Photo of Ed Begley Jr. Ed Begley Jr.

The son of actor Ed Begley -- who won an Oscar for the 1962 film Sweet Bird of Youth -- Ed Begley Jr. came into the world on Sept. 16, 1949, in Los Angeles and made his acting debut at age 17 in an episode of "My Three Sons." Never straying far from the business, young Begley worked briefly as a cameraman and stand-up comic before returning to acting in the 1970s.

After logging supporting roles on TV and in movies such as Blue Collar (1978), Begley landed the part he's still most closely associated with: the earnest but awkward Dr. Victor Ehrlich on TV's "St. Elsewhere." Six Emmy nods and more TV shows followed, including recurring roles on "Six Feet Under" (in which he played Ruth Fisher's on-again, off-again paramour Hiram Gunderson) and "Arrested Development."

Notable films for Begley include This Is Spinal Tap, The Accidental Tourist, Auto Focus and A Mighty Wind (2003).

Ed Begley Jr. in Whatever Works

Whatever Works

2009 PG-13

While falling for a young Southern belle (Evan Rachel Wood), an aging New York City eccentric (Larry David) finds himself caught in a series of bizarre situations involving the girl's parents and his own Greenwich Village group of pals. Written and directed by legendary filmmaker Woody Allen, this romantic comedy also stars Patricia Clarkson, Ed Begley Jr., Michael McKean and Henry Cavill.

  • Ed Begley Jr. in The In-Laws The In-Laws
  • Ed Begley Jr. in This Is Spinal Tap This Is Spinal Tap
  • Ed Begley Jr. in The Pagemaster The Pagemaster
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Best in Show Best in Show
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Pineapple Express Pineapple Express
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Auto Focus Auto Focus
  • Ed Begley Jr. in What's Your Number? What's Your Number?
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Streets of Fire Streets of Fire
  • Ed Begley Jr. in A Mighty Wind A Mighty Wind
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Cat People Cat People
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Renaissance Man Renaissance Man
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Who Killed the Electric Car? Who Killed the Electric Car?
  • Ed Begley Jr. in For Your Consideration For Your Consideration
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Georgia O'Keeffe Georgia O'Keeffe
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Elvis Elvis
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Transylvania 6-5000 Transylvania 6-5000
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Recount Recount
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Airport '77 / The Concorde: Airport '79 Airport '77 / The Concorde: Airport '79
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Greedy Greedy
  • Ed Begley Jr. in The Late Shift The Late Shift
  • Ed Begley Jr. in A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Amazon Women on the Moon Amazon Women on the Moon
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Spirit Bear Spirit Bear
  • Ed Begley Jr. in St. Elsewhere: Season 1 St. Elsewhere: Season 1
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Running Mates Running Mates
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Best of the Larry Sanders Show Best of the Larry Sanders Show
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Stateside Stateside
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
  • Ed Begley Jr. in The Elder Son The Elder Son
  • Ed Begley Jr. in The Penthouse The Penthouse
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Net Games Net Games
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Kingdom Hospital: The Complete Series Kingdom Hospital: The Complete Series
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Evil Roy Slade Evil Roy Slade
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Vol. 1 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman: Vol. 1
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Dead of Night Dead of Night
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Exclusive Exclusive
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Ed Begley Jr. in World War II: When Lions Roared World War II: When Lions Roared
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Joey Joey
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Diary of a Sex Addict Diary of a Sex Addict
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Going Down Going Down
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Life on Liberty Street Life on Liberty Street
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Raising Genius Raising Genius
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Desolation Sound Desolation Sound
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Hard Four Hard Four
  • Ed Begley Jr. in One Long Night One Long Night
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Gary Unmarried Gary Unmarried
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Fly Me to the Moon Fly Me to the Moon
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Living with Ed: Season 2 Living with Ed: Season 2
  • Ed Begley Jr. in Fatal Secrets Fatal Secrets