Ed Asner

American actor (1929–2021)

Eddie Asner (November 15, 1929 – August 29, 2021), better known as Ed Asner, was an American actor, voice artist and former president of the Screen Actors Guild.[2]

Ed Asner
Asner in 2017
Eddie Asner[1]

(1929-11-15)November 15, 1929
DiedAugust 29, 2021(2021-08-29) (aged 91)
EducationWyandotte High School
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Occupation(s)Actor, voice artist
Years active1957–2021
Political partyDemocratic
Nancy Sykes
(m. 1959; div. 1988)

Cindy Gilmore
(m. 1998; div. 2015)
21st President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
November 3, 1981 – June 20, 1985
Preceded byWilliam Schallert
Succeeded byPatty Duke

Early life


Asner was born Eddie Asner in Kansas City, Missouri on November 15, 1929.

He was the president of Screen Actors Guild.

He was best known for his Emmy Award winning role Lou Grant on both the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Lou Grant. In 2009, he voiced Carl Fredricksen in the Pixar movie Up. In 2011, Asner returned to television as butcher Hank Greziak in Working Class, the first original sitcom on cable CMT. He is currently starring in a Canadian television series Michael, Tuesdays and Thursdays, on CBC Television. Asner was born in Kansas City, Missouri,[3] but was raised in Chicago, Illinois. Asner was married to Nancy Sykes from 1959 to 1988; they have four children. He married Cindy Gilmore from 1998 to 2007. California Governor Gavin Newsom is his nephew by marriage.

Asner died of natural causes on August 29, 2021 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 91.[4]



Animated roles


Film roles


Video game roles



  1. Ed Asner [@TheOnlyEdAsner] (August 31, 2019). "It's actually not. That is a strange mistake that floats out there. My Hebrew name is Yitzhak. My real name is Eddie Asner. Truth" (Tweet). Retrieved September 3, 2019 – via Twitter.
  2. www.filmreference.com[permanent dead link]
  3. Edward Asner Biography (1929-2021)[permanent dead link]
  4. Dagan, Carmel; Natale, Richard (August 29, 2021). "Ed Asner, Emmy-Winning 'Lou Grant' Star, Dies at 91". Variety. Retrieved August 29, 2021.

Other websites


  Media related to Ed Asner at Wikimedia Commons