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Overview (3)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameEdward James Begley Jr.
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ed Begley Jr. was born on September 16, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Edward James Begley Jr. He is an actor, known for Whatever Works (2009), Pineapple Express (2008) and A Mighty Wind (2003). He has been married to Rachelle Carson since August 23, 2000. They have one child. He was previously married to Ingrid Taylor.

Spouse (2)

Rachelle Carson (23 August 2000 - present) ( 1 child)
Ingrid Taylor (31 October 1976 - 1989) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Has a slight lisp to his voice
Thick mane of blond hair
Towering height and slender frame
Thick commanding voice

Trivia (29)

Attended Stella Niagara Education Park Cadet School in Lewiston, NY.
Best known for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the television series St. Elsewhere (1982), for which he received an Emmy nomination during each viewing season.
Son of Ed Begley and Allene Jeanne Sanders. Begley, Sr was married to Amanda Huff Begley at the time but she died when Begley, Jr was age 7.
Involved in enviromental affairs, he was named to Environmental Affairs Commission in 1993, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in 1994.
He used to appear on a US radio soap called "Milford Haven" with fiance Mara Purl. They had their future marriage vows blessed in the town of the same name in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK; unfortunately, the vows were never completed.
He quit his job as the Los Angeles Environmental Commissioner when he realized that he was destroying trees by all the paper the commission was using.
Children: Amanda Begley (born October 3, 1977) and Nicholas Taylor Begley (born January 4, 1979) with Ingrid Taylor.
His home is solar powered and he primarily uses his bike and public transportation.
Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Actors Branch) [2000-].
Has appeared in both Batman: The Animated Series (1992) and one of the live-action films--in his case, Batman Forever (1995). The only other persons to do this are Rene Auberjonois, John Glover, Senator Patrick Leahy and Vincent Schiavelli.
Won George Harrison's 1968 custom Fender Telecaster "Rosewood" guitar in an auction in Los Angeles in 2003 for $300,000.
Attended Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys, CA.
Worked for eight years as a stand-up comedian and also worked on TV commercials as an assistant cameraman prior to embarking on an acting career.
He keeps his father's Oscar (for Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)) at home and proudly displays it.
Produces and sells an all-natural household cleaning product called "Begley's Best".
Has a daughter named Hayden Carson Begley (born 2000) with wife Rachelle Carson.
Was part of a comedy duo in the 1960s with Michael Richards.
Has played Boba Fett in the NPR radio dramatization of "Return of the Jedi" (1996).
Acting mentors were Norman Lloyd and William Daniels.
Signed environmental activist Tom Weis' open letter calling on Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to withdraw their support for the Keystone XL pipeline. Other signatories included climate scientist James Hansen and actors Daryl Hannah, Sheryl Lee and Mariel Hemingway. [September 2012]
Met Norman Lloyd on the set of Tales of the Unexpected (1979), and later worked with him on St. Elsewhere (1982).
Performed a comedy routine between the sets of Big Star's two-night engagement at Max's Kansas City in December 1973.
Drives the eco-friendly Nissan Leaf electric car.
Attended the 100th birthday celebration of his lifelong friend/acting mentor Norman Lloyd, in Los Angeles, CA, on 9 November 2014.
Frequently has lunch or dinner with his St. Elsewhere (1982) series' lead, Norman Lloyd.
Surrogate son of William Daniels.
Attended the 1987 wedding of his Transylvania 6-5000 (1985) co-stars Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum in Las Vegas.
Was a lifelong William Daniels fan, before he got to co-star with him on St. Elsewhere (1982).
His paternal grandparents, Hannah (Clifford) and Michael Joseph Begley, were Irish immigrants.

Personal Quotes (30)

People are overwhelmed looking up at the Mount Everest of environmental challenges that we face. But you put one foot in front of the other and you recognize that not everyone is Sir Edmund Hillary.
My father also encouraged my love of nature. He urged me to become a Cub Scout, and later a Boy Scout, and I found I really liked being outdoors.
The environmental crisis is all a result of rushing.
Some would call me an environmentalist. I don't know why. I reuse the water that falls in my backyard in the winter. I reuse the trash and clippings I produce for mulch. I reuse the rain that falls on my roof, and I reuse the sun that shines on my house for energy. I guess you could call me a strategic opportunist as much as an environmentalist.
If you're not buying recycled products, you're not really recycling.
I'm not a wealthy person because I was never a star. I was a working actor and a supporting actor.
I was a typical Valley teen, in smoggy Van Nuys.
I can trace my environmentally-friendly lifestyle back to my childhood. My father was a conservative Republican that liked to 'conserve'.
As someone who has grown up living in Southern California, I know all too well about the costs and scarcities of water.
We run around so much - with the best intentions: I want to save the rain forest. I've gotta clean up the oceans. I've gotta save the dolphins. All worthy efforts, but if you're not centered and you don't have the serenity in your life you need to accomplish that task, you're not going to do a very good job.
I started composting in 1970 by taking my food scraps out behind where I lived and burying them in a hole next to the railroad tracks - and green things started to grow there!
I ride my bike for transportation a great deal - occasionally I ride it for fun. But I also have a generator bike that's hooked up to my solar battery pack, so if I ride 15 minutes hard on my bike, that's enough energy to toast toast, or power my computer.
I bought my first electric car in 1970. Its top speed was 15 mph and it had just a 15 mile range - it was essentially a golf cart with a windshield wiper and a horn.
For my own health, I thought it was better to eat a plant based diet. I'm going to be 60 soon and I have boundless energy and I feel really good, so I'm all for it.
For decades, community colleges have been the backbone of American workforce training. Because they are nimble and closely attuned to local community needs, they are inherently positioned to be influential leaders of the movement for a sustainable economy.
California has always led the way on environmental protection and always reaped the benefits, pioneering everything from catalytic convertors on cars to stationary source reduction.
By 1990, I went back to no gasoline; I was just riding around on my bike, taking the bus. I had a tiny little electric car that didn't go very far or very fast. People thought I'd lost my mind. Even my own family thought I'd lost my mind.
When I was single, I was down to $100 of power a year.
The film 'Tapped' illustrates quite clearly how we've been getting 'soaked' for years by the bottled water industry.
People don't want to give up their SUVs. They don't want to turn the thermostat down in the winter and up in the summer.
One of the regular intervals of meditation in my life, believe it or not, is in my car.
My favorite form of transportation is walking. I live in a neighborhood where you can walk to restaurants, banks and shops.
Los Angeles is a city known as much for it's sun as for its stars and it's dirty air.
I've lived a slower and less expensive life going off the grid, and I'm happier because of it.
I've been in movies with Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson - but I was on The Simpsons (1989), and finally, in the eyes of my children, I was a star.
It takes less land to grow a pound of broccoli than it does a pound of beef. Less land to grow a pound of grain than a pound of beef. Less water, less energy.
I'm a strong proponent of green tech for anyone who can afford it, having spent the last 40 years working toward achieving a smaller and smaller eco-impact for myself.
[before he worked with Norman Lloyd on St. Elsewhere (1982)]: Norman directed me in a mystery show on television with Fritz Weaver, Sigourney's dad - I really liked Norman a lot and have great respect for him.
[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Norman Lloyd, who played Dr. Daniel Auschlander]: I worked with Norman Lloyd the actor and Norman Lloyd the director, and no one informed me better on the art of storytelling than that talented man. He is a constant inspiration, and my eternal friend.
[Of Norman Lloyd]: Not only did I enjoy working with him, but I see him, fairly regularly, I just had dinner with him, 4 nights ago. We had dinner together at Sarah Nichols's house, his neighbor of mine and friend of his. We had a lovely time and reminisced - he's unbelievable. He's going to be 100 years old, this year, and still very active, getting around on his own. He's a force of nature, so Norman Lloyd was somebody I idolized. When I was quite young, wow James Dean is great and this is one and that. Now look at Janis Joplin, what a great voice and Jim Morrison, those people left us so young, like my point of view has change somewhere, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, saying, 'No, you idolized Jimmy Stewart, Gloria Swanson.' The people that have families and happiness and a long, economy life. You know, Norman Lloyd, he wasn't much older than me, when I did 'St. Elsewhere,' and I went 'These are my role models, now, people had a long/happy life and continued to be creative.' Those are my role models, not the people that left us, so early and I'm sorry they did, I don't mean to trifle with that, but, my role models changed from the people who had an incredible, brief spurt of creativity and life, but to people that went the distance, they became my role models at some point in my early 30s really.

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