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Born in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 15, 1929, Ed Asner is best known for his 15-year run as curmudgeonly newsman Lou Grant on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (1970-77) and the subsequent spin-off, "Lou Grant" (1977-82), a role that earned the actor countless awards and nominations, including five Emmys and three Golden Globes.

Asner returned to series television in the '90s with supporting roles on shows such as "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill" (1991-92) and "Hearts Afire" (1992-93) and even reteamed with Mary Tyler Moore for the TV movie Payback (1997). He also ventured into feature films, most notably as private investigator Guy Bannister in Oliver Stone's JFK (1991) and as Santa Claus in the Christmas comedy Elf (2003).

Later work includes an occasional appearance on the drama series "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (2006) and an Emmy-nominated supporting role in the TV movie The Christmas Card.

Ed Asner in Up

Up

2009 PG

After a lifetime of dreaming about traveling the world, 78-year-old homebody Carl flies away on an unbelievable adventure with Russell, an 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer, unexpectedly in tow.

  • Ed Asner in JFK: Special Edition JFK: Special Edition
  • Ed Asner in The Desert of Forbidden Art The Desert of Forbidden Art
  • Ed Asner in Elf Elf
  • Ed Asner in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
  • Ed Asner in Too Big to Fail Too Big to Fail
  • Ed Asner in Love Finds You in Valentine Love Finds You in Valentine
  • Ed Asner in El Dorado El Dorado
  • Ed Asner in Hard Rain Hard Rain
  • Ed Asner in Gus Gus
  • Ed Asner in Spider-Man: The Return of the Green Goblin Spider-Man: The Return of the Green Goblin
  • Ed Asner in Fort Apache, the Bronx Fort Apache, the Bronx
  • Ed Asner in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2 National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2
  • Ed Asner in Spider-Man: The Venom Saga Spider-Man: The Venom Saga
  • Ed Asner in Batman: Secrets of the Caped Crusader Batman: Secrets of the Caped Crusader
  • Ed Asner in The Mary Tyler Moore Show The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Ed Asner in Roots Roots
  • Ed Asner in Tall Tales & Legends: Darlin' Clementine Tall Tales & Legends: Darlin' Clementine
  • Ed Asner in Gypsy Gypsy
  • Ed Asner in Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid! Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!
  • Ed Asner in The Christmas Card The Christmas Card
  • Ed Asner in The Christmas Cottage The Christmas Cottage
  • Ed Asner in Let Go Let Go
  • Ed Asner in All-Star Superman All-Star Superman
  • Ed Asner in The Best of Match Game The Best of Match Game
  • Ed Asner in The Wrestler The Wrestler
  • Ed Asner in Rich Man, Poor Man Rich Man, Poor Man
  • Ed Asner in The Gathering The Gathering
  • Ed Asner in Cops Are Robbers Cops Are Robbers
  • Ed Asner in Hearts Afire Hearts Afire
  • Ed Asner in The Mad About You Collection The Mad About You Collection
  • Ed Asner in Happily Ever After Happily Ever After
  • Ed Asner in Celebrating AFI Celebrating AFI
  • Ed Asner in Gargoyles Gargoyles
  • Ed Asner in Our Friend Martin Our Friend Martin
  • Ed Asner in The Animal The Animal
  • Ed Asner in Plan Colombia Plan Colombia
  • Ed Asner in Here's Looking at You, Kid! Here's Looking at You, Kid!
  • Ed Asner in Out of the Woods Out of the Woods
  • Ed Asner in John XXIII John XXIII
  • Ed Asner in The Oil Factor The Oil Factor
  • Ed Asner in Sleeping Dogs Lie Sleeping Dogs Lie
  • Ed Asner in Hard Four Hard Four
  • Ed Asner in Channels Channels
  • Ed Asner in Electile Dysfunction Electile Dysfunction
  • Ed Asner in Gigantic Gigantic
  • Ed Asner in Identical Identical
  • Ed Asner in Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas