This tall, fair-haired son of Oscar-winner actor Ed Begley began his professional career in the 1960s with a guest appearance on "My Three Sons" and went on to achieve fame for his subsequent small screen work. Ed Begley Jr earned six successive Emmy nominations for his role as the bumbling but earnest Dr Victor Ehrlich on TV's "St. Elsewhere" (NBC, 1982-1988). Prior to his incarnation of the esteemed yet inane doctor, the actor had amassed credits in recurring roles on such shows like "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (syndicated, 1976) and "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" (CBS, 1977). Begley played Ichabod Crane in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (Showtime, 1986), an episode of "Shelley Duvall's Tall Tales & Legends". The Crane icon seems emblematic of Begley's persona: an uptight, somewhat goofy purveyor of cracker slapstick, but with hidden reservoirs of empathy and Ichabod-style gangly looks. He failed to find a subsequent successful small screen vehicle, striking out with the NBC sitcom version of "Parenthood" (1990) and the more dramatic primetime soap "Winnetka Road" (NBC, 1994). Begley returned to series work as the clueless father of three who hires an alien as a nanny in the absurd CBS sitcom "Meego" (1997).
Begley's film career has been somewhat less fruitful than his TV work, although he seems to have found a niche as the white straight man in every other kitsch film of the 80s and 90s. He has appeared in two Paul Bartel-helmed camp classics, "Eating Raoul" (1982) and "Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills" (1989) and starred as a lustful husband of the "She-Devil" (1989). He had his first leading role as the bug-turned-human in "Meet the Applegates" (1991), co-starring Stockard Channing. Begley can also be found in "This is Spinal Tap" (1984), as the drummer who dies from a bizarre gardening accident, Lawrence Kasdan's "The Accidental Tourist" (1988), as William Hurt's brother, "Greedy" (1994), as one of the relatives after Kirk Douglas's money, Gus Van Sant's "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" (1994) and Joel Schumacher's "Batman Forever" (1995).
Actor, comedian, cameraman, carpenter
Sometimes Credited As:
Edward James Begley Jr
daughter:Amanda Begley (born on October 3, 1977)
father:Ed Begley (won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1962 for "Sweet Bird of Youth")
mother:Allene Jeanne Sanders
sister:Allene Johanna Begley (born in October 1948)
son:Nicholas Taylor Begley (born on January 4, 1979)
wife:Rochelle Carson (born c. 1960; married on August 23, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada)
wife:Ingrid Begley (married on October 31, 1976; divorced in October 1989)
2004 Starred as hospital administrator Dr. Jesse James in Stephen King's medical drama "Kingdom Hospital"
2004 Cast as Father Concoff in the drama "Stateside"
1997 Returned to series TV in the CBS sitcom "Meego"
1995 Co-starred in the Off-Broadway production of David Mamet's "The Cryptogram"
1994 Appeared on the short-lived NBC primetime soap "Winnetka Road"
1990 Starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom "Parenthood"
1990 Co-starred with Stockard Channing in "Meet the Applegates"
1989 Played the straying husband in "She-Devil", opposite Meryl Streep and Roseanne
1988 Cast as one of William Hurt's siblings in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Accidental Tourist"
1978 Played Lt. Greenbean on "Battlestar Galactica" (ABC); reprised role in feature compilation version
1977 Had recurring role as Diana Prince's friend Harold Farnum in CBS' "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman"
1976 Appeared briefly as Steve Fletcher, the boyfriend of Debralee Scott's Cathy on the syndicated spoof od soap operas "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman"
1973 - 1974 TV series debut as regular, the short-lived CBS sitcom "Roll Out!", about an army truck unit during WWII
1972 Film acting debut "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes"
1972 TV-movie debut, bit role in "Family Flight" (ABC)
1967 Professional debut aged 17 on TV's "My Three Sons"
Raised in Merrick, Long Island, New York
Portrayed Dr Victor Ehrlich on the NBC medical drama "St. Elsewhere"; earned six Emmy nominations