, it's kind of hard because they don't know how to act. Hide
I just can't stand the fact that they're going out on their own - I love having my kids around, and Show more I just can't stand the fact that they're going out on their own - I love having my kids around, and I'm angry at them for going out and becoming independent. I want to tuck them in and drive them to school in the morning, but they just won't let me do that anymore. Hide
I've had - I don't really know how to describe them, except moments of 'extrasensory perception' of Show more I've had - I don't really know how to describe them, except moments of 'extrasensory perception' of some sort. I've also had sort of a 'white light' moment. Hide
I never have thought of myself as a brand. I've thought of myself as an artist. I never have thought of myself as a brand. I've thought of myself as an artist.
It's not like I walk around being Superman in real life. But when you read the script and put yourse Show more It's not like I walk around being Superman in real life. But when you read the script and put yourself in the position that Superman is in - I mean, he's always saving the planet, for God's sake. When you realize that, it's not difficult to take the gravitas of the situation and make your voice do what it needs to do. Hide
Twitter, just every once in a while I put something out there basically to promote whatever I'm doin Show more Twitter, just every once in a while I put something out there basically to promote whatever I'm doing, but I don't see any of that as representing me or who I am or being a brand. Hide
The biggest compliment I can ever get as an actor is to have someone say, 'We didn't recognize you.' The biggest compliment I can ever get as an actor is to have someone say, 'We didn't recognize you.'
For people like me, who have blocked out a chunk of their past, you wonder - if you open that door, Show more For people like me, who have blocked out a chunk of their past, you wonder - if you open that door, if you walk into that room of your memories, what will happen? Will it destroy you or will it make you stronger? Hide
Tim Daly's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (52)
Tim Daly Tim Daly'S roles
Charlie Lang
Charlie Lang

J.T. Dolan
J.T. Dolan

Mitch
Mitch

William 'Billy' Howard
William 'Billy' Howard

Dr. Robert Joley
Dr. Robert Joley

Joe Montgomery Hackett
Joe Montgomery Hackett

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