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The actor also tells PEOPLE how Kathleen remains a “levelling influence” in his life



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Kathleen Treado Daniels and Jeff Daniels in New York City in June 2019.

Although Jeff Daniels’ successful career has had its ups and downs, his wife Kathleen has always been his constant.

During a recent interview with PEOPLE, the 69-year-old actor, who currently stars in the new Netflix series A man in full stature, talked about Kathleen, his high school sweetheart whom he married in July 1979.

“Through good times and bad, she has been a leveling influence – my biggest fan, my biggest cheerleader – and has told me that everything will be okay,” he says in this week’s issue. ‘You get something different. It turned out she was right.”

For his part, the actor has learned the key to making a marriage, or at least are marriage, last.

Related: Why Jeff Daniels moved his family to Michigan 32 years ago — and never looked back



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Jeff Daniels and Kathleen Treado Daniels at a screening of ‘A Man in Full’ in Los Angeles, California in April 2024.

“Know when to keep your mouth shut,” he explains. “Mansplaining is a disease, and the cure is to just stop talking.”

In 1986, the couple chose to leave big-city life in Hollywood and New York City to raise their three children – Ben, 39, Lucas, 36, and Nellie, 33 – in Chelsea, Michigan, where the population is approximately 5,400 people.

Nearly forty years later, he has no regrets about settling in the Midwest.

“I didn’t want what happened to other people to happen to me. I didn’t want to be tainted by stardom,” he says. “For the family, staying away from all the fame stuff felt like the right decision.”

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Despite living outside of Hollywood, Daniels still worked steadily over the years, adding high-profile appearances in films and shows such as Something wild, the Comey rule And The squid and the whale to his CV. Meanwhile, his children grew up and chose to stay close.

Lucas works as an artistic associate at Purple Rose, a non-profit theater that Jeff opened and where he is artistic director. Nellie teaches American government at a public high school, while Ben wears several hats and works on the podcast with his father Alive and well enoughwhich explores Jeff’s life as an artist and serves as an audio engineer when the actor records audiobooks and voiceovers or narrates projects.

Related: Jeff Daniels thanks horse who broke his wrist during Emmy Awards speech: ‘It’s officially healed’



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Jeff Daniels in ‘A Man in His Wholeness.’

Jeff also toured the country playing guitar with the Ben Daniels Band, which also includes his son and daughter-in-law Amanda.

“We drive from gig to gig in vans and drive for five hours and show up at a 200-seat club,” he says. “It’s a way to share what I do with them, but also to put them in the spotlight and strengthen them. You give them that solo in a certain song, and they have to do it in front of an audience every night.”

Performing and recording music fulfills his desire to become a full-time musician decades ago when acting didn’t work out.

“That’s what I was going to do,” he says. “I’ve been gigging for 20 years, which isn’t bad for someone with a day job. I really enjoy it. There is no director, no studio, no editor, no writer. It’s all you – and I like that.”

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