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Ted Danson



The son of a prominent archaeologist/museum director, American actor Ted Danson grew up near the Navajo reservation in Arizona. He played basketball while at Kent School Connecticut, and then moved on to Stanford University. It was in the process of getting acquainted with an aspiring actress at Stanford that Danson found himself attending his first audition-- and by years' end had transferred to the drama department at Carnegie Tech. Marking time in non-speaking roles, Danson left the stage for the more lucrative world of TV commercials, some of which have been well-circulated on videotape since Danson has become famous. Danson's first steady TV work was as a slimy villain on the NBC soap opera Somerset. Shortly afterward, the actor attained his first film role, as a murdered cop, in The Onion Field (1978). After seeing Danson in the movie Body Heat (1981) and in an episode of the TV series Taxi, producer Glen Charles cast the actor as Sam Malone, ex-sports star and full-time barkeeper and womanizer, on the long-running, well-loved sitcom Cheers He won Emmys for the 1989-90 and 1992-93 seasons. Frequently making attempts at film stardom during the 11-season run of Cheers, Danson finally struck gold in Three Men and a Baby (1987) and its sequel Three Men and a Little Lady (1990). Danson's most recent work includes the 1996 starring role in the TV miniseries Gulliver's Travels and a co-starring role, opposite his new wife Mary Steenburgen, in the television sit-com Ink (also 1996). In 1998 Danson began a six-year run on another successful sitcom portraying the lead character on Becker, playing a caustic grump who couldn't have been further from Sam Malone's effortless charm. He continued to work steadily on the big screen as well scoring appearances in Saving Private Ryan and Mumford. He made sporadic appearances on Larry David's award-winning Curb Your Enthusiasm, and earned strong reviews for his dramatic work on the first season of the TV show Damages. He followed that up with a co-starring role on the HBO series Bored to Death, which lasted three seasons. In 2012 he could be seen in the inspirational animal movie Big Miracle.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CSI: Immortality
  • D.B. Russell, a CSI Level 3 Supervisor and the Lab Director
2015
80% The One I Love
  • The Therapist
2014
73% Big Miracle
  • J.W. McGraw
2012
No Score Yet Jock The Hero Dog
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Fight For Your Right Revisited
  • Maitre d'
2011
29% The Open Road
  • Actor
2009
78% The End of the Line
  • Narrator
2009
25% Nobel Son
  • Harvey Parrish
2008
No Score Yet The Human Contract
  • E.J Winters
2008
22% Mad Money
  • Don Cardigan
2008
No Score Yet The Magic 7
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Bye Bye Benjamin
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Talking to Heaven
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Knights of the South Bronx
  • Richard
2005
No Score Yet Our Fathers
  • Mitchell Garabedian
2005
15% The Amateurs (The Moguls) (Dirty Movie)
  • Moose
2005
No Score Yet Fronterz
  • Barry Wasserstein
2004
No Score Yet Talking to Heaven (Living with the Dead)
  • James Van Praagh
2002
56% Mumford
  • Jeremy
1999
No Score Yet Visions of a New World
  • Actor
1999
92% Saving Private Ryan
  • Capt. Hamill
1998
75% Jerry and Tom
  • The Guy Who Loved Vicki
1998
47% Homegrown
  • Gianni
1998
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels
  • Gulliver
1996
No Score Yet Star Trek - Thirty Years and Beyond
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Loch Ness
  • Dr. Jonathan Dempsey
1995
3% Getting Even With Dad
  • Ray
1994
No Score Yet Pontiac Moon
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Washington Bellamy
1994
29% Made in America
  • Hal Jackson
1993
No Score Yet Cheers: Last Call!
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet How Can I Tell If I'm Really in Love? - Classroom Version
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet We Are the Children
  • Actor
1991
29% Three Men and a Little Lady
  • Jack Holden
1990
No Score Yet Audubon Video - Danger at the Beach
  • Actor
1990
56% Dad
  • John Tremont
1989
50% Cousins
  • Larry
1989
34% She's Having a Baby
  • Actor
1988
74% Three Men and a Baby (3 Men and a Baby)
  • Jack Holden
1987
No Score Yet We Are the Children
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet How Can I Tell If I'm Really in Love?
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet A Fine Mess
  • Spence Holden
1986
33% Just Between Friends
  • Chip Davis
1986
No Score Yet When the Bough Breaks
  • Producer
  • Alex
1986
No Score Yet Little Treasure
  • Eugene
1985
69% Creepshow
  • Harry Wentworth
1982
97% Body Heat
  • Peter Lowenstein
1981
No Score Yet Our Family Business
  • Actor
1981
83% The Onion Field
  • Ian Campbell
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Sam Malone
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Sam
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
90% The Good Place
2016
  • Michael
Lass es, Larry!
  • Actor
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • George Christopher
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Himself
No Score Yet CSI
2003-2012
  • D.B. Russell
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • Arthur Frobisher
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
98% Fargo
2014-2015
  • Hank Larsson
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • D.B. Russell
35% CSI: Cyber
2015-2016
  • D. B. Russell
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • D.B. Russell
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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