Ed Asner

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Ed Asner
Ed Asner 2015.jpg
Asner in August 2015
President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
Preceded byWilliam Schallert
Succeeded byPatty Duke
Personal details
BornEdward Asner
(1929-11-15) November 15, 1929 (age 89)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.[1]
Political partyDemocratic Party, Democratic Socialists of America
Spouse(s)Nancy Sykes (1959–1988, divorced)
Cindy Gilmore (1998–2007, divorced)
ResidenceSanta Monica, California, U.S.
EducationWyandotte High School
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
OccupationActor, political activist

Edward "Ed" Asner (born November 15, 1929) is an American actor of Jewish descent.[2]

He was the president of Screen Actors Guild. He is known for his Emmy Award winning role Lou Grant on both the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant.

In 2009, he voiced Carl Fredrickson in the Academy Award winning movie Up. In 2011, Asner returned to television as butcher Hank Greziak in Working Class, the first original sitcom on cable CMT. He is currently starring in a Canadian television series Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays, on CBC Television.

Asner was born in Kansas City, Missouri on November 15, 1929,[3] but was raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Asner was married to Nancy Sykes from 1959 until they divorced in 1988. Later married Cindy Gilmore in 1998 until they divorced in 2007. Asner had four children with Skykes. Asner currently lives in Santa Monica, California.

His ex-nephew-in-law is ex-San Francisco mayor and Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom.

References[change | change source]

  1. Asner clearly explains his birthplace at 0:0:45 of his Archive of American Television interview for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, available at [1].
  2. www.filmreference.com
  3. Edward Asner Biography (1929-)

Other websites[change | change source]

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