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Edward Asner

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Edward Asner in 2006

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Edward Asner is an American film and television actor and former President of the Screen Actors Guild, primarily known for his role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series, Lou Grant. Asner is the only actor to win the Emmy award for a sitcom and a drama for the same role—Lou Grant. Asner is also known for his acclaimed role as Captain Davies, from the mini-series Roots, a role that earned Asner an Emmy Award. In addition to his on camera acting, Asner has had an extensive voice acting career. Some of his most memorable voices include J. Jonah Jameson on the 1990s animated television series_Spider-Man_, Hudson on Gargoyles, Jabba the Hutt on the radio version of Star Wars, and Roland Daggett on Batman: The Animated Series.

In 1993, he narrated the short documentary Legacy for Efrain, which explores the impact of the nonprofit world hunger organization Heifer International. More recently, Asner provided the voice of Carl Fredricksen in the 2009 Pixar film Up. He received great critical praise for the role, with one critic suggested that "they should create a new category for this year's Academy Award for Best Vocal Acting in an animated film and name Asner as the first recipient."

Fact file

  • Born: Edward Asner November 15, 1929 (age 85) Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
  • Nationality: American
  • Education: Wyandotte High School
  • Alma mater: University of Chicago
  • Occupation: Actor, political activist
  • Years active: 1957–present
  • Home town: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Political party: Democratic Party
  • Spouse(s): Nancy Sykes (1959–1988, divorced) Cindy Gilmore (1998– present, separated 2007)

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Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Edward Asner End Search for Grace Jan. 6
Playbill Combined , 2013-01-06 05:00:00
Craig Wright's Grace, a four-person darkly comic drama set in Florida that examines the meaning of religion and life, concludes its limited engagement at Broadway's Cort Theatre Jan. 6 at 3 PM.

PHOTO CALL: Grace Men Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Edward Asner Honored With Sardi's Caricatures
Playbill Combined , 2012-10-10 15:09:00
Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon and Edward Asner, the men of the new Broadway play Grace, received caricatures that now adorn the walls of the famed eatery. An unveiling was held Oct. 9.

Paul Rudd, Michael Shannon, Edward Asner Search for Grace on Broadway, Opening Oct. 4
Playbill Combined , 2012-10-04 04:00:00
Craig Wright's Grace, a four-person darkly comic drama set in Florida that examines the meaning of religion and life, officially opens Oct. 4 at Broadway's Cort Theatre following previews that began Sept. 13.

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