Ed Asner Biography, Age, Death, Movies, TV Shows, Wife and Health

Ed Asner Biography

Ed Asner (Yitzhak Edward Asner) is an American actor, voice actor and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is particularly known for his role as Lou Grant during the 1970s and early 1980s, on both The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Lou Grant. This made him one of the few television actors to portray the same leading character in both a comedy and a drama.

Asner played John Wayne’s adversary Bart Jason in the 1966 Western El Dorado. He is also known for portraying Santa Claus in the comedy film Elf (2003) and its animated remake Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas (2014). Asner is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, having won seven.

He starred as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s animated film Up in 2009, and made a guest appearance on CSI: NY in the episode “Yahrzeit”.  Asner returned to television as butcher Hank Greziak in Working Class in early 2011, the first original sitcom on cable channel CMT.

Ed starred in the Canadian television series Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays, on CBC Television. He has appeared in the 2013 television series The Glades.He guest-starred as Guy Redmayne, a homophobic billionaire who supports Alicia Florrick’s campaign, in the sixth season of The Good Wife

Ed Asner Age | How Old Is Ed Asner

Ed was born on November 15, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri. He is 89 years old as of 2018.

Is Ed Asner Still Alive | Ed Asner Death | Ed Asner Dead

Ed is still alive.

Ed Asner Family | Ed Asner Young

Ed was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the son of  Lizzie (née Seliger), a housewife, and Morris David Asner both are Jewish Russian-born. They ran a second-hand shop.  Ed was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family.

Ed Asner Personal Life

Ed From 1959 to 1988 he was married to Nancy Sykes.  Thy have three children: twins Matthew and Liza, and Kate. He had a son named Charles with Carol Jean Vogelman in 1987. He is a parent and a grandparent of a child with autism, and is deeply involved with the autism nonprofit Autism Speaks.

Ed served on the advisory board of a suburban Chicago firm that employs persons with autistic spectrum disorders to test and program software.

In 1991 he became engaged to producer Cindy Gilmore.  The couple got  married on August 2, 1998. On November 7, 2007 Gilmore filed for legal separation .In 2015 Ed filed for divorce.

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Ed Asner Education

Ed went to  Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, and the University of Chicago. He also worked on the assembly line for General Motors. He served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps and appeared in plays that toured Army camps in Europe.

Actor Ed Asner

Ed joined the Playwrights Theatre Company in Chicago following his military service.  However, he left for New York City before members of that company regrouped as the Compass Players in the mid-1950s. Later he made guest appearances with the successor to Compass, The Second City, and is considered part of The Second City extended family. In New York City, Ed played Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum in the Off-Broadway revival of Threepenny Opera, scored his first Broadway role in Face of a Hero alongside Jack Lemmon in 1960.  Ed began to make inroads as a television actor, having made his TV debut in 1957 on Studio One.

Ed was the recipient of the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 2001.
He has won more Emmy Awards for performing than any other male actor (seven, including five for the role of Lou Grant). Ed was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1996.

Ed Asner Movies

Year

Title

Role

2019
The Gettysburg Address
Edward Everett (voice)
2019
The Garden Left Behind
Dr. Cleary
2017
Saving Christmas
Rick
2017
Joe’s War
Harry
2016
Boonville Redemption
Judge Mordecai Price
2015
I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!!
Himself
2015
The Nutcracker Sweet
Owl (voice)
2014
The Games Maker
Nicholas
2013
Axel: The Biggest Little Hero
Bonta / Narrator (voices)
2013
I Know That Voice
Himself
2012
Foodfight!
Leonard (voice)
2011
Witness Insecurity
Maxwell
2011
Let Go
Artie Satz
2011
Sheeba
Grandfather
2010
Not Another B Movie
Angry Investor
2010
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Granny Goodness (voice)
2009
Up
Carl Fredricksen (voice)
2009
Dug’s Special Mission
Carl Fredricksen (voice)
2008
Channels
Ed Packard
2008
Gigantic
Kirby Weathersby
2008
Christmas Cottage
Sidney
2006
The Heart Specialist
Mr. Olson
2005
Sheeba
Grandpa Cecil
2003
Elf
Santa Claus
2001
The Animal
Chief Wilson
2000
Perfect Game
Coach Billy
1999
Love and Action in Chicago
Taylor
1999
The Bachelor
Sid Gluckman
1999
Our Friend, Martin
Mr. Harris (voice)
1998
Hard Rain
Uncle Charlie
1997
The Fanatics
Charlie Atwater
1997
A Christmas Carol
Jacob Marley (voice)
1995
Gargoyles the Movie: The Heroes Awaken
Hudson (voice)
1995
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Bruno
1994
Felidae
Bluebeard
1992
The Real Story of Happy Birthday to You
Charlie (voice)
1991
JFK
Guy Bannister
1988
Moon over Parador
Himself
1988
Happily Ever After
Scowl the Owl (voice)
1987
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
Scalawag (voice)
1983
Daniel
Jacob Ascher
1982
O’Hara’s Wife
Bob O’Hara
1981
Fort Apache, The Bronx
Connolly
1976
Gus
Hank Cooper
1974
The Wrestler
Frank Bass
1971
Skin Game
Plunkett
1971
The Todd Killings
Fred Reardon
1970
Halls of Anger
Ernie McKay
1970
They Call Me Mister Tibbs!
Woody Garfield
1969
Change of Habit
Lt. Moretti
1967
El Dorado
Bart Jason
1967
Gunn
Police Lt. Jacoby
1966
The Venetian Affair
Frank Rosenfeld
1965
The Satan Bug
Veretti
1965
The Slender Thread
Det. Judd Ridley
1962
Kid Galahad
Assistant District Attorney Frank Gerson
1961
The Murder Men
Dave Keller

Ed Asner Tv Shows

Year

Title

Role

2019
Dead to Me
Abe
2018
Cobra Kai
Sid Weinberg
2018
MacGyver
Saul
2018
All of My Heart: The Wedding
Vern
2017
Bones
Rufus Tucker
2017
A StoryBots Christmas
Santa
2016
SpongeBob SquarePants
Angry Old Timer (voice)
2015–2018
Forgive Me
Bishop
2015
The Good Wife
Guy Redmayne
2015
Criminal Minds
Roy Brooks
2015
Murdoch Mysteries
Kris Kringle
2014
Men at Work
Bob
2014
Mom
Jack Bumgartner
2014
Chasing Life
Artie Carver
2014
Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas
Santa Claus (voice)
2013
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Coach Martin Schultz
2013
Maron
Marc’s Dad
2013
The Glades
Dr. Ted Hardy
2013
The Crazy Ones
Mr. Finger
2012
The Middle
Ben
2012
Hot in Cleveland
Jameson
2012
Hawaii Five-0
August March
2012
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
Mr. Carson
2012
Regular Show
Santa Claus (voice)
2011–2017
Michael: Every Day
Dr. Wasserman
2011
Young Justice
Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson) (voice)
2011
Working Class
Hank Greziak
2011
Too Big to Fail
Warren Buffett
2011
Royal Pains
Ted Roth
2010–2011
American Dad!
Grandpa Smith / Mailbox #2 (voices)
2010–2011
The Cleveland Show
Various
2010
The Sarah Silverman Program
Commandant Von Reichenstein
2009
Star-ving
Mr. Lipschitz and his twin Mr. Lipschitz
2009
The Line
Patrick
2009
CSI: NY
Abraham Klein
2009
WordGirl
Kid Potato (voice)
2008
The Spectacular Spider-Man
Uncle Ben (voice)
2007
Andy Barker, P.I.
Mickey Doyle
2006–2007
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Wilson White
2006
The Christmas Card
Luke Spellman
2006
W.I.T.C.H.
Napoleon (voice)
2005–2014
The Boondocks
Ed Wuncler Sr. (voice)
2005
The Dead Zone
Marty Bracknell
2004–2005
Justice League Unlimited
Granny Goodness / Hephaestus (voices)
2004–2005
Center of the Universe
Art Barnett
2003
ER
Dr. James McNulty
2003
Grim & Evil
Mr. Voorhees (voice)
2003
Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
Officer Barr
2003
Duck Dodgers
Guard Captain (voice)
2003
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure
Uncle Nick
2002
John XXIII: The Pope of Peace
Angelo Roncalli
2002
The Man Who Saved Christmas
Charles Gilbert
2001–2002
King of the Hill
Stinky (voice)
2001
Max Steel
Chuck Marshak (voice)
2001
The Huntress
Max Quinlin
2001
Family Guy
Steve Bellows (voice)
2001
Dharma & Greg
Earl Tucker
2001
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Mr. Weiner
2001
The Ellen Show
Santa Claus
2001
3×3 Eyes
Grandpa Ayanokoji (voice)
2000–2001
Johnny Bravo
Dr. Miller / Uncle Lou (voices)
2000
Common Ground
Ira
2000
Touched by an Angel
Bud
2000
The Hoop Life
Coach
2000
Arliss
Lenny Crowley
2000
Becoming Dick
Davis Aldrich
2000
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command
Fixer (voice)
2000
The Wild Thornberrys
Frank Hunter (voice)
1999
The Sissy Duckling
Elmer’s father (voice)
1999
The Simpsons
Editor (voice)
1999
Disney’s Recess
Thaddeus T. Third V (voice)
1999
Olive, the Other Reindeer
Santa Claus
1998–2000
Superman: The Animated Series
Granny Goodness (voice)
1998
Soul Man
Frank Weber
1998
Ask Harriet
Old Man Russell
1998
The Closer
Carl Dobson
1998
More Tales of the City
Jack Lederer
1998
Hercules
Mentor (voice)
1998
Maggie Winters
Nathan Winters
1998
The X-Files
Maurice
1997–2004
The Practice
Judge Matlin Pratt / Judge Marcus Winnaker
1997–1998
The New Adventures of Zorro
Additional voices
1997
Dog’s Best Friend
Jeep
1997
Adventures from the Book of Virtues
Daniel (voice)
1997
Dead Man’s Gun
Jebusi McKinney
1997
The Angry Beavers
Risk Keeper (voice)
1997
Life with Louie
Mr. Applegate (voice)
1997
Jumanji
The Judge (voice)
1996–1997
Mad About You
Zigmund Klarik
1996–1997
Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles
Hudson (voice)
1996
Gone in the Night
Det. John Waters
1996
Bruno the Kid
Engineer (voice)
1996
Roseanne
Lou Grant
1996
The Magic School Bus
Gen. Aranius (voice)
1996
The Story of Santa Claus
Santa Claus (voice)
1996
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
Von Romme / Sentry #4 (voices)
1995–1997
Freakazoid!
Sgt. Mike Cosgrove (voice)
1995
Duckman
Mort Sidelman (voice)
1994–1998
Spider-Man
J. Jonah Jameson (voice)
1994–1996
Gargoyles
Hudson (voice)
1994–1995
Thunder Alley
Gil Jones
1994
Dinosaurs
Evil Georgie (voice)
1993
Animaniacs
Vern (voice)
1993
Bonkers
Grumps (voice)
1993
Gypsy
Pop
1992–1994
Batman: The Animated Series
Roland Daggett (voice)
1992–1993
Hearts Afire
George Lahti
1992
Cruel Doubt
Bill Osteen
1992
Fish Police
Chief Abalone (voice)
1991–1992
The Trials of Rosie O’Neill
Walter Kovacs
1991
Switched at Birth
Ted Marx
1990–1996
Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Hoggish Greedly (voice)
1990
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less
Harvey Metcalfe
1988
A Friendship in Vienna
Opah Oskar Reikman
1987–1988
The Bronx Zoo
Principal Joe Danzig
1987
Cracked Up
Rev. Vincent Owens
1986
Tall Tales & Legends
Lucky Jake
1986
Highway to Heaven
Harold
1986
Kate’s Secret
Dr. Resnick
1986
Disneyland
Horace McNickle
1985
Tender Is the Night
Devereux Warren
1985
The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
Joshua (voice)
1984–1985
Off the Rack
Sam Waltman
1981
The Marva Collins Story
Narrator
1979
The Family Man
Eddie Madden
1978
Great Performances
Various Roles
1977–1982
Lou Grant
Lou Grant
1977
Roots
Capt. Thomas Davies
1977
The Gathering
Adam Thornton
1976
Rich Man, Poor Man
Axel Jordache
1975
The Wide World of Mystery
Det. Ed Ames
1975
Death Scream
Peter Singleton
1975
Hey, I’m Alive
Ralph Flores
1975
Hawaii Five-O
August March
1974
Rhoda
Lou Grant
1973–1976
Police Story
Frank Moran / Arch Tatum / Lt. Dave Blodgett
1973
The Girl Most Likely to…
Ralph Varone
1972
Cade’s County
Nick Grainger
1972
Haunts of the Very Rich
Al Hunsicker
1971
They Call It Murder
Chief Otto Larkin
1970–1977
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Lou Grant
1970–1972
The Mod Squad
Sgt. Ed Lassiter / Joe Walton / Harry Loring
1970
House on Greenapple Road
Sheriff Muntz
1970
The Old Man Who Cried Wolf
Dr. Morheim
1969
Mission: Impossible
George Simpson
1969
Medical Center
Coach Trask
1969
The Name of the Game
Vince Leonard / Cesare Marino
1969
Here Come the Brides
Matt Balter
1969
CBS Playhouse
NatCongdon
1969
Sadbird
Nat Congdon
1969
Daughter of the Mind
Saul Wiener
1968
The Wild Wild West
Furman Crotty
1967–1977
Insight
Various
1967–1969
Judd, for the Defense
District Attorney Orloff / Capt. Paul Wyatt
1967–1969
Ironside
Marlon Davis / Warrant Officer Frank Simpson
1967–1968
The Invaders
Harry Ferguson / Taugus
1967
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.
George Kramer
1967
Iron Horse
Ned Morley
1966–1969
The F.B.I.
Pete Zacharias / Walter Gretzler / John Carl Brock
1966
Please Don’t Eat the Daisies
Alvin
1966
The Rat Patrol
Captain Friedrich
1966
Run for Your Life
Cappi
1966
Felony Squad
Bull Bradovich
1966
The Doomsday Flight
Feldman
1965–1967
The Fugitive
Joe Bantam / Roy Malinek / Sheriff Mayhew
1965
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Brynov
1965
Burke’s Law
Pablo Vasquez
1965
A Man Called Shenandoah
Sam Chance
1964–1966
Gunsmoke
Sergeant Wilks / Jack Redmond
1964–1965
Profiles in Courage
Oliver E. Wells
1964
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
Sgt. Slade
1964
Slattery’s People
Frank Radcliff
1964
The Reporter
Max Holte
1964
The Farmer’s Daughter
George Chase
1963–1965
Mr. Novak
Paul Berg / Harmon Stern
1963–1964
The Defenders
Harry Obermayer / Tim Sellers
1963
The Eleventh Hour
Max Brenson
1963
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Jack Stander
1963
The Virginian
George Johnson
1963
Stoney Burke
Kapp
1963
The Nurses
Phil Granger
1963
Ben Casey
Jerome Lynch
1963
The Lieutenant
Charles Perry
1963
The Outer Limits
Detective Sgt. Thomas Siroleo
1963
The Richard Boone Show
Harry Forman
1962–1963
The Untouchables
Frank / Jimmy Canada / Fedor Bartok
1962–1963
Dr. Kildare
Dr. Frank Williams / John Fossman
1962
Outlaws
Keef
1962
Cain’s Hundred
Dave Keller
1962
Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Warden Bragan
1962
Sam Benedict
Dr. Everett Colner
1962
Alcoa Premiere
Daniel Stryker
1961
Naked City
Lt. Vincent Busti
1961
Target: The Corruptors!
Tyler
1960–1962
Route 66
Various
1958
Decoy
Sergeant
1957
Studio One
Juror / Third Actor

Ed Asner Mary Tyler Moore

Ed before landing his role with Mary Tyler Moore, he guest-starred in television series including the syndicated crime drama Decoy, starring Beverly Garland, and the NBC western series The Outlaws and Route 66 in 1962 (the episode titled “Welcome to the Wedding”) as Custody Officer Lincoln Peers.

Ed was cast on Jack Lord’s ABC drama series Stoney Burke and in the series finale of CBS’s The Reporter, starring Harry Guardino. He also appeared on Mr. Novak, Mission: Impossible , The Outer Limits and The Invaders. Asner also played a minor character in children’s television show W.I.T.C.H. (Napoleon – Cornelia’s younger sister’s cat).

He is best known for his character Lou Grant, who was first introduced on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1970. After the series, Asner’s character was given his own show, Lou Grant (1977–82). In contrast to the Mary Tyler Moore series, a thirty-minute award-winning comedy about television journalism, the Lou Grant series was an hour-long award-winning drama about newspaper journalism. (For his role as Grant, Asner is one of only two actors to win an Emmy Award for a sitcom and a drama for the same role, with the second being Uzo Aduba.)

Ed Asner Net Worth

Ed has an estimated net worth of $10 million.

Ed Asner Health

Ed has never had any health problem.

Ed Asner Up

Up is a 2009 3D computer-animated comedy-drama buddy adventure film. It is  produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is based on an elderly widower named Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) and an earnest boy named Russell (Jordan Nagai). By tying thousands of balloons to his house, Carl sets out to fulfill his dream to see the wilds of South America and complete a promise made to his late wife, Ellie. It  was directed by Pete Docter and co-directed by Bob Peterson, who also wrote the film’s screenplay, as well as the story with Tom McCarthy, with music composed by Michael Giacchino.

Ed Asner Christmas Movies

  • Elf – 2003
  • The Gathering – 1977
  • The Christmass Card – 2006
  • The Christmass Star – 1986
  • The man Who Saved Christmass- 2002
  • National Lampoo’s Christmas Vacation 2 – 2003
  • Saving Christmass- 2017
  • Christmas On The Bayou- 2013
  • Olive, the Other Reindeer-1999
  • Christmas is Here Again – 2007
  • Christmas Cottage- 2008

The Gathering Ed Asner

The Gathering is a 1977 made-for-television drama film. A rare live-action film produced by the animation studio of Hanna-Barbera Productions. It was directed by Randal Kleiser and starring Edward Asner and Maureen Stapleton.

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Ed Asner Elf

Elf is a 2003  comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. The film stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Ed Asner, and Bob Newhart. Ferrell plays one of Santa’s elves, who learns he is adopted and goes to New York City to meet his biological father (Caan).

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