Ed Begley Jr. Live On Game Changers With Vicki Abelson
I’ve had the great good fortune to sit down with innumerable heroes. Not sure anyone is more beloved by… everyone… than Ed Begley Jr. Notes and messages flooded in before, during, and after the Live. Besides being a gifted actor in all genres, 7x Emmy Award Nominee, Ed’s a spectacular human who walks the talk like no one I’ve ever known.
We addressed the Covid, how it impacted his life, and career––not much it turns out, the man who never stops working, didn’t! Even getting the virus recently barely slowed him down. Ed’s miraculous one-hour post-Paxlovid cocktail “cure” is hopeful and inspiring. Currently, on the air in Better Call Saul, and Young Sheldon, Ed’s got an exciting film in the can he couldn’t yet talk about, a memoir in the works with a hinted-at story alone worth the price of admission, a film he’s about to say, “yes” to, and, a promised Part 2 here with us.
We went back to Ed’s youth, his Academy Award Winning brilliant father, Ed Begley, a conservationist of a somewhat different variety who instilled in Ed the activism he’s carried forth with gusto from the first Earth Day to today… with everything from the car he drives, the food he grows and eats, the home he built, the products he uses, we’d be hard pressed to find Ed cheating on his beliefs, anywhere. His unwavering commitment to being of service was modeled by his beloved sister.
A hysterical walk down memory lane, from his first gig (My Three Sons at 10!) to the rocky next 6 years––HA! Partnering and killing with Michael Richards, yeah, that one, to opening rock shows for 18 thousand people, to the drinking and pot, which had gotten quite excessive, to how he gave it up and got sober 42 or is it 43, years ago. Scratching the surface of his brilliant career with The In-Laws, his relationship with Alan Arkin and Peter Falk, when the clock struck 6.
A promised Part 2 awaits, and I promise, I shan’t let it slip.
Ed is a human to admire, adore, emulate, and if lucky, hang with. I cherish this time with him, and all time with him, and can’t wait for more.
Ed Begley Jr. Live on Game Changers With Vicki Abelson
Wednesday, 7/20/22, 5 pm PT, 8 pm ET
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