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Ted Danson

Perhaps best known for his award-winning role as Sam Malone in the long-running television series Cheers (1982-1993), Ted Danson has appeared in more than 70 feature films and television programs in his 30-plus-year career. The popular and respected actor received two Emmys and two Golden Globe Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Cheers as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his daring performance in the groundbreaking television movie Something About Amelia (1984).

In 1979, Danson made his feature film debut as Officer Ian Campbell in the true crime tale The Onion Field. To follow were Body Heat, Creepshow, Just Between Friends, A Fine Mess and the smash hit 3 Men and a Baby, as well as its sequel, 3 Men and a Little Lady. His other credits include Dad, Cousins, Made in America, Mumford and Saving Private Ryan.

Aside from his 12-year run on the classic Cheers, Danson has become recognizable for his role as Dr. John Becker on the NBC series, Becker (1998-2004) as well as his recent, critically acclaimed turn as ruthless attorney Arthur Frobisher in the TNT series Damages opposite Glenn Close. Danson's other television credits include starring in the award-winning miniseries Gulliver's Travels, serving as producer and lead actor in the TV movie When the Bough Breaks and as actor and executive producer (with his wife, actress Mary Steenburgen) of the CBS comedy series Ink.

Born in San Diego, California, Danson was raised near Flagstaff, Arizona. He attended Stanford University, where he became interested in drama during his second year. In 1972, Danson transferred to Carnegie-Mellon and, following graduation, began working in the theater. In 1978, Danson moved to Los Angeles to study at the Actor's Institute, where he has also taught classes.

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Ted Danson Facts

Birth Name Edward Bridge Danson III
BirthdayDecember 29, 1947 (76)
BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA
Height6' 3" (1m91)  How tall is Ted Danson compared to you?
Awards1991 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Cheers)
1990 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Cheers)
1985 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for Something about Amelia)

Selected Filmography

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