Live Talks is an ongoing series hosting both in-person & virtual events. Here is one of our staff picks. On Wednesday, October 11, 2023, at 8pm, Live Talks features Ed Begley Jr. with Mary Steenburgen & Ted Danson discussing Begley’s memoir – To the Temple of Tranquility…And Step On It!  The talk takes place in-person & virtually. The event is presented in association with New Roads School. Face masks recommended

Live Talks Ed Begley Jr.

Beloved actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. shares hilarious and poignant stories of his improbable life, focusing on his relationship with his legendary father, adventures with Hollywood icons, the origins of his environmental activism, addiction and recovery, and his lifelong search for wisdom and common ground.

Ed Begley, Jr. is an actor and environmental activist. He has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He played Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the television series St. Elsewhere from 1982 to 1988. The role earned him six consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination. Since 1970, Begley has been an environmentalist. He iswell known for his travels in an electric car, reducing trash and recycling, and becoming a vegan.
In To the Temple of Tranquility…And Step On It!,  Ed Begley Jr. shares hilarious and poignant stories of his improbable life. It spotlights his legendary father, and adventures with Hollywood icons. It also includes his environmental activism, addiction and recovery. He is known equally for his prolific film and television career and his environmental activism. From an appearance on My Three Sons to a notable role in Mary Hartman, to starring in St. Elsewhere—as well as films with Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, and mockumentarian Christopher Guest—Begley has worked with just about everyone in Hollywood.  He shares insightful and surprising tales about about Marlon Brando, Annette Bening, The Beatles, Monty Python, Richard Pryor, Cesar Chavez, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Waits, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carrie Fisher, and so many more luminaries. Behind all the stories, Begley has wisdom to impart. His memoir is about family, friends, addiction, failure, and redemption.

Mary Steenburgen

Mary Steenburgen is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winning actress. She is best known for her work in the films Melvin and Howard, Parenthood, as well as What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Philadelphia, Stepbrothers, and Book Club. Her television credits incude Justified, Orange is the New Black, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Last Man on Earth, etc. Most recently, Steenburgen starred for two seasons as Maggie Clarke in NBC’s musical television sensation Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.

Ted Danson

Ted Danson is an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning actor. Most known for his portrayal of Boston bartender Sam Malone on NBC’s multi-award winning and iconic comedy Cheers, which ran for 11 seasons and won three Emmys as Best Comedy Series. More recently, Danson starred in the  NBC comedy The Good Place. He was nominated for his 14th Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor. He also received a Critics Choice Award for his role as ‘Michael.’ Danson also played himself in Curb Your Enthusiasm.


$48  General Admission ticket +signed book; $70  Two General Admission tickets + one signed book; *Tickets include access to watch the virtual version of the event that airs on October 16 at 6pm PT, 9pm ET; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for in-person event.

Purchase Virtual event only tickets (October 16) – $45 Virtual Admission + signed book (includes shipping to US addresses); *Includes access to watch the event on video-on-demand for five days after it airs; CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for virtual event.

What:  In-Person event, Virtual Talk, Live Talks LA, 
Where: online, Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre, at New Roads School, Herb Alpert Educational Village, 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404, (Free Parking available at the venue)
When: In-person event – October 11, 2023, 8:00pm; Virtual Event:
October 16, 2023

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