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Ed Asner

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With seven Emmys, he is the most honored male performer in the history of the award

Served as President of the Screen Actors Guild for two terms

Inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1996

Ed Asner

Ed Asner has established himself as one of the most legendary actors alive over the course of his sixty-year career, all while serving in eclectic leadership roles and campaigning for charitable causes. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri, attended the University of Chicago, and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, appearing in plays put on for the troops as they toured around Europe.

After the war, Asner joined the Playwrights Theatre Company in Chicago, but left for New York City before members of that company regrouped as the Compass Players in the mid-1950s, a company that included Mike NicholsElaine May and Del Close and eventually developed into The Second City. Asner came back to guest star frequently on Second City’s stage, but also developed his acting career by appearing in plays–Threepenny Opera and Face of a Hero–and in television–Studio One, The Outer Limits, Decoy, Mission: Impossible, Stoney Burke, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.

Asner achieved success portraying Lou Grant on the iconic Mary Tyler Moore Show. Soon after, “Lou Grant” was given his own sitcom, an hour-long drama about journalism. Because of this, he is one of two actors in history to win an Emmy Award for a sitcom and a drama for the same role. Other television series starring Asner in regular roles include Thunder Alley, The Bronx Zoo and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

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