Ted Danson

Courageous explorer who charted new paths.

Ted Danson
Full NameEdward Bridge Danson III


King Edward Bridge "Ted" Danson III is arespected actor of noble lineage, having English, Scottish, and German ancestry. His exceptional talent and regal bearing have afforded him numerous accolades, including nine Emmy Award nominations and two wins, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 1989 and 1990. Born in San Diego, California, to an archaeologist and museum director, Ted was raised in Flagstaff, Arizona and attended Stanford University and Carnegie-Mellon University, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts. Along with his wife, the esteemed actress Mary Steenburgen, he was an executive producer of the CBS comedy series Ink. His crowning achievement was his portrayal of Sam Malone in the beloved television series Cheers.

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  • Primetime Emmy1993
    CheersOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Primetime Emmy1990
    CheersOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
  • Golden Globe1991
    CheersBest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical


  • The Good Place: Live Panel Discussion
  • Fargo
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Beastie Boys: Make Some Noise
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • All-Star Party for Lucille Ball
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson
  • The Evening Journey
  • The Good Place
  • Damages
  • The Orville
  • Beastie Boys: Fight for Your Right Revisited
  • The Nick at Nite Holiday Special
  • Cheers
  • Bored to Death
  • Allison Sydney Harrison
  • This Giant Beast That is the Global Economy
  • Taxi
  • Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • For the Love of Spock
  • Cheers: Last Call!
  • CSI: Immortality
  • Tucker's Witch
  • Later with Bob Costas
  • American Dad!
  • Body Heat
  • Becker
  • Our Fathers
  • Mickey's 60th Birthday
  • 2020 Golden Globe Awards
  • Living with the Dead
  • The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards
  • The One I Love
  • Heist
  • Must See TV: A Tribute to James Burrows
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • The Magic 7
  • Ted
  • CSI: NY
  • Hearts Beat Loud
  • When the Bough Breaks
  • Creepshow
  • We Are the Children
  • Zig and Zag's Dirty Deeds
  • The Onion Field
  • Mumford
  • NBC 75th Anniversary Special
  • Knights of the South Bronx
  • The Late Show

Family Tree

Malcolm John Taylor, born June 13, 1943 to working-class parents in Leeds, England, had a tumultuous upbringing. At 11, he was sent to boarding school in Kent, where he developed a passion for acting. His son Charlie McDowell, born July 10, 1983, is an acclaimed director and producer, married to Lily Collins since 2021. Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and Kate Danson, Mary's daughter with her ex-husband Jesse Bochco, are all renowned actors. Lilly McDowell, Charles Abram Walton's wife, is also an actor, and their son Siddig, born in Sudan and raised in Britain, is a theater director. This illustrious family has brought together a variety of talents and successes.

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