Ed Begley Jr.

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Ed Begley Jr.
Begley in 2014
Edward James Begley Jr.

(1949-09-16) September 16, 1949 (age 74)
Alma materLos Angeles Valley College
Years active1967–present
Ingrid Taylor
(m. 1976⁠–⁠1989)
Rachelle Carson
(m. 2000)

Edward James Begley Jr. (born September 16, 1949)[1] is an American actor and environmentalist. Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He played Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the television series St. Elsewhere (1982–1988). The role earned him six consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award nomination. He also co-hosted, along with wife Rachelle Carson, the green living reality show titled Living with Ed (2007–2010).

Equally prolific in cinema, Begley's film appearances include Blue Collar (1978), An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Transylvania 6-5000 (1985), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills (1989), She-Devil (1989), Batman Forever (1995) and Pineapple Express (2008). He is a recurring cast member in the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest and Eugene Levy, including Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), For Your Consideration (2006), and Mascots (2016). In 2020 he was cast along his wife Rachelle in the award-winning mockumentary Reboot Camp.

Early life[edit]

Begley was born in 1949 in Los Angeles, California, to Allene Jeanne Sanders and Oscar-winning film actor Ed Begley. When Begley Jr. was born, Begley Sr. was married to Amanda Huff, who died when Begley Jr. was 7 years old. Until he was 16, Begley Jr. believed that Huff was his biological mother. He only later became acquainted with Sanders, his biological mother.[2]

Begley's paternal grandparents were Irish immigrants. He grew up in Buffalo, New York, and attended Stella Niagara Education Park, a private Catholic school in Lewiston, New York. When he was 13, the family moved back to California, where he graduated from Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, a Catholic high school, and from Los Angeles Valley College in North Hollywood.[3]

Acting career[edit]

Begley and Penny Marshall on the red carpet at the 40th Primetime Emmy Awards, August 28, 1988

Begley has had numerous roles in television and film. He appeared as a guest actor on Maude and had guest appearances in the 1970s series Room 222. He had recurring roles on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, 7th Heaven, Arrested Development, Meego and Six Feet Under and starring roles in Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital, St. Elsewhere, and Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central). He was in one episode of My Three Sons, playing a tall classmate of Chip's.

He has played significant roles in three of Christopher Guest's 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 on The West Wing.[citation needed]

From 2000 to 2016, Begley was a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[4] In 1996, he appeared in a TV movie called The Late Shift, where he portrayed CBS executive Rod Perth. He has guest-starred on shows such as Scrubs, Boston Legal, and Star Trek: Voyager. He had a recurring guest role in season three of Veronica Mars. He appeared in the 2008 HBO film Recount, which profiled the 2000 presidential election and its aftermath, which was decided by Florida's electoral votes after the United States Supreme Court halted the counting of the state's popular vote. Begley 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.[5] It was performed at the El Portal Theatre in Los Angeles[6] and was revived in 2007.[7] Begley played Dr. Walter Krandall, the protagonist's former marriage counselor and fiancé of his ex-wife in the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried. Since 2008 he has been in a series of DirecTV commercials as a "Cable Corp Inc." executive.[8] In 2013, he appeared on the reality television show Beverly Hills Pawn.[citation needed] In 2016, he began appearing in Breaking Bad prequel and spinoff Better Call Saul as Clifford Main, senior partner at the Davis & Main law firm.[9] Beginning in 2019, he appeared in Bless This Mess for duration of the two seasons that the show ran.[10]

Personal life[edit]

According to a feature on the Bio Channel television program Celebrity Close Calls, Begley nearly died in 1972 after being stabbed multiple times while, according to The New York Times, being mugged by a street gang of 25 youths.[11]

Begley was married to Ingrid Taylor from 1976 to 1989. They had two children, a son and a daughter. In 2000, he married actress Rachelle Carson; they have a daughter.[12]

Begley was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2016.[13]


Environmental activism[edit]

Since 1970, Begley has been an environmentalist, beginning with his first electric vehicle (a Taylor-Dunn, golf cart–like vehicle),[14] recycling, and becoming a vegan.[15] He promotes eco-friendly products like the Toyota Prius, Envirolet composting toilets and Begley's Best Household Cleaner.

Begley's former home is 1,585 square feet (147.3 m2) in size, using solar power, wind power via a PacWind vertical-axis wind turbine, an air conditioning unit made by Greenway Design Group, LLC., and an electricity-generating bicycle used to toast bread. In 2008 he stated that he was paying around $300 a year in electric bills.[16]

Noting that the suburban lawn is environmentally unsustainable, especially in Southern California, owing to water shortage, Begley has converted his own to a drought-tolerant garden composed of native California plants.[17] He is noted for riding bicycles and using public transportation, and owns a 2003 Toyota RAV4 EV electric-powered vehicle. In 2023, he took public transit to the Academy Awards.[18]

Begley's hybrid electric bicycle was often featured on his television show Living With Ed. Begley also spoofed his own environmentalist beliefs on "Homer to the Max", an episode of The Simpsons by showing himself using a nonpolluting go-kart that is powered by his "own sense of self-satisfaction" and on an episode of Dharma and Greg.[citation needed] Later, he appeared in "Gone Maggie Gone", another episode of The Simpsons, in Season 20. In the episode, during a solar eclipse, he drives a solar-powered car that stops running on train tracks as a train approaches, but the train also stops because it is an Ed Begley Jr. Solar Powered Train. According to another of Groening's animated comedy series, Futurama, Begley's electric motor is "the most evil propulsion system ever conceived" as stated in "The Honking" (19 minutes in).[citation needed]

Begley and friend Bill Nye are in a competition to see who can have the lowest carbon footprint.[19]

In 2009, Begley 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.[20]

Begley was featured during The Jay Leno Show's Green Car Challenge. Various celebrities drove an electric Ford Focus automobile and tried to set records on an outdoor track. During the second lap, cutouts of Begley and Al Gore would pop out, and if the celebrity had hit either of them, one second was added to his or her time.

Begley is the author of Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life (2008) and Ed Begley Jr.'s Guide to Sustainable Living: Learning to Conserve Resources and Manage an Eco-Conscious Life (2009) both published by Random House.[21][22] He also wrote A Vegan Survival Guide for the Holidays (2014) with Jerry James Stone.[23]


From 2007 to 2010, Begley and his wife Rachelle Carson starred in their own reality television series, Living with Ed on HGTV and Discovery's Planet Green channel.[30] In 2013 he, his wife and daughter Hayden filmed "On Begley Street", a Web series chronicling the deconstruction of his current home and the "building of North America's greenest, most sustainable home".[31]

He received the Thomas Alva Edison Award for Energy Independence from the American Jewish Congress, the first one to be presented. Begley has been a leader in this field and was recognized in November 2007 for his lifelong work in environmentalism.


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 the advertisement campaign of the George W. Bush/Dick Cheney presidential campaign that they claimed was encouraging racism. The advertisement in question, "100 Days", made a reference to terrorism and terrorists while highlighting a photograph of an anonymous man of Middle Eastern descent.[32]

Friendships with other actors[edit]

William Daniels[edit]

When Begley was a child, his future St. Elsewhere series lead, William Daniels, met Begley's father when the two were working on live television. By the time Begley Jr. grew up, he was already a fan of his mentor's work; he would work with Daniels on St. Elsewhere, where the two had on- and off-screen chemistry for six seasons. Daniels, himself, on the show, was a moody Irishman like Ed Sr., though a far more nurturing father figure. This proved so rich that the role grew beyond even the writers' expectations.[33] Begley Jr. said about his future TV chief of surgery, "I was a huge fan of Bill Daniels. I had seen him in Two for the Road. I had seen him in The Graduate, and in Parallax View. He was an actor I just thought the world of. He played these 'Type A' personalities quite effectively, but (in real life) he is the sweetest guy in the world." He also added: "He is an actor I just thought the world of. I had no delusions about how my character came to be. I rode on the coattails of Bill Daniels... the kind of Mutt and Jeff routine of Dr. Craig looking up and berating a 6 foot 4 doctor Victor Ehrlich. So I owe all my success on the show to Bill Daniels."[34] After the series was canceled, the two still remained friends, living not too far away from each other. In 2002, Daniels, Begley Jr., along with the rest of the former surviving St. Elsewhere cast members, the late Stephen Furst and Eric Laneuville all appeared on an episode of Scrubs.

Norman Lloyd[edit]

Before St. Elsewhere in the early 1980s, the struggling and unknown Begley met Norman Lloyd, who became a mentor to him while Lloyd was directing an episode of Tales of the Unexpected. The two became friends. In a 2014 interview with Jimmy Falcon of Cloverleaf Radio, he said this about Lloyd:

Not only did I enjoy working with him, but I see him fairly regularly. I just had dinner with him 4 nights ago. We had dinner together at Sarah Nichols's house, his neighbor of mine and friend of his. We had a lovely time and reminisced – he's unbelievable. He's going to be 100 years old this year—and still very active, getting around on his own. He's a force of nature, so Norman Lloyd was somebody I idolized. When I was quite young, wow, James Dean is great and this is one and that. Now look at Janis Joplin, what a great voice and Jim Morrison, those people left us so young, like my point of view has change somewhere, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, saying, 'No, you idolized Jimmy Stewart, Gloria Swanson.' The people that have families and happiness and a long, economy life. You know, Norman Lloyd, he wasn't much older than me, when I did St. Elsewhere, and I went 'These are my role models, now, people had a long/happy life and continued to be creative.' Those are my role models, not the people that left us so early and I'm sorry they did, I don't mean to trifle with that, but, my role models changed from the people who had an incredible, brief spurt of creativity and life, but to people that went the distance, they became my role models at some point in my early 30s really.[35]

On November 9, 2014, along with former St. Elsewhere co-stars, Begley attended Lloyd's 100th birthday in Los Angeles. Begley said, "I worked with Norman Lloyd the actor, and Norman Lloyd the director, and no one informed me better on the art of storytelling than that talented man. He is a constant inspiration and my eternal friend."[36]



Year Title Role Notes
1969 The Lottery Jack Watson Short film
1969 The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes Springfield State panelist (J. Flanderka) Uncredited
1972 Now You See Him, Now You Don't Druffle
1972 Where Does It Hurt? Un­known
1973 Charley and the Angel Derwood Moseby
1973 Showdown Pook
1973 Superdad The Gang
1974 Cockfighter Tom Peeples
1976 Stay Hungry Lester
1977 Handle with Care The Priest
1977 Lust of a Eunuch Lu Ta Short film
1978 Blue Collar Bobby Joe
1978 Battlestar Galactica Flight Sergeant Greenbean
1978 Record City Pokey
1978 Goin' South Whitney Haber
1978 The One and Only The King
1979 Hardcore Soldier Actor in a pornographic film within a film
1979 The Concorde ... Airport '79 Rescuer #1
1979 The In-Laws Barry Lutz
1981 Private Lessons Jack Travis
1981 Buddy Buddy Lieutenant #1
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman Altitude Chamber Instructor Voice
1982 Cat People Joe Creigh
1982 Eating Raoul Hippie
1982 Young Doctors in Love Lyle August
1982 Voyager from the Unknown Wilbur Wright Direct-to-video
1982 The Entity Additional voices
1983 Get Crazy Colin Beverly
1984 Streets of Fire Ben Gunn
1984 Protocol Mr. Hassler
1984 This Is Spinal Tap John "Stumpy" Pepys
1985 Transylvania 6-5000 Gil Turner
1985 Waiting to Act Ed
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon Griffin Segment: "Son of the Invisible Man"
1988 The Accidental Tourist Charles Leary
1989 Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills Peter Hepburn
1989 She-Devil Bob Pattchet
1990 Meet the Applegates Richard P. Applegate
1992 Dark Horse Jack Mills
1992 Cruise Control Fraser Short film
1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Rupert
1994 Renaissance Man Jack Markin
1994 The Pagemaster Alan Tyler
1994 Greedy Carl McTeague
1994 Rave Review Bert
1994 Sensation Earl Strauber
1995 The Crazysitter Paul Van Arsdale
1995 Storybook Pouch Voice
1995 Batman Forever Fred Stickley Uncredited
1996 Hourglass Det. Cecil Dish
1996 Santa with Muscles Ebner Frost
1997 The Lay of the Land Harvey Dankworth
1997 Ms. Bear Greg Bradley
1997 Joey Ambassador Ted Ross
1998 I'm Losing You Zev
1998 Addams Family Reunion Phillip Adams
2000 Best in Show Mark Schafer
2001 Get Over It Frank Landers
2001 Hellgig Reverend Short film
2001 Anthrax Brent Krawford
2001 Diary of a Sex Addict Dr. Aaron Spencer
2002 Bug The Dept. of Health Inspector, 'The Hand'
2002 Auto Focus Mel Rosen
2003 Net Games John Fielding
2003 A Mighty Wind Lars Olfen
2003 Going Down Oscar Earnest
2004 Stateside Father Concoff
2004 Raising Genius Dr. Curly Weeks
2004 Hair High Rev. Sidney Cheddar Voice[37]
2005 Back by Midnight Robert Wade
2005 Alone in a Crowd Un­known Short film
2005 Desolation Sound Doug Shepard
2005 Welcome to California Documentary Narrator
2006 Who Killed the Electric Car? Himself Documentary
2006 Relative Strangers Mr. Manoire
2006 For Your Consideration Sandy Lane
2006 The Elder Son Leonard
2006 Pittsburgh Himself
2006 The Legend of William Tell James Ayers
2007 One Long Light Joel
2007 Hard Four Governor Begley
2008 Next of Kin Patrick
2008 Balancing the Books Reverend Vernon
2008 Fly Me to the Moon Poopchev Voice[37]
2008 Pineapple Express Robert Anderson
2009 Climate Refugees Himself Documentary
2009 He's Such a Girl Taylor's Father
2009 Tripping Forward James Comey
2009 Whatever Works John Celestine
2009 21 and a Wake-Up Colonel Ritchie
2010 The Penthouse Nicholas
2010 A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures GreenPeace Worker Voice[37]
2011 What's Your Number? Mr. Darling
2012 Making Change Simmons
2013 Armed Response Officer Krupke
2014 Wish Wizard Wish Wizard Short film
2014 You're Not You Uncle Roger
2015 Climate Change Denial Disorder Politician Short film
2016 Time Toys Wiz
2016 Ghostbusters Ed Mulgrave
2016 Mascots A.J. Blumquist
2016 Imperfections Barry
2017 Girlfriend's Day Butler
2017 CHiPs Wasp Driver
2017 Lucky Dr. Christian Kneedler
2017 Amelia 2.0 Paul Wesley
2018 Making Babies Dr. Remis
2018 Book Club Tom
2019 Bixler High Private Eye Charlie Dewitt Television film
2019 Plus One Chuck
2020 Reboot Camp John Lehman
2022 Amsterdam Senator Bill Meekins


Year Title Role Notes
1967 My Three Sons Marv Episode: "The Computer Picnic"
1969–1972 Room 222 Bob, Willard, Michael, George, Stretch 7 episodes
1970 The Immortal Gas Station Attendant Episode: "White Elephants Don't Grow on Trees"
1971 The Bill Cosby Show Student #2 Episode: "To Each According to His Appetite"
1971 Adam-12 Bud Episode: "Million Dollar Bluff"
1971 The F.B.I. Youngblood Episode: "The Deadly Gift"
1971 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Howard Dubberly Episode: "Shadow of a Name"
1971 Nanny and the Professor Richie Cooper Episode: "The Great Debate"
1972 Mannix Attendant Episode: "Babe in the Woods"
1972 Bobby Jo and the Big Apple Good Time Band Virgil Television film (unsold pilot)[38]
1972 Evil Roy Slade Husband Making Fun of Stool Television film
1972 Maude Young Man Episode: "Maude's Problem"
1972 Ironside Jimmy Sanders Episode: "Programmed for Panic"
1972 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home Voice, episode: "The Beach Vacation"
1972 The Doris Day Show Wally Episode: "Debt of Honor"
1972 Family Flight Driver Television film
1973 Love, American Style Dick Segment: "Love and the Happy Family"
1973–1974 Roll Out Lieutenant Robert Chapman 12 episodes
1974 Happy Days Hank Episode: "The Deadly Dares"
Insight Father John
3 episodes
1975 Medical Center Greg Duncan Episode: "Survivors"
1975 Baretta Ernie Episode: "A Bite of the Apple"
1976 Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Steve 13 episodes
1976 Starsky & Hutch Harv Schwab Episode: "Murder at Sea"
1977 Dead of Night Frank Television film; segment: "Second Chance"
1977–1981 Quincy, M.E. Kit Sawyer
Walter "Speed" Simpson
David Phillips
3 episodes
1978 Wonder Woman Harold Farnum 2 episodes
1978–1979 Battlestar Galactica Ensign, Flight Sergeant Greenbean 5 episodes
1978, 1981 Fantasy Island Amos McAllister
2 episodes
1978, 1994 Columbo Irving Krutch
Officer Stein
2 episodes
1979 Elvis DJ Fontana Television film
1979 M*A*S*H Pvt. Paul Conway Episode: "Too Many Cooks"
1979 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo Additional voices
1979 Hot Rod Clay Television film
1979 Laverne & Shirley Robert "Bobby" Feeney 2 episodes
1979 Charlie's Angels Kenny Episode: "Angels on Skates"
1979 Amateur Night at the Dixie Bar and Grill Moss Tillis Television film
1979 A Shining Season John Haaland Television film
1980 Barnaby Jones Lindy Powell Episode: "Death Is the Punchline"
1981 Riker Ed Episode: "Honkytonk"
1982 Tales of the Apple Dumpling Gang Amos Tucker Television film
1982 Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn Jeb Television film
1982 Not Just Another Affair Warren Krantz Television film
1982 Voyagers! Wilbur Wright Episode: "Voyagers"
1982 Richie Rich Additional characters Voice, episode: "Dollar's Exercise/Richie's Cube/The Maltese Monkey/Everybody's Doing It "
1982–1988 St. Elsewhere Dr. Victor Ehrlich 137 episodes
1982–1989 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color Dr. Jack Brooker,

Amos Tucker

3 episodes
1983 The New Leave It to Beaver Whitey Episode: "Still the Beaver"
1983 An Uncommon Love Matt Randolph Television film
1984 The Love Boat Allan Bundy Episode: "Side by Side/A Fish Out of Water/Rub Me Tender"
1984 Tales of the Unexpected George Princey Episode: "Wet Saturday"
1984 The Smurfs Additional voices Episode: "Symbols of Wisdom/Blue Eyes Returns"
1984 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Ed Begley Jr/Billy Squier"
1985 Tall Tales & Legends Ichabod Crane Episode: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
1985 Pound Puppies Arnold Voice, television special
1985 George Burns Comedy Week Tiny Timothy Episode: "Christmas Carol II the Sequel"
1985, 1987 Faerie Tale Theatre Brom Dutcher
Wilhelm Grimm
2 episodes
1986 You Are the Jury Brian Spears Episode: "The State of Arizona vs. Dr. Evan Blake"
1987 Celebration Family Jake Foreman Television film
1987 The Incredible Ida Early Paul Sutton Television film
1987 Pound Puppies Snake Episode: "Where's the Fire?/The Wonderful World of Whopper"[37]
1987 Roman Holiday Leonard Lupo Television film
1988 Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs Alan Television film
1990 Timeless Tales from Hallmark Bertram Voice, episode: "The Elves and the Shoemaker"
1990 Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less Stephen Bradley Miniseries
1990 In the Best Interest of the Child Howard Feldon Television film
1990 The Great Los Angeles Earthquake Jerry Soloway Television film
1990–1991 Parenthood Gil Buckman 12 episodes
1991 Chance of a Lifetime Darrel Television film
1991 The Story Lady Otis Television film
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Charlie Collins, Germs Voice, 2 episodes[37]
1992 In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion Lt. Fred House Television film
1992 Home Fires Unknown character Episode: "Fathers and Sons"
1992 Running Mates Chapman Snow Television film
1992 Mastergate Steward Butler Television film
1992 Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Narrator Voice, episode: "Uncle Wizzmo's New Used Car"
1992 Exclusive Allen Television film
1992–1993 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Preston
Zoning Commissioner
Voice, 2 episodes
1993 Roseanne Principal Alexander Episode: "Crime and Punishment"
1993 Tales from the Crypt Judd Campbell Episode: "Death of Some Salesmen"
1993 Partners "Grave Squad" Lawyer Television short film
1993 Cooperstown Dave Cormeer Television film
1993, 1998 The Larry Sanders Show Himself 2 episodes
1994 Winnetka Road Glenn Barker 6 episodes
1994 World War II: When Lions Roared Harry Hopkins Miniseries
1994 Columbo Irving Krutch Episode: "Undercover"
1994 Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle Mr. Bean 2 episodes
1994 Incident at Deception Ridge Jack Davis Television film
1994 The Magic School Bus Logaway Larry Voice, Episode: "Meet the Rot Squad"[37]
1994 The Shaggy Dog Ron Daniels Television film
1995 Shining Time Station Ned Kincaid Special: Once Upon a Time
1995 Duckman Barry Brittle Voice, episode: "Research and Destroy"
1996 Touched by an Angel Chris Carpenter Episode: "Til We Meet Again"
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Jeff Episode: "Green-Eyed Dick"
1996 Project ALF Dr. Warner Television film
1996 The Late Shift Rod Perth Television film
1996 Dave's World Watterson Episode: "Stayin' Alive"
1996 ABC Afterschool Special Mr. Rogers Episode: "Too Soon for Jeff"
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Henry Starling Episode: "Future's End"
1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues William Tell Voice, episode: "Courage"[37]
1997 Meego Dr. Edward Parker 13 episodes
1997 The Drew Carey Show Dr. Chris Vanderkamp Episode: "Cap-Beer-Cino"
1997 Gun The Director Episode: "The Shot"
1997 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Mr. Jeremy T. Rothwell Episode: "Trial by Fury"
1997 Not in This Town Henry Whitcomb Television film
1997 The Nanny Tom Rosenstein Episode: "You Bette Your Life"
1997 Alone Gerald Television film
1998 Sports Theater with Shaquille O'Neal John Hanley Episode: "Scrubs"
1998 Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery Fitz-Gilbert Hamilton Television film
1998 Rugrats Bob, Waiter Voice, episode: "Baking Dil/Hair!"
1998 Ellen Himself Episode: "When Ellen Talks, People Listen"
1998 Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain Lloyd Oldtire Voice, episode: "My Fair Brainy"[37]
1999 The Practice Dr. Foster Episode: "Day in Court"
1999–2003 7th Heaven Dr. Hank Hastings 16 episodes
1999, 2009 The Simpsons Himself Voice, 2 episodes
2000 Homicide: The Movie Dr. Victor Ehrlich Television film
2000 Batman Beyond Dr. Peter Corso Voice, episode: "April Moon"[37]
2000 Providence Chuck Chance 5 episodes
2000 The Michael Richards Show Impostor Vic Episode: "The Identity Loan"
2001 The West Wing Seth Gillette Episode: "The War at Home"
2001 Hounded Ward Van Dusen Television film
2001 Gideon's Crossing Haley's Father Episode: "The Crash"
2001 Titus Bill Episode: "The Wedding"
2001 Intimate Portrait Narrator Voice, episode: "Suzanne Somers"
2001 Family Law Attorney Ethan Beal Episode: "Irreparable Harm"
2001–2002 The Agency Lenny Musgrave 2 episodes
2001–2005 Six Feet Under Hiram Gunderson 8 episodes
2002 Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central) Paul Weffler 8 episodes
2002 Scrubs Dr. Bailey Episode: "My Sacrificial Clam"
2002 Dharma & Greg Himself Episode: "Protecting the Ego-System"
2003 War Stories Ed O'Brian Television film
2003; 2005 NYPD Blue Directed two episodes
2004 Static Shock Dr. Donald Todd Voice, 2 episodes[37]
2004 Life on Liberty Street Richard Spencer Television film
2004 Kingdom Hospital Dr. Jesse James 13 episodes
2004–2005 Jack & Bobby Rev. Belknap 5 episodes
2005 All Grown Up! Amish Father Voice, episode: "R.V. Having Fun Yet?"
2005 Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story Frank Perdue Television film
2005 Center of the Universe Dr. Harrison Episode: "It's the Principal of the Thing"
2005 Illeanarama Himself Episode: "Pilot"
2005–2019 Arrested Development Stan Sitwell 15 episodes
2006 Three Moons Over Milford Millionaire 2 episodes
2006 Las Vegas Mr. Grimaldi Episode: "Coyote Ugly"
2006–2007 Boston Legal Clifford Cabot 3 episodes
2006–2007 Veronica Mars Cyrus O'Dell 6 episodes
2006; 2010 The New Adventures of Old Christine Pastor Ed 2 episodes
2007–2011 CSI: Miami Scott O'Shay 5 episodes
2008 The Replacements Himself Voice, episode: "Dick Daring's All-Star Holiday Stunt Spectacular"
2008 King of the Hill Stephens Davies Voice, episode: "Behind Closed Doors"
2008 Recount David Boies Television film
2008 Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Himself 2 episodes
2008–2009 Gary Unmarried Dr. Walter Krandall 12 episodes
2008–2012 Easy to Assemble S. Erland Hussen 8 episodes
2009 Hannah Montana Woody Episode: "Would I Lie to You, Lilly?"
2009 Party Down Bruce Nesbitt Episode: "Pepper McMasters Singles Seminar"
2009 Free Radio Himself Episode: "Celebrity"
2009 Curious George Vinny Voice, episode: "Curious George, Personal Trainer/Sprout Outing"
2009 Georgia O'Keeffe Dr. Lee Steiglita Television film
2009 Monk Dr. Malcolm Nash Episode: "Mr. Monk and the End" (Part One)
2009 The Suite Life on Deck Mayor Ragnar Episode: "The Swede Life"
2009–2012 Living with Ed Himself 23 episodes
2010 The Good Guys Nate Bailey Episode: "Old Dogs"
2010 Childrens Hospital Senator Throman Episode: "You Know No One Can Hear You, Right?"
2010 Outlaw Judge Donald Crane 2 episodes
2010 Big Time Rush Himself 2 episodes
2011 $#*! My Dad Says Terry Episode: "The Better Father"
2011 Off the Map Hank Episode: "On the Mean Streets of San Miguel"
2011 Funny or Die Presents Double-Chief O'Shambley Segment: "United States Police Department"
2011 CHAOS Operative Corwin Episode: "Molé"
2011–2012 Rizzoli & Isles Dr. T. Pike 3 episodes
2012 Common Law Dr. Van Waals 2 episodes
2012 Happy Endings Himself Episode: "Meet the Parrots"
2012 Raising Hope Himself Episode: "I Want My Baby Back, Baby Back, Baby Back"
2012–2018 Portlandia Ed, Wes 6 episodes
2013 On Begley Street Himself 9 episodes
2013 Hot in Cleveland Yogi Episode: "Fast and Furious"
2013 Newsreaders Phillip Breck Episode: "Unborn Again"
2013 Partners Dr. Kay Episode: "Sperm und Drang"
2013 The Office Martin Hannon Episode: "Finale"
2013 Rules of Engagement Reverend Todd Episode: "100th"
2013 Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight Justice Harry Blackmun Television film
2013 Family Tree Al Chadwick 5 episodes
2013–2014 Betas George "Murch" Murchison 7 episodes
2013–present Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. Himself (host) Educational documentary series
2014 Regular Show William Voice, episode: "Maxin' and Relaxin'"[37]
2015 Your Family or Mine Gil 5 episodes
2015–2016 Blunt Talk Teddy 7 episodes
2016–2022 Better Call Saul Clifford Main 14 episodes
2016 Lopez Himself Episode: "Down and Drought in Beverly Hills"
2016 The Bold and the Beautiful Himself Episode #1.7387
2016 Bad Internet Angry Husband Episode: "Uber, But Like for People"
2016 Angie Tribeca Bonnie Episode: "Electoral Dysfunction"
2016 Party Girl Philip
2016–2017 Lady Dynamite Joel Bamford 7 episodes
2017 Grace and Frankie Mark Episode: "The Musical"
2017 Me, Myself & I Older Justin Episode: "The Card"
2017–2020 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dr. Winocur 2 episodes
2017 Future Man Gabe Futturman 7 episodes
2018 Love Mark Cruikshank 2 episodes
2018 The Cool Kids Karl Episode: "Margaret Dates the Zodiac Killer"
2018–2019 Modern Family Jerry 2 episodes
2019 Teachers John-Paul Bennigan 2 episodes
2019–2020 Big City Greens Mr. Whistler Voice, 2 episodes
2019–2020 Bless This Mess Rudolph "Rudy" Longfellow Main role, 26 episodes
2019–present Young Sheldon Dr. Grant Linkletter 32 episodes
2021 Mr. Mayor Chet Danville Episode: "#PalmTreeReform"
2021 SpongeBob SquarePants Rock T. Puss Voice, episode: "Goofy Scoopers"
2022 Queer as Folk Winston Beaumont 3 episodes
2023 Not Dead Yet Bill Irving Episode: "Not Well Yet"


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