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Inside Ted Danson's love life: his relationships with Whoopi Goldberg, Mary Steenburgen and more

The actor has been married three times

Eve Crosbie

Ted Danson has had quite the television career! After making a name for himself in the '80s sitcom Cheers, the 73-year-old actor has remained a permanent fixture on TV, starring in the likes of Three Men and a Baby, The Good Place, and more recently NBC sitcom Mr Mayor.

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But how much do you know about the actor's life away from the cameras? Find out more about Ted Danson's love life - including his controversial affair with Whoopi Goldberg - here...

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Randall Gosch: 1970-1975

Ted got hitched for the first time at the age of 23 to actress Randall 'Randy' Gosch. The two met while as undergraduate students and said 'I do' before they even graduated. However, as both of their acting careers took off, the couple lost their connection and their marriage fell apart. Sadly, after only four years together, Randy and Ted called it quits

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Cassandra Coates: 1977-1993

Ted tied the knot with second wife, producer Cassandra 'Casey' Coates in 1977 and the two welcomed their first daughter together two years later. However, complications during childbirth left Casey paralysed on one side. 

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Ted Danson with second wife Casey and their two children

Ted spent several years caring for Casey and they later adopted another daughter together, but the strain of the injury had created a "huge rift" between the two. "We were adjusting to the fact that we weren't the same people we were before it happened," Ted explained to Closer

Whoopi Goldberg: 1992-1993

While still married to Cassandra, Ted was cast alongside The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg in the 1992 movie Made in America and the two began an affair. While the co-stars attempted to keep their relationship a secret, tabloids soon got wind of it and word got back to Casey who swiftly filed for divorce from The Cheers star. In the settlement, his ex-wife managed to walk away with $30million, making it one of the most expensive celebrity divorces of the time.

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Ted Danson and Whoopi Goldberg had an 18-month whirlwind romance

New couple Ted and Whoopi embraced the limelight and were often papped out and about together - but it wasn't to last long because after just 18 months of dating the two sadly split.

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Commenting on their relationship and subsequent break-up, Whoopi told Closer: "It was really painful, and it was very public. And the loss of his friendship hurts a great deal. We can never go and have a soda, anywhere," adding: "I'm friends with almost every man I've gone out with, except this man."

Mary Steenburgen: 1995 - present

Following his whirlwind romance with Whoopi, Ted quickly found love again - this time for good. On the set of his next major movie, Pontiac Moon, he met the actress Mary Steenburgen. After just over a year of dating, Ted popped the question and in 1995 the two were married, making the Mr Mayor actor stepfather to Mary's two children from her previous marriage to actor Malcolm McDowell.

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The actor has been happily married to Mary Steenburgen for 25 years

Ted recently opened up about his and Mary's 25-year marriage on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, revealing how they spent the milestone anniversary. He told host Ellen he and Mary's families, including her son Charlie McDowell who is engaged to actress Lily Collins, all got tested for COVID before getting together for a "great little celebration".

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