Ted Danson


Date Of Birth

December 29, 1947


Ted Danson took interest in drama while attending Stanford University, having been involved in basketball when he was in high school. He later graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a drama degree. He made his acting debut in the 1970s, first as a minor player on the daytime soap Somerset.

After appearing in several sitcoms, Danson made his career breakthrough in 1982 when he was cast as recovering alcoholic and bar owner Sam Malone in the NBC comedy Cheers. The series became a major success, and it gave Danson eleven Emmy nominations; he won two Emmys, as well as two Golden Globes, throughout the show's run. He also won another Golden Globe for his stint in the TV movie Something About Amelia.

Danson appeared in several other comedies: the short-lived CBS sitcom Ink, and the more successful Becker, which ran for four seasons. He was also part of ABC's unsuccessful comedy Help Me Help You. In 2007, Danson showcased his drama cops again, appearing as the devious Arthur Frobisher in the FX drama Damages, earning him another Emmy nomination. In 2009 he joined the HBO comedy Bored to Death; two years later he joined the cast of the CBS crime stalwart CSI.

Danson was married twice prior to his marriage to actress Mary Steenburgen.

Place of Birth

San Diego, CA

Birth Name

Edward Bridge Danson III



Fun Facts



- Golden Globe Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV, 1985 (for Something About Amelia)
- Emmy Award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, 1990 (for Cheers)
- Golden Globe Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (Comedy/Musical), 1990 (for Cheers)
- Golden Globe Award, Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series (Comedy/Musical), 1990 (for Cheers)
- American Comedy Award, Funniest Male Performer in a TV Series (Leading Role) Network, Cable or Syndication, 1991 (for Cheers)
- Emmy Award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, 1993 (for Cheers)


- The Onion Field (1979)
- Body Heat (1981)
- Creepshow (1982)
- Little Treasure (1985)
- Just Between Friends (1986)
- A Fine Mess (1986)
- 3 Men and a Baby (1987)
- Cousins (1989)
- Dad (1989)
- 3 Men and a Little Lady (1990)
- Made in America (1993)
- Getting Even with Dad (1994)
- Pontiac Moon (1994)
- Loch Ness (1996)
- Jerry and Tom (1998)
- Homegrown (1998)
- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
- Mumford (1999)
- Fronterz (2004)
- The Amateurs (2005)
- Bye Bye Benjamin (2006)
- Nobel Son (2007)
- Mad Money (2008)
- The Human Contract (2008)
- The Open Road (2009)
- Fight For Your Right Revisited (2011)

- Cheers (regular, 1982-1993)
- Ink (regular, 1996-1997)
- Becker (regular, 1998-2004)
- Curb Your Enthusiasm (recurring, 2000-2009)
- Help Me Help You (regular, 2006-2007)
- Damages (regular, 2007-2008; recurring, 2008-2010)
- Bored to Death (regular, 2009-present)
- CSI (regular, 2011-present)






- "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."

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