This Medford, Massachusetts native pitched for the Boston Red Sox from 1974 to 1978. He was most known for being the only pitcher in major league history who was a switch pitcher. After his five-year stint with the Sox, Sam turned to alcohol to pass the time. During this time, he acquired a job as a bartender at a place “where everybody knows your name”. He later bought Cheers which became his prize possession along with his hair, his Corvette, and his important “black book.” A recovering alcoholic and womanizer, he is first tormented by waitress Diane Chambers. When Diane leaves him at the altar to go write a book, he sells the bar and sails around the world. He comes back to find that the bar is owned by a large corporation and is being managed by Rebecca Howe. He tries at great lengths to woo her, but to no avail. Finally, as friends, they decide to have a baby, but it doesn't work out. As Cheers ends, Sam decides that the bar is his one true love.
Ted Danson was born in San Diego, California. Ted grew up near Flagstaff, Arizona and moved back to California to attend Stanford University. While there, he developed an interest in drama. After his second year he transferred to Carnegie-Mellon University to study acting. He had a couple of small parts in off-Broadway shows before landing the staring role on Cheers. While he was on Cheers, he was nominated nine times for an Emmy for Best Actor in a Comedy Series and won twice, in 1990 and in 1993. He also earned two Golden Globes for playing Sam Malone. Danson has been in such movies as The Onion Field, Body Heat, Three Men and a Baby, Three Men and a Little Lady, Cousins, Made in America and Saving Private Ryan. Ted was married to designer Cassandra Coates in 1977. He later divorced her in 1993 and began a two-year relationship with Whoopi Goldberg. In 1995 he married his current wife Mary Steenburgen. He has two daughters.