Ted Danson is an American actor and producer best known for his roles as Sam Malone on the NBC sitcom Cheers, Jack Holden in the films Three Men and a Baby and Three Men and a Little Lady, and Dr. John Becker on the CBS sitcom Becker. He also played D.B. Russell in the CBS dramas CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Cyber.

He also has a recurrent part on Larry David’s HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm as a fictionalized version of himself, played alongside Glenn Close in the courtroom drama Damages, and was a regular on the HBO comedy series Bored to Death.

In the second season of FX’s black comedy-crime drama anthology Fargo, he played Hank Larsson. He starred in the NBC sitcom The Good Place as Michael, an afterlife architect, from 2016 until 2020. In NBC’s Mr. Mayor, he presently plays Neil Bremer.

Danson has had 18 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, two of which he won; 11 Golden Globe Award nominations, three of which he won; one Screen Actors Guild Award; and one American Comedy Award, as well as a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. In TV Guide’s ranking of the top 25 television stars, he came in second.

Danson has long been an advocate for ocean conservation. Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them, co-authored with writer Michael D’Orso, was released in March 2011.

Meet Ted Danson’s parents

Edward Bridge Danson and Jr., Jess Danson are Ted Danson’s parents.

Danson was born in San Diego parents archaeologist Edward “Ned” Bridge Danson Jr. (1916–2000) and Jessica MacMaster (1916–2006), and has an older sister, Jan Ann Haury (born January 11, 1944). Danson grew up in the Arizona town of Flagstaff. His ancestors are largely English, but also Scottish. Danson is descended from Roger Williams, Anne Hutchinson, John Webster, and Roger Ludlow, all of whom lived in colonial New England.

Danson enrolled in the Kent School, a Connecticut prep school, in 1961, where he was a good basketball player. He grew interested in drama while attending Stanford University and switched to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in search of a stronger acting program, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama in 1972.

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