Danson also appeared as Sam Malone in guest-starring roles on other sitcoms, such as Frasier (a Cheers spin-off), The Jim Henson Hour and The Simpsons.
Although he was best known for his work in comedy, he also appeared in a drama, Something About Amelia, about a family devastated by the repercussions of incest, which co-starred his later co-star on Damages, Glenn Close.
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 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 from 1959-1975, and Jessica Mac Master (November 2, 1916 – January 11, 2006) In 1961, Danson enrolled in the Kent School, a prep school in Connecticut, where he was a star player on the basketball team.
In 2002, TV Guide named Cheers the 18th Greatest Show of All Time.
It was also included in Time Magazine's 100 Greatest Shows of All Time.
Critics often praised Danson as being the highlight of the program, calling his character a "scene stealer". Russell, a new graveyard shift supervisor who previously headed a crime lab in Seattle, Washington.
Since 2016, he has played the afterlife architect Michael in the NBC sitcom The Good Place.