Ed Begley, Jr.
American actor and environmentalist
Ed Begley, Jr.
For his father, see Ed Begley. En:Ed Begley, Jr. File:EdBegleyJrAAFeb09. jpgBegley, Jr. at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009Born Edward James Begley, Jr. Template:Safesubst:September 16, 1949 (age 62)Template:Safesubst:Los Angeles, California, U.S. Disappeared Template:Safesubst: Template:Safesubst:Died Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst:Resting place Template:Safesubst:Template:Safesubst:Occupation ActorYears active 1967–presentSpouse Ingrid Taylor (1976–89) Rachelle Carson (2000–present)Website http://www. edbegley. com Edward James "Ed" Begley, Jr. (born September 16, 1949) is an American actor and environmentalist. Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is best known for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich, on the television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six consecutive Emmy Award nominations, and his most recent reality show about green living called Living With Ed on Planet Green with his wife, actress Rachelle Carson-Begley.
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Michelle Pfeiffer Joins Board Of Top Environmental Group
Huffington Post - 2 months
Michelle Pfeiffer has joined the board of directors at Environmental Working Group, adding celebrity firepower to one of the country’s most powerful consumer research and advocacy groups.  The “Batman Returns” star is the first Hollywood celebrity to lead the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, which focuses on farm subsidies and the health effects of toxic chemicals used in food, cosmetics and fossil fuel drilling and mining. The group, which pulled in $13.6 million in revenue last year, regularly releases consumer guides on food, makeup and sunscreen, and publishes an annual list of the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables with the highest amounts of pesticide residue. “Like millions of parents, I’ve relied on EWG research for many years to help my family avoid toxic chemicals and lead a healthier life,” Pfeiffer, 58, said in a statement. “And now more than ever, we need EWG to lead the fight for a clean environment in Washington.” EWG certainly has its work cut out for it. P ...
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A Historic Climate Win, Keystone XL's Unfinished Business and Obama's Shaky Climate Legacy
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Future generations may look back on November 6, 2015 as the day the climate tide started to turn. For that was the day when people power trumped corporate greed in a historic climate win. President Obama nixed the northern section of the Keystone XL Pipeline due to activist opposition, but tar sands oil is still flowing into the US. (Photo: tarsandaction) After years of fierce grassroots resistance, pipeline fighters everywhere are celebrating a historic victory over the northern leg of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The president's denial of a cross-border permit to build Keystone North is a monumental win for the climate justice movement and a stirring testament to the power of the people united. For his part, President Obama is to be commended for finally taking this stand, even if belatedly and with tar sands already flowing through the new leg of the Keystone XL southern pipeline that he approved. (More about that hugely significant qualification toward the end of this ...
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I Play One On TV (Saturday at 10PM ET on FNC)
Fox Business News - about 3 years
HOLLYWOOD HYPOCRITES: Kevin Sorbo, former star of the TV series Hercules, pushes back against celebrities who say they "know how to fix the world." Jason Mattera, author of Hollywood Hypocrites, confronts celebrities like "environmental activist" Harrison Ford (he owns seven airplanes) and Robert Redford (after his Bill Ayers movie). He chases them down with his camera and "ambushes" them because, he says, the liberal media won't confront them. CELEBRITY ECOCRITES (my word for Eco-hypocrites): James Hirsen, author of Hollywood Nation, says environmentalism is like a religion to celebrities, and their leader, Al Gore, is one of the biggest hypocrites of all. ANTI-CAPITALISTS: Special Correspondent Kennedy points out how celebrities contradict themselves by constantly attacking capitalism, even though the film industry benefits from it. ANTI-GUN ACTORS: Former screenwriter, Michael Medved, says that although many actors call for gun control, they sure don't control guns in their ow ...
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I Play One On TV (9PM ET on FBN)
Fox Business News - about 3 years
HOLLYWOOD HYPOCRITES: Kevin Sorbo, former star of the TV series Hercules, pushes back against celebrities who say they "know how to fix the world." Jason Mattera, author of Hollywood Hypocrites, confronts celebrities like "environmental activist" Harrison Ford (he owns seven airplanes) and Robert Redford (after his Bill Ayers movie). He chases them down with his camera and "ambushes" them because, he says, the liberal media won't confront them. CELEBRITY ECOCRITES (my word for Eco-hypocrites): James Hirsen, author of Hollywood Nation, says environmentalism is like a religion to celebrities, and their leader, Al Gore, is one of the biggest hypocrites of all. ANTI-CAPITALISTS: Special Correspondent Kennedy points out how celebrities contradict themselves by constantly attacking capitalism, even though the film industry benefits from it. ANTI-GUN ACTORS: Former screenwriter, Michael Medved, says that although many actors call for gun control, they sure don't control guns in their o ...
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Bailout King Wants to Challenge Jerry Brown. Good Luck With That.
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Neel Kashkari is a former Goldman Sachs Golden Boy who left that infamous organization to join the Treasury Department, where he was responsible for overseeing $700 billion in bailouts to his former employer and other Wall Street firms. Now he wants to run for governor of California on that record. Good luck with that. Mr. Kashkari spoke with the Los Angeles Times in a Southern California center for the homeless, which the Times tells us is meant to underscore the idea that he is "a different kind of Republican." What it really underscores that he has some kind of nerve. Goldman Sachs played an integral role in the epidemic of mortgage fraud which drove millions of homes into foreclosure and robbed many pension funds of working people's retirement assets. Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein oversaw the firm as it hacked away at Americans' pension resources. Now he's compounding his sins by participating in Fix the Debt, a group dedicated to further harming older Americans' financial ...
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'Keystone Horror' Spoofs Controversial Pipeline; Features Celebrities (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A video against the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is comparing the project to a horror movie, taking viewers through the dark discoveries of an innocent family. The trailer titled "Keystone Horror," a spoof of the 1979 "Amityville Horror" film, stars Amy Smart, Justin Chatwin, Wendie Malick and Ed Begley Jr. and is created by environmental group 350.org and True Climate Stories, Mother Nature Network reports. It documents the journey of a family moving into a new home near the construction of a pipeline. "The perfect family. The perfect home. One huge mistake," states the video, before the family discovers hidden horrors of the home in true horror-movie fashion. "This is just a movie, but climate change is very real," says the description of the video. The pipeline, if approved, would carry 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta across six U.S. states to the Texas Gulf Coast. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to issue a final decision later this year or in 2014 on ...
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Keystone XL Spoof Features Celebrities Against Controversial Pipeline (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
From Mother Nature Network's Michael d'Estries: Halloween may have come and gone, but for activists fighting the Keystone XL pipeline, every day the project is allowed to exist portends a terrifying future for the environment. To convey such frightening prospects, environmental group 350.org recently gathered Amy Smart, Justin Chatwin, Wendie Malick and Ed Begley Jr. to film a horror trailer on the Keystone. Titled "Keystone Horror," the trailer is a spoof on the 1979 "Amityville Horror" film. Instead of a haunted house, however, this one involves a home threatened by a pipeline in the backyard.
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A Chat with Jim Piddock about HBO's Binge-worthy <i>Family Tree</i>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Family Tree outtake of Mr. Pfister, portrayed by Jim Piddock I'm generally not the kind who watches TV shows more than once, but recently made an exception when I lost myself in the first season of Family Tree (available on DVD with a fun assortment of bonus features on October 29th). Though I followed the series week by week earlier this year during its first airing on HBO, I found myself even more glued to the screen the second time around. This documentary-style, comedy series was conjured up by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock (as it happens, both history buffs) over a lunch spent discussing Guest's dabbling in the world of genealogy. During a recent chat with Piddock, who co-writes and produces Family Tree with Guest, he explained that they liked the idea of a young, impressionable person searching for who he is, and dreamed up a 30-year-old Londoner named Tom Chadwick, a down-on-his-luck, but amiable fellow portrayed by Chris O'Dowd. O'Dowd was surrounded by a gently wa ...
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<i>Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight</i>: Rumble in the High Court
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A monstrous superstar refuses to fight in a war so controversial that it brought about a social revolution, and defends his position until he's heard at the highest levels. It was world news when the U.S. Supreme Court took on the heavyweight champion's case in his bid to legally decline to serve in the Vietnam War, and I had no idea it ever happened. Though I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I had never heard of Clay V. United States, I suspect I'm one of the millions-strong target audience that Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight is aiming to educate. Ali stayed seated as he was called to service in 1967, knowing he was committing a felony that carried a steep fine and possible prison time. His boxing license was suspended, his title was stripped, and the Justice Department determined that his newfound religious faith rooted in the Nation of Islam didn't satisfy the requirements for conscientious objector status. Banned from the ring, Ali launched into the heart of the anti-war and racial u ...
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2013 Emmy Gifting Suites
Huffington Post - over 3 years
As the Emmys honored the best in television last weekend, gifting suites in honor of television's best popped up all over Los Angeles from from Hollywood to Beverly Hills to Century City. Below is a sample of some of the gifting lounges that celebs attended and the type of goodies and treatments they indulged in while raising money for charity. GBK's ANNUAL PRE-EMMY CELEBRITY GIFT LOUNGE at the W Hotel Hollywood: Helzberg Diamond handed out various pieces from its Infinity X Infinity collection inspired by the ABC television series Revenge. Action Flipbooks provided a mobile animated flipbook studio for celebs to custom-make their own video flipbooks. St. Regis Resort was very popular with celebs as both the Aspen and Bora Bora locations gave out gift certificates for multiple night stays. Caribbean Living and Palace Resorts gifted all-inclusive four night stays at Cancun's Grand Moon Palace. Tidy Cats debuted its LightWeight 24/7 Performance cat litter and for every celeb who ...
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Ed Begley Jr. Talks About the Importance of Saving Animals—Joins Fundraiser Next Week
Brentwood Patch - over 3 years
Part of the "Environmental Check-in with Ed" series.
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On Begley Street: Ed Begley Jr. on How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Brentwood Patch - over 3 years
Noted environmentalist and actor Ed Begley Jr. answers another question from the "On Begley Street" mailbox. Learn more from Ed when the Internet series "On Begley Street" launches Sept. 15, on evox Television Networks! @AskEcoEd
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AARP Set To Take Over Atlanta
Yahoo News - over 3 years
WHOOPI GOLDBERG, TYLER PERRY, GLORIA ESTEFAN, MARTINA NAVRATILOVA,ANDY GARCIA, JEAN CHATZKY, DR. ADAM GAZZALEY, JAMES "JB" BROWN, ED BEGLEY, JR., DAN MARINO, CHRIS GARDNER AND SAMANTHA BROWN AMONG THOSEHEADLINING AARP'S LIFE@50+ NATIONAL EVENT AND EXPOAttendees from Across the Country Will Meet for Three Days of Fun and Entertainment Uniquely Focused on the Wants and Needs of the 50+ AudienceWASHINGTON, Sept. ...
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Red Room: Rachelle Carson-Begley: 7 Tips for Adopting a Green Lifestyle
Huffington Post - over 3 years
By Rachelle Carson-Begley My father was an ardent admirer of the mother of the environmental movement, Rachel Carson. When it when his turn to name his newest baby girl, he chose to name her Rachel. My mother wanted a name with a little more flair, so I became Rachelle. Rachel Carson, a marine biologist, was author of many books and essays, including her most famous tome about the dangers of pesticides and pollution, Silent Spring (1962), which widely credited with launching the environmental cause in the United States. My connection to that cause was limited to our shared name and not littering. When I moved to Los Angeles 20-some years later to pursue a career in acting, I envisioned a big, shiny life, complete with all the trappings of fame. Little did I know my life would soon more closely resemble Green Acres when it intersected with that of the most ardent believer in conservation and sustainable living, Ed Begley Jr. Needless to say, I wasn't a duck in this water. ...
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Thrillist: Best Drive-In Restaurants in the U.S.
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Let's face it: our styles of democracy, movies, and even burgers have all been extensively copied. But (!) because America's coming-of-age coincided with the rise of the automobile, we do have something those pesky, mass transit-loving Europeans never successfully stole: the drive-in restaurant. From the very first spot in Dallas in 1921, the drive-in has been as iconic a piece of Americana as Route 66 and Ed Begley, Jr.. So here are the best our country has to offer. Credit: Rob Perez Avi's Screamers; Wickenburg, AZ In Snatch, Avi was kinda an unsavory dude caught up in diamond smuggling. In Wickenburg, AZ, the only thing Avi's is smuggling is decades of non-frozen BBQ burgers, nacho fries, and pineapple shakes. Credit: Dick's Drive-In The Original Dick's Drive-In; Seattle, WA Back in 1954, Dick Spady had a hard time convincing bankers that 19-cent hamburgers would sell like hotcakes, partially because they didn't yet know how hotcakes would sell, and partial ...
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PHOTOS: 6 Celebs Who Go Green At Home
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's not easy being green... or is it? Choosing eco-friendly building materials, amenities and furnishings for a house can be an investment up front, but they offer the biggest payoff -- helping to keep our planet healthy. And when it comes to some A-listers, they do what they can to reduce their home's carbon footprint. (And let's just say that some of these homes have BIG footprints.) Whether they've installed the best in eco-conscious technologies in their mansions, live off the grid or even actively advocate for the environment, here are six celebrities that have green homes, and they're proud of 'em. 1. Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady: At their 22,000-square-foot chateau-inspired Brentwood home that they moved into early last year, this eco-conscious duo installed solar panels -- which you can see on the roof of their sprawling manse in the photo below. In addition, they opted for energy-saving lighting and appliances. But you have to wonder: Can a house that huge e ...
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Ed Begley Jr. Chronicles the Building of a Green House with 'On Begley Street'
Calabasas Patch - over 3 years
Studio City's greenest guy, Ed Begley Jr., has already an eco-friendly house in the Silver Triangle area and has shown the world how to retro-fit an existing house with solar panels and gray water and more on the TV series "Living with Ed."
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"Think Beyond Plastic" Innovation Competition & Conference Announces Winners, 2014 Event
Yahoo News - over 3 years
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., June 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Plastic Pollution Coalition's inaugural Think Beyond Plastic competition and conference, hosted by Ed Begley Jr., brought together innovators, thought-leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world. The competition and awards ceremony was sponsored by Elbaz Family Foundation with Ben Harper, Bonnaroo, One PacificCoast Bank, Rolling Stone Magazine and others; and included talks by best-selling author Daniel Goleman, entrepreneur Adam Werbach, as well as Leandro Herrero, Fran Seegull, Dan Imhoff and Prashanth Ramakrishna. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ed Begley, Jr.
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  • 2014
    Age 64
    Also, on November 9, 2014, along with former St. Elsewhere co-stars Howie Mandel, David Morse and Stephen Furst, Begley attended the 100th Birthday of their acting mentor and decades-long friend, Norman Lloyd, in Los Angeles, California.
    More Details Hide Details Upon celebrating Lloyd's centenarian birthday, Begley said, "I worked with Norman Lloyd the actor, and Norman Lloyd the director, and no one informed me better on the art of storytelling than that talented man. He is a constant inspiration and my eternal friend."
    In a 2014 interview with Jimmy Falcon of Cloverleaf Radio, he said about working with Lloyd, for all six seasons on St. Elsewhere, and seeing him, once the series came to a close was: Not only did I enjoy working with him, but I see him, fairly regularly, I just had dinner with him, 4 nights ago.
    More Details Hide Details We had dinner together at Sarah Nichols's house, his neighbor of mine and friend of his. We had a lovely time and reminisced - he's unbelievable. He's going to be 100 years old, this year, and still very active, getting around on his own. He's a force of nature, so Norman Lloyd was somebody I idolized. When I was quite young, wow James Dean is great and this is one and that. Now look at Janis Joplin, what a great voice and Jim Morrison, those people left us so young, like my point of view has change somewhere, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, saying, 'No, you idolized Jimmy Stewart, Gloria Swanson.' The people that have families and happiness and a long, economy life. You know, Norman Lloyd, he wasn't much older than me, when I did 'St. Elsewhere,' and I went 'These are my rolemodels, now, people had a long/happy life and continued to be creative.' Those are my rolemodels, not the people that left us, so early and I'm sorry they did, I don't mean to trifle with that, but, my rolemodels changed from the people who had an incredible, brief spurt of creativity and life, but to people that went the distance, they became my rolemodels at some point in my early 30s really.
  • 2013
    Age 63
    On April 19, 2013, two public service announcements about the hazards of water fluoridation were released featuring Begley made in conjunction with the Fluoride Action Network.
    More Details Hide Details Before St. Elsewhere, in the early 1980s, the struggling, unfamiliar Begley Jr. met Norman Lloyd, who became a mentor to him, while Lloyd was directing an episode of Tales of the Unexpected. The two became friends. Begley said he enjoyed working with the man, who in turn, had greater respect for him.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 58
    Most recently, he appeared in the 2008 HBO film Recount, which profiled the 2000 Presidential Election and its aftermath, which was decided by the state of Florida's electoral votes.
    More Details Hide Details Begley also made an appearance on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season 3, Episode 3, as a spokesman for Cinco.
  • 2007
    Age 57
    He received the Thomas Alva Edison Award for Energy Independence from the American Jewish Congress, the first one to be presented. Begley has been a leader in this field and was recognized in November 2007 for his lifelong work in environmentalism.
    More Details Hide Details Begley was also on the advisory committee for the group 2004 Racism Watch, founded by fellow actor Ed Asner. The group was formed to respond to the advertisement campaign of the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney presidential campaign that they claimed were encouraging racism. The advertisement in question, “100 Days”, made a reference to terrorism and terrorists while highlighting a photograph of an anonymous man of Middle-Eastern descent.
    From 2007–2010, Begley and his wife Rachelle Carson starred in their own reality television series, Living With Ed on HGTV and Discovery's Planet Green channel.
    More Details Hide Details He, his wife and daughter Hayden are currently filming "On Begley Street", a Web series chronicling the deconstruction of his current home and the "building of North America’s greenest, most sustainable home".
  • 2003
    Age 53
    Though he is noted for riding bicycles and using public transportation, he owns a 2003 Toyota RAV4 EV electric-powered vehicle.
    More Details Hide Details His hybrid electric bicycle was often featured on his television show Living With Ed. Begley also spoofed his own environmentalist beliefs on "Homer to the Max", an episode of The Simpsons by showing himself using a nonpolluting go-cart that is powered by his "own sense of self-satisfaction" and on an episode of Dharma and Greg. Later, he appeared in "Gone Maggie Gone", another episode of The Simpsons, in Season 20. In the episode, during a solar eclipse, he drives a solar-powered car that stops running on train tracks as a train approaches, but the train also stops because it is an Ed Begley Jr. Solar Powered Train. According to Groening's other comedy series, Futurama, Ed Begley Jr.'s electric motor is "the most evil propulsion system ever conceived" as stated in "The Honking" (19 minutes in). Begley and friend Bill Nye are in a competition to see who can have the lowest carbon footprint.
    In 2003, Begley wrote and directed the musical Cesar and Ruben.
    More Details Hide Details It was performed at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles and was revived in 2007. One of Begley's recent acting roles was in the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried. Begley played Dr. Walter Krandall, the protagonist's former marriage counselor and fiancé of his ex-wife. Since 2008, he has appeared in a series of DirecTV commercials as a "Cable Corp Inc." executive. In 2013, he appeared on the reality television show Beverly Hills Pawn. Begley has three children, a daughter and son from his first marriage, and a daughter from his current marriage.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 46
    In 1996, Begley appeared in a TV movie called The Late Shift, where he played real-life CBS executive Rod Perth.
    More Details Hide Details Perth himself appears briefly in a cameo role (as a man Howard Stringer mistakes for Perth in the CAA lobby). Begley Jr. and Perth share an extraordinary physical resemblance, something the film makers milk for humor in the scene. He has guest-starred on shows such as Scrubs, Boston Legal, and Star Trek: Voyager (Future's End, parts I and II). He had a recurring guest role in season three of Veronica Mars.
  • 1995
    Age 45
    In 1995, he played The Riddler's boss in Batman Forever but is uncredited.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2000, he has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1972
    Age 22
    According to a feature on the Bio Channel television program Celebrity Close Calls, Begley nearly died in 1972, after being stabbed multiple times while being mugged by a street gang.
    More Details Hide Details His attackers were teenagers, who were later apprehended by police. Since 1970, he has been an environmentalist, beginning with his first electric vehicle (a Taylor-Dunn, golf cart–like vehicle), recycling, and becoming a vegan. He promotes eco-friendly products like the Toyota Prius, Envirolet composting toilets and Begley's Best Household Cleaner. Begley's home is in size using solar power and also uses wind power via a PacWind vertical-axis wind turbine, an air conditioning unit made by Greenway Design Group, LLC., and an electricity-generating bicycle used to toast bread, and he pays around $300 a year in electric bills. Arguing that the suburban lawn is environmentally unsustainable, especially in Southern California, owing to water shortage, he has converted his own to a drought-tolerant garden composed of native California plants.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1962
    Age 12
    In 1962 the family moved back to California, where he graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, and Los Angeles Valley College in North Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details Begley's numerous works in television and film include one of his earliest appearances as a guest actor on Maude. He had recurring roles on Mary Hartman, 7th Heaven, Arrested Development, Meego and Six Feet Under and starring roles in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, St. Elsewhere, and Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central). He has played significant roles in the mockumentary films Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. Additionally, Begley played Viper pilot Greenbean on the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, Boba Fett in the radio adaptation of Return of the Jedi, and Seth Gillette, a fictional Democratic U.S. senator from North Dakota in the television drama The West Wing.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on September 16, 1949.
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