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, 2007-12), 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" (2009-11) and the long-running hit series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000-15), making him a more viable performer than ever before.