Edward Asner Biography
Versatile, committed, eloquent and talented are all adjectives that describe actor/activist and seven-time Emmy® Award recipient, Ed Asner. He is best known for his comedic and dramatic crossover as the gruff but soft-hearted journalist Lou Grant, the role he originated on the landmark TV comedy "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and continued in the newspaper-set drama "Lou Grant," which earned him 5 Emmys and 3 Golden Globes. Most recently, he starred as Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's box-office-hit Up, which won the Oscar and Golden Globe Awards for Best Animated Feature.
Asner currently tours the country as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the critically acclaimed one-man show FDR, which he has been doing for over three years. His prolific and much honored acting career demonstrates a consummate ability to transcend the line between comedy and drama. Asner's dozens of films include Fort Apache the Bronx, JFK, Elf (with Will Farrell) and many more.
One of the most honored actors in the history of TV, Asner has been the recipient of 7 Emmy Awards and 16 nominations, 5 Golden Globes and served as National President of the Screen Actors Guild for 2 terms. In 2002, he was honored by SAG with the Life Achievement Award, presented annually to an actor who fosters the highest ideals of the profession.
Grace marks his first appearance on Broadway in nearly a quarter century, having last appeared on the Great White Way in Born Yesterday (1989).