What do you know about actor Ed Asner?   

Jack Penn
@Jack.Penn · Posted 31 Aug. 2021

Liam Davis
@Liam.Davis · Posted 31 Aug. 2021

Ed Asner, an actor from the United States, debuted in the industry as gruff newsman Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Asner continued his acting career with Lou Grant after losing that popular sitcom. Both of his shows won Emmys. Many animated films, including Up by Pixar, have Asner's voice. For eight years between 1981 and 1985, he served as president of the Screen Actors Guild.


The author, Edward David Asner, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on November 15, 1929. With his portrayal of Lou Grant, the grumbling, yet endearing newsman, Asner delighted television audiences for over a decade. At the University of Chicago, he appeared in several productions during his early career path as an actor.


As a Signal Corps soldier, he went to New York in order to pursue a career as an actor. While he showed up on stage early in his career and appeared on a few television programs, he really came into his own when he appeared on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977). Featuring Mary Tyler Moore as Mary Richards, a television newscaster in Minneapolis in her 30s, a situation comedy followed her life. The TV show featured an independent woman who was focused on her career. Asner played Lou Grant, her boss, who, despite his tough exterior, was actually more carefree than an as-throwing bear. He was praised by both audiences and reviewers for capturing the personality of the character. In 1971, 1972, and 1975, Asner won three Emmy Awards for his work on the show as well as eleven nominations for the award. In 1977, the show ended, although it was still popular. New management took over the TV station's news department during its final episode.

Also acting in feature films, Asner played Santa Claus opposite Will Ferrell in 2003's Elf comedy. His role in The Christmas Card earned him an Emmy nomination in 2007. In addition to Fish Police (1992), The Magic School Bus (1994-1998), and Spider-Man (1994-1998), Asner also has lent his voice to other animated series over the years. Probably best known for his voice acting work for Pixar's Up, he did the voiceover for that film in 2009. From 1981-1985, Asner served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild in addition to being an actor.


In addition to his first marriage to Nancy Sykes, Asner is the father of three children - Matthew, Liza, and Kate. Carol Jean Vogelman also gave birth to a son named Charles through their relationship. The couple divorced in 2015 after they married in 1998.


During the month of March 2013, ED Asner was admitted to a Chicago hospital due to exhaustion. An injury sustained during a performance in Gary, Indiana, sent him to the hospital for two days.

TV actor Edward Asner, who won seven Emmys, passed away at the age of 91, his family announced. Sadly, Asner passed away naturally on August 29, 2021.

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