Who is Randy Danson?

Randall Lee ‘Randy’ Gosch was born in Plainfield, New Jersey USA, on 30 April 1950 – her zodiac sign is Taurus, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress with close to 20 credits to her name, while she’s perhaps still known best for her portrayal of the supporting character Mary, Sister of Lazarus in the 1988 drama movie “The Last Temptation of Christ”. It was directed by Martin Scorsese, starred Willem Dafoe, Harvey Keitel and Barbara Hershey, and follows the life of Jesus Christ; the movie won two of the 11 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination for Best Director.

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Randy is also known for having been the first wife of Ted Danson, a famous American actor and producer.

Early life and education

Randy was raised in Plainfield by her parents, about whom very little is known because she respects their privacy; it’s said that her father was a ranch owner, and that her mother was a housewife. Randy hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, but it’s believed that she was raised alongside two younger brothers.

She grew up being interested mostly in acting, and appeared in numerous plays performed at her elementary school; Randy went on to join her high school’s drama club and continued appearing in plays there, while she could also have been seen playing supporting characters in a couple of theatre plays.

She matriculated in 1968, and because Randy hasn’t spoken about her further education, it’s believed that she didn’t attend college; she worked a couple of jobs for the following 10 years, prior to launching her career as a TV actress.

Roles in movies

Randy made her debut film appearance with her portrayal of Viv in the 1977 drama “Local Color”, and the following year saw her star as Estelle in the drama “The Scenic Route”. It was written and directed by Mark Rappaport, also starred her husband Randy and Marilyn Jones, and follows the lives of a man, a woman, and her sister; the movie won a British Film Institute Sutherland Trophy.

Randy’s following three roles were in the 1978 drama “King of the Gypsies”, the 1979 comedy “Impostors” and the 1985 drama “Chain Letters”.

She has appeared in only one other movie: the 1990 action crime drama “Kojak: Flowers for Matty”. It was directed by Paul Krasny, starred Telly Savalas, Andre Braugher and Glynnis O’Connor, and follows Kojak as he’s trying to solve a case of art theft.

Roles in TV series

Randy made her debut TV series appearance in the 1977 episode “The Prince of Homburg” of the musical drama series “Great Performances”, and in 1987, she played Libby in the episode “Blue Window” of the popular romantic comedy drama “American Playhouse”. The series starred Jeffrey DeMunn, Elizabeth Franz and Edward Herrmann, aired from 1980 to 1994, and won 20 awards, including six Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 31 other awards.

The year 1989 saw Randy play Sarah Booth in the episode “The Sins of Our Fathers” of the action crime drama “The Equalizer”, and she went on to play Dr. Greenblatt in the 1999 episode “Uncivilized” of the mystery crime drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”.

Between 1991 and 2001, she played various characters in the mystery crime drama “Law & Order”, created by Dick Wolf and Rick Eid, and which stars Jerry Orbach, Dennis Farina and Jesse L. Martin. It follows the police investigating various crimes, as well as court prosecutions, the series has been airing since 1990 and has won 53 awards, including six Primetime Emmys, while it’s been nominated for 203 other awards.

Randy has appeared in only two other TV series: the 2006 episode “Savasana” of the mystery crime drama “Conviction”, and the 2015 episode “Time’s Up” of the crime drama “Power”.

Other credits

She worked as a dialogue coach on the 1989 romantic movie “Longtime Companion”.

What is Randy doing today?

Randy today prefers to stay away from the media’s attention, and is said to be leading a peaceful life in her hometown; she hasn’t appeared in any movies or TV series since 2015, but hasn’t officially retired from acting.

Love life and marriage with Ted

Randy met Ted Danson in 1969, when she was 19 and he was 21 years old. They married in 1970, in a private ceremony attended by only a couple of their closest friends and family members; Randy and Ted had no children together, and divorced in 1975.

Randy hasn’t spoken of any other men whom she has perhaps been with, while it’s known that Ted married his second wife, Cassandra ‘Casey’ Coats in 1977, and she gave birth to their daughter Kate on 24 December 1979; they adopted their second daughter Alexis a couple of years later. Randy then had an affair with famous American actress and comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, which led to his divorce from Cassandra in 1993. Since 7 October 1995, he has been married to his third wife, American actress and singer-songwriter Mary Steenburgen.

As of June 2022, Randy seems to be unattached, was once married to Ted Danson, and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and other interests

Randy nowadays prefers to stay at home rather than to travel, however, she was an avid traveler when she was younger, and has been to nearly all of the US states, as well as to various European, Asian and African countries; her dream travel destination is Paris, France.

She’s a philanthropist, and has donated money to a couple of charity organizations, mostly to those which aim to improve the quality of life for underprivileged children. She has also donated money to a couple of animal shelters.

Randy has also been an environmental activist.

She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Edward Scissorhands”, “The Bridges of Madison County”, and “Les Miserables”.

Age, height and net worth

Randy’s age is 72. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m), and she weighs around 145lbs (65kgs).

As of June 2022, her net worth stands at more than $1 million, while her former husband Ted’s net worth has been estimated at over $80 million.

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Who is her former husband Ted Danson?

Edward Bridge ‘Ted’ Danson III was born in San Diego, California USA, on 29 December 1947 – his zodiac sign is Capricorn, and he holds American nationality. He’s appeared in close to 100 movies and TV series, but is perhaps still known best for his portrayal of the main character Sam Malone, in the comedy series “Cheers”. It was created by James Burrows and Glen Charles, also starred Rhea Perlman and John Ratzenberger, and follows the lives of people working at the bar Cheers in Boston, Massachusetts; the series aired from 1982 to 1993 and won 105 awards, including 28 Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 181 other awards.

Ted was raised in Flagstaff, Arizona alongside his older sister Jan Ann Haury, by their mother Jessica MacMaster who was a housewife, and their father Edward Bridge ‘Ned’ Danson Jr. who was the director of the Museum of Northern Arizona, and an archaeologist. Ted was mostly into playing basketball while attending the preparatory Kent School; after he matriculated in 1966, he enrolled at Stanford University, but soon switched to Carnegie Mellon University, because it had a better acting program, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1972.

Ted made his debut TV series appearance in the 1975 romantic drama “The Doctors”, while he made his first film appearance was in the 1979 crime drama “The Onion Field”. He gained recognition in 1987, when cast to star alongside Tom Selleck and Steven Guttenberg in the family comedy movie “Three Men and a Baby”, directed by Leonard Nimoy, and which follows three bachelors who have to take care of a baby; the movie won two of the three awards for which it was nominated.

A couple of Ted’s most notable performances in the ‘90s were in the 1993 comedy film “Made in America”, the 1994 family crime comedy movie “Getting Even with Dad”, and the 1998 crime comedy film “Jerry and Tom”.

What marked the 2000s for him for probably his portrayal of the lead character Dr. John Becker in the comedy series “Becker”, created by Dave Hackel, and which also starred Hattie Winston and Terry Farrell. It follows the life of Dr. John Becker, the series aired from 1998 to 2004, and won four of the 15 awards for which it was nominated, including a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Betty Garrett).

Ted has since starred in a couple of popular series, including the fantasy comedy “The Good Place”, which aired from 2016 to 2020, and the comedy “Mr. Mayor”, in which he’s been playing the lead character Neil Bremer since 2021.

He has won 15 of the 88 awards for which he’s been nominated, including two Primetime Emmy wins for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1990 and 1993, for his performance in “Cheers”.

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