Video: Actor Jeff Daniels' Love of State: 'If You Want Me, I'll Be in Michigan'

Jeff Daniels

Michigan doesn't lay claim to many first-rate actors who still live here. Actor Jeff Daniels, 63, is an exception.

Daniels appears on NBC's "Sunday Today with Willie Geist," where they tour the actor's hometown of Chelsea and stop the Purple Rose Theatre, named after Woody Allen's 1985 film he starred in, "The Purple Rose of Cairo." 

Daniels dropped out of Central Michigan University his junior year to move to New York for his career. His breakthrough role was 1983's "Terms of Endearment" with Debra Winger and Shirley MacLaine.  But just as he career was taking off, Daniels moved back home with wife, Kathleeen, his childhood sweetheart, and their three children.

His message to his agent, Hollywood and anyone else: "If you want me, I'll be in Michigan."

"The career wasn't that important. It was important, but it wasn't that important. They came first. Our quality of life came first," he tells

Read more:  NBC

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