Ted Shackleford (who's most often called simply The Man in the Yellow Hat) is a main character in the Curious GeorgeTrilogy Set and PBS Kids TV series (2006-2015). In 2006, it was revealed that the Man's full name is Ted Shackleford. The name "Ted" was only used for him in the Curious George film (2006) and Curious George 2 Follow that Monkey (2009). He's the dueteragonist of Curious George books/series, the main protagonist of the first film, the tritagonist of the second film, a minor character of the third film, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle.
He's George's owner, but sees himself as more of a "Monkey Father." It's unknown where he lives, but certain clues from three movies and TV series (2006-2015) indicate that he lives in either Manhattan, New York City or Chicago, Illinois. Most signs point to New York. His "girlfriend" (as seen in Curious George the movie 2006) got hit by a semi bus and died shorty after Ted kept Curious George. (Kept George April 2006, she died July 2006). After that, Ted fell into spiraling depression and put George into the New York Zoo. On March 3, 2007 Ted signed a legal apodtion paper, and has been living with George in and out of the city (at the country) until present day.
His current hobbies include bowling, studying nature, hiking, jogging, camping, bike riding, playing the tuba, sand castle building, going to the beach, gardening, reading, marathon running, board games, frog impressions, golf, bird watching, and "worm racing."
Ted's original voice was potrayed by Will Ferrell (in 2006 film), then replaced by Jeff Bennett.