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Also Known As: Edward Asner, Yitzhak Edward Asner Died:
Born: November 15, 1929 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, producer, steel mill worker, auto plant worker, encyclopedia salesman, advertising salesman, cab driver, post office clerk, shoe salesman

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A legend of both comedy and drama in both film and television, Ed Asner had the distinction of being the only actor to win an Emmy in both genres for playing the same character, Lou Grant. A crusty, heavy-drinking TV news producer, Grant was a major presence on the iconic sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77) and its dramatic spin-off, "Lou Grant" (CBS, 1977-1982). A veteran of stages in New York and Chicago, Asner was a frequent guest star on shows like "The Fugitive" (ABC, 1963-67), "Ironside" (NBC, 1967-1975) and "Mission: Impossible" (CBS, 1966-1973), before landing the role of news director Lou Grant in 1970. After playing the role for laughs over seven seasons, CBS spun off the character into the drama series "Lou Grant," where Asner spent another five seasons as a newspaper editor confronting serious social and political issues that reflected his own outspoken opinions. From there, Asner frequently transitioned between film and television, playing drunken private investigator Guy Banister in "JFK" (1991) and Santa Claus in "Elf" (2003), as well as guesting on shows like "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), "Touched by an Angel" (CBS, 1994-2003) and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Working well...

A legend of both comedy and drama in both film and television, Ed Asner had the distinction of being the only actor to win an Emmy in both genres for playing the same character, Lou Grant. A crusty, heavy-drinking TV news producer, Grant was a major presence on the iconic sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (CBS, 1970-77) and its dramatic spin-off, "Lou Grant" (CBS, 1977-1982). A veteran of stages in New York and Chicago, Asner was a frequent guest star on shows like "The Fugitive" (ABC, 1963-67), "Ironside" (NBC, 1967-1975) and "Mission: Impossible" (CBS, 1966-1973), before landing the role of news director Lou Grant in 1970. After playing the role for laughs over seven seasons, CBS spun off the character into the drama series "Lou Grant," where Asner spent another five seasons as a newspaper editor confronting serious social and political issues that reflected his own outspoken opinions. From there, Asner frequently transitioned between film and television, playing drunken private investigator Guy Banister in "JFK" (1991) and Santa Claus in "Elf" (2003), as well as guesting on shows like "The X-Files" (Fox, 1993-2002), "Touched by an Angel" (CBS, 1994-2003) and "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Working well into his golden years, he also had a prominent career doing voiceover work, most notably playing the curmudgeonly Carl Fredrickson in the Pixar hit "Up" (2009). Despite his outspoken political activism, Asner remained impossible to dislike as well as one of Hollywood's hardest working performers.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Casting By (2013)
3.
 Second Chances (2013)
4.
 Too Big to Fail (2011)
7.
 Up (2009)
9.
 Gigantic (2008)
10.
 Generation Gap (2008)
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1951:
Served with U.S. Army Signal Corps in France
:
Performed with Playwrights Theatre Club and Second City Chicago
1957:
Began appearing on TV in shows such as as "Studio One" (CBS) and "Decoy" (Syndicated)
1960:
Made Broadway debut in "Face of a Hero"
1961:
Moved to Hollywood, CA
1962:
Film debut, "Kid Galahad"
1969:
First worked with Mary Tyler Moore in feature film "Change of Habit"
1970:
Played role of Mary's boss Lou Grant on long-running CBS sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
1977:
Reprised role from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" for CBS drama series "Lou Grant"
1977:
Earned Emmy for his role as Captain Davies in ABC miniseries "Roots"
1981:
Served as president of the Screen Actors Guild
1984:
Played Sam Waltman on short-lived ABC sitcom "Off the Rack"
1987:
Founded Blake/Quince Productions with actress Timothy Blake; company dissolved 1991
1987:
Played leading role of Joe Danzig on NBC drama series "The Bronx Zoo"
1989:
Returned to Broadway opposite Madeline Kahn in a revival of "Born Yesterday"
1991:
Played Guy Bannister in Oliver Stone's "JFK"
1991:
Joined CBS drama series "Trials of Rosie O'Neill"
1992:
Supplied voice of Chief Abalone for short-lived CBS animated series "Fish Police"
1992:
Joined one season of CBS sitcom "Hearts Afire"
1994:
Played Gil Jones on ABC sitcom "Thunder Alley"
1997:
Re-teamed with Mary Tyler Moore for TV movie "Payback" (ABC)
1997:
Landed recurring role as a judge on ABC legal drama "The Practice"
1998:
Returned to series TV as co-star of Fox sitcom "Ask Harriet"
1998:
Co-starred with Tom Selleck on CBS comedy "The Closer"
2003:
Cast in recurring role on ninth season of NBC medical drama "ER"
2003:
Played Santa Claus opposite Will Ferrell in Jon Favreau directed comedy "Elf"
2006:
Played recurring role on NBC drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"
2006:
Starred in Hallmark Channel Original Movie "The Christmas Card"
2009:
Played Paul Dano's 80-year-old pot-smoking father in "Gigantic"
2009:
Voiced retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen in Pixar animated film "Up"
2009:
Guest starred on "CSI: NY" (CBS) as clockmaker Abraham Klein
2009:
Narrated children's album <i>Scat</i>
2011:
Portrayed Warren Buffett in HBO film "Too Big to Fail"
2012:
Appeared in ABC Family movie "Home Alone: The Holiday Heist"
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Education

Wyandotte High School: Kansas City , Kansas -
University of Chicago: Chicago , Illinois - 1947 - 1949

Notes

Awarded the Flame of Truth Award from the Fund for Higher Education (1981)

Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame in 1996

Asner's seven Emmys make him the most honored male perfomer in the award's history.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Nancy Lou Sykes. Actor. Married on March 23, 1959; divorced.
companion:
Carol Jean Vogelman. In paternity suit brought by her husband, won child support for her son (born in 1987) fathered by Asner.
wife:
Cindy Gilmore. Producer. Married on August 2, 1998; born c. 1940; has son Robin from previous relationship.

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father:
Morris David Asner.
mother:
Lizzie Asner.
brother:
Ben Asner. Record store owner. Born c. 1916; died March 3, 1986 of a cerebral hemorrhage in Kansas City, Missouri.
son:
Matthew A Asner. Producer, actor. Twin of Liza; formerly married to TV reporter Jules Asner; remarried with son Jakob Ryan Asner (born in February 2000).
daughter:
Liza Asner. Twin of Matthew.
daughter:
Kate Asner. Actor. Appeared with father and brother Matthew on stage in "The Gathering" (1999).
son:
Charles Asner. Born c, 1987; mother, Carol Vogelman.
step-son:
Robin. Mother, Cindy Gillmore.
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