Ted Danson Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in San Diego, California, USA
Birth NameEdward Bridge Danson III
Height 6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ted Danson is well known for his role as Sam Malone in the television series Cheers (1982). During the show's 11-year run, he was nominated nine times for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and won twice, in 1990 and 1993. The role also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 1989 and 1990. He and his wife, actress Mary Steenburgen, starred in and were executive producers of the CBS comedy series Ink (1996).

Edward Bridge "Ted" Danson III was born in San Diego, California, to Jessica (MacMaster) and Edward Bridge Danson, Jr., who was an archaeologist and museum director. He has English, Scottish, and some German, ancestry. He was raised just outside Flagstaff, Ariz. Danson attended Stanford University, where he became interested in drama during his second year. In 1972, he transferred to Carnegie-Mellon University (formerly Carnegie Tech) in Pittsburgh. After graduation, he was hired as an understudy in Tom Stoppard's Off Broadway production of "The Real Inspector Hound." Danson moved to Los Angeles in 1978 and studied with Dan Fauci at the Actor's Institute, where he also taught classes. Danson lives with his family in Los Angeles. He is a founding member of the American Oceans Campaign (AOC), an organization established to alert Americans to the life-threatening hazards created by oil spills, offshore development, toxic wastes, sewage pollution and other ocean abuses.

In 1984, Danson received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance in the television movie Something About Amelia (1984), in which he starred opposite Glenn Close. He also starred opposite Lee Remick in The Women's Room (1980). In 1986, he made his debut as a television producer with When the Bough Breaks (1986), in which he also starred. He later starred in the mini-series Gulliver's Travels (1996) and Thanks of a Grateful Nation (1998). Danson's numerous feature film credits include The Onion Field (1979), in which he made his debut as Officer Ian Campbell, Body Heat (1981), 3 Men and a Baby (1987), 3 Men and a Little Lady (1990), Cousins (1989), Dad (1989), Made in America (1993), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Mumford (1999), and Jerry and Tom (1998).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Grace Z

Spouse (3)

Mary Steenburgen (7 October 1995 - present) ( 2 children)
Cassandra Coates (30 July 1977 - 3 June 1993) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Randy Danson (August 1970 - 1977) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (2)

Grey hair and glasses (in latter career)
Towering height

Trivia (14)

Graduated from Kent School in 1966, the same high school Peter Farrelly, Sebastian Siegel, Treat Williams and Seth MacFarlane attended.
Has heard one of his more famous characters, "Dr. John Becker," described by a fan as "the American Medical Association's answer to Basil Fawlty." Danson completely agrees with this sentiment.
Danson appeared in episodes of the same three different series with both John Mahoney and Kelsey Grammer: Cheers (1982), Frasier (1993) and Becker (1998), although only in Frasier (1993) did Mahoney and Grammer play their signature roles of Martin and Frasier Crane, respectively.
Played Jason Ritter's father in Mumford (1999). His wife Mary Steenburgen played Ritter's mother in Joan of Arcadia (2003).
Said in a TV interview that his daughter was on the set during the scene from Creepshow (1982) where his character returns from the dead encased in rotted flesh and seaweed. He purposely tried avoiding his young daughter out of a fear of scaring her. Finally, despite his best efforts, she went up to him, looked at him and simply said, "Oh, Hi Dad".
President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton attended his 1995 wedding to Mary Steenburgen. Steenburgen had personally known Clinton since he was governor of Arkansas when she resided in Little Rock. The President celebrated his 51st birthday at the Martha's Vineyard home of the couple.
Father of actress Kate Danson and Alexis Danson (adopted 1987). Father-in-law of Jesse Bochco.
Appeared on the cover of GQ magazine three times: September '84, August '88 and July '93.
Danson played Sam Malone in three different series: Cheers (1982), The Simpsons (1989) and Frasier (1993). He was one of the 3 actors who appeared in all 271 episodes of Cheers (1982). He chose to leave Cheers (1982), after 11 seasons as he was tired of playing Malone and the producers chose to end the series. He played the role for the last time on the spin-off series, Frasier (1993).
He has English, Scottish, and smaller amounts of Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) and German, ancestry. His paternal grandfather was born in England.
He has played the same character (D. B. Russell) in three different series: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), CSI: NY (2004) and CSI: Cyber (2015).
He and Stephen Colbert are distant relatives, as revealed on the PBS series, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: Puritans and Pioneers (2017).
As of 2018, has appeared in one film nominated for Best Picture Oscar (Saving Private Ryan (1998)).
Nominated for the 2018 Emmy Award in the Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category for his role as Michael in The Good Place (2016), but lost to Bill Hader from Barry (2018).

Personal Quotes (5)

If I had my way everyone would be in a 12-step program.
Smoking is a great prop. It's a great prop in life.
Acting is pretending that you're not pretending when you're actually pretending.
I am the king of the faux pas. I call everybody by their wrong name, and I congratulate women who are not pregnant. I've done so many awful things by mistake, and usually it's things that make me look totally foolish.
(On Nancy Travis) If she can pretend she finds me attractive after a tuna fish sandwich, then she's my kind of girl.

Salary (4)

Cheers (1982) $12,000,000 (1993)
Cheers (1982) $450,000 per episode (1993 season)
Getting Even with Dad (1994) $4,000,000
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) $250,000 per episode (2013-2014)

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