Ed Begley, Jr.
- For his father, see Ed Begley.
|Ed Begley, Jr.|
Begley at the 81st Academy Awards in February 2009
|Born||Edward James Begley, Jr.
September 16, 1949
Los Angeles, California
|Education||Notre Dame High School|
|Alma mater||Los Angeles Valley College|
|Home town||Sherman Oaks, California|
|Spouse(s)||Ingrid Taylor (m. 1976-89)
Rachelle Carson (m. 2000)
|Parent(s)||Ed Begley, Sr.|
Edward James "Ed" Begley, Jr. (born September 16, 1949) is an American actor and environmentalist. Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is best known for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich, on the television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six consecutive Emmy Award nominations, and his most recent reality show about green living called Living With Ed on Planet Green with his wife.
Begley was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Allene Jeanne Sanders and Academy Award-winner Ed Begley, both actors. At the time of Ed, Jr.'s birth, his father was married to Amanda Huff, who died when he was seven; he believed Amanda to be his biological mother until he was sixteen, and only later became acquainted with Allene. His paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants. Begley grew up in Buffalo, New York, and attended Stella Niagara Education Park Cadet School in Lewiston, New York. In 1962 the family moved back to California, where he graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, and Los Angeles Valley College in North Hollywood.
Begley's numerous works in television and film include one of his earliest appearances as a guest actor on Maude. He had recurring roles on Mary Hartman, 7th Heaven, Arrested Development, Meego and Six Feet Under and starring roles in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, St. Elsewhere, and Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central). He has played significant roles in the mockumentary films Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. Additionally, Begley played Viper pilot Greenbean on the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, Boba Fett in the radio adaptation of Return of the Jedi, and Seth Gillette, a fictional Democratic U.S. senator from North Dakota in the television drama The West Wing. In 1995, he played The Riddler's boss in Batman Forever but is uncredited. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 1996, Begley appeared in a TV movie called The Late Shift, where he played real-life CBS executive Rod Perth. Perth himself appears briefly in a cameo role (as a man Howard Stringer mistakes for Perth in the CAA lobby). Begley Jr. and Perth share an extraordinary physical resemblance, something the film makers milk for humor in the scene.
He has guest-starred on shows such as Scrubs, Boston Legal, and Star Trek: Voyager (Future's End, parts I and II). He had a recurring guest role in season three of Veronica Mars. Most recently, he appeared in the 2008 HBO film Recount, which profiled the 2000 Presidential Election and its aftermath, which was decided by the state of Florida's electoral votes. Begley also made an appearance on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season 3, Episode 3, as a spokesman for Cinco.
In 2003, Begley wrote and directed the musical Cesar and Ruben. It was performed at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles and was revived in 2007.
Begley has three children, a daughter and son from his first marriage, and a daughter from his current marriage.
According to a feature on the Bio Channel television program Celebrity Close Calls, Begley nearly died in 1972, after being stabbed multiple times while being mugged by a street gang. His attackers were teenagers, who were later apprehended by police.
Since 1970, he has been an environmentalist, beginning with his first electric vehicle (a Taylor-Dunn, golf cart–like vehicle), recycling, and becoming a vegan. He promotes eco-friendly products like the Toyota Prius, Envirolet composting toilets and Begley's Best Household Cleaner.
Begley's home is 1,585 square feet (147.3 m2) in size using solar power and also uses wind power via a PacWind vertical-axis wind turbine, an air conditioning unit made by Greenway Design Group, LLC., and an electricity-generating bicycle used to toast bread, and he pays around $300 a year in electric bills. Arguing that the suburban lawn is environmentally unsustainable, especially in Southern California, owing to water shortage, he has converted his own to a drought-tolerant garden composed of native California plants. Though he is noted for riding bicycles and using public transportation, he owns a 2003 Toyota RAV4 EV electric-powered vehicle.
His hybrid electric bicycle was often featured on his television show Living With Ed. Begley also spoofed his own environmentalist beliefs on "Homer to the Max", an episode of The Simpsons by showing himself using a nonpolluting go-cart that is powered by his "own sense of self-satisfaction" and on an episode of Dharma and Greg. Later, he appeared in "Gone Maggie Gone", another episode of The Simpsons, in Season 20. In the episode, during a solar eclipse, he drives a solar-powered car that stops running on train tracks as a train approaches, but the train also stops because it is an Ed Begley Jr. Solar Powered Train. According to Groening's other comedy series, Futurama, Ed Begley Jr.'s electric motor is "the most evil propulsion system ever conceived" as stated in "The Honking" (19 minutes in).
Begley was featured during The Jay Leno Show's Green Car Challenge. Various celebrities drove an electric Ford Focus automobile and tried to set records on an outdoor track. During the second lap, cutouts of Begley and Al Gore would pop out, and if the celebrity had hit either of them, one second was added to his or her time.
Begley is the author of Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life (2008) and Ed Begley, Jr.'s Guide to Sustainable Living: Learning to Conserve Resources and Manage an Eco-Conscious Life (2009) both published by Random House. He also wrote A Vegan Survival Guide for the Holidays (2014) with Jerry James Stone.
- Environmental Media Association
- Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
- The American Oceans Campaign
- League of Conservation Voters
- Environmental Research Foundation
- Walden Woods Project
- Thoreau Institute
- Earth Communications Office
- Solar Living Institute
- Tree People
- Friends of the Earth
- Sequoia ForestKeeper
- Green Wish Inc
- Orang Utan Republik
From 2007–2010, Begley and his wife Rachelle Carson starred in their own reality television series, Living With Ed on HGTV and Discovery's Planet Green channel. He, his wife and daughter Hayden are currently filming "On Begley Street", a Web series chronicling the deconstruction of his current home and the "building of North America’s greenest, most sustainable home".
He received the Thomas Alva Edison Award for Energy Independence from the American Jewish Congress, the first one to be presented. Begley has been a leader in this field and was recognized in November 2007 for his lifelong work in environmentalism.
Begley was also on the advisory committee for the group 2004 Racism Watch, founded by fellow actor Ed Asner. The group was formed to respond to the advertisement campaign of the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney presidential campaign that they claimed were encouraging racism. The advertisement in question, “100 Days”, made a reference to terrorism and terrorists while highlighting a photograph of an anonymous man of Middle-Eastern descent.
Friendship with Norman Lloyd
Before St. Elsewhere, in the early 1980s, the struggling, unfamiliar Begley Jr. met Norman Lloyd, who became a mentor to him, while Lloyd was directing an episode of Tales of the Unexpected. The two became friends. Begley said he enjoyed working with the man, who in turn, had greater respect for him. In a 2014 interview with Jimmy Falcon of Cloverleaf Radio, he said about working with Lloyd, for all six seasons on St. Elsewhere, and seeing him, once the series came to a close was:
Not only did I enjoy working with him, but I see him, fairly regularly, I just had dinner with him, 4 nights ago. We had dinner together at Sarah Nichols's house, his neighbor of mine and friend of his. We had a lovely time and reminisced – he's unbelievable. He's going to be 100 years old, this year, and still very active, getting around on his own. He's a force of nature, so Norman Lloyd was somebody I idolized. When I was quite young, wow James Dean is great and this is one and that. Now look at Janis Joplin, what a great voice and Jim Morrison, those people left us so young, like my point of view has change somewhere, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, saying, 'No, you idolized Jimmy Stewart, Gloria Swanson.' The people that have families and happiness and a long, economy life. You know, Norman Lloyd, he wasn't much older than me, when I did 'St. Elsewhere,' and I went 'These are my rolemodels, now, people had a long/happy life and continued to be creative.' Those are my rolemodels, not the people that left us, so early and I'm sorry they did, I don't mean to trifle with that, but, my rolemodels changed from the people who had an incredible, brief spurt of creativity and life, but to people that went the distance, they became my rolemodels at some point in my early 30s really.
Also, on November 9, 2014, along with former St. Elsewhere co-stars Howie Mandel, David Morse and Stephen Furst, Begley attended the 100th Birthday of their acting mentor and decades-long friend, Norman Lloyd, in Los Angeles, California. Upon celebrating Lloyd's centenarian birthday, Begley said, "I worked with Norman Lloyd the actor, and Norman Lloyd the director, and no one informed me better on the art of storytelling than that talented man. He is a constant inspiration and my eternal friend."
- The Lottery (1969), Jack Watson
- The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969), uncredited panelist
- Million Dollar Buff Adam-12 (1971), Bud
- Mannix (1972), Desk clerk at country club
- Now You See Him, Now You Don't (1972), Druffle
- Cockfighter (1972), Tom Peeples
- Charley and the Angel (1973), Derwood Moseby
- Roll Out (1973), Lieutenant Robert Chapman
- Showdown (1973), Pook
- Superdad (1974), The Gang
- Stay Hungry (1976), Lester
- Dead of Night (1977), Frank
- Handle with Care (1977), The Priest
- Blue Collar (1978), Bobby Joe
- Battlestar Galactica (1978), Flight sergeant Greenbean
- Wonder Woman (1978), Harold
- Record City (1978), Pokey
- Goin' South (1978), Whitey Haber
- Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978), Officer Stein
- The One and Only (1978), The King
- Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill (1979), Moss Tillis
- Elvis (1979), D. J. Fontana
- M*A*S*H (1979), Pvt. Paul Conway (a gourmet cook assigned as an infantryman)
- Hardcore (1979), Actor in a pornographic film within a film
- Hot Rod (1979), Clay
- The Concorde ... Airport '79 (1979), Rescuer #1
- The In-Laws (1979), Barry Lutz
- A Shining Season (1979), John Haaland
- Private Lessons (1981), Jack Travis
- Buddy Buddy (1981), Lieutenant #1
- Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1982), Jeb
- An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Voice of Altitude Chamber Instructor
- Cat People (1982), Joe Creigh
- Eating Raoul (1982), Hippie
- Young Doctors in Love (1982), Lyle August
- Not Just Another Affair (1982), Warren Krantz
- St. Elsewhere (1982–1988), Dr. Victor Ehrlich
- Still the Beaver (1983), Whitey
- Get Crazy (1983), Colin Beverly
- Streets of Fire (1984), Ben Gunn
- Protocol (1984), Mr. Hassler
- This Is Spinal Tap (1984), John "Stumpy" Pepys
- The Pound Puppies (1985), Arnold Fist
- Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), Gil Turner
- Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), Griffin
- Roman Holiday (1987), Leonard Lupo
- Tall Tales & Legends: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1987), Ichabod Crane
- Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs (1988), Alan
- The Absent-Minded Professor (1988), Dr. Jack Brooker
- The Accidental Tourist (1988), Charles Leary
- Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989), Peter
- She-Devil (1989), Bob Pattchet
- Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less (1990), Stephen Bradley
- In the Best Interest of the Child (1990), Lawyer Howard Feldon
- Meet the Applegates (1990), Richard Applegate
- The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990), Jerry Soloway
- Chance of a Lifetime (1991), Darrel
- The Story Lady (1991), Otis
- In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (1992), Lt. Fred House
- Dark Horse (1992), Jack Mills
- Running Mates (1992), Chapman Snow
- Exclusive (1992), Allen
- Mastergate (1992), Steward Butler
- Batman: The Animated Series (1992), (Episode: Joker's Favor) Charlie Collins; (Episode: Feat of Clay) Germs
- Cooperstown (1993), Dave Cormeer
- Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993), Rupert
- World War II: When Lions Roared (1994), Harry Hopkins
- Columbo: Undercover (1994), Irving Krutch
- Renaissance Man (1994), Jack Markin
- The Pagemaster (1994), Alan Tyler
- The Magic School Bus (1994), Logaway Larry
- Greedy (1994), Carl McTeague
- Incident at Deception Ridge (1994), Jack Davis
- Sensation (1994), Earl Strauber
- The Shaggy Dog (1994), Ron Daniels
- The Crazysitter (1995), Paul Van Arsdale
- Storybook (1995), Pouch (voice)
- Shining Time Station: Once Upon a Time (1995), Ned Kincaid
- Batman Forever (1995), Fred Stickley (uncredited)
- Hourglass (1996), Det. Cecil Dish
- Touched by an Angel (1996), Chris Carpenter
- Project ALF (1996), Dr. Warner
- The Late Shift (1996), Rod Perth
- Santa with Muscles (1996), Ebner Frost
- Star Trek: Voyager (1996), Henry Starling
- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1997), Mr. James T. Rothwell
- The Drew Carey Show (1997), Dr. Chris Vanderkamp
- Not in This Town (1997), Henry Whitcomb
- The Student Affair (1997), Harvey Dankworth
- Ms. Bear (1997), Greg Bradley
- Alone (1997), Gerald
- Joey (1997), Ambassador Ted Ross
- I'm Losing You (1998), Zev
- Addams Family Reunion (1998), Dr. Phillip Adams (of the single "D" Adams')
- Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery (1998), Fitz-Gilbert Hamilton
- The Simpsons – Homer to the Max (1998), Himself
- 7th Heaven (1999–2003), Dr. Hank Hastings
- Homicide: The Movie (2000), Dr. Victor Ehrlich
- Batman Beyond (2000), (Episode: April Moon) Dr. Peter Corso
- Best in Show (2000), Mark Schafer
- Get Over It (2001), Frank Landers
- Hounded (2001), Ward Van Dusen
- Anthrax (2001), Brent Krawford
- Diary of a Sex Addict (2001), Dr. Aaron Spencer
- Six Feet Under (2001, 2005), Hiram Gunderson
- Back by Midnight (2002), Robert Wade
- Bug (2002), The Dept. of Health Inspector/'The Hand'
- Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) (2002), Paul Weffler
- Auto Focus (2002), Mel Rosen
- The Weakest Link (2002), Himself (NBC All-Stars Edition, Winner)
- War Stories (2003), Ed O'Brian
- Net Games (2003), John Fielding
- A Mighty Wind (2003), Lars Olfen
- Going Down (2003), Oscar Earnest
- Stateside (2004), Father Concoff
- Raising Genius (2004), Dr. Curly Weeks
- Hair High (2004), Rev. Sidney Cheddar (voice)
- Life on Liberty Street (2004), Richard Spencer
- Kingdom Hospital (2004), Dr. Jesse James
- Static Shock (2004) Donald Todd; 2 episodes
- Alone in a Crowd (2005), Unknown
- Desolation Sound (2005), Doug Shepard
- Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story (2005), Frank Perdue
- Arrested Development (2005–2006, 2013), Stan Sitwell
- Eco 4 the World (2006), Himself
- Meego (2006), Dr. Edward Parker
- Relative Strangers (2006), Mr. Manoire
- For Your Consideration (2006), Sandy Lane
- The Elder Son (2006), Leonard
- Pittsburgh (2006), Himself
- Veronica Mars (2006–2007), Dean Cyrus O'Dell
- One Long Night (2007), Joel
- Living with Ed (2007, 2009), Himself
- CSI: Miami (2007, 2011), Supervisor O' Shay
- Next of Kin (2008), Patrick
- Balancing the Books (2008), Rev. Vernon
- Fly Me to the Moon (2008), Poopchev (voice)
- Recount (2008), David Boies
- Pineapple Express (2008), Robert Anderson
- Gary Unmarried (2008–2009), Dr. Walter Krandall
- Climate Refugees (2009), Documentary
- Georgia O'Keeffe (2009), Stieglitz's brother Lee
- He's Such a Girl (2009), Taylor's Father
- Tripping Forward (2009), James
- Hannah Montana – Would I Lie To You, Lilly? (2009), Woody
- The Suite Life on Deck – The Swede Life (2009), Mayor Ragnar
- Whatever Works (2009), John Celestine
- Monk – Mr. Monk and the End: Part 1 (2009), Dr. Malcolm Nash
- Big Time Rush (2010), Himself
- $#*! My Dad Says (2011), Terry
- Happy Endings (2012), Himself
- The Office (2013), Erin's dad
- Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (2013), Harry Blackmun
- Family Tree (2013), Al Chadwick
- Over Troubled Waters (2013), Documentary
- Betas (2013–2014), George Murchison
- Regular Show (2014), Mordecai's dad
- Portlandia (2015), Dr. Ravich
- Your Family or Mine (2015), Gil
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