Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen were the honorary co-chairs of PRF's November 2003 gala that raised $150,000
"From the moment we met Sam, we fell in love. We are honored to be a part of this tremendous effort to raise awareness about Progeria."
Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen
Biography: October 2007
Mary Steenburgen won an Academy Award for her role in Melvin and Howard. Mary is currently working alongside Will Farrell and John C. Reilly in Columbia Pictures’ comedy “Step Brothers,” produced by Judd Apatow. She can currently be seen in The Brave One starring Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard. In the spring, she filmed In The Electric Mist based on the novel by James Lee Burke and starring Tommy Lee Jones, Peter Sarsgaard and John Goodman. Mary was recently seen in Nobel Son, starring opposite Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman, and Numb, starring Matthew Perry. Both films premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. She starred for two seasons on the Emmy nominated CBS series, Joan of Arcadia. In February 2006 she was seen in the David Mamet directed play Boston Marriage at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
In 2005, she co-starred in the independent feature Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing and Charm School, which had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2003 she was seen in the CBS television film It Must be Love co-starring her husband, Ted Danson. Mary co-starred in New Line Cinema's Elf, alongside Will Farrell and James Caan. She has appeared in two films for director John Sayles, Sunshine State, and Casa De Los Baby. In 2001 Mary appeared alongside Kevin Kline in Irwin Winkler's Life as a House, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. She has constantly redefined herself through challenging roles in films such as Philadelphia, Parenthoodand What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
In spring of 2002, Mary was seen starring with her husband, Ted Danson in a CBS television miniseries entitled Talking to Heaven. They had previously worked together in 1996 on the critically acclaimed NBC miniseries Gulliver's Travels, and in the 1994 feature film Pontiac Moon.
Mary starred with Jon Voight and F. Murray Abraham in Robert Halmi's Noah's Ark for NBC, and was also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award, for her role in About Sarah, a two- hour made for television movie for CBS in which she played a developmentally disabled adult.
Other films that encompass Mary's career include: The Grass Harp, with Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon and Piper Laurie, as well as Back to the Future III, Time After Time, A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy, Cross Creek, One Magic Christmas, Dead of Winter and End of the Line, in which she also served as the film's executive producer.
Steenburgen's career on the stage includes, starring in The Beginning of August, Holiday, George Bernard Shaw's production of Candida at New York's Roundabout Theater and most recently in Marvin's Room at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles.
In addition to her professional work, Mary has devoted a great deal of time to causes close to her heart. In 1989 she and fellow actress, Alfre Woodard founded Artists for a Free South Africa, and in 1996 Mary and Ted were presented with Liberty Hill Foundation's prestigious Upton Sinclair Award for their work in human rights and environmental causes.
Mary is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, the daughter of a railroad conductor and a public high school secretary. She began her career at the age of nineteen in New York. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband. They are the parents of four children, Kate, Lilly, Charlie and Kat.
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Ted Danson is an actor based in Los Angeles.
Born in San Diego, he grew up in Ponderosa County, just outside of Flagstaff where his father worked as an archaeologist and anthropologist. Danson enrolled at Stanford University and – after becoming interested in acting in his second year -- transferred to Carnegie Mellon to study drama.
After graduation, Danson was hired as an understudy in Tom Stoppard’s Off Broadway play “The Real Inspector Hound.” Later he worked in soap operas and in commercials (most notably as the Aramis man).
He relocated to Los Angeles in 1978 to manage the Actor's Institute for 18 months while he taught there. Six months after his arrival, he played the role of Officer Ian Campell in "The Onion Field." His career took off with guest spots on several hit TV shows (including “Taxi,” “Family” and “Benson”) and a supporting role in the film “Body Heat.” In 1982, he was cast as Sam Malone on “Cheers.” The show ran for eleven years, during which time he also appeared in “Three Men and a Baby” and other notable films.
After “Cheers,” Danson starred in the hit series “Becker” from 1998 to 2004 and regularly appeared in a number of films, including “Saving Private Ryan.” He continues to appear on television series and films, most recently in the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” “Help Me Help You” and “Damages.”
In 1987, Danson co-founded the American Oceans Campaign (AOC) to advocate for better controls on ocean pollution and destructive fishing. In 2001, AOC became Oceana and Danson joined the new organization’s board of directors. Oceana is the largest group dedicated to ocean conservation in the world, with over 300,000 supporters in 150 countries. Danson is an active board member and spokesperson for the group all over the world. In 2004, in recognition of his two decades as an ocean advocate, the group renamed its Ocean Hero Award the “Ted Danson Ocean Hero Award.”
Danson is married to the Academy Award-winning actress, Mary Steenburgen and has four children.