Ted Danson

Actor, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/28/1947 in San Diego, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (124)

Bored to Death 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Damages 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1997 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007, 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Show With David Letterman 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The One I Love 2014 (Movie)

Therapist (Actor)

CSI: New York 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Miracle 2012 (Movie)

J.W. McGraw (Actor)

Jock of the Bushveld 2011 (Movie)

(Voice)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2009 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2000, 2002, 2004 - 2005, 2007, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Making Bored to Death 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The End of the Line 2009 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

King of the Hill 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Mad Money 2008 (Movie)

Don Cardigan (Actor)

Nobel Son 2008 (Movie)

Harvey Parrish (Actor)

The Human Contract 2008 (Movie)

EJ Winters (Actor)

Help Me Help You 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amateurs 2007 (Movie)

Moose (Actor)

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Becker 1998 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Fronterz 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Living With The Dead 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Truth Behind the Rumors 2 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Mary Steenburgen 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Jerry & Tom 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Prism Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ted Danson: One Lucky Guy 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Christine Lahti 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mumford 1999 (Movie)

Jeremy Brockett (Actor)

The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Christopher Reeve: A Celebration of Hope 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Homegrown 1998 (Movie)

Gianni (Actor)

Lloyd Bridges 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Saving Private Ryan 1998 (Movie)

Captain Hamill (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of About 14 CBS Stars 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Earth Day at Walt Disney World 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Loch Ness 1996 (Movie)

Dempsey (Actor)

The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual American Comedy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting Even With Dad 1994 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

Pontiac Moon 1994 (Movie)

Washington Bellamy (Actor)

The Simpsons 1994 (Tv Show)

Voice

Cheers 1982 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Call!: A Cheers' Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

Hal Jackson (Actor)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Cheers: Special 200th Episode Celebration 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Danger at the Beach 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Voices That Care 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

3 Men and a Little Lady 1990 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Challenge of the Seas 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/01/89) 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cousins 1989 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Dad 1989 (Movie)

John Tremont (Actor)

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Three Men and A Baby 1987 (Movie)

Jack Holden (Actor)

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

Spence Holden (Actor)

Benson 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Between Friends 1986 (Movie)

Chip Davis (Actor)

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The NBC All-Star Hour 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Treasure 1985 (Movie)

Eugene (Actor)

TV's Censored Bloopers 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Allison Sidney Harrison 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Cowboy 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

Harry Wentworth (Actor)

Body Heat 1981 (Movie)

Peter Lowenstein (Actor)

Dear Teacher 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Spider-Man The Dragon's Challenge 1979 (Movie)

Major Collings (Actor)

The Onion Field 1979 (Movie)

Ian Campbell (Actor)

Somerset 1969 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Gulliver's Travels (TV Show)

Actor

Ink (TV Show)

Actor

It Must be Love (TV Show)

Actor

Knights of South Bronx (TV Show)

Actor

My First Time (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Spy (TV Show)

Actor

Our Family Business (TV Show)

Actor

Our Fathers (TV Show)

Actor

Pearl (TV Show)

Actor

Something About Amelia (TV Show)

Actor

Thanks of a Grateful Nation (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

The Search For Atlantis (TV Show)

Actor

The Women's Room (TV Show)

Actor

We Are the Children (TV Show)

Actor

When the Bough Breaks (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (4)

Pontiac Moon 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Yesterday/Today 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Down Home (TV Show)

Executive Producer

We Are the Children (TV Show)

Co-Producer

Biography

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.

Relationships

Cassandra Coates

Wife
Met in "est" training in 1976 Married July 30, 1977 In 1979, while giving birth to their first child, Coates suffered a stroke; Danson spent several years caring for her and helping her recuperate Divorced June 3, 1993

Edward Danson

Father

Kate Danson Actor

Daughter
Born Dec. 24, 1979; mother, Cassandra Coates

Randy Danson Actor

Wife
Married in August 1970 Divorced in 1977

Jessica Danson

Mother

Alexis Danson

Daughter
Born in 1985 Adopted by Danson and Cassandra Coates in 1987

Jan Danson

Sister

Whoopi Goldberg Actor

Companion
Met while co-starring in the romantic comedy "Made in America" (1993); rumored to be the cause of his divorce from Casey Coates-Danson Goldberg defended Danson after he performed a risque monologue in black face at a 1993 Friars Club Roast in honor of her, provoking some guests (i.e., talk show host Montel Williams) to walk out Broke up in 1994

Lilly McDowell Actor

Step-Daughter

Charlie McDowell Actor

Step-Father

Mary Steenburgen Actor

Wife
Met while filming "Pontiac Moon" (1994) Married Oct. 7, 1995 Co-starred on NBC's "Gulliver's Travels" (1996) and HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

EDUCATION

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1968 - 1972

Kent School

Kent , Connecticut 1961 - 1966

Beverly Hills Playhouse

Beverly Hills , California
Studied acting with Milton Katselas

Actors Institute

Los Angeles , California
Studied acting with Dan Fauci

Stanford University

Stanford , California 1966 - 1968
Transferred to the Carnegie Institute of Technology

Milestones

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

2011

Joined season 12 of "CSI: Criminal Scene Investigation" (CBS), taking over Laurence Fishburne as the new CSI supervisor

2009

Appeared on the HBO comedy series "Bored to Death" opposite Jason Schwartzman and Zach Galifianakis

2007

Cast as corrupt billionaire Arthur Frobisher on FX's "Damages"

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

2002

Cast in a recurring role as himself on the HBO comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm"

1999

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (November 10)

1999

Re-teamed with Lawrence Kasdan for "Mumford"

1998

Starred on the CBS mid-season replacement series "Becker"

1998

Delivered strong dramatic turn in the Showtime miniseries "Thanks of a Greatful Nation"

1996

Returned to series TV with the short-lived CBS sitcom "Ink"; co-starred Steenburgen

1996

Played title character in the award-winning NBC miniseries "Gulliver's Travels"; Steenburgen appeared as Mrs. Gulliver

1994

Executive produced and co-starred (with future wife Mary Steenburgen) in "Pontiac Moon"

1994

Starred opposite Macaulay Culkin in "Getting Even with Dad"

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

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

1989

Cast opposite Isabella Rosselini in "Cousins," a remake of the 1975 French film "Cousin, Cousine"

1987

Co-starred with Tom Selleck and Steve Gutenberg in "Three Men and a Baby"

1986

Executive produced (also starred) in first TV-movie, "When the Bough Breaks" (NBC)

1984

Starred opposite Glenn Close in the TV-movie about incest "Something About Amelia" (ABC)

1982

Breakthrough television role as ex-baseball player and bartender Sam Malone on the popular NBC sitcom "Cheers"

1981

Portrayed the flip, cynical district attorney in Lawrence Kasdan's feature directing debut "Body Heat"

1980

Landed a supporting part in the ABC TV-movie "The Women's Room"

1979

Screen acting debut as the sad-eyed, bagpipe-playing cop in "The Onion Field"

1978

Moved to Los Angeles

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

1972

Stage debut as understudy for the off-Broadway run of "The Real Inspector Hound"; later assumed role and toured with play

Appeared in Joseph Papp's Shakespeare-in-the-Park production of "Comedy of Errors"

Taught acting at the Actors Institute in Los Angeles; also performed managerial duties

Raised in Flagstaff, AZ; grew up with Hopi and Navajo children

Bonus Trivia

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Danson was named "Discovery of the Year" by the Women's Press Association in 1983.

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