Date of Birth: 15 November 1929
Edward Asner biography:
Father-in-law of Jules Asner from 1992 to 1996. He had a son, Charles, in 1987 with Carol Jean Vogelman. Engaged to Cindy Gilmore in 1991. President of Screen Actors Guild (SAG). [1981-1985] A long-time political activist, he accused the CBS network of cancelling "Lou Grant" (1977) over his publicized disapproval of the United States involvement in Central America. On October 6th & 7th, 2001, he attended the "Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show", at Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn, in North Hollywood, California. Has been a longtime supporter and admirer of the convicted, alleged cop murderer, Black Panther and radical activist Mumia Abu-Jamal. He believes in Mumia Abu-Jamal's innocence and has long opposed the death penalty. His wife's nephew, Gavin Newsom, was elected mayor of San Francisco in 2003. Was a member of the Compass Players, a predecessor to the famed Second City of Chicago. Only actor to win Emmys for playing the same character (Lou Grant) in both a comedy ("Mary Tyler Moore" (1970)) and a drama ("Lou Grant" (1977)). Credited as assisted in funding for Roger & Me (1989). Father of Matthew Asner and Kate Asner. Has won more Emmys, 7, as an actor than any other male performer. Announced the news of Steve Ihnat's sudden death (in Cannes, France) on the Emmy telecast. Has played Santa Claus four times; in Elf (2003), "The Ellen Show" (2001), Olive, the Other Reindeer (1999) (TV), and The Story of Santa Claus (1996) (TV). Was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family. Is the parent of a child with autism.