Tucson Festival of Books

Ed Begley Jr.


In Memory of Dr. Reene Alley

Inspired by the works of his Academy Award-winning father, Ed Begley Jr. became an actor. He first came to audiences’ attention for his portrayal of Dr. Victor Ehrlich on the long-running hit television series, “St. Elsewhere,” for which he received six Emmy nominations. Since then, Begley has moved easily between feature, television and theatre projects.

Begley can be seen in “Ghostbusters” with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy and a number of Christopher Guest films, such as “Mascots,” “A Mighty Wind,” “Best In Show” and “For Your Consideration.” He has also appeared in the Woody Allen movie “Whatever Works” with Larry David, as well as the Seth Rogen/Judd Apatow film, “Pineapple Express.”

On television, Begley can currently be seen on “Better Call Saul” with Bob Odenkirk, “Bunt Talk” with Patrick Stewart and “Lady Dynamite” with Maria Bamford.

He has starred in two HBO movies: “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” with Christopher Plummer, Danny Glover and Frank Langella, as well as “Recount” with Kevin Spacey, Tom Wilkinson and Laura Dern. He has also had recurring roles on “Six Feet Under,” “Arrested Development” and “Portlandia.”

He starred in David Mamet’s “November” at the Mark Taper Forum, and has appeared in several other works by this amazing playwright inlcuding, “The Cryptogram,” in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, as well as “Romance,” which was also at the Mark Taper Forum.

Ed has directed several episodes of the hit show, “NYPD Blue,” as well as a play that he wrote called “Cesar and Ruben” that won a Nos Otros Award and four Valley Theater League Awards.

A busy actor, Begley is always on the go, but the environment and bringing its awareness to the public is also a huge passion for Ed. Along with his wife Rachelle and daughter Hayden, they created “Living With Ed,” “On Begley Street” and now the Begleyesque Podcast.

He lives in a solar powered home and drives an electric car. “Some would call me an environmentalist. I don’t know why. I reuse the water that falls in my backyard in the winter. I reuse the trash and clippings I produce for mulch. I reuse the rain that falls on my roof, and I reuse the sun that shines on my house for energy. I guess you could call me a strategic opportunist as much as an environmentalist.” Ed Begley Jr. once said.

His new memoir is, "To the Temple of Tranquility...and Step on It!"

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Scheduled events:
Meet Ed Begley Jr. ... and Step On It!
Ed Begley Jr. is one of the most familiar faces in Hollywood, with hundreds of appearances in movies and on television. His new memoir is both poignant and hilarious. His life's journey has been remarkable. This session will be, too!

Student Union North Ballroom (Seats 560)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - Rincon Room (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Ed Begley Jr.
Moderator: Herb Stratford
Exclusive for Friends of the Festival - Ed Begley, Jr. visits Friends Tent
Ed Begley Jr. is one of the most familiar faces in Hollywood, with hundreds of appearances in movies and on television visits the Friends of the Festival tent for an exclusive Friends of the Festival event.

Friends of the Festival Hospitality Tent (Seats 25)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Panelist: Ed Begley Jr.

Book:
To the Temple of Tranquility... and Step on It!
A Memoir
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Hachette Books
October 2023
ISBN 9780306832109
256 pages
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