TED DANSON (J.W. McGraw) has enjoyed phenomenal success both in television and
on screen, creating a long-standing career that shows no signs of slowing down.
Perhaps best known to American television audiences as bar owner Sam Malone in
the long-running hit series Cheers (for which he earned Emmy Awards in 1990 and
1993), the actor also starred for six years on the acclaimed comedy series
Becker as well as recent successes, such as HBO's Bored to Death, FX Networks'
Damages (for which he received three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for
playing disgraced billionaire CEO Arthur Frobisher) and HBO's Curb Your
Enthusiasm (in which he plays himself).
In motion pictures, he made his debut in The Onion Field in 1979, followed by a
co-starring role in director/screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan's Body Heat in 1981.
In 1987, his role opposite co-bachelor dads Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg in
the box-office blockbuster comedy 3 Men and a Baby led to a blossoming of his
career in features and to starring roles in such films as Cousins, Dad, 3 Men
and a Little Lady, Made in America, Getting Even With Dad, Pontiac Moon
(co-starring future wife Mary Steenburgen), A Fine Mess and director Steven
Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, among many others.
A native of Flagstaff, Arizona, he attended Stanford University to play
basketball but chose to enter the theater arts department instead. He
transferred to the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, and after
moving to New York City upon graduation, he earned a role off-Broadway in the
production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Inspector Hound.
Danson relocated to Los Angeles in 1978 and taught at The Actors Institute
before winning his first on-screen role as policeman Detective Ian James
Campbell in The Onion Field, followed closely by a starring role, opposite Lee
Remick, in the television movie The Women's Room.
Among Danson's subsequent television film projects are When the Bough Breaks
(which he also produced), Showtime's Thanks of a Grateful Nation, Hallmark
Entertainment's miniseries Gulliver's Travels, ABC's Something About Amelia (for
which he won a Golden Globe Award), A&E's Knights of the South Bronx, CBS' It
Must Be Love and Living With the Dead, and Showtime's Our Fathers, among others.
A prominent environmental activist, Danson founded the American Oceans Campaign
(AOC) in 1987 to call attention to the dangers that toxic run-off pose to the
nation's oceans. In 2001, AOC merged with Oceana, on which he serves on the
board of directors. He wrote his first book, "Oceana: Our Planet's Endangered
Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them," which was published in 2011.
Along with his television series work, he most recently starred in the feature
films Mad Money (with Diane Keaton) and The Amateurs (with Jeff Bridges).
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