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Born: March 25, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Washington, Washington D.C., USA Profession: actor, director

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Handsome, long-faced African-American performer of film, TV and stage who received his break when he assumed the role of C.J. in the hit Off-Broadway production of "A Soldier's Play." His significant association with TV producer-writer Steven Bochco began with an appearance as a militant cop in an episode of "Hill Street Blues." McDaniel has subsequently starred in two Bochco police series: the short-lived musical program, "Cop Rock" (ABC, 1990) and the controversial drama, "NYPD Blue" (ABC, from 1993 to 2001). In the latter, he was Lieutenant Arthur Fancy, sort of a black variation of Daniel J. Travanti's "anchor" role on "Hill Street Blues."McDaniel's impressive theater credits have included the Broadway productions of John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation" (in the starring role he originated Off-Broadway), "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me," as a political prisoner opposite Stephen Rea, and August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." He also acted in John Malkovich's Off-Broadway production of Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead." McDaniel has appeared in several features, including "Alice" (1990), "Strictly Business" (1991) and "Malcolm X" (1992).

Handsome, long-faced African-American performer of film, TV and stage who received his break when he assumed the role of C.J. in the hit Off-Broadway production of "A Soldier's Play." His significant association with TV producer-writer Steven Bochco began with an appearance as a militant cop in an episode of "Hill Street Blues." McDaniel has subsequently starred in two Bochco police series: the short-lived musical program, "Cop Rock" (ABC, 1990) and the controversial drama, "NYPD Blue" (ABC, from 1993 to 2001). In the latter, he was Lieutenant Arthur Fancy, sort of a black variation of Daniel J. Travanti's "anchor" role on "Hill Street Blues."

McDaniel's impressive theater credits have included the Broadway productions of John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation" (in the starring role he originated Off-Broadway), "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me," as a political prisoner opposite Stephen Rea, and August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." He also acted in John Malkovich's Off-Broadway production of Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead." McDaniel has appeared in several features, including "Alice" (1990), "Strictly Business" (1991) and "Malcolm X" (1992).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 King's Faith (2013)
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 Earthwork (2011)
4.
 Hostile Makeover (2009)
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 War Eagle (2009)
6.
 Killer Hair (2009)
7.
 Living Hell (2008)
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 Cortez, El (2006)
10.
 Steel City (2006)
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1980:
Moved to NYC to pursue career
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Made professional acting debut in a Pepsi commercial
1982:
Assumed the role of C.J. in "A Soldier's Play" Off-Broadway
1984:
Featured in the Off-Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead", directed by John Malkovich
1985:
TV acting debut in an episode of "Kate & Allie"
1986:
TV-movie debut, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
1986:
First worked for Steven Bochco in an episode of "Hill Street Blues"
1988:
Feature acting debut (bit part), "Rocket Gibraltar"
1990:
Starred on Broadway in John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation"
1990:
Had a recurring role on the drama, "H.E.L.P."
1990:
First series as regular, Bochco's "Cop Rock"
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Portrayed Lt. Fancy in a regular role on Bochco's "NYPD Blue" (ABC)
1997:
Made directorial debut with episode of the ABC series "C:16"
2000:
Portrayed Nat King Cole in the NBC biopic "The Natalie Cole Story"
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Education

University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -

Notes

As of June 2000, McDaniel was reportedly developing a biopic of pioneer black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux for HBO.

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wife:
Hannelore McDaniel. Mother of two children with McDaniel.

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father:
James D McDaniel. Obstetrician.
mother:
Miriam McDaniel. Computer programmer. Died c. 1980.
sister:
Nan McDaniel. Barrister. Older; lives in London, England.
son:
Dorian McDaniel. Born c. 1987; mother, Hannelore McDaniel.
son:
Evan McDaniel. Mother, Hannelore McDaniel.
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