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Ed Begley Jr., Environmentalist/TV Personality

Inspires PUC With Personal Stories


Ed Begley Jr., environmental activist and TV personality, shared his personal journey of awakening to the need for caring for the planet in an inspirational talk March 11, 2018 at Pacific Unitarian Universalist Church in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The Emmy-nominated actor who lives in a solar-powered home in Los Angeles, was a keynote speaker during the church’s annual pledge campaign. To a packed Sunday morning audience, he recounted his early efforts composting in an apartment and taking actress Cindy Williams on a date in an electric vehicle in the 60’s.

“Start small, and I guarantee you will save money by conserving,” he said. “Then you can take that money and invest in solar or other things that will lead you to even more ways to live sustainably.”

Begley has been an outspoken “green champion” and appears on a podcast begleyesque.com with his wife Rachelle Carson Begley, where they interview Hollywood celebrities, environmental experts and everyday heroes.

Pacific Unitarian Universalist Church is a certified “green sanctuary,” with its own permaculture garden and weekly locally-sourced, organically-based food ministry. The congregation is committed to the principle of “respect for the interconnected web of all existence, of which we are a part.”

Begley has appeared in hundreds of films, television shows, and stage performances. He is most recognized for his role as Dr. Victor Ehrlich, the bumbling surgical partner of William Daniels‘ Dr. Mark Craig, on the television series St. Elsewhere (1982–1988).

He also co-hosted with wife Rachelle Carson the green living reality show entitled Living with Ed (2007–2010) and has appeared in such films as An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), This Is Spinal Tap (1984), The Accidental Tourist (1988), and Batman Forever (1995).