(1929 - )
Edward “Ed” Asner is a Jewish American film, television, stage and voice actor.
He was born on November
15, 1929, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Russian-born parents, and raised in an Orthodox Jewish household.
Asner became his acting career by
performing in off-Broadway productions, including The Threepenny
Opera (1956). By 1961, he had shifted his interests to television,
making guest appearances on several series. From 1964 to 1965, Asner
was a regular on Slattery’s People.
Asner is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou
Grant on CBS’s The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977), and
later continued in a spin-off series, Lou Grant (1977-1982).
Asner is the only actor, to win Emmys for playing the same character
in both a comedy (“Mary Tyler Moore” (1970)) and a drama
(“Lou Grant” (1977)).
During the run of “Mary Tyler Moore,” Asner
also starred in a number of television movies and mini-series including Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) and Roots (1977).
Asner has also had an extensive voice acting career.
He provided the voices for J. Jonah Jameson on the 1990s animated television
series Spider-Man, Hudson on Gargoyles, Jabba the Hutt
on the radio version of Star Wars, Master Vrook from Star
Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel, Roland Daggett
on Batman: The Animated Series, and Cosgrove on Freakazoid.
Asner served as President of the Screen Actors Guild
(SAG) from 1981 to 1985.
Sources: “Edward Asner (1929 - ).” American
Jewish Historical Society, American
Jewish Desk Reference, (NY: Random
House, 1999). pg. 434-5, Wikipedia, Internet Movie Database