Born Edward Bridge Danson III, Ted Danson is an American actor and producer. He portrayed the titular character of Sam Malone on NBC’s “Cheers”.
In this article, we will cover Ted Danson’s Net Worth, Early and Personal Life; Career highlights, and others.
Ted Danson’s Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the estimated net worth of Ted Danson is said to be $80 million and he gained popularity from NBC drama Cheers which ran from 1982 to 1993.
He was also popular for his performance in the TV shows named “Becker”, “CSI”, and “The Good Place”. Ted won three Golden Globe Awards and two Emmy Awards as well. He reportedly earns $250 thousand for each episode.
Ted Danson became the highest-paid actor on television as he earned $450,000 for each episode in the final seasons of “Cheers”. The earnings from each episode reached about $12 million in seasons 9, 10, and 11.
While Danson appeared on the CBS show “CSI” from 2011 to 2015, he earned $250,000 for each episode. At the height of his time on “Cheers”, Ted earned $500,000 for each episode.
Ted Danson, was born on December 29, 1947, in San Diego, California. He was brought up in Flagstaff, Arizona, with his elder sister, Jan because their father was an archaeologist and the director of the Museum of Northern Arizona from the period 1959 to 1975.
Ted went to the Kent School, a prep school in Connecticut where he was a star basketball player. He went on to continue his education at Stanford University, where he developed his interest in acting. Later, he transferred to Carnegie Mellon University to pursue his acting career. In 1972, he earned a degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama.
Ted has tied the knot three times. In 1970, he got married to his first wife, actress Randall “Randy” Gosch but the couple later divorced in 1975. He then tied the knot with his second wife, producer Cassandra “Casey” Coates, and the couple has two daughters together. Ted then got married to his third wife, actress Mary Steenburgen.
Ted’s divorce from his second wife Casey Coates is considered one of the costliest celebrity divorces of all time. The reason that led to this divorce was his affair with actress Whoopi Goldberg. Ted was compelled to pay $2 million to Coates for every year they were together which apparently amounted to $30 million.
Ted first appeared on the TV on the daytime soap opera “Somerset”, as a contract player portraying the character Tom Conway from 1975 to 1976. Later, Ted was picked for portraying the role of Dr. Mitchell Pierson in the 1977 series named “The Doctors”.
In addition, during this time he landed the cast of many commercials, the most popular among which was as the “Aramis man” for the Estee Lauder fragrance brand Aramis. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, he guest-starred on several TV shows, along with “Laverne and Shirley”, “Family”, “B.J. and the Bear”, “Benson”, “Taxi”, “The Amazing Spider-Man”, “Magnum P.I.”, and “Tucker’s Witch”.
Later, in 1982, Ted had his big breakthrough, after he landed the cast of the NBC drama “Cheers” where he portrayed the womanizing former baseball player Sam Malone. Though the series received poor ratings in season one, the numbers started improving steadily, and by 1986 it was one of the best sitcoms premiering on television at the time.
The sitcom ran for 11 seasons overall and premiered its final episode on May 30, 1993, which was indeed watched by 80 million people and became the second most-watched finale in history at the time. Danson received 11 back-to-back Emmy nominations, and 9 Golden Globe nominations for his performance on “Cheers”, and won 2 of each award.
After the sitcom “Cheers” ended, Ted tried his hand at drama, in a departure from his usual comedy genre, and landed the cast of “Something About America”, which brought him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film.
Ted then appeared in the CBS sitcom titled “Ink”, and also in the television miniseries called “Gulliver’s Travels”. In 1998, he landed the cast of the CBS show “Becker” and it became so popular that it ran for six seasons until 2004.
Starting in 2007, Ted started appearing on the FX Network show named “Damages” where he portrayed the corrupt billionaire Arthur Frobisher which ran for 3 seasons. Ted has also been part of the shows such as the police drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”; the HBO drama “Bored to Death”; “CSI: Cyber”; “Fargo”; and the NBC drama “The Good Place” alongside Kirsten Bell.
Additionally, during his long and successful TV career, Ted has occasionally appeared in movies as well. Some of the movies in which he has appeared are 1979’s “The Onion Field” in which he portrayed Officer Ian Campbell; 1981’s “Body Heat”; 1982’s “Creepshow”; 1985’s “Little Treasure”; 1986’s “Just Between Friends”; 1986’s “A Fine Mess”; 1989’s “Cousins” alongside Isabella Rossellini; 1987’s “Three Men and a Baby” alongside Tom Selleck and Steven Guttenburg; and its sequel “Three Men and a Little Lady” that was released in 1990.
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