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Ed Asner is a television legend, the winner of seven acting Emmy Awards (which puts him tied with Mary Tyler Moore, both of whom rank second to their "The Mary Tyler Moore Show (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


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, although they did not marry until 1998.

(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, serving as mayor from 2004 until 2011. Was elected Lieutenant Governor of California in 2010, for the term beginning 2011, with the term scheduled to end in January 2019. Candidate for Governor of California in 2018, and if elected, will serve as Governor beginning in January 2019.

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 (The Mary Tyler Moore Show (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 and the grandparent 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: The Animated Series (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 The Mary Tyler Moore Show (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: The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970), Rhoda (1974), Lou Grant (1977) and Roseanne (1988).

Before his future Lou Grant (1977) costar Linda Kelsey would star opposite Asner in the series, she guest-starred on The Mary Tyler Moore Show: A New Sue Ann (1974), which also featured Asner playing Lou Grant.

Friends with Mary Tyler MooreGavin MacLeodBetty WhiteDick Van DykePeter FondaGordon JumpEd Begley Jr.Rosie O'DonnellMatthew Modine, and Dylan McDermott.

Mr. Asner won a 2017 Voice Arts Award for his performance on the Western audio drama podcast "Powder Burns" (for Episode 6: Psalms for a Broken Man) in which he plays an aging cowboy battling Alzheimer's disease. The show is the creation of writer/producer David A. Gregory (CBS' "The Good Fight").

Uncle of Mark Seliger.

He and Uzo Aduba are the only two people to win Emmys in both Drama and Comedy categories for playing the same character. Asner played the character of "Lou Grant" in The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) (Comedy) and in Lou Grant (1977) (Drama), while Aduba owes her Emmys in Comedy (2014) and Drama (2015) for her performance as "Crazy Eyes" to Orange Is the New Black (2013)'s switch from the Comedy to Drama competition (due to newly introduced Emmy rules in the 2014/2015 season).

As of 2018, has appeared in two films nominated for Best Picture Oscar: JFK (1991) and Up (2009).