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Ed Begley Jr.

TV and movie actor Ed Begley Jr., perhaps best known for his Emmy-nominated turn in St. Elsewhere, has long been recognized as one of the environmental pioneers of our time. His early forethought of being one of Hollywood's first to own an electric car in 1970 allowed him to set a standard for other celebrities to follow.

Begley has been known to show up at prestigious Hollywood award shows driving his electric car, his wife's Prius, or even riding his bicycle. He recharges his Toyota RAV4, with solar panels that also provide electricity for his entire two-bedroom home in California. He grows his own veggies, cooks them in a solar oven and powers his toaster with a stationary bike.

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His concern for the health and well-being of human beings, animals and the planet prompted the development and start up of Begley's Best environmentally friendly cleaning products. His products are non-toxic, non-caustic, biodegradable, vegan and child-safe. All profits go directly to charity and Begley runs the entire business solo. He has no employees, takes no salary and delivers product via one of his eco-friendly vehicles.

Begley is an active member and sometimes-chair on the board of a number of green organizations, including the Environmental Media Association, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Thoreau Institute, the Earth Communications Office, Tree People and Friends of the Earth, among many others.

Recently this environmentalist added author to his resume with the release of his book Ed Begley Jr.'s Guide to Sustainable Living. The book offers the reader a road map based on his thirty-nine years of green living.

His work in the environmental community has earned him a number of awards from some of the most prestigious environmental groups in the nation, including the California League of Conservation Voters, the Natural Resources Defense Council, The Coalition for Clean Air, Heal the Bay and the Santa Monica Baykeeper.

When asked what he is most proud of, Begley's response, "My family. Especially my children - Hayden, Amanda and Nicholas. My youngest, Hayden really cares about the environment and gets all this stuff because she's been around it her whole life. And fortunately both of my grown kids also have a strong environmental ethic. So I'd have to say that the thing I'm the proudest of, is them. They know about these important environmental issues, and truly care about them ... they've really embraced them. That means a lot to me."

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