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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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