Ted Danson
American comedian and actor
Ted Danson
Ted Danson is an American actor, author and producer, best known for his role as lead character Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers, and his role as Dr. John Becker on the series Becker. He also plays a recurring role on Larry David's HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm and starred alongside Glenn Close in legal drama Damages.
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Thursday's TV Highlights: 'Life in Pieces' on CBS
LATimes - about 1 month
SERIES The Good Place This fantasy comedy starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson ends its freshman season. 8 p.m. NBC Hell’s Kitchen Comedian Pauly Shore, sportscaster Neil Everett and Erik Griffin (“Workaholics”) are guest diners in this new installment of Gordon Ramsay’s culinary competition....
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Mary Steenburgen On Queer Equality And Her Friendship With Hillary Clinton
Huffington Post - 4 months
Academy Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen, who stars in Will Forte’s hit post-apocalyptic comedy series “The Last Man on Earth” on Fox, sounded off on her commitment to LGBTQ rights and her decades-long friendship with Hillary Clinton in a recent interview with me on SiriusXM Progress. Steenburgen, who was born and raised in Arkansas, and her husband, actor Ted Danson, have been long-time supporters of marriage equality. And she spoke out in 2015 when Arkansas passed an anti-LGBTQ “religious liberty” bill which legislators were forced to soften after national outrage. “It was shocking that it had to be spoken of, that in this time it still came up,” she said. “But it’s fear ― people are afraid of what they don’t know. It was just something that felt like an egregious abuse of civil rights. I felt like I couldn’t be silent about it. I love my state. I love the people of my state. My state has always had its battles for civil rights...Growing up someplace like that, you eith ...
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Here Are The New Shows That Have Been Picked Up For A Full Season So Far
Huffington Post - 4 months
Watching a new series can be a gamble. It can feel like you’re never sure how much of your time you really want to invest. There’s always the possibility that just as you’re getting hooked, you learn it’s getting the axe.  This year’s new crop of shows is no different — there will be casualties. But if you’re looking for something new to watch this fall, the networks have already committed to several new series, which guarantees you at least a full season of watching.   NBC ”This Is Us” and “The Good Place” We’re only three episodes deep, but if you’re anything like us, you’re already addicted to “This Is Us.” The interconnected family drama from “Crazy Stupid Love” writer Dan Fogelman has us in tears every week, and thankfully, NBC picked it up for an 18-episode season. That should give viewers sufficient time to get to know “The Big Three” and co.  Meanwhile, NBC ordered a 13-episode season from the get-go for heavenly comedy “The Good Place,” starr ...
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Ted Danson in a good place as star of NBC's 'The Good Place'
Yahoo News - 4 months
NEW YORK (AP) — While prepping for his role on NBC's "The Good Place," Ted Danson stopped by Wardrobe to get his character outfitted.
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7 New Shows To Watch This Fall And 7 Shows You Can Skip
Huffington Post - 6 months
Taking a chance on a new TV series is akin to a new relationship in many ways. And it’s almost normal to feel the commitment-phobia settling in each fall as the networks churn out their new pilots and hope something sticks. With the vast catalog of content at viewers’ fingertips, the idea of committing to a show that might not make it past its fifth episode hardly seems like the best use of time. Well, fear not, since we recently spent way too much time watching all the pilots for the upcoming fall TV season and are here to separate the wheat from the chaff. SHOWS TO WATCH “Atlanta” Donald Glover is the writer/creator/star of FX’s “Atlanta,” a show that follows two cousins as they attempt to make in the music business. Glover stars as Earnest “Earn” Marks, an Ivy-league drop out turned credit card sales man, who convinces his cousin Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles (Brian Tyree Henry) to let him manage his burgeoning rap career. The series premiered on Sept. 6, but the pilot epis ...
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7 New Shows To Watch This Fall And 7 Shows You Can Skip
Huffington Post - 6 months
Taking a chance on a new TV series is akin to a new relationship in many ways. And it’s almost normal to feel the commitment-phobia settling in each fall as the networks churn out their new pilots and hope something sticks. With the vast catalog of content at viewers’ fingertips, the idea of committing to a show that might not make it past its fifth episode hardly seems like the best use of time. Well, fear not, since we recently spent way too much time watching all the pilots for the upcoming fall TV season and are here to separate the wheat from the chaff. SHOWS TO WATCH “Atlanta” Donald Glover is the writer/creator/star of FX’s “Atlanta,” a show that follows two cousins as they attempt to make in the music business. Glover stars as Earnest “Earn” Marks, an Ivy-league drop out turned credit card sales man, who convinces his cousin Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles (Brian Tyree Henry) to let him manage his burgeoning rap career. The series premiered on Sept. 6, but the pilot epis ...
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Steenburgen: The dream of a female president now "possible"
Reuters.com - 7 months
Actress Mary Steenburgen and actor Ted Danson say Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has "got more guts than anybody in the room." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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NBC plays it safe for the fall, launching three new shows
LATimes - 9 months
NBC is taking a conservative approach to the launch of the 2016-17 TV season, adding just three new series — including a new sitcom starring Ted Danson — to its fall lineup. The network has another eight scripted shows, including a spinoff of the hit drama "The Blacklist," in the pipeline for mid-season. ...
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NBC plays it safe for the fall, launching three new shows
LATimes - 9 months
NBC is taking a conservative approach to the launch of the 2016-17 TV season, adding just three new series — including a new sitcom starring Ted Danson — to its fall lineup. The network has another eight scripted shows, including a spinoff of the hit drama "The Blacklist," in the pipeline for mid-season. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ted Danson
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  • 2016
    Age 68
    He appeared with Steenburgen at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
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    Danson appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor podcast on June 25, 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 67
    In 2015, Danson appeared in the second season of the TV show loosely based on the film of the same name, Fargo.
    More Details Hide Details He portrays sheriff Hank Larsson. He is soon set to star opposite Kristen Bell and Jameela Jamil in the NBC sitcom The Good Place. Danson has also been featured in numerous films. His most notable film appearances were in Three Men and a Baby with Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg, its sequel Three Men and a Little Lady, and Cousins with Isabella Rossellini. He also appeared in The Onion Field (his first film, as the bagpipe playing Officer Ian Campbell), Creepshow, Body Heat, Little Treasure, Just Between Friends, A Fine Mess, Dad, Made in America, Getting Even with Dad, and Saving Private Ryan.
  • 2013
    Age 65
    In March 2013, it was confirmed that Danson had signed a deal extending his stay on CSI for two more years.
    More Details Hide Details Following the cancellation of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, it was announced that his character D.B. Russell would make a move over to the third spinoff show CSI: Cyber in the second season. The show was cancelled after two seasons.
  • 2011
    Age 63
    In July 2011, it was announced that Danson would star in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
    More Details Hide Details He played D.B. Russell, a new graveyard shift supervisor who previously headed a crime lab in Seattle, Washington. Tony Shalhoub, Robin Williams and John Lithgow were also considered for the role.
    In 2011, Danson appeared in the music video for "Make Some Noise" by the Beastie Boys.
    More Details Hide Details He is also mentioned in the song's lyrics. Danson starred in the HBO sitcom Bored to Death as George Christopher, the laconic, salubrious and sometime downright infantile editor of Edition magazine. Critics often praised Danson as being the highlight of the program, calling his character a "scene stealer".
  • 2010
    Age 62
    He attended the wedding of their daughter Chelsea on July 31, 2010.
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  • 2008
    Age 60
    Hillary Clinton during her 2008 Presidential campaign.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 59
    In 2007, Danson starred in the FX Network drama Damages as a corrupt billionaire, Arthur Frobisher.
    More Details Hide Details The role earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, but he lost to co-star Željko Ivanek. In the second season, Danson became a recurring character instead of one of the principal cast. Nevertheless, Danson received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, but lost to Michael J. Fox for his guest appearance in Rescue Me. In 1999, Danson was presented a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
  • 2006
    Age 58
    In 2006, Danson received a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for his role in Knights of the South Bronx.
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    Danson returned to series television in the fall of 2006, playing a psychiatrist in the ABC sitcom Help Me Help You, which was canceled at midseason due to low ratings.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 48
    In 1996, three years after Cheers concluded, Danson starred in the short-lived CBS sitcom Ink with his real-life wife Mary Steenburgen.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, they starred as Lemuel Gulliver and his wife in an acclaimed television miniseries of Gulliver's Travels.
  • 1995
    Age 47
    On October 7, 1995, Danson married actress Mary Steenburgen, whom he met on the set of the movie Pontiac Moon in 1993, and became the stepfather to Steenburgen's daughter Lilly and son Charlie McDowell from her previous marriage to actor Malcolm McDowell.
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  • 1993
    Age 45
    On November 5, 1993, Danson and Goldberg issued a statement signalling the end of their relationship.
    More Details Hide Details Danson's interest in environmental concerns was ignited when he was twelve years old and Bill Breed, then a curator at the Museum of Northern Arizona, introduced Danson and friend Marc Gaede to a game he referred to as "billboarding". Armed with an axe and saw, Breed, Gaede, and Danson ended up destroying over 300 outdoor advertising signs. Danson's interest in environmentalism continued over the years, and he began to be concerned with the state of the world's oceans. In the 1980s, he was a contributing founder of the American Oceans Campaigns, which merged with Oceana in 2001, where Danson is a board member. In March 2011, Danson published his first book, Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans And What We Can Do To Save Them, written with journalist Michael D'Orso. Danson is a friend of former United States President Bill Clinton, who attended Danson and Mary Steenburgen's wedding. Danson has donated more than $85,000 to Democratic candidates, including Al Gore, John Edwards, Barbara Boxer, Bill Clinton, Al Franken, and John Kerry. He has also donated to the Democratic Party of Arkansas and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Danson and Steenburgen campaigned for Sen.
    Danson's affair with actress Whoopi Goldberg led to their divorce in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details It was one of Hollywood's costliest divorces, reportedly costing Danson $30 million.
  • 1992
    Age 44
    However, upon the filming of Made in America together in April 1992, the two became romantically involved—a pairing which was heavily featured in gossip tabloids such as the National Enquirer.
    More Details Hide Details The couple also appeared on the Rock the Vote TV special that same year, as well as being set to star in a Paramount-produced version of Neal Barrett Jr.'s Pink Vodka Blues, written by Marshall Brickman. Danson experienced substantial negative press attention on October 8, 1993, after his appearance in blackface at a Friars Club comedy roast in honor of Goldberg. In his monologue, Danson made extensive use of offensive racial stereotypes, used the word "nigger" more than a dozen times, and ate a watermelon, angering such guests as Montel Williams and Mayor David Dinkins. Goldberg defended the sketch, explaining that she had helped write much of the material and referred Danson to the makeup artist who painted his face. Danson and Goldberg issued statements emphasizing "the Friars Club tradition of raucous and over the top humor" and describing those offended as newcomers who "were uncomfortable with what to expect". Substantial excerpts from the performance were later printed in Spy.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 34
    The show ran from 1982 to 1993, with Danson receiving 11 consecutive Emmy nominations and nine Golden Globe nominations, ultimately winning two Emmys and two Golden Globes.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, TV Guide named Cheers the 18th Greatest Show of All Time. It was also included in Time Magazine's 100 Greatest Shows of All Time. Danson also appeared as Sam Malone in guest-starring roles on other sitcoms, such as Frasier (a Cheers spin-off), The Jim Henson Hour, and The Simpsons. Danson went on to star in the successful CBS sitcom Becker (produced by Paramount Television, which also produced Cheers), which ran from 1998 to 2004. Danson also plays himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm. He reprised his role of Sam Malone in a second-season episode of Frasier and voiced him in The Simpsons episode "Fear of Flying". Although he was best known for his work in comedy, he also appeared in an acclaimed drama, Something About Amelia, about a family devastated by the repercussions of incest, which co-starred his later co-star on Damages, Glenn Close. He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie and was nominated for an Emmy Award.
    In 1982, Danson was cast in his most recognizable role, as the womanizing former baseball player and bartender Sam Malone on the NBC sitcom Cheers, wherein he has an on-and-off relationship with college-educated, sophisticated Diane Chambers.
    More Details Hide Details Though the show finished last in the ratings in the first season, it was well received by critics, and ratings slowly but surely improved in 1983, and by 1986 Cheers was one of the top ten shows on TV. The show had a run of 11 seasons and its finale (May 20, 1993) was watched by 80 million people, becoming the second most watched finale in television history at that time. It won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series and a Golden Globe for Best Series – Musical or Comedy.
  • 1979
    Age 31
    On December 24, 1979, while giving birth to their first daughter Kate, Coates suffered a stroke, and Danson spent several years caring for her and helping her recuperate.
    More Details Hide Details They later adopted a second daughter, Alexis.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 29
    Danson's second wife was producer Cassandra "Casey" Coates; they were married in 1977.
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  • 1975
    Age 27
    Danson began his television career as a contract player on the daytime soap opera Somerset. He played the role of "Tom Conway" from 1975 to 1976.
    More Details Hide Details He then spent a few years (1977–1982) as a doctor on the daytime soap opera The Doctors. He was also in a number of commercials, most recognizably as the "Aramis man". He made a number of guest appearances in episodic television in the late 1970s and early 1980s, including spots on Laverne and Shirley, B.J. and the Bear, Family, Benson, Taxi, Magnum P.I., Spiderman, and Tucker's Witch.
  • 1972
    Age 24
    He transferred to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama in 1972.
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  • 1970
    Age 22
    Danson and his first wife, actress Randall "Randy" Gosch (now professionally known as Randy Danson), were married in 1970 and divorced in 1975.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1961
    Age 13
    In 1961, he enrolled in the Kent School, where he was a basketball star.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on December 29, 1947.
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