Ed Begley Jr.'s empowering and humorous message on sustainable living includes stories about everything from his 1970 electric car to helpful hints on picking the low-hanging fruit of energy savings.
When it comes to taking personal responsibility for the environment, few individuals can match the record of actor and activist Ed Begley Jr. Known for turning up at Hollywood events on his bicycle, he has served as chairman of the Environmental Media Association and the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. He serves on the boards of many organizations, including the Thoreau Institute and the Midnight Mission, His work has earned awards from numerous environmental groups including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay, the Santa Monica Baykeeper and the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation. He co-starred for three seasons in the hit Planet Green television series Living With Ed, a look at the day-to-day realities of “living green” with his wife, Rachelle Carson, who's not quite as enthusiastic about a rain barrel as he. His first book, Living Like Ed, hit the streets nationally in February 2008, and a second book, Ed Begley's Guide to Sustainable Living, came out in August of 2009.
Ed Begley is currently the gold standard for sustainable living and energy efficiency advocacy, as well as one of the hottest speakers on eco-living in America. He has been practicing sustainable living for more than 42 years. His theme, Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live, has been received by standing ovations at more than 200 events in just the last four years. Since 2007, he has professionally endorsed products and services of more than 24 different nationally recognized companies, including Panasonic, AO Smith, Hunter Fan Company, Ford Motor Company and many others.
Inspired by the work of his Academy Award-winning father, Begley became an actor. He first came to audiences’ attention with his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series St. Elsewhere, for which he received six Emmy nominations. Since then, Begley has moved easily between feature films, television and theater projects. He has appeared in several Christopher Guest films, including A Mighty Wind, Best in Show and For Your Consideration. Recent feature film credits include Woody Allen's Whatever Works with Larry David, as well as Pineapple Express with Seth Rogen. Begley has also appeared in Batman Forever, The Accidental Tourist and The In-laws. In 2008, Begley appeared in the HBO feature Recount starring Kevin Spacey, as well as the Emmy-nominated Lifetime movie, Georgia O'Keefe, with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, in 2009. He also starred in Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight with Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover and Frank Langella on HBO, and in the HBO series Family Tree, written and directed by Christopher Guest.
On television, Begley has had recurring roles on Six Feet Under and Arrested Development. He has also guest starred on such series as The West Wing, The Practice, and Boston Legal. Most recently, Begley was featured in Gary Unmarried, The New Adventures of Old Christine, and Party Down. In 2009, Begley again worked twice with director Christopher Guest – once on a series of commercials for DirecTV, and again on a series of commercials for the 2010 Census. Begley also worked as a guest star on two network series – NBC's Outlaw starring Jimmy Smits and Fox’s The Good Guys starring Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford. He reprised his role on the long-running CBS series CSI Miami, and appeared in another episode arc of the hit TNT series Rizzoli & Isles. He was involved in several online projects in 2013, including Arrested Development and several comedies for Funny or Die. He is also co-starring in the Amazon.com series Betas.