"I remember when people didn't have answering machines, they had answering services," recalls DENISE CALLS UP star Tim Daly. "You had to call and actually talk to a real human being. Now there are electronic voices and faxes and beepers and e mail."
Daly plays Frank, ex-boyfriend of Gail and friend of Jerry, who is as much of a high tech shut-in as his other fiber-optic friends. About Frank, Daly says, "You get the impression initially that this guy is the most straightforward of the bunch, a very normal New York yuppie. But as the story unfolds, you find that Frank cannot deal with his feelings at all. There's a poignant moment where you realize that he's just like the other characters, perhaps even more so, and equally incapable of having any real human contact."
Daly feels the film addresses some very real issues in modern society, "Civilian, non-industry audiences I've seen it with laugh hysterically, because more and more people are becoming aware of how dependent they have become on technology to sheperd their relationships. Americans work more than any other people in the world. We're workaholics, and we rely on telephones and faxes to maintain our relationships. We are less and less in physical contact with each other. As a result, we need to practice being with each other, We turn to technology to validate our feelings, and think that things aren't real unless we see them on TV or on e-mail.
Daly is perhaps best known for his role as Joe Hackett on NBC's hit comedy series "Wings." Last year, he co-starred with Sean Young in the feature film DR. JEKYLL AND MS. HYDE and in the controversial made-for-TV movie "Witness to the Execution." He is currently shooting THE ASSOCIATE, with Whoopi Goldberg, Dianne Wiest, and Eli Wallach and directed by Donald Petrie.
Daly and his wife, actress Amy Van Nostrand, have recently created Wandering Park Productions, a company designed to develop and produce a variety of film, television and theater projects. Their first effort was to co-star in "The Colorado Catechism," which was staged at the Coast Theater in Los Angeles, and which received outstanding reviews.
Daly began his acting career while still at Bennington College, studying theater and literature and working in summer stock. His first film lead came in Barry Levinson's DINER, and he went on to parts in MADE IN HEAVEN and the American Playhouse production of "The Rise and Fall of Daniel Rocket." Other early roles included the Judith Krantz-based mini-series "I'll Take Manhattan," "Red Earth, White Earth," and "Mirrors," as well as the groundbreaking dramatic series "Almost Grown."
Daly earned a coveted Theater World Award and a Tony nomination for his performance in the Broadway production of "Coastal Disturbances." His other stage work includes "Olivier, Olivier" at the Manhattan Theater Club, "Mass Appeal" and "Bus Stop" at Trinity Square Rep, "The Glass Menagerie" at the Sante Fe Festival Theater, "A Knife in the Heart" and "A Study in Scarlet" at the Williamstown Theater, and "Paris Bound" at the Berkshire Theater Festival.
Daly also starred in the NBC Movie-of-the-Week, "In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco," Alex Haley's "Queen," one of CBS' most acclaimed mini-series, the feature film CAROLINE AT MIDNIGHT with Mia Sara, Judd Nelson, and Virginia Madsen, and the USA cable film, "A Dangerous Heart." Recent film projects include Columbia Pictures' YEAR OF THE COMET, directed by Peter Yates from a script by William Goldman.
Daly's voice can be heard as the mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent and his be-caped alter ego, Superman, in Warner Brothers' upcoming animated series which begins airing in the Fall. "I've never done any voice-over work before and it's great! The new show will be hipper, very high quality, and a little darker than what people are used to." Mr. Kent's love interest in the series, the intrepid newswoman Lois Lane, will be performed by Dana Delaney.
DR. JEKYLL AND MS. HYDE, directed by David Price
YEAR OF THE COMET, directed by Peter Yates
THE WITCHING HOUR, directed by Janet Greek
LOVE OR MONEY, directed by Todd Hallowell
MADE IN HEAVEN, directed by Alan Rudolph
JUST THE WAY YOU ARE, directed by Edouard Molinaro
DINER, directed by Barry Levinson
WINGS - Series regular, NBC
QUEEN - CBS mini-series
MIDNIGHT CALLER - NBC/Lorimar, guest star
RED EARTH, WHITE EARTH, CBS Movie-of-the-Week
ALMOST GROWN - Movie-of-the-Week, Universal
I'LL TAKE MANHATTAN - CBS mini-series
THE RISE AND RISE OF DANIEL ROCKET - PBS American Playhouse series
MIRRORS - NBC Movie-of-the-Week
I MARRIED A CENTERFOLD - NBC Movie-of-the-Week
RYAN'S FOUR - ABC
HILL STREET BLUES - Movie-of-the-Month
COASTAL DISTURBANCES - Circle in the Square (Theater World Award)
COASTAL DISTURBANCES - The Second Stage
OLIVER, OLIVER - Manhattan Theater Club/City Center
FABLES FOR FRIENDS - Playwrights Horizons
LOVE LETTERS - Canon Theater
PARIS BOUND - Berkshire Theater Festival
A KNIFE IN THE HEART - Williamstown Theater Festival
DUGOUT - Mark Taper Forum Lab
EQUUS - Summer Stock with Kevin McCarthy
THE LION IN WINTER - Windham Repertory
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