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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 December 1947San Diego, California, USA
Birth NameEdward Bridge Danson III
Height 6' 2" (1.88 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 Best 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).

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).

Danson was raised just outside Flagstaff, Ariz. He 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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Grace Z

Spouse (3)

Mary Steenburgen (7 October 1995 - present) (1 stepdaughter, 1 stepson)
Cassandra Coates (30 July 1977 - 3 June 1993) (divorced) (2 children)
Randy Danson (August 1970 - 1977) (divorced)

Trivia (15)

Likes to tap dance.
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.
Is one of the 4 actors who appeared in all 271 episodes of Cheers (1982).
Has appeared in episodes of three different series with John Mahoney: Cheers (1982), Frasier (1993) and Becker (1998).
Has appeared in episodes of three different series with Kelsey Grammer: Cheers (1982), Frasier (1993) and Becker (1998).
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".
Children: Katherine Danson (born December 24th 1979) and Alexis Danson (born 1985), adopted by Ted and Casey Danson in 1987. Step-children are Lilly McDowell and Charlie McDowell.
President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham 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.
Father-in-law of Jesse Bochco.
Appeared on the cover of GQ magazine three times: September '84, August '88 and July '93.
He has played the same character (Sam Malone) in three different series: Cheers (1982), The Simpsons (1989) and Frasier (1993).
He has English, Scottish, and smaller amounts of Scots-Irish (Northern Irish) and German, ancestry. His paternal grandfather was born in England.

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 (3)

Cheers (1982) $12,000,000 (1993)
Cheers (1982) $450,000 per episode (1993 season)
Getting Even with Dad (1994) $4,000,000

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