Turning up for work on his bicycle, Ed Begley, Jr. has been considered an active environmental leader for many years. He serves on the boards of Green Wish, the Coalition For Clean Air, The Thoreau Institute and the advisory boards of the Union Of Concerned Scientists as well as TeacherPAC.
Ed’s work has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper and the Cesar Chavez Foundation.
Inspired by his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley Jr. became an actor during college. His portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series St. Elsewhere earned him six Emmy nominations.
Ed co-starred in the Woody Allen movie Whatever Works with Larry David, as well as the Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow film Pineapple Express, and the Christopher Guest films, A Mighty Wind, Best In Show and For Your Consideration. Other feature film credits include Batman Forever, The Accidental Tourist and The In-Laws.
On television, Ed’s work includes; Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight, an HBO movie with Christopher Plummer, the HBO movie Recount with Kevin Spacey, and recurring roles on Six Feet Under, Arrested Development and Boston Legal.
Ed also wrote and directed the play Cesar and Ruben, which won a Nos Otros Award and four Valley Theater League Awards.
He is one of the Governors of the Motion Picture Academy, lives in a solar-powered home and has driven electric cars since the 1970’s. Ed, his wife, Rachelle Carson Begley, and daughter Hayden, are currently documenting construction of a LEED Platinum-certified home for Begley Street, a television and Web series produced by Make It Happen Productions.