Ted Danson Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 03 Jan, 2020
Facts of Ted Danson
Date of Birth: 1947 , December-29
Age: 72 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Name Ted Danson
Birth Name Edward Bridge Danson III
Father Edward Danson Jr.
Mother Jessica MacMaster
Nationality American
Birth Place/City San Diego, California
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Net Worth $80 Million
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Gray
Married to Mary Nell Steenburgen
Children Kaite, Alexis, Lily, Charlie
Divorce Cassandra Coates, Randy Danson
Education Carnegie Mellon University
Awards Primetime Emmy Awards, Golden Globes Awards
Movies Something About Amelia, Ted, Saving Private Ryan, Body Heat, Creepshow, Three Men and a Baby,Made in America
TV Show Fargo, The Good Place, Cheers,Damages, Ink,Becker, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,
Sisters Jessica MacMaster
Siblings Jessica MacMaster
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Three-time Golden Globe winner Ted Danson is an American Actor and producer widely known for his role in The Good Place, Ink and Bored to Death. He won two Golden Globe Awards and two Primetime Emmy Award for his role in Cheers. He also won a Golden Globe Award for his role in Something About Amelia.

Completed Education In Bachelor In Fine Arts

Ted Danson was born as Edward Bridge Danson III on 29th December 1947 in San Diego, California, United States. He belongs to white ethnicity and holds American nationality.

Edward is younger kids of Edward Danson Jr. (father) and Jessica MacMaster (mother). He grew up along with his elder sister Jessica MacMaster in California.

He attended Kent School in Connecticut where he was the main player on the school's basketball team. He then joined Stanford University where he gained interest in Drama. He transferred to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to start his acting career. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama from the university in 1972.

Net Worth of $80 Million

Ted Danson collected a huge net worth from his work as an actor. He has collected a total net worth of $80 million throughout his 4-decade career. 

Ted appeared in crime drama series CSI from 2011 to 2015 and while appearing on the show, he was making $250,000 per episode. In total, he starred in 86 episodes of the show that means he earned around $21 million from CSI.

He worked in series Cheers from which he was earning $500,000 per episode. Here's a list of some of his hit movies and their box office collections.

Movie Released Year Star-Cast Budget  Box-Office
Body Heat 1981 William Hurt and Kathleen Turner $9 million $24 million
Creepshow 1982 Hal Holbrook and Fritz Weaver $8 million $21 million
Three Men and a Baby 1987 Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg $11 million $240 million
Made in America 1993 Whoopi Goldberg and Will Smith $22 million $104 million
Saving Private Ryan 1998 Tom Hanks and Matt Damon $70 million $482.3 million
Ted 2012 Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis $50 million $549.4 million

Ted owns a house in Santa Monica California which he bought for $3.5 million in 2014. He expanded his property in January 2019 by buying the next-door property for $5.2 million.

He and his wife bought a house for $4.5 million in 2005. In June 2019, the couple sold the nine-acre property of Ojai, California, for $8.5 million.

Won Golden Globes For Cheers

Ted Danson made his acting debut with the role of Tom Conway in the daytime soap opera, Somersetin 1975. He appeared on the show for one year alongside JoBeth Williams and Tina Sloan.

From 1977 to 1982, he appeared on another NBC daytime soap opera, The DoctorsTravis Lane Stork and Andrew P. Ordon.

In 1982, Danson was cast as Sam Malone in the NBC comedy series, Cheers. He appeared in 275 episodes of the series until 1993, alongside Rhea PerlmanGeorge Wendt and Shelley Long.

For his role in the series, he received three Golden Globe Awards (in 1987, 1990 and 1991) and two Primetime Emmy Awards (one in 1990 and another in 1993). 

Ted Danson holding Golden Globes SOURCE: Getty Image

His other notable television shows include Ink, Help Me Help You, Damages, Bored to Death and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

As for his film appearances, Danson has appeared in Body Heat, Just Between Friends, Three Men and a Baby, She's Having a Baby, Three Men and a Little Lady and Getting Even with Dad.

As of now, Danson has been appearing as Ted Danson in the HBO comedy series, Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Married Three Times in Life

Ted Danson has been married to Academy Award-winning actress Mary Nell Steenburgen; the couple, who first met on the set of film Pontiac Moon, tied the knot on 7th October 1995 in presence of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton.

Ted Danson with his wife Mary Steenburgen SOURCE: Getty Image

Ted and his wife Mary are now living a blissful married life. Mary shares two children Lily and Charlie from her previous marriage to actor Malcolm McDowell (1980–1990).

Ted, meanwhile, was previously married to actress Randy Danson aka Randall  Gosch. The two walked down the aisle in August 1970. The former husband-wife duo got a divorce after seven years of marriage in 1977.

He was also previously married to Cassandra Coates. The pair exchanged vows on 30th July 1977. They welcomed their first child, daughter Kaite, on 24th December 1979. They had also adopted a daughter Alexis.

Divorce Settlement With Cassandra Coates

During his marriage with Cassandra Coates, he had an affair with actress Whoopi Goldberg. Due to his extramarital affair, Coates filed for divorce from her husband.

Ted had to pay $2 million to Coates for every year they spent together. That means, he paid $30 million in total.

Ted Danson with Whoopi Goldberg SOURCE: Getty Image

Furthermore, he paid $50 million for divorce settlement, being enlisted as one of the most expensive Hollywood divorces of all time.

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