Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley, Jr. became an actor. He first came to audiences’ attention for his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series, “St. Elsewhere,” for which he received six Emmy nominations. Since then Begley has moved easily between feature, television and theatre projects.
Ed has appeared in the hit Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow film, "Pineapple Express", “A Mighty Wind”, a follow-up to the American Comedy Award-winning film, “Best In Show,” with Christopher Guest, Catherine O’ Hara and Eugene Levy, as well as the latest installment, “For Your Consideration”. Other feature film credits include “Batman Forever,” “The Accidental Tourist” and “The In-Laws.”
On television, Begley has appeared in the CBS comedy called “Gary Unmarried” had recurring roles on “Six Feet Under”, “Arrested Development”, “Veronica Mars, and “Boston Legal.” He and his wife, Rachelle Carson can be seen regularly on the critically acclaimed series, “Living With Ed.”
Begley also starred in the West Coast premiere of David Mamet’s “Cryptogram,” at the Geffen Playhouse, in the role that he first performed in Boston and then in New York. He also starred in Mr. Mamet’s production of “Romance” last fall at the Mark Taper Forum.
Ed has directed several episodes of the hit show “NYPD Blue” as well as a play that he wrote called “Cesar and Ruben” that won a Nos Otros Award and four Valley Theater League Awards.
As environmental issues become more pressing, there are two possible responses: forget it and hope that government and corporations will figure it out, or take action yourself. In the “take action yourself” camp, a few individuals are leading the way. Environmental lawyer and long-time friend, Bobby Kennedy, Jr. has said “Ed has a greater sense of social obligation than anyone I know. He’s like a West Coast cadet who gets up every morning and says ‘reporting for duty’”.
Turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, Ed has been considered an environmental leader in the Hollywood community for many years. He has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association, and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He still serves on those boards, as well as the Thoreau Institute, the Earth Communications Office, Tree People and Friends of the Earth, among many others.
Ed Begley, Jr.'s work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay and the Santa Monica Baykeeper.
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