Ed Asner

Actor, Producer, Post office clerk
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/14/1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (263)

All Of My Heart 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

All In 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chasing Life 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christmas is Here Again 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Christmas on the Bayou 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Identical 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Let Go 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Men at Work 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Missing Brendan 2014 (Movie)

George Calden (Actor)

Mom 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Once in a Lifetime: Just Go For It 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Corey (Actor)

Should've Been Romeo 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Boondocks 2005 - 2006, 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Games Maker 2014 (Movie)

Nicholas Drago (Actor)

Thunder and the House of Magic 2014 (Movie)

Sr. Jeffrey McDonough (Actor)

Voice of the Voiceless 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Betty White's Off Their Rockers 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pioneers of Television 2013 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Second Chances 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Crazy Ones 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Glades 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Two In 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hot in Cleveland 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Middle 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Genesis Awards 2011 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Hearts Afire 1992 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1992 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nova 1992 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Royal Pains 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shatner's Raw Nerve 1992 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Cleveland Show 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Desert of Forbidden Art 2011 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Heart Specialist 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Practice 1992 - 2002, 2004, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1992 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Working Class 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Voice

The Sarah Silverman Program 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: New York 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gigantic 2009 (Movie)

Mr Weathersby (Actor)

Up 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Carl Fredricksen (Actor)

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

TV Land Awards 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Andy Barker, P.I. 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage 2007 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

Sir! No Sir! 2006 (Movie)

(Voice)

Center of the Universe 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Justice League Unlimited 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Dead Zone 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Elf 2003 (Movie)

Santa (Actor)

Spider-Man 2003 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Mary Tyler Moore Reunion 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Fame: Mary Tyler Moore/Bob Newhart 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Teamo Supremo 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Disney/Pixar's Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Gahan Wilson's The Kid 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1993 - 1997, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Soul Man 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Commission 2002 (Movie)

Dallas Police Homicide Captain Will Fritz (Actor)

The Simpsons 1999, 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dead Man's Gun 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dharma & Greg 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hollywood, D.C.: A Tale of Two Cities 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

In Search of Peace - Part One: 1948-1967 2001 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Intimate Portrait: Betty White 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Max Steel 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

The Animal 2001 (Movie)

Chief Wilson (Actor)

The Ellen Show 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Common Ground 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Olive, the Other Reindeer 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Snowden's Christmas 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Zorro 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Batman: The Animated Series 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Full Blossom 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love and Action in Chicago 1999 (Movie)

Taylor (Actor)

Maggie Winters 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Michael Landon 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bachelor 1999 (Movie)

Gluckman (Actor)

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Armistead Maupin's More Tales of the City 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ask Harriet 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed Asner: Lovable Grouch 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Rain 1998 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

More Great Escapes of World War II 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Closer 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The X-Files 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Michael Landon: The E! True Hollywood Story 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Payback 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid! 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

The Long Way Home 1997 (Movie)

(Voice)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Christmas Carol 1996 (Movie)

(Voice)

P.T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Stan Lee: The ComiX-MAN! 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sugar Scandal 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Fanatics 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The New Adventures of Captain Planet 1990 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Down at the Waterfront 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Going, Going, Almost Gone! Animals in Danger 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Ninth Annual Genesis Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ultimate TV Trivia Challenge 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Thunder Alley 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

For the Living 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

For the Living 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Spider-Man 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Down on the Waterfront 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Happily Ever After 1993 (Movie)

of Scowl (Voice)

Fish Police 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Listen Up! Voices in Celebration of Education 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Star-athon '92: A Weekend With the Stars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trials of Rosie O'Neill 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Beyond JFK: The Question of Conspiracy 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Christmas at Pops 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

Guy Bannister (Actor)

Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tube Test 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Moon Over Parador 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Bronx Zoo 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Troubled Waters 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night 1987 (Movie)

of Scalawag (Voice)

The Christmas Star 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Tender Is The Night 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Vital Signs 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrities: Where Are They Now? 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Donald Duck's 50th Birthday 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Off the Rack 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

On Top All Over the World 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second City 25th Anniversary Special 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Daniel 1983 (Movie)

Jacob Ascher (Actor)

Parade of Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Lou Grant 1977 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

O'Hara's Wife 1982 (Movie)

Bob O'Hara (Actor)

Fort Apache, the Bronx 1981 (Movie)

Captain Dennis Connolly (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars VII 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Family Man 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gathering 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Americas in Transition 1977 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Gus 1976 (Movie)

Hank Cooper (Actor)

Hey, I'm Alive! 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Monty Hall's Variety Hour 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Imposter 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Twigs 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl Most Likely To... 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rowan and Martin Special 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Police Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wrestler 1972 (Movie)

Frank Bass (Actor)

Skin Game 1971 (Movie)

Plunkett (Actor)

Halls of Anger 1970 (Movie)

McKay (Actor)

The Todd Killings 1970 (Movie)

Fred Reardon (Actor)

Change of Habit 1969 (Movie)

Lieutenant Moretti (Actor)

They Call Me Mr. Tibbs 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gunn 1967 (Movie)

Jacoby (Actor)

El Dorado 1966 (Movie)

Bart Jason (Actor)

Slattery's People 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

The Venetian Affair 1966 (Movie)

Frank Rosenfeld (Actor)

Profiles in Courage 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Satan Bug 1965 (Movie)

Veretti (Actor)

The Slender Thread 1964 (Movie)

Detective Judd Ridley (Actor)

A Case of Libel (TV Show)

Actor

A Friendship in Vienna (TV Show)

Actor

A Small Killing (TV Show)

Actor

Above Suspicion (TV Show)

Actor

Anatomy of an Illness (TV Show)

Actor

Becoming Dick (TV Show)

Actor

Bring Him Home (TV Show)

Actor

Cracked Up (TV Show)

Actor

Cruel Doubt (TV Show)

Actor

Darlin' Clementine (TV Show)

Actor

Daughter of the Mind (TV Show)

Actor

Death Scream (TV Show)

Actor

Dog's Best Friend (TV Show)

Voice

Gargoyles (TV Show)

Voice

Generation Gap (TV Show)

Actor

Gone in the Night (TV Show)

Actor

Gypsy (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday to You (TV Show)

Voice

Haunts of the Very Rich (TV Show)

Actor

Heads (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood: The Golden Years (TV Show)

Actor

Kate's Secret (TV Show)

Actor

Our Friend, Martin (TV Show)

Voice

Out of the Woods (TV Show)

Actor

Rich Man, Poor Man (TV Show)

Actor

Roots (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Motive (TV Show)

Actor

Star Tour Australia (TV Show)

Actor

Switched at Birth (TV Show)

Actor

The Christmas Card (TV Show)

Actor

The Doomsday Flight (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Child (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Saved Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

The Marva Collins Story (TV Show)

Narrator

The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (TV Show)

Actor

The Sissy Duckling (TV Show)

Voice

The Story of Santa Claus (TV Show)

Voice

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)

Voice

There Once Was a Town (TV Show)

Narrator

They Call It Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Too Big to Fail (TV Show)

Actor

Tower of life (TV Show)

Narrator
Producer (2)

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media 1993 (Movie)

funding (Producer)

A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Other (2)

Through the Wire 1990 (Movie)

assistance (Assistant)

Roger & Me 1989 (Movie)

Funding (Other)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Robin

Step-Son
Mother, Cindy Gillmore

Matthew Asner Voice

Son
Acted with father and sister Kate on stage in "The Gathering" (1999)

Kate Asner Actor

Daughter
Acted with father and brother Matthew on stage in "The Gathering" (1999)

Morris Asner

Father
Owned second-hand shop

Lizzie Asner

Mother

Liza Asner

Daughter
Twin of Matthew; mother, Nancy Sykes

Charles Asner

Son
Born 1987; mother, Carol Vogelman

Ben Asner

Brother
Born c. 1916 Died March 3, 1986 of cerebral hemorrhage

Cindy Gilmore Actor

Wife
Married Aug. 2, 1998 Filed for divorce Nov. 7, 2007 Divorced finalized August 2009

Nancy Sykes Actor

Wife
Married March 23, 1959 Divorced 1988

Carol Vogelman

Companion
In a paternity suit brought by her husband, won child support for her son fathered by Asner

EDUCATION

Wyandotte High School

Kansas City , Kansas

University of Chicago

Chicago , Illinois 1947 - 1949
Made stage acting debut in "Murder in the Cathedral"; attended with fellow student Mike Nichols

Milestones

2012

Appeared in ABC Family movie "Home Alone: The Holiday Heist"

2011

Portrayed Warren Buffett in HBO film "Too Big to Fail"

2009

Narrated children's album Scat

2009

Guest starred on "CSI: NY" (CBS) as clockmaker Abraham Klein

2009

Voiced retired balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen in Pixar animated film "Up"

2009

Played Paul Dano's 80-year-old pot-smoking father in "Gigantic"

2006

Played recurring role on NBC drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"

2006

Starred in Hallmark Channel Original Movie "The Christmas Card"

2003

Played Santa Claus opposite Will Ferrell in Jon Favreau directed comedy "Elf"

2003

Cast in recurring role on ninth season of NBC medical drama "ER"

1998

Co-starred with Tom Selleck on CBS comedy "The Closer"

1998

Returned to series TV as co-star of Fox sitcom "Ask Harriet"

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"

1994

Played Gil Jones on ABC sitcom "Thunder Alley"

1992

Joined one season of CBS sitcom "Hearts Afire"

1992

Supplied voice of Chief Abalone for short-lived CBS animated series "Fish Police"

1991

Joined CBS drama series "Trials of Rosie O'Neill"

1991

Played Guy Bannister in Oliver Stone's "JFK"

1989

Returned to Broadway opposite Madeline Kahn in a revival of "Born Yesterday"

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"

1984

Played Sam Waltman on short-lived ABC sitcom "Off the Rack"

1981

Served as president of the Screen Actors Guild

1977

Earned Emmy for his role as Captain Davies in ABC miniseries "Roots"

1977

Reprised role from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" for CBS drama series "Lou Grant"

1969

Played role of Mary's boss Lou Grant on long-running CBS sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

1968

First worked with Mary Tyler Moore in feature film "Change of Habit"

1962

Film debut, "Kid Galahad"

1961

Moved to Hollywood, CA

1960

Made Broadway debut in "Face of a Hero"

1957

Began appearing on TV in shows such as as "Studio One" (CBS) and "Decoy" (Syndicated)

1951

Served with U.S. Army Signal Corps in France

Performed with Playwrights Theatre Club and Second City Chicago

Bonus Trivia

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Asner was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1996.

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He was hospitalized for exhaustion on March 12, 2013 after performing a one-man show in Gary, IN.

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