Photo courtesy of Cheers' Facebook page

Ithaca, N.Y. — Ted Danson, an environmental activist and actor perhaps best known for starring on the TV show Cheers, will speak at Cornell on April 20.


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Danson founded the American Oceans Campaign (AOC) in 1987, according to the university.

The actor has also appeared on Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm;” been nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, winning two; received ten Golden Globe Awards nominations, winning three; and is a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

Photo courtesy of Cheers’ Facebook page
Photo courtesy of Cheers’ Facebook page

Here’s what Cornell says about his upcoming speech:

Actor and environmental activist Ted Danson will deliver the Jill and Ken Iscol Distinguished Environmental Lecture, “Fish Tales: How Ocean Conservation Became My Passion,” Monday, April 20, at 5 p.m. in Call Alumni Auditorium, Kennedy Hall.

Danson’s recent book is “Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them.” Danson will share his personal transformation from actor to activist and his passion for oceans. He will explore the threats to our oceans and celebrate recent success stories, including more than a million square miles of ocean protected and the recovery of important commercial fisheries. The next big initiative targets the countries that control 40 percent of the world’s fish catch. Policy changes can make the oceans so abundant that seafood could potentially feed one billion people a healthy meal each day.

Danson’s speech is part of the Jill and Ken Iscol Distinguished Environmental Lecture series.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.