Nov. 15th, 1929
Kansas City, Kansas, USA
Edward Asner's Main TV Roles
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Edward Asner (born November 15, 1929), commonly known as Ed Asner, is an American film, television, stage, and voice actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild, primarily known for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series, Lou Grant. More recently, he provided the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's award-winning animated film, Up.
- Father of 'Matthew Asner' (qv) and 'Kate Asner' (qv).
- A long-time political activist, he accused the CBS network of cancelling _"Lou Grant" (1977)_ (qv) over his publicized disapproval of the United States involvement in Central America.
- Has won more Emmys, 7, as an actor than any other male performer.
- Was a member of the Compass Players, a predecessor to the famed Second City of Chicago.
- Has played Santa Claus four times; in _Elf (2003)_ (qv), _"The Ellen Show" (2001)_ (qv), _Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999) (TV)_ (qv), and _The Story of Santa Claus (1996) (TV)_ (qv).
- Announced the news of 'Steve Ihnat' (qv)'s sudden death (in Cannes, France) on the Emmy telecast.
- Credited as assisted in funding for _Roger & Me (1989)_ (qv).
- Is the parent of a child with autism.