In March 2011, he published his first book, Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them, written with journalist Michael D'Orso.
In 1961, he enrolled in the Kent School, where he was a basketball star.
Danson began his television career as a contract player on the daytime soap opera Somerset.
He played the role of "Tom Conway" from 1975 to 1976.
He then spent a few years (1977–1982) as a doctor on the daytime soap opera The Doctors. In 1982, Danson was cast in his most recognizable role, as the womanizing former baseball player and bartender Sam Malone on the NBC sitcom Cheers, wherein he has an on-and-off relationship with college-educated, sophisticated Diane Chambers.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG remains heartbroken over TED DANSON — and she blames it on MARY STEENBURGEN, say sources.
“Whoopi hates Mary and the reason is simple — she married Ted Danson and Whoopi didn’t,” an insider told the ENQUIRER.
Ted, 65, dated 57-year-old Whoopi for a year in the early ’90s after they met on the set of their movie “Made in America.” When they began their affair, the “Cheers” star was married to his wife Casey, but Ted was so in love with the comedian that he left his family home and moved into a hotel with her.
They made plans to wed as soon as he could get a divorce, but under pressure from his parents, he dumped Whoopi, say sources, shattering her heart. But as the ENQUIRER reported, that didn’t stop him from enjoying a brief reunion with Whoopi — a steamy fling in an upstairs room at Hollywood’s House of Blues.
Although Ted and Mary have now been married for 18 years, Whoopi is apparently still holding a torch for the “CSI” star.
Edward Bridge "Ted" Danson III (born December 29, 1947) is an American actor, author, and producer well known for his role as lead character Sam Malone on the NBC sitcom Cheers and for his role as Dr. He also starred in the CBS dramas CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Cyber as D. In his 40-year career, Danson has been nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning two; ten Golden Globe Awards nominations, winning three; one Screen Actors Guild Awards; and one American Comedy Award and has been awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
He also plays a recurring role on Larry David's HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm, starred alongside Glenn Close in legal drama Damages, and was a regular on the HBO comedy series Bored to Death.
He was ranked second in TV Guide Danson has also been a longtime activist in ocean conservation.