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Ed Asner
Asner in May 2013
President of the Screen Actors Guild
In office
Preceded by William Schallert
Succeeded by Patty Duke
Personal details
Edward David Asner

November 15, 1929 (1929-11-15) (age 90)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States[1]
Nationality American
Political party Democratic Party, Democratic Socialists of America
Spouse(s) Nancy Sykes (1959–1988, divorced)
Cindy Gilmore (1998–2007, divorced)
Children Matthew
Residence Santa Monica, California, United States
Education Wyandotte High School
Alma mater University of Chicago
Occupation Actor, political activist

Edward Asner (born November 15, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri) mostly known as Ed Asner, is an American movie, television, stage, and voice actor.

He was president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is known for his Emmy Award winning role Lou Grant on both the Mary Tyler Moore Show and it's spin-off series Lou Grant.

In 2009 he made the voice of Carl Fredrickson in the Academy Award winning 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 on November 15, 1929,[2] but was raised in Chicago, Illinois.

Asner was married to Nancy Sykes from 1959 until they divorced in 1988. Later married Cindy Gilmore in 1998 until they divorced in 2007. Asner had four children with Skykes. Asner currently lives in Santa Monica, California.

His ex-nephew-in-law is ex-San Francisco mayor and Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom.


  1. Asner clearly explains his birthplace at 0:0:45 of his Archive of American Television interview for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, available at [1].
  2. Edward Asner Biography (1929-)

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