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Ed Begley Jr.
If he’s not acting, writing or directing, you can catch up with Ed Begley Jr. on a weekly basis as he’s riding his bicycle — which also powers his home’s toaster — on “Living with Ed,” his Home and Garden Television channel reality series in which he tirelessly advocates for a greener lifestyle and also tirelessly irritates his wife, whose name, no doubt thanks to the gods of irony, is Rachelle Carson. (Begley and Rachelle are pictured here.)
Begley, 58, is a veteran of movies and TV, most fondly remembered, perhaps, as Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the series “St. Elsewhere,” for which he received six Emmy nominations. He also directed several episodes of TV’s “NYPD Blue,” and authored a play, “Cesar and Ruben,” which won Los Angeles theater awards.
His film credits include “A Mighty Wind,” “For Your Consideration,” “Batman Forever” and “The Accidental Tourist.”
More recently, he’s had stints on TV’s “7th Heaven,” “Arrested Development,” “The West Wing,” “Six Feet Under,” “Boston Legal,” “Scrubs,” and a recurring role on “Veronica Mars.”
Known for his environmental work even before the current HGTV series and in demand as a speaker on environmental issues, Begley is often seen around the environs of L.A. riding his bicycle or taking public transportation, and his home is completely solar-powered.
— Scott Hollister, GCM editor