Ed Begley, Jr., is an actor and environmentalist.
Ed Jr. was inspired to act by his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley.
He is most known for playing Dr. Victor Ehrlich on “St. Elsewhere”, but he has most recently been seen in movies such as “Best in Show” and “Pineapple Express”.
He lives in Los Angeles, California, with his wife, actress Rachelle Carson, in a self-sufficient home powered by solar and wind energy.
Begley’s home features an electricity generating bicycle used to toast bread, he pays only $300 a year for electric bills, and he has converted his lawn to a drought-tolerant garden composed of native California plants.
In 2008, he published a book titled “Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life”. He is vegan and has been known to show up for movie premieres on his bicycle. He has also created a natural household cleaner called Begley’s Best.
Currently Begley has a reality show about green living called “Living With Ed” which is on the cable channel Planet Green.
The show records the conflicts between Ed and Rachelle, who sometimes suffers due to her husband’s uncompromising beliefs. For example, on one episode you see Ed getting angry with Rachelle because while she is sunbathing she is blocking the solar panels.
On the show you often see Ed’s friend Bill Nye, a fellow environmental activist. Ed and Bill have a fierce competition to see who can have the lowest carbon footprint and you watch as they try to one up each other.
The show’s website is livingwithed.net. It has a tab called “Ask Ed” which features tips and tricks on food, energy, clothing, house, recycling, and transportation but you can also ask him a specific question and he will email you the answer.