September/October 2017 – Vol. 30 No. 1

Ed Begley, Jr. Practices What He Preaches!

Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2011

by Tim Williamson

You will have to look long and hard to find a man like Ed Begley, Jr.  He is a conservationist educator and a tenacious supporter of the “sustainability” lifestyle.  If ever there was a man who practices what he preaches, Ed Begley, Jr. is that man.  I had the privilege of listening to Ed when he was the California Science Education Conference keynote speaker in Palm Springs in 2005.  He captivates his audience with personal stories of environmental awareness, adding a touch of humor to keep you interested as well as entertained.

Perhaps the best way to introduce you to this phenomenal gentleman is to share his professional bio with you…

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. Currently, he is the co-star of the hit Planet Green 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. The series has currently just finished airing its 3rd season. His first book, Living Like Ed, hit the streets nationally in February 2008, and the second book, Ed Begley’s Guide to Sustainable Living came out in August of 2009.

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

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. Currently, Begley is working as a guest star on two network series – NBC’s Outlaw starring Jimmy Smits and Foxs The Good Guys starring Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford.

Begley also starred in the West Coast premiere of David Mamets Cryptogram at the Geffen Playhouse, in a role that he first performed in Boston and then in New York. He

also starred in Mr. Mamets production of Romance at the Mark Taper Forum 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.

Begley lives in Studio City, CA in a small, energy efficient home with his wife and co-star Rachelle Carson and their daughter Hayden.

Off-screen and off-stage, Ed Begley, Jr.devotes his time and energy to environmental action.  He is widely known and respected for the examples of conservation and waste-reduction he sets in his private life.  His home in Los Angeles is run almost entirely off of solar panels and, even with an electric car, his monthly electric bill is less than $40.

Please join Ed Begley, Jr. for an entertaining and enlightening keynote address at this year’s California Science Education Conference in Pasadena, sponsored by Chevron.  This exciting event will be Sunday, October 23, 2011 from 11:45 am-1:00 pm.  Learn about ways we can educate ourselves and our students on how to “live simply so that others can simply live”.

“Our planet is an asset with value – lets not treat it like a “going-out-of-business” sale!”

Ed Begley, Jr.

Tim Williamson is a science methods instructor at CSU Long Beach and is past-president of CSTA.

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Tim Williamson is a science methods instructor at CSU Long Beach and is a member and past-president of CSTA.

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