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. He has writtent wo books, Living Like Ed and Ed Begley's Guide to Sustainable Living.
How he began his 42-year eco-journey in 1970, including humorous stories about his first electric car and his first attempt at composting
“Everything I have done for the ‘environment’ has also been good for my ‘pocketbook’”
“Start with the little things – you don’t “run” up Mt. Everest!”
The success in California to clean up the smog – it didn’t hurt business…the economy thrived!
Global climate change, pollution, dependency on Mid-East oil – these are “challenges” that can be overcome!
Products and services that he has used that work!
“Our planet is an asset with value – let’s not treat it like a “going-out-of-business” sale!”
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 over 42 years. His theme, "Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live", has been received by standing ovations at over 200 events in just the last four years, with over 40 bookings completed in 2011 and 2012 alone. His empowering and humorous message on sustainable living includes stories from his 1970 electric car to helpful hints on picking the ‘low hanging fruit’ of energy savings. Since 2007, he has professionally endorsed products and services of over 24 different nationally recognized companies, including Panasonic, AO Smith, Hunter Fan Company, Ford Motor Company and many others.
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Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Begley became an actor. He first came to audiences’ attention for 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 theatre 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 Rogan. Begley has also appeared in Batman Forever, The Accidental Tourist and The Inlaws. 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. In late 2012, Begley completed work on a new HBO feature film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali. In January 2013, Begley began work on a new HBO/BBC comedy miniseries directed by Christopher Guest that will air summer 2013.
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 – NBCs Outlaw starring Jimmy Smits and Fox’s The Good Guys starring Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford. He recently reprised his role on the long running CBS series CSI Miami, and is also appearing in another episode arc of the hit TNT series Rizolli and Isles. 2013 saw him in the new Arrested Development and several comedies for Funny or Die. He is also co-starring in the Amazon.com series Betas. Most recently he has a reoccuring role in the indy niche-favorite Portlandia.
Begley also starred in the West Coast premiere of David Mamet’s Cryptogram at the Geffen Playhouse, in a role that he first performed in Boston and then in New York. He also starred in Mr. Mamet’s production of Romance at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. In September 2012, Begley starred in the David Mamet play November in Los Angeles.
This talented actor has also directed several episodes of the hit TV series NYPD Blue as well as a stage play that he wrote and directed called Cesar and Ruben that won a Nos Otros Award and four Valley Theater League awards. The play was re-launched at Santa Monica City College in Los Angeles for a 2011 fall run.
Begley lives in Studio City, CA in a small, energy efficient home with his wife and co-star Rachelle Carson and their daughter Hayden. He is currently constructing a new LEED Platinum home that will be a showcase of energy efficiency and sustainable living.
Professional Speaking Engagements
Ed Begley is currently one of the hottest speakers on eco-living in America. His empowering and humorous message on sustainable living includes: