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Edward Begley, Jr.: Actor - Activist

Edward Begley, Jr. came by KUSI on June 25th, 2009 to talk about the environmental group and to demonstrate low water use plants.

Edward James Begley, Jr. (born September 16, 1949) is an American actor, game show 
panelist and environmentalist. Begley is perhaps best known for his role as Dr. Mark Craig's 
intern, Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six 
consecutive Emmy Award nominations. He currently has a reality show about green living 
called Living With Ed on Planet Green with his wife, actress Rachelle Carson.

Begley, Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Allene Jeanne Sanders and 
Academy Award winner Ed Begley, both actors (although at the time, Ed Begley was 
married to Amanda Huff). He grew up on Merrick, Long Island, New York where he 
attended Stella Niagara Education Park Cadet school in Lewiston, New York. In 1962 
the family moved back to California where he graduated from Notre Dame High School, 
Sherman Oaks, California and Los Angeles Valley College in North Hollywood, California.

He married his first wife, Ingrid Taylor, on October 31, 1976 and together had a daughter, 
Amanda Begley (born on October 3, 1977), and a son, Nicholas Taylor Begley (born on 
January 4, 1979). Ed and Ingrid divorced in October 1989. He then married Rachelle Carson 
on August 23, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Together they had a son, Marc, born in 1989 and 
a daughter named Hayden.

Begley, Jr.'s numerous works in television and film include one of his earliest appearances 
as a guest actor on Maude. He had recurring roles on Mary Hartman, 7th Heaven, Arrested 
Development and Six Feet Under, and starring roles in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, 
St. Elsewhere, and Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central). He has played significant roles in the 
mockumentary films Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration. Additionally, 
Begley played Viper pilot Greenbean on the original Battlestar Galactica TV series, Boba 
Fett in the radio adaptation of Return of the Jedi and Seth Gillette, a fictional Democratic 
U.S. senator from North Dakota in the television drama The West Wing. Since 2000, he has 
been a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

He has guest-starred on shows such as Scrubs, Boston Legal and Star Trek: Voyager, 
(Future's End, parts I and II). He had a recurring guest role in season three of Veronica Mars. 
Most recently, he appeared in the 2008 HBO film Recount, which profiled the 2000 
Presidential Election and its aftermath, which was decided by the state of Florida's electoral 
votes. Begley, Jr. also made an appearance on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! 
Season 3, episode 3 as a spokesman for Cinco.

In 2003, Begley wrote and directed the musical, Cesar and Ruben, at the El Portal Theatre 
in Los Angeles. The play was revived in 2007.

Begley's latest acting endeavor is on the new CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried. Begley plays Dr. 
Walter Krandall, the protagonist's former marriage counselor and fiancee of his ex-wife.

Since 1970, he has been an environmentalist beginning with his first electric vehicle, a Taylor-Dunn 
golf cart style vehicle, recycling, and becoming a vegan. He promotes eco-friendly products 
like the Toyota Prius and Begley's Best Household Cleaner.

The Begley home is a modest 1,585 square feet (147.3 m2) in size utilizing solar power 
and also uses wind power via a PacWind vertical-axis wind turbine; an air conditioning unit 
cooled by Greenway Design Group, LLC.; an electricity generating bicycle used to toast 
bread, and he pays around $300 a year in electric bills. Though he is noted for riding 
bicycles or uses public transportation, he owns a 2003 Toyota RAV4 EV electric powered vehicle.

His hybrid electric bicycle was often featured on his television show, Living With Ed. Begley 
also spoofed his own environmentalist beliefs on an episode of The Simpsons by showing 
himself using a nonpolluting go-cart that is powered by his "own sense of self-satisfaction."

Begley and friend Bill Nye, a fellow environmental activist, are in a competition to see who 
can have the lowest carbon footprint.

Begley also appeared in the Earth Day edition of The Price is Right. He announced the final 
showcase, which included an electric bicycle, a solar powered golf cart, and a Toyota Prius.

Environmental affiliations:
* Environmental Media Association
* Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
* The American Oceans Campaign
* League of Conservation Voters
* Environmental Research Foundation
* Walden Woods Project
* Thoreau Institute
* Earth Communications Office
* Tree People
* Friends of the Earth
* Green Wish Inc

As of 2007, Begley and his wife Rachelle Carson star in their own reality television series, 
Living With Ed, on HGTV and Discovery's Planet Green channel. He received the prestigious 
"Thomas Alva Edison Award" for Energy Independence by the American Jewish Congress, 
the first of this award to be presented. Begley has been a leader in this field and was recognized 
November 2007 for his life's work to the planet.

Begley was also on the advisory committee for the group 2004 Racism Watch, founded by 
fellow actor Ed Asner. The group was formed to respond to activities of the George W. Bush/Dick 
Cheney presidential campaign that they saw as encouraging racism.

(information from Wikipedia)

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