Edward Asner

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Edward Asner
Birth name Eddie Asner
Born November 15, 1929 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Sometimes credited as Ed Asner
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
Awards star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Contents

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
Slattery's People Frank Radcliff 1964–1965 1 2
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Lou Grant 1970–1977 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Lou Grant Lou Grant 1977–1982 1 2 3 4 5
Off the Rack Sam Waltman 1985 1
The Bronx Zoo Principal Joe Danzig 1987–1988 1 2
The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Walter Kovacs 1991–1992 2
Thunder Alley Gil Jones 1994–1995 1 2
The Closer (1998) Carl Dobson 1998 1
Center of the Universe Art Barnett 2004–2005 1
Working Class Hank Greziak 2011 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Studio One Juror 9x20 - The Defender (1) February 25, 1957
Studio One Juror 9x21 - The Defender (2) March 4, 1957
Studio One Third Actor 10x01 - The Night America Trembled September 9, 1957
Decoy Sergeant 1x18 - An Eye for an Eye April 15, 1959
Route 66 Second Man 1x04 - The Man on the Monkey Board October 28, 1960
Naked City (1958) 2x13 - A Hole in the City February 1, 1961
Naked City (1958) Lt. Vincent Busti 2x23 - New York to L.A. April 19, 1961
Route 66 Scully 1x28 - The Opponent June 2, 1961
Route 66 Lt. Tegeler 2x07 - The Mud Nest November 10, 1961
Target: The Corruptors Tyler 1x09 - The Golden Carpet November 24, 1961
Outlaws (1960) Keel 2x13 - The Dark Sunrise of Griff Kincaid January 4, 1962
The Untouchables (1959) Fedor Bartok 3x16 - The Death Tree February 15, 1962
Cain's Hundred Dave 1x21 - Blues for a Junkman February 20, 1962
Route 66 Carl Selman 2x21 - Shoulder the Sky My Lad March 2, 1962
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Warden Bragen 7x30 - What Frightened You, Fred? May 1, 1962
The Untouchables (1959) Jimmy Canada 4x01 - The Night They Shot Santa Claus September 25, 1962
Route 66 Lincoln Peers 3x08 - Welcome to the Wedding November 9, 1962
The Untouchables (1959)
(credited as Edward Asher)
Frank 4x08 - Elegy November 20, 1962
Alcoa Premiere Daniel Stryker 2x10 - The Contenders December 6, 1962
Dr. Kildare 2x11 - The Legacy December 13, 1962
The Untouchables (1959) Frank 4x13 - Search for a Dead Man January 1, 1963
The Lloyd Bridges Show 1x16 - The Scapegoat January 1, 1963
The Eleventh Hour (1962) Max Brenson 1x15 - My Name Is Judith, I'm Lost, You See January 16, 1963
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Jack Stander 1x19 - To Catch a Butterfly February 1, 1963
The Virginian George Johnson 1x26 - Echo of Another Day March 27, 1963
Dr. Kildare Frank Williams 2x28 - Tightrope Into Nowhere April 25, 1963
Stoney Burke Kapp 1x30 - Tigress by the Tail May 6, 1963
Mr. Novak Harmon Stern 1x01 - First Year, First Day September 24, 1963
Ben Casey Jerome Lynch 3x07 - The Echo of a Silent Cheer (2) October 23, 1963
The Defenders Tim Sellers 3x06 - The Cruel Hook November 2, 1963
The Lieutenant Walter Perry 1x10 - A Troubled Image November 16, 1963
The Outer Limits (1963) Det. Sgt. Thomas Siroleo 1x11 - It Crawled Out of the Woodwork December 9, 1963
Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre St. Slade 1x23 - A Case of Armed Robbery April 3, 1964
The Defenders Harry Obermayer 4x03 - Hero of the People October 8, 1964
Gunsmoke Sergeant Wilks 10x08 - Hung High November 14, 1964
The Reporter Max Holte 1x13 - Vote for Murder December 18, 1964
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Brynov 1x27 - The Exile March 15, 1965
The Fugitive Sheriff 2x26 - Masquerade March 23, 1965
The F.B.I. John Carl Brock 1x28 - The Tormentors April 10, 1966
Run for Your Life Cappi 2x04 - The Committee for the 25th October 3, 1966
Gunsmoke Redmond 12x08 - The Whispering Tree November 12, 1966
The Felony Squad Barney "Bull" Bradovich 1x13 - The Killer Instinct December 5, 1966
The Fugitive 4x15 - Run the Man Down January 3, 1967
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. George Kramer 1x26 - The Double-O-Nothing Affair March 21, 1967
Judd for the Defense 1x03 - The Other Face of the Law September 22, 1967
Ironside Davis 1x15 - The Fourteenth Runner December 28, 1967
The Iron Horse Ned Morley 2x16 - The Prisoners December 30, 1967
The F.B.I. Walter Gretzler 3x13 - The Dynasty January 7, 1968
The Wild Wild West Furman Crotty 3x22 - The Night of the Amnesiac February 9, 1968
Mission: Impossible George Simpson 3x13 - The Mind of Stefan Miklos January 12, 1969
Judd for the Defense Deputy D.A. Orloff 2x17 - The Law and Order Blues (2) January 31, 1969
The F.B.I. Pete Zacharias 4x21 - The Attorney February 16, 1969
Ironside 2x26 - Not with a Whimper, but a Bang April 10, 1969
The Mod Squad Harry 2x25 - Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot! March 31, 1970
The Mod Squad Joe Walton 4x05 - Color of Laughter, Color of Tears October 12, 1971
The Mod Squad Lassiter 5x01 - The Connection (1) September 14, 1972
Hawaii Five-O August March 8x15 - Wooden Model of a Rat December 11, 1975
Highway to Heaven Harold 2x17 - The Last Assignment February 12, 1986
Duckman Mort Sidelman 2x06 - The Germ Turns April 17, 1995
Mad About You Zigmund Klarik 4x24 - The Finale (3) May 19, 1996
Roseanne Lou Grant 9x01 - Call Waiting September 17, 1996
Mad About You Zigmund Klarik 5x12 - The Handyman January 21, 1997
The Practice Judge Matlin Pratt 2x03 - The Blessing September 27, 1997
The X-Files Maurice 6x06 - How the Ghosts Stole Christmas December 13, 1998
The Simpsons Editor 11x03 - Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner October 24, 1999
Touched by an Angel Bud 6x17 - Here I Am February 27, 2000
Family Guy Steve Bellows 3x04 - One if by Clam, Two if by Sea August 1, 2001
Curb Your Enthusiasm Mr. Weiner 2x06 - The Acupuncturist October 28, 2001
The Simpsons Editor 13x17 - Gump Roast April 21, 2002
ER Dr. James McNulty 9x13 - No Good Deed Goes Unpunished January 30, 2003
The Practice Judge Marcus Winnaker 8x14 - Pre-Trial Blues (2) February 22, 2004
The Practice Judge Marcus Winnaker 8x15 - Mr. Shore Goes to Town (3) March 7, 2004
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Wilson White 1x01 - Pilot September 18, 2006
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Wilson White 1x05 - The Long Lead Story October 16, 2006
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Warren White 1x07 - Nevada Day (1) November 6, 2006
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Warren White 1x08 - Nevada Day (2) November 13, 2006
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Wilson White 1x11 - The Christmas Show December 4, 2006
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Wilson White 1x12 - Monday January 22, 2007
CSI: NY Abraham Klein 5x22 - Yahrzeit April 29, 2009
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Coach Martin Schultz 14x13 - Monster's Legacy February 6, 2013
The Good Wife Guy Redmayne 6x13 - Dark Money March 1, 2015
The Good Wife Guy Redmayne 6x17 - Undisclosed Recipients March 29, 2015
Criminal Minds Roy Brooks 10x20 - A Place at the Table April 15, 2015

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish Huey P. Long March 17, 1977 NBC Monday Night at the Movies
The Gathering Adam Thornton December 4, 1977 ABC Sunday Night Movie

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
Match Game 73 September 6-10, 1976
Match Game 73 January 3-7, 1977
Match Game 73 July 4-8, 1977
The Hollywood Squares (1966) October 3-7, 1977
Match Game 73 October 2-6, 1978

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

(7 Wins in 17 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1971, 1972, 1975)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Won: Outstanding Lead Actor for a Single Appearance in a Drama or Comedy Series (1976)
Rich Man, Poor Man
  • Won: Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series (1977)
Roots
  • Won: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1978, 1980)
Lou Grant

Golden Globe Awards

(5 Wins in 11 Nominations)

  • Won: Best Supporting Actor - Television (1972, 1976)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Won: Best Supporting Actor - Television (1977)
Rich Man, Poor Man
  • Won: Best TV Actor - Drama (1978, 1980)
Lou Grant

Trivia

  • Was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family
  • Attended Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas and the University of Chicago
  • Served with the U.S. Army Signal Corps
  • Worked on the assembly line for General Motors
  • Served two terms as the president of the Screen Actors Guild
  • Was married to his first wife, Nancy Sykes from 1959 to 1988; they have three children: twins Matthew & Liza, and daughter Kate
  • Had a son named Charles with Carol Jean Vogelman
  • Married his second wife, Cindy Gilmore in 1998; they divorced in 2015