Ted Danson

PASADENA, CA - JULY 19: Ted Danson at the Disney ABC Television

Danson in 2006, photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Edward Bridge Danson III

Place of Birth: San Diego, California, United States

Date of Birth: December 29, 1947

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, Irish, Northern Irish/Scots-Irish, German

Ted Danson is an American actor, writer, and producer. He is known for playing central characters Sam Malone on the sitcom Cheers and Dr. John Becker on the series Becker.

Ted is the son of Jessica (MacMaster) and Edward Bridge Danson, Jr., an archaeologist and museum director. He is married to actress Mary Steenburgen. He has two children with his former wife, producer Cassandra “Casey” Coates.

Ted’s paternal grandfather was Edward Bridge Danson (the son of Richard Danson and Frances “Fanny” Hickson). Edward was born in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. Richard was the son of Edward Danson and Margaret Duckworth. Frances was the daughter of William Hickson and Elizabeth “Betsey” Mitchell.

Ted’s paternal grandmother was Anna/Ann Louise Allen (the daughter of William Mercer Allen and Virginia Reakirt Thompson). Anna was born in Ohio. William was the son of Thomas Humphrey Cushing Allen and Jane Deverdier “Jennie” Woodruff. Virginia was the daughter of Moses Franklin Thompson and Anna Maria Reakirt.

Ted’s maternal grandfather was James Eric MacMaster/McMasters (the son of Peter MacMaster and Jessie Caldwell Ralston). James was born in Minnesota, to Scottish parents, with his father from Girvan and his mother from Stow. Peter was the son of John MacMaster and Grace Gibson. Jessie was the daughter of Niven Ralston and Jessie.

Ted’s maternal grandmother was Mary Lucile/Lucille Johnston (the daughter of Calvin Knox Johnston and Harriet Emma Brace). Mary was born in Washington. Calvin was the son of Samuel Power Johnston and Eleanor Margaret “Ellen” Thompson. Harriet was born in Canada, to Lewis John Brace, who was born in Ontario, Canada, and to Mary Jane Gibson, who was born in either England or Dublin, Ireland. Her parents, Patrick Gibson and Barbara Padden/Padan/Laten, were Irish.

A DNA test on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2017) found that Ted has a common ancestor with comedian and show host Stephen Colbert.

Sources: Genealogies of Ted Danson – http://www.wargs.com

Genealogy of Ted Danson (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.wikitree.com

Ted’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogy of Ted’s maternal great-grandmother, Harriet Emma Brace (focusing on her father’s side) – http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com


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