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Also Known As: Edward James Begley Jr., Ed Begley Died:
Born: September 16, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, comedian, cameraman, carpenter

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Actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. was a constant presence in films and television for an astonishing 40 years. While he is most widely recognized from his six-year run as Dr. Victor Ehrlich in beloved 80's TV drama "St. Elsewhere" (1982-1988), Begley Jr. has acted in over 200 films and television series in the past four decades, and is one of Hollywood's most prominent advocates of clean energy and environmental responsibility. In 2000, after a decade of low-key roles in short-lived television series and mainstream comedies, Begley Jr. appeared in Christopher Guest's improvisational hit "Best in Show", which breathed new life into his career. He has managed to keep quite busy ever since, playing sweetly zonked-out characters in hip comedies like "Arrested Development" (2005-2006) and "Veronica Mars"(2004-2007) while continuing to extol the virtues of a simple, ecologically sound existence. In 2007, he finally found a way to combine his careers as entertainer and advocate with "Living With Ed" (2007-), a popular reality series that starred Begley Jr, his wife, Rachelle Carson, their solar-powered house, and their frequently frazzled friends and neighbors. Amiable and always funny, Begley Jr. has...

Actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. was a constant presence in films and television for an astonishing 40 years. While he is most widely recognized from his six-year run as Dr. Victor Ehrlich in beloved 80's TV drama "St. Elsewhere" (1982-1988), Begley Jr. has acted in over 200 films and television series in the past four decades, and is one of Hollywood's most prominent advocates of clean energy and environmental responsibility. In 2000, after a decade of low-key roles in short-lived television series and mainstream comedies, Begley Jr. appeared in Christopher Guest's improvisational hit "Best in Show", which breathed new life into his career. He has managed to keep quite busy ever since, playing sweetly zonked-out characters in hip comedies like "Arrested Development" (2005-2006) and "Veronica Mars"(2004-2007) while continuing to extol the virtues of a simple, ecologically sound existence. In 2007, he finally found a way to combine his careers as entertainer and advocate with "Living With Ed" (2007-), a popular reality series that starred Begley Jr, his wife, Rachelle Carson, their solar-powered house, and their frequently frazzled friends and neighbors. Amiable and always funny, Begley Jr. has deftly balanced his career and environmental concerns with such agility that the man and the cause have become one and the same.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bronx Bull, The (2014)
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 Fatal Secrets (2011)
6.
 Transcendent Man (2009)
7.
 One Long Night (2009)
8.
 Georgia O'Keeffe (2009)
9.
 Whatever Works (2009)
10.
 Finding Amanda (2008)
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Raised in Merrick, Long Island, NY
1967:
Professional debut at age 17 on the CBS sitcom "My Three Sons"
1972:
Film acting debut "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes"
1972:
TV-movie debut, "Family Flight" (ABC)
1973:
TV series debut as regular, the short-lived CBS sitcom "Roll Out!"
1976:
Had a recurring roles on the syndicated series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"
1977:
Appeared in a recurring role on CBS' "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman"
1978:
Played Lt. Greenbean on "Battlestar Galactica" (ABC); reprised role in the feature film version
1982:
Breakthrough role as intern, Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the NBC medical drama "St. Elsewhere"; received six consecutive Emmy Award nominations
1988:
Cast as one of William Hurt's siblings in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Accidental Tourist"
1989:
Played the straying husband in "She-Devil" opposite Meryl Streep and Roseanne
1990:
Starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Parenthood"
1990:
Co-starred with Stockard Channing in "Meet the Applegates"
1994:
Appeared on the short-lived NBC primetime soap "Winnetka Road"
1995:
Co-starred in the off-Broadway production of David Mamet's "The Cryptogram"
1997:
Returned to series TV with the CBS sitcom "Meego"
1999:
Appeared in a recurring role on The WB's "7th Heaven"
2000:
Played a hotel manager in the mockumentary "Best in Show"; co-starring and directed by Christopher Guest
2001:
Played the recurring role of Hiram Gunderson on HBO's "Six Feet Under"
2003:
Re-teamed with director Christopher Guest for the pseudo-documentary about folk music "A Mighty Wind"
2004:
Played hospital administrator Dr. Jesse James in Stephen King's thirteen-episode miniseries "Kingdom Hospital" (ABC)
2005:
Guest starred on several episodes of Fox's "Arrested Development"
2006:
Appeared in the comedy "For Your Consideration"; directed by Guest
2006:
Had a recurring guest role in season three of "Veronica Mars" (UPN)
2007:
Appeared with wife Rachelle Carson in the reality television series "Living With Ed" (aired on the Home & Garden Television channel and Discovery's Planet Green channel)
2008:
Appeared in the HBO movie "Recount," which profiled the 2000 Presidential Election
2009:
Co-starred in Woody Allen's New York¿based comedy "Whatever Works"
2009:
Co-starred with Joan Allen in the Lifetime biographical drama "Georgia O'Keeffe"
2011:
Cast opposite Anna Faris in the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?"
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Education

Van Nuys High School: Van Nuys , California -
Los Angeles Valley College: North Hollywood , California -

Notes

Begley once served as Environmental Affairs Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles.

He drives an electric car.

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wife:
Ingrid Begley. Married on October 31, 1976; divorced in October 1989.
wife:
Rochelle Carson. Actor. Born c. 1960; married on August 23, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Ed Begley. Actor. Won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1962 for "Sweet Bird of Youth".
mother:
Allene Jeanne Sanders. NBC page, schoolteacher, actor.
sister:
Allene Johanna Begley. Born in October 1948.
daughter:
Amanda Begley. Born on October 3, 1977.
son:
Nicholas Taylor Begley. Born on January 4, 1979.
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