Edward Bridge “Ted” Danson III (born December 29, 1947) is an American actor best known for his role as central character Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers, and his role as Dr. John Becker on the series Becker. He is currently a regular on Larry David's HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm and starred alongside Glenn Close in legal drama Damages. He also appears, in a supporting role, on the HBO comedy series Bored to Death.
In his thirty-year career, Danson has been nominated for fourteen Primetime Emmy Awards nominations, winning two; ten Golden Globe Awards nominations, winning three; one Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination; one American Comedy Award and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Danson was born in San Diego, California, the son of Jessica Danson (née MacMaster) and Edward Bridge Danson Jr., an archaeologist and museum director. He was raised in Flagstaff, Arizona.