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Born Dec. 29, 1947, in San Diego and raised near a Navajo reservation in Arizona by a prominent archeologist and museum director, Ted Danson began his studies at Stanford but transferred to Carnegie Mellon to pursue a degree in drama.

Danson built his resume with various theater, television and movie credits, as well as a stint as the well-heeled "Aramis Man" for a high-profile cologne company. Yet Danson's decision to accept a starring role as Boston bartender Sam Malone in "Cheers" (1982-93) would ultimately define his career, bringing him two Emmys and nine additional nominations.

Danson took to the big screen as an unprepared father in 3 Men and a Baby and an Army captain in Saving Private Ryan. He also starred in the series "Becker" (1998-2004), before earning another Emmy nod for his work on the FX original series "Damages."

Ted Danson in Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

1998 R

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger Capt. John Miller and seven of his men are ordered to penetrate German-held territory and bring the man home.

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