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Also Known As: Edward Bridge Danson Iii Died:
Born: December 29, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Diego, California, USA Profession: actor, producer

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An ingratiating actor who projected an air of easygoing charm in both comedic and dramatic roles, Ted Danson reigned at the top of the television ratings heap for over a decade as Sam Malone, the lothario ex-pitcher-turned-bartender on the hit sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993). The show's popularity translated into occasional film work for Danson, most notably "Three Men and a Baby" (1987) and its 1990 sequel. But it was the small screen that offered him the widest variety of projects, from a father accused of incest in the television movie "Something About Amelia" (1984) to Jonathan Swift's famed explorer in "Gulliver's Travels" (1996). None of his subsequent attempts at a series matched "Cheers" in terms of popularity, but he found some of his best roles guest starring as himself on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000- ) and the first season of "Damages" (FX, 2007- ), on which he played Arthur Frobisher, a manipulative CEO desperately trying to fend off a ruthless prosecutor (Glenn Close). Thanks to that role, Danson enjoyed a return to critical acclaim while opening doors to other projects, including the HBO comedy "Bored to Death" (2009- ) and the long-running hit series "CSI: Crime Scene...

An ingratiating actor who projected an air of easygoing charm in both comedic and dramatic roles, Ted Danson reigned at the top of the television ratings heap for over a decade as Sam Malone, the lothario ex-pitcher-turned-bartender on the hit sitcom "Cheers" (NBC, 1982-1993). The show's popularity translated into occasional film work for Danson, most notably "Three Men and a Baby" (1987) and its 1990 sequel. But it was the small screen that offered him the widest variety of projects, from a father accused of incest in the television movie "Something About Amelia" (1984) to Jonathan Swift's famed explorer in "Gulliver's Travels" (1996). None of his subsequent attempts at a series matched "Cheers" in terms of popularity, but he found some of his best roles guest starring as himself on "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000- ) and the first season of "Damages" (FX, 2007- ), on which he played Arthur Frobisher, a manipulative CEO desperately trying to fend off a ruthless prosecutor (Glenn Close). Thanks to that role, Danson enjoyed a return to critical acclaim while opening doors to other projects, including the HBO comedy "Bored to Death" (2009- ) and the long-running hit series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ), making him a more viable performer than ever before.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 One I Love, The (2014)
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 Big Miracle (2012)
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 Mad Money (2008)
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 Nobel Son (2007)
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 Our Fathers (2005)
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 Amateurs, The (2005)
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 Fronterz (2004)
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Raised in Flagstaff, AZ; grew up with Hopi and Navajo children
1972:
Stage debut as understudy for the off-Broadway run of "The Real Inspector Hound"; later assumed role and toured with play
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Appeared in Joseph Papp's Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of "Comedy of Errors"
1977:
Cast in a recurring role on the NBC drama "The Doctors"
1974:
Played regular role on the NBC daytime drama "Somerset"; acted with Sigourney Weaver and JoBeth Williams
1978:
Moved to Los Angeles
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Taught acting at the Actors Institute in Los Angeles; also performed managerial duties
1979:
Screen acting debut as the sad-eyed, bagpipe-playing cop in "The Onion Field"
1980:
Landed a supporting part in the ABC TV-movie "The Women's Room"
1981:
Portrayed the flip, cynical district attorney in Lawrence Kasdan's feature directing debut "Body Heat"
1982:
Breakthrough television role as ex-baseball player and bartender Sam Malone on the popular NBC sitcom "Cheers"
1984:
Starred opposite Glenn Close in the TV-movie about incest "Something About Amelia" (ABC)
1986:
Executive produced (also starred) in first TV-movie, "When the Bough Breaks" (NBC)
1987:
Co-starred with Tom Selleck and Steve Gutenberg in "Three Men and a Baby"
1989:
Cast opposite Isabella Rosselini in "Cousins," a remake of the 1975 French film "Cousin, Cousine"
1990:
Appeared in the inevitable sequel "Three Men and a Little Lady"
1990:
Co-produced the NBC sitcom "Down Home," which featured mostly New York stage actors
1993:
Attracted media attention and considerable criticism when he performed a risque monologue in blackface at a Friars Club Roast in honor of Whoopi Goldberg
1994:
Starred opposite Macaulay Culkin in "Getting Even with Dad"
1994:
Executive produced and co-starred (with future wife Mary Steenburgen) in "Pontiac Moon"
1996:
Played title character in the award-winning NBC miniseries "Gulliver's Travels"; Steenburgen appeared as Mrs. Gulliver
1996:
Returned to series TV with the short-lived CBS sitcom "Ink"; co-starred Steenburgen
1998:
Delivered strong dramatic turn in the Showtime miniseries "Thanks of a Greatful Nation"
1998:
Starred on the CBS mid-season replacement series "Becker"
1999:
Re-teamed with Lawrence Kasdan for "Mumford"
1999:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November 10)
2002:
Cast in a recurring role as himself on the HBO comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
2005:
Cast as Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer who took on the Boston Archdiocese in Showtime's "Our Fathers," an adaptation of David France's epic book about the sex scandals in the Roman Catholic Church
2005:
Starred in the A&E movie "Knights of the South Bronx"; earned a SAG nomination for Best Actor
2007:
Cast as corrupt billionaire Arthur Frobisher on FX's "Damages"
2009:
Appeared on the HBO comedy series "Bored to Death" opposite Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis
2011:
Joined season 12 of "CSI: Criminal Scene Investigation" (CBS), taking over Laurence Fishburne as the new CSI supervisor
2012:
Co-starred with Drew Barrymore in "Big Miracle," a drama centered on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle
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Education

Beverly Hills Playhouse: Beverly Hills , California -
Actors Institute: Los Angeles , California -
Kent School: Kent , Connecticut - 1961 - 1966
Stanford University: Stanford , California - 1966 - 1968
Carnegie Mellon University: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - 1968 - 1972

Notes

Named "Discovery of the Year" by the Women's Press Association in 1983

About that infamous Friars Club Roast of Whoopi Goldberg: "We developed a kind of gallows humor about the attitude toward us. You know, the shame-on-you kind of attitude. I decided, 'Okay, you want to talk race? You want to talk sexuality?'

"I knew I was not Robin Williams or Billy Crystal. I could not do stand-up in that company. I'm an actor, I can do a performance piece, a little street theater. I came up with the idea and ran it by Whoopi, who had hysterics, and she said, 'I dare you.'

"It was brave, you know? ... It was me putting myself in an incredibly unsafe situation and plowing ahead. It was me, who so desperately cares what people think, putting myself in the situation where the whole world was throwing tomoatoes at me. [It] was incredibly good.

"I also knew that I pleased [Whoopi] and made her laugh." --Ted Danson quoted in Entertainment Weekly, June 17, 1994

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Randall Lee Gosch. Married in August 1970; divorced in 1977.
wife:
Casey Coates-Danson. Designer. Born c. 1937; met in "est" training in 1976; married on July 30, 1977; suffered a paralyzing stroke during the birth of their first child; Danson left acting for six months to nurse her back to health; separated in 1992; filed for divorce in June 1993.
companion:
Whoopi Goldberg. Actor, comedian. Co-starred with Danson in the romantic comedy "Made in America" (1993); involved with each other c. 1992-94.
wife:
Mary Steenburgen. Actor. Co-starred with Danson in "Pontiac Moon" (1994); married on October 7, 1995.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Edward B Danson. Archeologist.
mother:
Jessica Danson.
sister:
Jan Danson.
daughter:
Katherine Danson. Born on December 24, 1979; mother, Casey Coates.
daughter:
Alexis Danson. Born c. 1985; adopted by Danson and Casey Coates in 1987.
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