Inspired by the works of his Academy Award®-winning father, Ed Begley Jr. became an actor. He first came to audience's 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 Jr. has moved easily between feature, television and theatre projects.
Begley Jr. can be seen in Book Club with Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenbergen and Jane Fonda; Ghostbusters with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy; and a number of Christopher Guest films such as Mascots, A Mighty Wind, Best in Show and For Your Consideration. He has also appeared in the Woody Allen movie Whatever Works with Larry David, as well as the Seth Rogan/Judd Apatow film Pineapple Express.
On television, Begley can be seen on Modern Family and The Cool Kids, Future Man for Seth Rogen, Better Call Saul with Bob Odenkirk, Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David, and ABC's upcoming single-camera comedy Bless This Mess with Lake Bell and Dax Shepard.
He has starred in two HBO movies: Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight with Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover and Frank Langella, as well as Recount with Tom Wilkinson and Laura Dern. He has also had recurring roles on Six Feet Under, Arrested Development and Portlandia.
Begley Jr. starred in David Mamet's November at the Mark Taper Forum and has appeared in several other works by the playwright, including The Cryptogram in Boston, New York and Los Angeles; as well as Romance, also at the Mark Taper Forum.
He has directed several episodes of the hit show NYPD Blue, as well as a play that he wrote called Cesar and Ruben that won a Nos Otros Award and four Valley Theater League Awards.
Begley Jr. lives in a solar-powered home and drives an electric car.