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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 November 1929Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Birth NameEddie Asner
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards (which puts tied him with Mary Tyler Moore, both of whom rank second to their "Mary Tyler Moore (1970) Show" co-star, Cloris Leachman who has nine). In all, he has been nominated 20 times for an Emmy Award, with 17 nods for a Primetime Emmy and three for a Daytime award. (All of his wins were for Primetime.)

As well as being one of the most outstanding and most respected actors of his generation, equally adept at comedy as he is at drama, Asner also made a name for himself as a trade unionist and a political activist. He served two terms as president of the Screen Actors Guild, from 1981-1985, during which he criticized former SAG President Ronald Reagan, then the president of a greater concern, for his Central American policy.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (2)

Cindy Gilmore (2 August 1998 - present) (filed for divorce)
Nancy Sykes (23 March 1959 - 1988) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (24)

Father-in-law of Jules Asner from 1992 to 1996.
He had a son, Charles, in 1987 with Carol Jean Vogelman.
Engaged to Cindy Gilmore in 1991.
(1981-1985) President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG).
A long-time political activist, he accused the CBS network of cancelling Lou Grant (1977) over his publicized disapproval of the United States involvement in Central America.
On October 6th & 7th, 2001, he attended the "Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show", at Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn, in North Hollywood, California.
Has been a longtime supporter and admirer of the convicted cop murderer, Black Panther and radical activist Mumia Abu-Jamal. He believes in Mumia Abu-Jamal's innocence and has long opposed the death penalty.
His wife's nephew, Gavin Newsom, was elected mayor of San Francisco in 2003.
Was a member of the Compass Players, a predecessor to the famed Second City of Chicago.
Only actor to win Emmys for playing the same character (Lou Grant) in both a comedy (Mary Tyler Moore (1970)) and a drama (Lou Grant (1977)).
Credited as assisted in funding for Roger & Me (1989).
Father of Matthew Asner and Kate Asner.
Has won more Emmys, 7, as an actor than any other male performer.
Announced the news of Steve Ihnat's sudden death (in Cannes, France) on the Emmy telecast.
Has played Santa Claus 5 times; in Elf (2003), The Ellen Show (2001), Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999), The Story of Santa Claus (1996) and in an episode of Highway to Heaven.
Was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family.
Is the parent of a child with autism.
He played Jabba the Hutt in the NPR radio dramatization of "Return of the Jedi" (1996).
He supplied the voice of J. Jonah Jameson, the editor of the Daily Bugle, in Spider-Man (1994) and the voice of Ben Parker, the uncle of Peter Parker / Spider-Man whose murder inspires him to become a superhero, in The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008).
He has made guest appearances on both Hawaii Five-O (1968) and Hawaii Five-0 (2010).
Acting mentor and friends of: Linda Kelsey and Daryl Anderson.
Best known by the public for his role as Lou Grant on Mary Tyler Moore (1970) and for his starring role on the spin-off of the title character in Lou Grant (1977).
He has played the same character (Lou Grant) in four different series: Mary Tyler Moore (1970), Rhoda (1974), Lou Grant (1977) and Roseanne (1988).
Before his future Lou Grant (1977) co-star Linda Kelsey would star opposite Asner in the series, she guest-starred on 1 episode of the parent series, Mary Tyler Moore (1970), which also featured Asner, playing the same character.

Personal Quotes (4)

(on making the transition from the comedy Mary Tyler Moore (1970) to its dramatic spin-off series Lou Grant (1977)] We were really worried about changing over from a three-camera half-hour comedy to a one-camera full-hour drama. The audience wasn't ready for the switch - even CBS billed us in their promos as a comedy. In fact, the whole thing was impossible. But we didn't know that.
I also think that there is a strong streak of racism, and whenever we engage in foreign adventures. Our whole history in regime change has been of people of different color.
To my knowledge, there is no blacklist. But there is a mindset, even among liberal producers, that says 'He may be difficult so let's avoid him.'
Raising kids is part joy and part guerrilla warfare.

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