Edward Bridge Danson III is a throwback to the classic Hollywood leading man and producer. He’s popular across TV and movies (though he clearly prefers TV roles) and is responsible for some of the most iconic roles in pop culture history. He’s been nominated for 10 Golden Globes and 17 Emmys, among others, and has been deeply involved in environmentalist causes, politics, and activism.
Check out these highlights from the storied filmography of Ted Danson.
10. Bored to Death (2009-2011)
Danson plays George Christopher, the editor of a New York magazine and mentor to struggling novelist and private detective Jonathan Ames (Jason Schwartzman).
9. Damages (2007-2012)
This legal thriller has Danson playing billionaire Arthur Frobisher, who’s being sued by Patty (Glenn Close) and Ellen (Rose Byrne).
8. Made in America (1993)
Made in the middle of his relationship with Whoopi Goldberg, Danson enlists Nia Long and Will Smith for a story of a mismatched couple who come together after a fertility clinic mistake.
7. Becker (1998-2004)
Danson plays the titular John Becker, a cranky doctor and head of a small practice who secretly has a heart of gold.
6. Cousins (1989)
Fans of Arrested Development may be surprised to know that Les Cousins Dangereux is based on a real French film called Cousin Cousine. It was remade into an American movie by Joel Schumacher, Danson, and Isabella Rossellini.
5. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2011-2015)
Danson joined the popular CSI franchise as D.B. Russell, Laurence Fishburn’s replacement graveyard shit supervisor.
4. Three Men and a Baby (1987)
Leonard Nimoy directed this 1980s classic about an architect (Tom Selleck), cartoonist (Steve Guttenberg), and actor (Danson) whose bachelor lives are turned upside down when a baby shows up on their doorstep and is confused for a drug deal.
3. Cheers (1982-1993)
This classic NBC sitcom about bar patrons made Danson a household name as Sam Malone, a womanizing bartender who used to play professional baseball.
2. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000-2019)
Danson and wife Mary Steenbergen play themselves as friends to Larry David, and in the later seasons, they get divorced so Danson can start dating Cheryl Ruth Hines, Larry’s ex-wife.
1. The Good Place (2016-2020)
Danson is the architect in this NBC comedy about the afterlife. He created The Good Place, which turns out to be the Bad Place, and now life, time, space, humanity, and existence are all at stake as he teams with Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) to save it from Gen’s (Maya Rudolph) judgement.