Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1947-12-29 (73 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: San Diego, California, USA

55 Movies · 51 TV shows

Also Known As: Edward Bridge “Ted” Danson III · Τεντ Ντάνσον · Тед Дэнсон

Biography

Edward Bridge Danson III (born December 29, 1947) is an American actor and producer who played the lead character Sam Malone on the NBC sitcom Cheers, Jack Holden in the films Three Men and a Baby and Three Men and a Little Lady, and Dr. John Becker on the CBS sitcom Becker. He also starred in the CBS dramas CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Cyber as D.B. Russell. Additionally, he plays a recurring role as a fictionalized version of himself on Larry David's HBO sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm, starred alongside Glenn Close in legal drama Damages, and was a regular on the HBO comedy series Bored to Death. In 2015 he starred as Hank Larsson in the second season of FX's black comedy-crime drama anthology Fargo. From 2016 to 2020, he played the afterlife architect Michael in the NBC sitcom The Good Place.During his career, Danson has been nominated for 18 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning two; 11 Golden Globe Awards nominations, winning three; one Screen Actors Guild Award; and one American Comedy Award and has been awarded a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. He was ranked second in TV Guide's list of the top 25 television stars. Danson has also been a longtime activist in ocean conservation. In March 2011, he published his first book, Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them, written with journalist Michael D'Orso.

Personal Life

Danson and his first wife, actress Randall "Randy" Gosch (now professionally known as Randy Danson), were married in 1970 and divorced in 1975.Danson's second wife was producer Cassandra "Casey" Coates; they were married in 1977. On December 24, 1979, while giving birth to their first daughter Kate, Coates suffered a stroke. Danson spent several years caring for her and helping her recuperate. They later adopted a second daughter, Alexis. Danson's affair with actress Whoopi Goldberg contributed to their divorce in 1993. It is known as one of Hollywood's costliest divorces, reportedly costing Danson $30 million.On October 7, 1995, Danson married actress Mary Steenburgen, whom he met on the set of the movie Pontiac Moon in 1993, and became the stepfather to Steenburgen's children, Lilly and Charlie, from her previous marriage to actor Malcolm McDowell.Danson has been on a vegan diet multiple times, but he currently adheres to a pescetarian diet.

Early Life

Danson was born in San Diego to Edward "Ned" Bridge Danson, Jr. (March 22, 1916 – November 30, 2000), an archaeologist and director of the Museum of Northern Arizona 1959–1975, and Jessica MacMaster (November 2, 1916 – January 11, 2006), and has an older sister, Jan Ann Haury (born January 11, 1944). Danson was raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. His ancestry includes English and Scottish.In 1961, Danson enrolled in the Kent School, a prep school in Connecticut, where he was a star player on the basketball team. He became interested in drama while attending Stanford University and, seeking a better acting program, transferred to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama in 1972.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 TV show
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Mr. Mayor

Mr. Mayor

2021
A retired businessman runs for mayor of Los Angeles to prove he's "still got it." Once he wins, he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his biggest critic and connect with his tee...

2020.

2 Movies
Best Summer Ever

Best Summer Ever

2020
A fresh and exhilarating take on the beloved teen musical genre featuring eight original songs and a fully integrated cast and crew of people with and without disabilities.
30 Rock: A One-Time Special

30 Rock: A One-Time Special

2020
The event will be an upfront special for the NBCUniversal properties.

2018.

1 Movie
Hearts Beat Loud

Hearts Beat Loud

2018
In the hip Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam off to college while being forced to close his vintage shop. Fr...

2017.

1 TV show
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The Orville

The Orville

5.92
2017
400 years from now, the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth's interstellar fleet will be following.

2016.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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The Good Place

The Good Place

6.5
2016
Eleanor Shellstrop, an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. With the help of her wise...
Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows

Must See TV: An All Star Tribute to James Burrows

2016
The stars of America's greatest comedies get together to honor their director. There is a tribute to James.

2015.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
CSI: Immortality

CSI: Immortality

6.2
2015
Catherine returned to Las Vegas to investigate the explosion inside the casino. When the crime is tied to Lady Heather, Gil is brought back to aid the investigation. This is a two part show. The serie...
TV
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

2015
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
TV
CSI: Cyber

CSI: Cyber

7.5
2015
The FBI's team of Cyber Crime Investigators works to solve cases involving the dark-net. Senior Special Agent Elijah Mundo is tasked with solving murders, cyber-theft, hacking, sex offences, and black...

2014.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Off Camera with Sam Jones

Off Camera with Sam Jones

2014
Sam Jones sits down with the professionals of television and movies, and other celebrities, to discuss their development before fame, their passions beyond their careers, and gives them a space to ope...
TV
Fargo

Fargo

5.85
2014
The stories in the anthology series are based in and around Minnesota.
The One I Love

The One I Love

6
2014
On the verge of separation,Ethan andSophie escape to a beautiful vacation house for a weekend to save their marriage. When an unexpected discovery forces the two to examine themselves, their relations...

2012.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
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Finding Your Roots

Finding Your Roots

2012
Henry Louis Gates was the son of Gates. He was a scholar at Harvard. People can look in the branches of their family trees. Professor Gates utilizes a team of genealogists to reconstruct the paper tra...
TV
Inside Comedy

Inside Comedy

2012
Half hour comedy documentary series from veteran funny-man David Steinberg and Steve Carell reveals the inspirations, influences and idols of some of the greatest comics of our time.
Big Miracle

Big Miracle

2012
Based on an inspiring true story, a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) attempt to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. T...
Ted

Ted

7.22
2012
John Bennett, a man whose childhood wish of bringing his teddy bear to life came true, now must decide between keeping the relationship with the bear or his girlfriend.

2011.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Jock the Hero Dog

Jock the Hero Dog

2011
The heart-warming, coming-of-age story of a man and his best-friend, a lovable and fearless dog named Jock, is told in an animated- family adventure. The world famous Kruger National Park is the locat...
TV
Brain Games

Brain Games

2011
"Brain Games" is a series that uses interactive experiments, misdirection and tricks to demonstrate how our brains create the illusion of seamless reality through our memory, through our sensory perce...
Fight for Your Right Revisited

Fight for Your Right Revisited

2011
Fight for Your Right is a remake of the 1982 film Fight for Your Right, which featured the "Young" Beastie Boys from the past and Jack Black. Will and Reilly play the "old" Beastie Boys from the futur...

2010.

1 TV show
TV
Conan

Conan

8.14
2010
The talk show was hosted by O'Brien.

2009.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

3.5
2009
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show airing weeknights at 12:35 am Eastern/11:35 pm Central on NBC in the United States. The hour-long show premiered on March 2, 2009, and ...
TV
Bored to Death

Bored to Death

6
2009
Jonathan Ames is a writer. He's just gone through a painful break-up, thanks in part to his drinking, can't write his second novel, and carouses too much with his magazine editor. Jonathan turned to h...
The Open Road

The Open Road

2009
Carlton takes a road trip to find his father when his mother is sick. Carlton has a hard time dealing with the mess caused by his father. The duo are on their way from Ohio to Houston to be with their...
The End of the Line

The End of the Line

2009
Imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.In the film we see firsthand the effects of our ...

2008.

2 Movies
The Human Contract

The Human Contract

2008
A woman leads a man down a dangerous path.
Mad Money

Mad Money

2008
Three employees of the Federal Reserve are scheming to steal money that is about to be destroyed.

2007.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
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Damages

Damages

6
2007
Damages is an American legal thriller television series created by the writing and production trio of Daniel Zelman and brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler. The plot revolves around the brilliant, ruth...
Nobel Son

Nobel Son

6
2007
After his insufferably arrogant father wins the Nobel Prize for chemistry, Barkley Michaelson is kidnapped by a young genius who claims to be his illegitimate half-brother. Motivated not so much by mo...

2006.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
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Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray

2006
On September 18, 2006 the United States and Canada saw the debut of The Rachael Ray Show. It is filmed in New York City. The last Harpo show in syndication to switch to HD was the 8th season of the sh...
TV
Help Me Help You

Help Me Help You

2006
A group of eccentric individuals are in group therapy with a respected therapist.
Bye Bye Benjamin

Bye Bye Benjamin

2006
After meeting a coworker's daughter, Benjamin must decide how grown up he wants to be.

2005.

3 Movies · 3 TV shows
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The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

6.08
2005
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is hosted by Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson, who is the third regular host of the Late Late Show franchise. Late Show with David Letterman airs on CBS...
Knights of the South Bronx

Knights of the South Bronx

2005
A business man decides that he wants to teach in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life....
The Amateurs

The Amateurs

2005
Sex sells in America. The Amateurs follows a small town band of loveablelosers who hit upon an idea that can make their dreams come true. They made the world's most innocent adult film because they th...
TV
American Dad!

American Dad!

6.34
2005
The series focuses on an eccentric motley crew that is the Smith family and their three housemates: Father, husband, and breadwinner Stan Smith; his better half housewife, Francine Smith; their colleg...
TV
The Colbert Report

The Colbert Report

6.27
2005
The Colbert Report is an American satirical late night television program that airs Monday through Thursday on Comedy Central. It stars political humorist Stephen Colbert, a former correspondent for T...
Our Fathers

Our Fathers

2005
In the '80s, priests were arrested for sexual abuse of children. Cardinal Law and the diocese were aware of the actions of the men of the church and hid them from the victims.

2004.

2 Movies
Fronterz

Fronterz

2004
Three out-of-work actors pretend to be gangasta rappers.
It Must Be Love

It Must Be Love

2004
A couple settles their divorce in a civilized way.

2003.

2 TV shows
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is a late-night talk show on ABC.
TV
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

5.15
2003
TheEllenDeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by Ellen Degeneres.

2002.

1 Movie
Talking to Heaven

Talking to Heaven

6
2002
A man has disturbing visions of dead people, including his mother. They are telling their story of how they died because their murderer is still out there. Someone is needed to help solve the case.

2001.

1 TV show
TV
Dinner for Five

Dinner for Five

6
2001
Dinner for Five is a television program in which actor/filmmaker Jon Favreau and a revolving guest list of celebrities eat, drink and talk about life on and off the set and swap stories about projects...

2000.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
The Search for Atlantis

The Search for Atlantis

2000
Ted Danson takes viewers on a spectacular 2-hour search for one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever known--the fabled Lost City of Atlantis. The epic journey spans the globe from the volc...
TV
Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm

6.07
2000
The comic vision of Larry David, who plays himself in a parallel universe in which he can't seem to do anything right, and, by his standards, neither can anyone else.
TV
Grosse Pointe

Grosse Pointe

2000
The WB Network aired Grosse Pointe during the 2000–2001 television season. It was a satire depicting the behind-the-scenes drama on the set of a television show, and was inspired by Star's experiences...
TV
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

6.83
2000
A Las Vegas team of forensic investigators are trained to solve criminal cases by combing the crime scene, collecting irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that solve the mystery.

1999.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn

The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn

1999
Craig Kilborn hosted this zany talk show, which followed David Letterman's show, from 1999 until 2004. Kilborn left The Daily Show in 1999 to be this show's host after Tom Synder retired. The segment ...
Mumford

Mumford

1999
Despite a questionable past, a psychologist with the same name moves into a small town and becomes very popular.

1998.

5 Movies · 1 TV show
Thanks of a Grateful Nation

Thanks of a Grateful Nation

1998
The aftermath of Desert Storm and how servicemen and women were affected by it was examined.
Jerry and Tom

Jerry and Tom

1998
Tom and Jerry work at a car dealership. Tom and Jerry are new to the business. Tom has to kill Karl.
Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

6.5
1998
The United States. Is it a nation? Three brothers are dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines, after troops storm the beaches of Normandy. Ranger captain John Miller and seve...
Monty Python: Live at Aspen

Monty Python: Live at Aspen

1998
In March 1998 in Aspen, Colorado, the surviving members of the Monty Paython team - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - shared a stage together for the first time in...
TV
Becker

Becker

1998
Becker is a dedicated, outspoken and talented doctor with a tough exterior. He is very dedicated to his medical practice in the Bronx, N.Y., where he always goes the extra mile to help those in need, ...
Homegrown

Homegrown

1998
Three workers on a Northern California marijuana plantation become paranoid when they learn that their boss has been murdered. They know how to run and take with them enough of the crop to pay for ser...

1997.

1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...

1996.

2 Movies · 4 TV shows
Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond

1996
A star studded tribute to Star Trek on its 30th anniversary, hosted by many of the stars and guest stars from all of the Trek series and movies. There are many clips from the series. The cast members ...
TV
Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

6
1996
Dr. After a long absence, Gulliver returned to his family and told them the story of his travels.
Loch Ness

Loch Ness

1996
Dr. An American scientist has become a skeptic. He doesn't want to be sent to Scotland to prove the existence of the Loch Ness monster. The locals are all hospitable, but not in the least because they...
TV
E! True Hollywood Story

E! True Hollywood Story

1996
A documentary series on E! deals with famous Hollywood celebrities, movies, TV shows and also well-known public figures. salacious re-tellings of Hollywood secrets, show-biz scandals, celebrity murder...
TV
Ink

Ink

1996
Ink is a television sitcom which aired on CBS from 1996-1997 that starred real-life husband and wife Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen as newspaper journalists, allegedly inspired by the film His Girl F...
TV
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

5.67
1996
The biggest stories in news, politics and pop culture are tackled by The World's Fakest News Team.

1995.

1 TV show
TV
MADtv

MADtv

1
1995
Mad magazine inspired the creation of MADtv, an American sketch comedy television series. The show was on Saturdays on Fox.

1994.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Getting Even with Dad

Getting Even with Dad

6
1994
Ray is an ex-con and widower who wants to buy his own bakery. He doesn't think Timmy will show up at the house in the middle of planning. Timmy is ignored as Ray and his friends pull off a robbery. Ti...
TV
Ellen

Ellen

6
1994
Ellen was a sitcom that aired on the ABC network from March 29, 1994 to July 22, 1998. The series centered on Ellen's dealing with her quirky friends, her family and the problems of daily life. The fi...
Pontiac Moon

Pontiac Moon

1994
During a symbolic road trip through the Western U.S., a father and son take off in an old car to bond. His wife is trying to save the family.

1993.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...
TV
Diagnosis: Murder

Diagnosis: Murder

6.46
1993
Dr. Mark Sloan is a good-natured, offbeat physician who is called upon to solve murders.
TV
Frasier

Frasier

5.35
1993
Frasier moved back to Seattle to work as a radio psychiatrist after his policeman father was shot while on duty.
Made in America

Made in America

7
1993
If that wasn't bad enough, a young black woman discovers that her father is white.

1990.

2 Movies
3 Men and a Little Lady

3 Men and a Little Lady

6
1990
Sylvia's work takes her away from the men who help bring up Mary. Three men are sad when she decides to take Mary with her to England.
The Earth Day Special

The Earth Day Special

1990
The Earth Day Special aired on ABC on April 22, 1990 An all-star cast addressed concerns about global warming and other environmental ills in a two hour special sponsored by Time Warner.

1989.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Cousins

Cousins

1989
Two couples go to a wedding and swap partners.
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.23
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...
Dad

Dad

1989
A busy executive learns during a meeting that his mother may be dying. He becomes closer to his father than before. Estranged from his son, the executive realized what was missing in his life.

1988.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

LIVE with Kelly and Ryan

1988
A morning talk show with A-list celebrity guests, top-notch performances and one-of-a-kind segments are unparalleled on daytime television.
She's Having a Baby

She's Having a Baby

1988
Jake and Kristy are married. They might not be prepared for the full reality of marriage and the expectations of their parents. Their parents want to have babies of their own. Things aren't helped by ...
Mickey's 60th Birthday

Mickey's 60th Birthday

5.88
1988
The film has live action, original animation and library animation. Mickey was put under a spell by the angry magi so that no one would recognize him until he found his own magic. Network news teams a...

1987.

3 Movies
We Are the Children

We Are the Children

1987
A doctor and a photographer try to help famine victims.
How Can I Tell If I'm Really in Love

How Can I Tell If I'm Really in Love

1987
"How do you know if it's love? Can you fall in love more than once? Is love blind? Can you love more than one person at a time? How important is sex to a relationship? Does love happen at first sight?...
3 Men and a Baby

3 Men and a Baby

5.4
1987
Three men are forced to take care of a baby left by one of their girlfriends.

1986.

3 Movies
When The Bough Breaks

When The Bough Breaks

1986
A Los Angeles psychiatrist testifies for the prosecution in the trial of an accused child molester. Later the defendant, who is out on bail, is found dead in the psychiatrist's office, in what appears...
A Fine Mess

A Fine Mess

5.67
1986
Two friends, an actor and a chef, discover a plot to fix a horse race, and try to take advantage of it. Also have to deal with the two men who fixed it, who are trying to silence them. The two guys wh...
Just Between Friends

Just Between Friends

1986
Holly and Sandy don't know that they have more in common than they think. Their relationship is tested when tragedy strikes.

1985.

1 Movie
Little Treasure

Little Treasure

1985
She was an ex- stripper when she met her father. She helps look after him in the waning days of his life. The father said that he had buried the loot years before. The two get jobs in town as their re...

1984.

1 Movie
Something About Amelia

Something About Amelia

1984
Amelia told her school counselor that her father had abused her.

1983.

1 Movie
Cowboy

Cowboy

1983
A man from the city returns to his hometown to live like a farmer. People running the town want his land, but he finds a couple of friends among the locals.

1982.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Cheers

Cheers

6.12
1982
The story is about a bar in Boston that was run by a former sports star.
Creepshow

Creepshow

5.48
1982
The E.C inspired it. George A wrote the comics of the 1950s. The film has five tales of terror.
TV
Tucker's Witch

Tucker's Witch

1982
Tucker's Witch is a 12-episode comedy-detective series that aired on CBS television from October 6, 1982, to November 10, 1982, and again sporadically from March 31 to June 9, 1983. It starred 34-year...

1981.

1 Movie
Body Heat

Body Heat

2.33
1981
A woman convinces her lover, a small-town lawyer, to kill her husband in the middle of a Florida heat wave.

1980.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Once Upon a Spy

Once Upon a Spy

1980
Ted Danson, a computer genius and chess champion, is lured into service by a secret agent and becomes a reluctant hero thanks to a number of exploits with Christopher Lee and his army of lethal blue-e...
TV
Magnum, P.I.

Magnum, P.I.

5.61
1980
A private investigator who works when he wants, lives in a beachfront estate in Hawaii, runs up an unlimited tab at a swank bar, and charms attractive women in peril - that's the lifestyle of Thomas M...
The Women's Room

The Women's Room

1980
A wife is sick and tired of her husband's infidelity, so she leaves home and goes back to school. There are many women who help her find her voice.

1979.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
The Onion Field

The Onion Field

1979
An LA police officer is dead. His partner is haunted by survivor's guilt, and legal loopholes could keep his kidnappers from getting justice.
TV
The French Atlantic Affair

The French Atlantic Affair

1979
Father Craig Dunleavy leads a group of terrorists who hijack a cruise ship in the French Atlantic and demand a $70 million ransom. The teleplay focuses on the problems and love affairs of individual p...
TV
B. J. and the Bear

B. J. and the Bear

4.25
1979
B.J. NBC aired and the Bear from 1979 to 1981 Created by Christopher and Glen. Greg and Claude Akins are in the series.

1978.

1 TV show
TV
The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man

1978
The first live-action TV series based on the popular comic book.

1976.

2 TV shows
TV
Laverne & Shirley

Laverne & Shirley

5
1976
Laverne & Shirley is an American television sitcom that ran on ABC from January 27, 1976 to May 10, 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, single roo...
TV
Family

Family

1976
The Lawrence family lives in Pasadena, California.

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

1970.

1 TV show
TV
Somerset

Somerset

1970
It ran on NBC from 1970 to 1976. The show was called Another World.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Beastie Boys: Make Some Noise

Beastie Boys: Make Some Noise

Some celebrities are pretending to be the Beastie Boys. The way they looked in the 80s was different.
TV
Something About Amelia

Something About Amelia

Ted Danson and Glenn Close starred in Something About Amelia, a 1984 TV movie that explored trauma to a family caused by incest. Zal was the youngest winner in history.
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