Ed Asner

Ed Asner

Movie Actor

Ed Asner is an American actor, best known for his roles in the television series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Lou Grant." He has received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, including seven Emmy Awards.

Full Name
Yitzhak Edward Asner
Nov 15, 1929
Aug 29, 2021
5' 7"
Net Worth


Ed Asner was born on November 15, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri. His parents were Morris and Lizzie Asner and he has two siblings. Asner attended Wyandotte High School where he joined the school's drama club. After graduating high school, he enrolled at the University of Chicago to study philosophy and political science.

Asner started his acting career with a small role in the Broadway play “The Play’s The Thing” in 1956. He then moved to Los Angeles and landed several television roles including on popular shows like "Gunsmoke," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "77 Sunset Strip" and "The Untouchables." In 1964, Asner got his big break when he was cast as Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." This performance earned him seven Emmy Awards throughout its seven-season run.

In 1972, Asner created the labor union Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE). He also voiced characters in numerous cartoons such as The Jetsons, Scooby-Doo, DuckTales and more. From 2009-2010, Asner appeared in Season 5 of the hit show 24 playing Jonas Hodges alongside Kiefer Sutherland. In 2011, he played Santa Claus in the movie Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas. Throughout his career, Asner has received numerous awards for his work including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Up!

Asner lives in Los Angeles with his wife Cindy Gilmore whom he married in 2014 after being single since 1988 following his divorce from Nancy Sykes. He is a father of three sons: Matt(born 1965), Charles (born 1967) and Liza (born 1971).

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1929</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Ed Asner is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On November 15, 1929, Ed Asner is born in Kansas City, Missouri.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1956</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Broadway Debut</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Asner makes his Broadway debut as a replacement in the play Ulysses in Nighttown.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1970</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Mary Tyler Moore Show</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Asner is cast as Lou Grant on the hit television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1975</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Emmy Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1980s</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Takes on Voiceover Work</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Begins taking on voiceover work for animated films such as All Dogs Go to Heaven and The Brave Little Toaster.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1989</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Golden Globe Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Wins the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2020</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Receives Lifetime Achievement Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Receives the 2020 SAG Life Achievement Award for outstanding achievement in television.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> He's a Great Actor</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Ed Asner is an incredible actor with a long and varied career. He has starred in numerous films, television shows, and stage plays. His iconic roles, such as Lou Grant from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, are still beloved by fans today.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> He's an Inspiration</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Ed Asner is a great source of inspiration. He speaks out on important issues and uses his platform to fight for what he believes in. He is also an advocate for the homeless and disabled, and his tireless efforts to help those in need are admirable.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> He's Hilarious</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Ed Asner is one of the funniest actors around. His quick wit, deadpan delivery, and larger than life persona make him an incredibly entertaining performer. Whether it’s playing a cantankerous old man or a charming scoundrel, Ed Asner always brings the laughs.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Won 7 Emmy Awards</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Ed Asner has won seven Emmy Awards over the course of his career, with five of them being for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spinoff series.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Served in the Korean War</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Before becoming an actor, Ed Asner served in the United States Army during the Korean War.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Appeared in Over 100 Films & TV Shows</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Ed Asner has appeared in over 100 films and television shows, including Elf, Up, and The Incredible Hulk.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Has Voiced Numerous Animated Characters</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Ed Asner has lent his voice to numerous animated characters, including Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's Up and Granny in Looney Tunes.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Champion of Social Causes</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Over the years, Ed Asner has been a vocal supporter of social causes and charities, particularly those which aid veterans and people with disabilities.</p></div>


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