Ted Danson

Sam Malone

Ted Danson is well known for his role as Sam Malone in the television series "Cheers" (1982). The role of Sam Malone in “Cheers” earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series in 1989 and 1990. 

Raised just outside Flagstaff, Ariz.ona, Danson attended Stanford University, where he became interested in drama during his second year. In 1972, he transferred to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. After graduation, he was hired as an understudy in Tom Stoppard's Off Broadway production of "The Real Inspector Hound." Danson moved to Los Angeles in 1978 and studied with Dan Fauci at the Actor's Institute, where he also taught classes. 

In 1984, Danson received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance in the television movie “Something About Amelia,” and went on to star in various films including, “The Women's Room,” “The Onion Field,” “Body Heat,” “Three Men and a Baby,” “3 Men and a Little Lady,” “Cousins,” “Dad,” Saving Private Ryan,” “Made In America” and “Jerry and Tom.” Danson is a founding member of the American Oceans Campaign (AOC).

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