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.
Ted Danson’s children
Kate Danson and Alexis Danson are Ted Danson’s children.
Cassandra “Casey” Coates, Danson’s second wife, and he married her in 1977. Coates suffered a stroke on December 24, 1979, while giving birth to their first daughter Kate. Danson spent years looking after her and assisting her recovery. Alexis, their second daughter, was adopted later. Their divorce in 1993 was influenced by Danson’s liaison with actress Whoopi Goldberg. It was allegedly one of Hollywood’s most expensive divorces at the time, costing Danson $30 million.
Danson married actress Mary Steenburgen on October 7, 1995, after meeting her on the set of the 1993 film Pontiac Moon, and became the stepfather to Steenburgen’s children, Lilly and Charlie, from her former marriage to actor Malcolm McDowell.