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Ed Asner

Also Credited As: Edward Asner
 
Birth Place:
Kansas City, KS, USA
Bio:
Asner is an American actor, voice artist, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily 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, making him one of the few television actors to portray ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: November 15, 1929 (92)

Birth Place: Kansas City, KS, USA

Bio:
Asner is an American actor, voice artist, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily 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, making him one of the few television actors to portray ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2012
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
2005
Voice of God
  [Regional (US)]
Los Angeles Revival, 2003
Narrator [recorded voice only]
  [Broadway]
1989
Harry Brock
  [Broadway]
1960
Perry Cates
  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1955
Sawtooth Bob (Macheath's Gang) [Replacement]
Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum [Replacement]
Mr. J.J. Peachum [Replacement]

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Stacy Keach and Ed Asner share a Terrence McNally moment. Photo

Stacy Keach and Ed Asner share a Terrence McNally moment.

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Date:
10/01/2013
Billy Zane, Peter Jason, Ed Asner and Dan McCleary Photo

Billy Zane, Peter Jason, Ed Asner and Dan McCleary

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Date:
09/27/2013

Frank Wood, Lois Smith, Cory Michael Smith, Mario Cantone, Leslie Uggams, Michael S Photo

Frank Wood, Lois Smith, Cory Michael Smith, Mario Cantone, Leslie Uggams, Michael Shannon, Paul Rudd, Kate Arrington, Ed Asner

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Date:
12/20/2012

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2012
Performer

  [Off-Broadway]
2005
Voice of God

  [Regional (US)]
Los Angeles Revival, 2003
Narrator [recorded voice only]

  [Broadway]
1989
Harry Brock

  [Broadway]
1960
Perry Cates

  [Off-Broadway]
Return Engagement [off-Broadway], 1955
Sawtooth Bob (Macheath's Gang) [Replacement]

Jonathan Jeremiah Peachum [Replacement]

Mr. J.J. Peachum [Replacement]

Ed Asner Biography

Asner is an American actor, voice artist, and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily 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, making him one of the few television actors to portray the same character in both a comedy and a drama. He is the most honored male performer in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, having won seven, five for portraying Lou Grant (three as Supporting Actor in a Comedy Television Series and two as Lead Actor in a Dramatic Television Series). His other Emmys were for performances in two of the most significant mini-television series of the 1970s: Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), where he won for Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Performance in a TV series, and Roots (1977), for which he won for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a TV series.

He played John Wayne's adversary Bart Jason in the 1966 Western El Dorado. He has played Santa Claus in several films, notably in 2003's Elf. In 2009, he starred as the voice of Carl Fredricksen in Pixar's animated film Up and made a guest appearance on CSI: NY in the episode "Yahrzeit." In early 2011, Asner returned to television as butcher Hank Greziak in Working Class, the first original sitcom on cable channel CMT. He starred Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays, on CBC Television and appeared in The Glades. Asner guest-starred as Guy Redmayne, a homophobic billionaire who supports Alicia Florrick's campaign, in the sixth season of The Good Wife.




Ed Asner News

Laguna Playhouse Raises More Than $25,000 For Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen Photo Laguna Playhouse Raises More Than $25,000 For Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 29, 2022

Playhouse has raised over $25,000 to donate to Jose Andres‚Äô World Central Kitchen. The Playhouse started collecting the donations following the performances of I Love You, You‚Äôre Perfect, Now Change, ‚ÄúWhat A Fool Believes - Tribute to The Doobie Brothers‚ÄĚ and its most recent production of A Chorus Line.

Tovah Feldshuh Will Lead Virtual Presentation Of BECOMING Dr. RUTH Next Week Photo Tovah Feldshuh Will Lead Virtual Presentation Of BECOMING Dr. RUTH Next Week
by Stephi Wild - Jun 3, 2022

Beloved psychologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer celebrates her 94th birthday this June, and in celebration, six-time Tony- and Emmy-nominated actor Tovah Feldshuh and the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will present a special virtual broadcast of the one-woman Off-Broadway show, Becoming Dr. Ruth.

MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH & I'M IN THERAPY Comes to Delaware Theatre Co Photo MY MOTHER'S ITALIAN, MY FATHER'S JEWISH & I'M IN THERAPY Comes to Delaware Theatre Company in June
by Stephi Wild - May 26, 2022

The international comedy hit My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm in Therapy!, featuring actor & comedian Peter J. Fogel, will be coming to Delaware Theatre Company June 1-19, 2022.

World Premiere of LOVE AMONG THE RUINS & More Announced for Laguna Playhouse 2022-202 Photo World Premiere of LOVE AMONG THE RUINS & More Announced for Laguna Playhouse 2022-2023 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 29, 2022

Laguna Playhouse has announced its 2022-2023 Season of Shows! Their season begins with the most successful new Canadian play of the last decade, the hilariously heartwarming KIM’S CONVENIENCE.

VIDEO: First Look At Marsha Mason In LOST IN YONKERS at Hartford Stage Photo VIDEO: First Look At Marsha Mason In LOST IN YONKERS at Hartford Stage
by Stage Tube - Apr 26, 2022

Four time Academy Award-nominated actor and director Marsha Mason co-directs and stars in Hartford Stage's forthcoming production of Neil Simon's classic comedy Lost in Yonkers. The production, which is co-directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Producer Rachel Alderman, runs April 7 through May 1, 2022.

Marsha Mason to Star in and Co-Direct LOST IN YONKERS at Hartford Stage Photo Marsha Mason to Star in and Co-Direct LOST IN YONKERS at Hartford Stage
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 24, 2022

Four time Academy Award-nominated actor and director Marsha Mason will co-direct and star in Hartford Stage's forthcoming production of Neil Simon's classic comedy Lost in Yonkers. 

KING SOLOMON'S TREASURE to Open at Whitefire Theatre Photo KING SOLOMON'S TREASURE to Open at Whitefire Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 22, 2022

The Whitefire Theatre will present King Solomon's Treasure April 7- May 12, 2022. It's New York in 1990. In midtown Manhattan, King Solomon's Treasure is a shop where curios, collectables, and vintage items are for sale, things as disparate as a 30-year-old bottle of Orange Crush and a baseball signed by Jackie Robinson.

Backstage Babble Hosts Special Guest Harvey Fierstein for 100th Episode Photo Backstage Babble Hosts Special Guest Harvey Fierstein for 100th Episode
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 13, 2022

Backstage Babble, hosted by 14-year-old theater aficionado Charles Kirsch, is proud to announce the publication of its 100th episode, featuring Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein.

TWO JEWS, TALKING Comes to Flat Rock Playhouse in March Photo TWO JEWS, TALKING Comes to Flat Rock Playhouse in March
by Stephi Wild - Feb 24, 2022

Don't miss the Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe award winning duo in a brand new side-splitting piece written by Ed. Weinberger. Television stars Hal Linden (Barney Miller) and Bernie Kopell (The Love Boat) will star in the staged reading of Two Jews, Talking.

Melissa Peterman To Host The 9th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Photo Melissa Peterman To Host The 9th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards 
by A.A. Cristi - Feb 8, 2022

Actress and comedian¬†Melissa Peterman, known for portraying 'Barbra Jean' on the television series ‚ÄúReba‚ÄĚ and currently on CBS #1 Comedy ‚ÄúYoung Sheldon‚ÄĚ as 'Brenda Sparks,'¬†will host the¬†9th¬†Annual¬†Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild¬†(MUAHS, IATSE Local 706)¬†Awards, presented by HASK Beauty, bringing her humor and talent to¬†the star-studded event.

Ed Asner Videos

VIDEO: First Look At Marsha Mason In LOST IN YONKERS at Hartford Stage VideoVIDEO: First Look At Marsha Mason In LOST IN YONKERS at Hartford Stage
by Stage Tube - Apr 26, 2022

Four time Academy Award-nominated actor and director Marsha Mason co-directs and stars in Hartford Stage's forthcoming production of Neil Simon's classic comedy Lost in Yonkers. The production, which is co-directed by Hartford Stage Artistic Producer Rachel Alderman, runs April 7 through May 1, 2022.

VIDEO: Ed Asner Talks About Dating Mary Tyler Moore on THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW VideoVIDEO: Ed Asner Talks About Dating Mary Tyler Moore on THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW
by Stage Tube - Oct 9, 2020

Ed Asner plays 'Never Has Ed Ever' and reveals that he once went on a date with his co-star on 'The Mary Tyler Moore' show. Tune in to hear the juicy details.

VIDEO: Watch Jeffrey A Johns & More Perform 'That's Broadway' in a Clip From STILL WA VideoVIDEO: Watch Jeffrey A Johns & More Perform 'That's Broadway' in a Clip From STILL WAITING IN THE WINGS
by Stage Tube - May 15, 2020

The new film Still Waiting in the Wings a?" an all-star heartwarming musical homage to Broadway a?" is available worldwide on DVD and all digital platforms, including Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play, today, May 15, 2020. The movie is directed by Q. Allan Brocka and written by Jeffrey A. Johns and Arie Gonzalez.

VIDEO: Watch a Preview for THE STORY OF SANTA CLAUS on CBS VideoVIDEO: Watch a Preview for THE STORY OF SANTA CLAUS on CBS
by Stage Tube - Nov 25, 2019

This animated musical holiday special revolves around a gentle toymaker (voiced by Ed Asner) whose only wish is to deliver a toy to every child on Christmas.

VIDEO: See Rosario Dawson and Alan Cumming in the Trailer for the New USA Network Ser VideoVIDEO: See Rosario Dawson and Alan Cumming in the Trailer for the New USA Network Series BRIARPATCH
by Stage Tube - Aug 26, 2019

USA Network has released the first trailer for Briarpatch, the anthology drama series starring Rosario Dawson and featuring Alan Cumming.

VIDEO: On This Day, April 9- Happy Birthday, Cynthia Nixon! VideoVIDEO: On This Day, April 9- Happy Birthday, Cynthia Nixon!
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 9, 2019

On this day we're celebrating the birthday of multiple Tony Award-winner, television star, and former gubernatorial candidate, the great Cynthia Nixon!

VIDEO:  Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini Star in the DEAD TO ME Trailer VideoVIDEO: Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini Star in the DEAD TO ME Trailer
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2019

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini star in the all-new Netflix Original Series, Dead to Me, an addictive dark comedy launching globally Friday, May 3rd.  

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for Upcoming Thriller M.O.M (MOTHER OF MONSTERS) VideoVIDEO: Watch the Trailer for Upcoming Thriller M.O.M (MOTHER OF MONSTERS)
by Macon Prickett - May 11, 2018

The intensely socially conscious psychological thriller¬†‚ÄúM.O.M.‚ÄĚ (Mothers Of Monsters)¬†gives audiences a first look with the premiere of its terrifying trailer this Mother's Day weekend. Written and directed by unscripted television veteran and award-winning writer, Tucia Lyman,¬†‚ÄúM.O.M.‚Ä̬†is a gripping tale of a distraught mother who suspects her teenage son may be plotting a shooting at his high school.¬†

VIDEO: Ed Asner, Dianne Warren, and More Endorse Bill to End Use of Wild Animals in Traveling Circuses in the US
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2017

Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Raul Grijalva (DA-AZ) have introduced the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) to Congress a bill backed by Animal Defenders International (ADI) that, if passed, would end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling shows in the US.

STAGE TUBE: Darryl Maximillian Robinson and John Ruskin
by Stage Tube - Sep 24, 2016

Actor Darryl Maximilian Robinson ( Los Angeles-based theatre artist and Founder, Artistic Director And Producer of The Excaliber Shakespeare Company of Chicago ) and Actor John Ruskin ( Founder and Authorized Instructor of The Meisner Technique at The Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica ) were the guests Monday Septemper 19th on THE ACTOR'S CHOICE, the informational arts program hosted by noted entertainment and performing arts journalist Ron Brewington and which is currently streaming on Youtube.com.


Ed Asner Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Ed Asner been in?
Ed Asner has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

How many West End shows has Ed Asner been in?
Ed Asner has not appeared in the West End