Why Rhea Perlman Was Happy 'Cheers' Ended When It Did

November 11, 2014 6:31 PM

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Though he made appearances in numerous TV shows and commercials throughout the '70s and '80s, the role of gruff but lovable Sam Malone was truly Ted Danson's breakthrough role. The womanizing former baseball player-turned-bartender was part of one of TV's most iconic on-again-off-again couples with Shelley Long's Diane, and the character won Danson two Emmys and two Golden Globes throughout the show's 11 season run. After "Cheers" ended in 1993, Danson would go on to reprise the role in cameos for spinoff "Fraiser," "The Jim Henson Hour" and "The Simpsons." In 1996, he and wife Mary Steenburgen co-starred in CBS' short-lived sitcom "Ink" and an adaptation of Gulliver's Travels, before Danson went on to find success in the titular role on CBS' "Becker" in 1998. Danson has made multiple appearances on Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" since it began in 2000, and after "Becker" ended, his next major role came in Season 1 of legal thriller "Damages," where he played Arthur Frobisher, a corrupt billionaire and foil for Glenn Close's Patty Hewes. Danson then joined HBO's "Bored To Death" as scene-stealing George Christopher. When that show ended in 2011, Danson joined "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," where he can currently be seen playing D.B. Russell, the new night-shift supervisor since Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) stepped down.

Poor Rebecca was so insecure, neurotic, unlucky at love and sexually frustrated, she essentially became the poster woman for intelligent single ladies looking for stable relationships. The female foil for bar owner Sam Malone (Ted Danson), bar manager Rebecca seemed to be in love with every wealthy ...

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