Asner, Ed 1929–

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Asner, Ed 1929–

(Edward Asner)


Born November 15, 1929, in Kansas City, MO (some sources say Kansas City, KS); son of Morris (a second hand shop owner) and Lizzie (maiden name, Seliger) Asner; married Nancy Lou Sykes, March 23, 1959 (divorced, 1988); married Cindy Gilmore, August 2, 1998; children: (first marriage) Matthew A. (a producer, director, and actor) and (twins) Liza and Kathryn (an actress); (with Carol Jean Vogelman) Charles. Education: Attended the University of Chicago, 1947-49; trained for the stage with the Playwrights Theatre Club and Second City. Religion: Jewish. Avocational Interests: Jogging, collecting shells, and going to movies.


Agent—Greene and Associates, 190 North Canon Dr., Suite 200, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.


Actor and producer. Compass Players, member; Blake/Quince Productions, founder (with Timothy Blake), 1987-91. Previously worked as a post office worker, cab driver, steel mill worker, auto plant worker, shoe salesperson, encyclopedia salesperson, and advertising salesperson. Military service: U.S. Army, Signal Corps, 1951-53.


Screen Actors Guild (president, 1981-85), Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.

Awards, Honors:

Emmy Awards, outstanding performance by an actor in a supporting role in comedy, 1971, 1972, and outstanding continuing performance by a supporting actor in a comedy series, 1975, Golden Globe Awards, best actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television, 1972, 1976, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding performance by an actor in a supporting role, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, Golden Globe Award nominations, best supporting actor—television, 1973, 1974, 1975, TV Land Award (with others), groundbreaking show, 2004, Critics Circle Award, best actor in a comedy series, all for The Mary Tyler Moore Show; Emmy Award, outstanding lead actor for a single appearance in a drama or comedy series, 1976, and Golden Globe Award, best actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television, 1977, both for Rich Man, Poor Man; Emmy Award, outstanding single performance by a supporting actor in a comedy or drama series, and Critics Circle Award, best actor in a drama, 1977, both for Roots; Emmy Awards, outstanding lead actor in a drama series, 1978, 1980, Golden Globe Awards, best actor in a drama series, 1978, 1980, Emmy Award nominations, outstanding lead actor in a drama series, 1979, 1981, 1982, Golden Globe Award nominations, best television actor—drama, 1979, 1981, 1982, and Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award (with others), motion pictures and television category, 1981, all for Lou Grant; Flame of Truth Award from the Fund for Higher Education, 1981; SANE Education Fund/Consider the Alternatives Peace Award, 1982; Award of Excellence, Banff Television Festival, 1987; Eugene V. Debs Award for public service, 1987; inductee, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, 1996; Ralph Morgan Award, Screen Actors Guild, 2000; Lifetime Achievement Award, Screen Actors Guild, 2002; Lifetime Achievement Award, Sedona International Film Festival, 2005; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie, 2007, for The Christmas Carol; star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Film Appearances:

The Murder Men, 1961.

(Uncredited) Assistant District Attorney Frank Gerson, Kid Galahad, United Artists, 1962.

Veretti, The Satan Bug, United Artists, 1965.

Detective Judd Ridley, The Slender Thread, Paramount, 1965.

Bart Jason, El Dorado, Paramount, 1967.

Jacoby, Gunn (also known as Peter Gunn), Paramount, 1967.

Frank Rosenfeld, The Venetian Affair, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967.

Lieutenant Moretti, Change of Habit, Universal, 1969.

McKay, Halls of Anger, United Artists, 1970.

Woody Garfield, They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!, United Artists, 1970.

The agent, Do Not Throw Cushions into the Ring, 1970.

Plunkett, Skin Game, Warner Bros., 1971.

Fred Reardon, The Todd Killings (also known as A Dangerous Friend and Skipper), National General, 1971.

Frank Bass, The Wrestler, Entertainment Ventures, 1974.

Hank Cooper, Gus, Buena Vista, 1976.

Narrator, Teach Our Children, 1980.

Captain Dennis Connolly, Fort Apache, the Bronx, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1981.

Voice of narrator, Americas in Transition, 1981.

Jacob Ascher, Daniel, Paramount, 1983.

Bob O'Hara, O'Hara's Wife, Davis-Panzer, 1983.

Voice of Scalawag, Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night, 1987.

Host and narrator, Hollywood The Golden Years: The RKO Story, 1987.

Himself, Moon Over Parador, Universal, 1988.

Images for Export, 1988.

Murray the mole, The Wonderful Wishing Well, 1989.

Voice of Scowl, Happily Ever After (animated), Kel-Air, 1990.

Guy Bannister, JFK (also known as JFK—Affaire non classee), Warner Bros., 1991.

(English version) Voice of Grandpa, Sazan aizu (animated; also known as 3x3 Eyes and Sazan Eyes), 1991.

Voice of Charlie, The Real Story of Happy Birthday to You (animated), 1992.

Himself, Beyond "JFK" The Question of Conspiracy (documentary), 1992.

Voice of reader, Earth and the American Dream, 1992.

Bobby Gleason, Down on the Waterfront, Strand Releasing, 1993.

Voice of Hudson, Gargoyles: The Heroes Awaken (animated), Buena Vista Pictures, 1994.

Rabbi, The Golem (short; also known as The Golem of L.A.), 1995.

Bruno, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, 1995.

Voice of narrator, Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press, 1996.

Voice of J. Jonah Jameson, Spider-Man: Sins of the Fathers (animated), 1996.

Narrator, Hanged on a Twisted Cross, 1996.

Voice of George Patton, immigrant to USA, David Ben-Gurion, and Holocaust survivor, The Long Way Home, Seventh Art Releasing, 1997.

Two Weeks from Sunday, 1997.

Prep, 1997.

Voice of Marley's Ghost, A Christmas Carol (animated), 1997.

Alonzo, Basil, 1997.

Narrator, 187: Documented, 1997.

(As Ed Asner) The Fanatics (also known as Fumbleheads), 1997.

Mr. Bright, Academy Boyz, 1997.

Uncle Charlie, Hard Rain (also known as Flood and Pluie d'enfer), Paramount, 1998.

Host, Last Stand: The Struggle for the Ballona Wetlands, 1998.

Voice of Hudson, Gargoyles: The Hunted (animated), 1998.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of Hudson, Gargoyles: The Force of Goliath (animated), 1998.

Taylor, Love and Action in Chicago, MTI Home Video, 1999.

(As Ed Asner) Gluckman, The Bachelor, New Line Cinema, 1999.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of Mr. Harris, Our Friend, Martin (animated), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 1999.

Nutcracker, O Christmas Tree (animated), 1999.

Coach Billy, Perfect Game, Buena Vista Home Video, 2000.

Thomas O'Claire, Above Suspicion, USA Home Video, 2000.

President Thomas D. Moss, Mars and Beyond, Cyber Sci-Fi Network, 2000.

Himself, Full Blossom: The Life of Poet/Actor Roberts Blossom, 2000.

Geza Horvath, Bring Him Home, 2000.

Narrator, Global Village or Global Pillage, 2000.

Forest Family Forever, 2001.

Chief Wilson, The Animal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2001.

Jay Roth, Island Prey, 2001.

Meyer Lansky, Donzi: The Legend, 2001.

Keith Matthews, The Confidence Game, 2001.

Voice of David Ben Gurion, In Search of Peace, 2001.

Himself, Last Breath, 2001.

(As Ed Asner) Harry, Fair Play (short), 2002.

(As Ed Asner) Narrator, The Second Front (documentary), 2002.

(As Ed Asner) Himself and Captain Thomas Davies, Remembering "Roots" (documentary short), Warner Home Video, 2002.

Himself, She Turned the World on with Her Smile: The Making of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (documentary), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2002.

George Calden, Missing Brendan (also known as Holding out Hope: A Family Crusade), 2003.

Santa, Elf, New Line Cinema, 2003.

Captain J. W. "Will" Fritz, The Commission, 2003.

Himself, Eight Characters in Search of a Sitcom (documentary), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2003.

(Uncredited) Judge Dreyfus, Happily Ever After, Hotbed Media, 2004.

Himself, How They Made the North Pole (documentary short), New Line Home Video, 2004.

Himself, Film School for Kids (documentary short), New Line Home Video, 2004.

Himself, Reflections on "The X-Files" (documentary short), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2004.

Himself, That's a Wrap (documentary short), New Line Home Video, 2004.

Himself, Tag Along with Will Farrell (documentary short), New Line Home Video, 2004.

Sweet Lou, All In, 2005.

Sheriff Delaney, Sleeping Dogs Lie (short), 2005.

Narrator, Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search for America's POWs (documentary), Seventh Art Releasing, 2005.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of Colonel Heinl, Sir! No Sir! (documentary), Balcony Releasing, 2005.

Narrator, The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror (documentary), Free-Will Productions, 2005.

Grandfather Stiles, Crab Orchard, Artist View Entertainment, 2006.

Mr. Olson, Ways of the Flesh (also known as The Heart Specialist), 2006.

Father, Zack's Machine (short), 2007.

Golden Hands Segal, Hard Four, 2007.

Thomas Kinkade's Home for Christmas, Lionsgate, 2007.

Ed Packard, Channels, 2007.

Voice of Krad, Christmas Is Here Again (animated), 2007.

Mr. Corey, Once In a Lifetime: Just Got for It, 2007.

Dream Sid, Trim, 2007.

Angry investor, Working Title, West Bridge Entertainment, 2007.

The Rich Have Their Own Photographers (documentary), 2007.

Himself, From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks, 2007.

You Know the Face (documentary), 2007.

Film Work:

(As Ed Asner) Additional funding, Roger & Me (also known as A Humorous Look at How General Motors Destroyed Flint, Michigan), 1989.

(As Ed Asner) Additional funding, American Dream, 1990.

Coproducer, The Confidence Game, 2001.

Executive producer, She Turned the World on with Her Smile: The Making of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (documentary), 2002.

Executive producer, Eight Characters in Search of a Sitcom (documentary), Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2003.

Executive producer, The Bully (short), 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Police sergeant, Decoy, syndicated, 1957.

Lieutenant Vincent Busti, Naked City, ABC, 1960-63.

Frank Radcliff, Slattery's People, CBS, 1964-65.

Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, CBS, 1970-77.

Title role, Lou Grant, CBS, 1977-82.

Sam Waltman, Off the Rack, ABC, 1984.

Joe Danzig, The Bronx Zoo, NBC, 1987-88.

Host, Hollywood: The Golden Years, Arts and Entertainment, 1988.

Voice of Hoggish Greedly, Captain Planet and the Planeteers (animated; also known as The New Adventures of Captain Planet), 1990-93.

Walter Kovacs, The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (also known as Renewal), CBS, 1991-92.

Voice of Chief Abalone, Fish Police (animated), CBS, 1992.

George Lahti, Hearts Afire (also known as Capitol Hill and D.C.), CBS, 1992-93.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of Roland Dagett, The Adventures of Batman & Robin (animated; also known as Batman and Batman: The Animated Series), Fox, 1992-94.

Gil Jones, Thunder Alley, ABC, 1994-95.

(As Ed Asner) General, The Magic School Bus (animated; also known as Scholastic's The Magic School Bus), PBS, 1994.

President Gordon Knight, Higher Education, 1994.

Voice of Sergeant Mike Cosgrove, Freakazoid! (animated), The WB, 1995-96.

Voice of J. Jonah Jameson, Spider-Man (animated), Fox, 1995-96.

Voice of Engineer, Bruno the Kid (animated), syndicated, 1996.

Voice of Hudson and others, Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles (animated), ABC, 1996.

Additional voices, Recess (animated; also known as Disney's "Recess: Created by Paul and Joe"), 1997-2001.

Judge Marcus Winnaker, The Practice, ABC, 1997-2004.

Carl Dobson, The Closer, CBS, 1998.

Walking after Midnight, 1999.

Professor, Eli's Theory, 1999.

(As Ed Asner) Chuck Marshak, Max Steel (animated), The WB, 2000.

Dr. James McNulty, ER, NBC, 2003.

Art Barnett, Center of the Universe, CBS, 2004-2005.

Voice of Ed Wuncler, The Boondocks (animated), Cartoon Network, 2005-2006.

Wilson White, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (also known as Studio 60), NBC, 2006-2007.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Axel Jordache, Rich Man, Poor Man (also known as Rich Man, Poor Man Book 1), ABC, 1976.

Captain Thomas Davies, Roots, ABC, 1977.

CBS: On the Air, 1978.

Devereux Warren, Tender Is the Night, Showtime, 1985.

Harvey Metcalfe, Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less, USA Network, 1990.

Ted Marx, Switched at Birth, NBC, 1991.

Bill Osteen, Cruel Doubt, NBC, 1992.

John Waters, Gone in the Night, CBS, 1996.

Narrator, The Great Escapes of World War II (also known as The Great Escapes of WWII), 1997.

Jack Lederer, More Tales of the City (also known as Armistead Maupin's "More Tales of the City"), Showtime, 1998.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Fanfare for a Death Scene, 1964.

Feldman, The Doomsday Flight, NBC, 1966.

Saul Wiener, Daughter of the Mind, ABC, 1969.

Dr. Morheim, The Old Man Who Cried Wolf, ABC, 1970.

Barstow, The Last Child (also known as The Day They Took the Babies Away), ABC, 1971.

Albert Hunsicker, Haunts of the Very Rich, ABC, 1972.

Detective Ralph Varone, The Girl Most Likely to, ABC, 1973.

Peter Singleton, Death Scream (also known as The Woman Who Cried Murder and Streetkill), ABC, 1975.

Ralph Flores, Hey, I'm Alive!, ABC, 1975.

Huey Long, The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish (also known as Every Man a King), NBC, 1977.

Adam Thornton, The Gathering, ABC, 1977.

Eddie Madden, The Family Man, CBS, 1979.

Narrator, The Marva Collins Story, CBS, 1981.

Simon Shaber, A Small Killing, CBS, 1981.

Norman Cousins, Anatomy of an Illness, CBS, 1984.

Dr. Resnick, Kate's Secret, NBC, 1986.

Dr. Matthew Hayward, Vital Signs (also known as Following the Footsteps), CBS, 1986.

Vincent Owens, Cracked Up, ABC, 1987.

Opah Oskar, A Friendship in Vienna (also known as The Devil in Vienna), Disney Channel, 1988.

Police Superintendent Jake Quinn, Good Cops, Bad Cops: The Biggest Heist in History (also known as Cops and Robbers), NBC, 1990.

Edward P. Mitchell, Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus, ABC, 1991.

Sam Van Drake, Silent Motive, Lifetime, 1991.

George, Mattie's Waltz, 1992.

Pappa, Gypsy, CBS, 1993.

Ab Abbott, Heads, Showtime, 1994.

Nicholas "Santa" Claus, The Story of Santa Claus, 1996.

Jack Patkanis, Payback, ABC, 1997.

Jeep, Dog's Best Friend, Family Channel, 1997.

(As Ed Asner) Ira, Common Ground, 2000.

Davis Aldrich, Becoming Dick, 2000.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of Dead Cat, The Kid (also known as Gahan Wilson's "The Kid"), Showtime, 2001.

Angelo Roncalli, Papa Giovanni—Ioannes XXIII (also known as Pope John XXIII), 2002.

Mr. Gilbert, The Man Who Saved Christmas, CBS, 2002.

Auggie Sinclair, The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay, Hallmark Channel, 2003.

Uncle Nick, Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure (also known as Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie, National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation 2," and National Lampoon's "Cousin Eddie's Christmas Vacation Lost"), NBC, 2003.

Jack Green, Out of the Woods, Hallmark Channel, 2005.

(As Ed Asner) Mr. Atkins, Lolo's Cafe, 2006.

Luke, The Christmas Card, Hallmark Channel, 2006.

Also appeared as narrator, Narco.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The Rowan and Martin Special, NBC, 1973.

(As Ed Asner) Know-it-all, Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man, NBC, 1973.

Presenter, The 28th Annual Tony Awards, ABC, 1974.

(Uncredited) Himself, Mitzi and a Hundred Guys, 1975.

Phil, Twigs, CBS, 1975.

Ted Knight Musical Comedy Variety Special, CBS, 1976.

Monty Hall's Variety Hour, ABC, 1976.

The 28th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1976.

Circus of the Stars, CBS, 1977.

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1, CBS, 1977.

The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1977.

Presenter, The 32nd Annual Tony Awards, 1978.

NBC Salutes the 25th Anniversary of the Wonderful World of Disney, NBC, 1978.

The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1978.

A Salute to American Imagination, 1978.

The Great American Values Test, 1979.

CBS Team Captain, Battle of the Network Stars VII, ABC, 1979.

Narrator, Lights, Action, Africa, CBS, 1981.

TV Guide 1980: The Year in Review, 1981.

Host, The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1981.

Night of 100 Stars, 1982.

Parade of Stars, ABC, 1983.

Himself, Donald Duck's 50th Birthday, 1984.

The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration, 1984.

On Top All Over the World, syndicated, 1985.

The Second City 25th Anniversary Special, HBO, 1985.

The Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985.

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards, ABC, 1985.

Host, Celebrities: Where Are They Now?, ABC, 1985.

(As Ed Asner) Host, The Second City 25th Anniversary Special, 1985.

The Television Academy Hall of Fame, NBC, 1986.

Host, Star Tour Australia, syndicated, 1986.

Narrator, The RKO Story: Tales from Hollywood (also known as Hollywood The Golden Years: The RKO Story), BBC-2, 1987.

Happy Birthday, Hollywood!, ABC, 1987.

This Is Your Life, 1987.

Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood, 1987.

Living the Dream: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, syndicated, 1988.

Host, Troubled Waters, PBS, 1988.

Host, Underground in Alphabet City, WPIX, 1989.

Christmas at Pops, PBS, 1990.

The Tube Test, ABC, 1990.

Night of 100 Stars III, NBC, 1990.

The 18th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1991.

Mary Tyler Moore: The 20th Anniversary Show, CBS, 1991.

Listen Up! Voices in Celebration of Education, PBS, 1992.

Starathon '92: A Weekend with the Stars, syndicated, 1992.

Voice, Earth and the American Dream, HBO, 1993.

Host/Narrator, For the Living, PBS, 1993.

Voice, Going, Going, Almost Gone! Animals in Danger, 1994.

The Ultimate TV Trivia Challenge, 1995.

Narrator, Sugar Scandal, 1995.

Stan Lee: The ComiX-MAN!, 1995.

Voice of Oliver Wendell Holmes and George Emerson, P.T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman, 1995.

Host, The 9th Annual Genesis Awards, Discovery Channel, 1995.

The Walt Disney World Very Merry Christmas Parade, ABC, 1996.

(As Ed Asner) Narrator, Prohibition: Thirteen Years That Changed America, 1997.

Voice of Dr. Robert Serevatius, The Trial of Adolf Eichmann, 1997.

Presenter, 3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1997.

Michael Landon: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1997.

50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary, 1997.

M*A*S*H, Tootie & God: A Tribute to Larry Gelbart, 1998.

Narrator, More Great Escapes of World War II, 1998.

Ed Asner: Lovable Grouch, 1998.

Behind the Laughs: The Untold Stories of Television's Favorite Comedies, 1998.

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 13th Annual Hall of Fame, 1998.

CBS: The First 50 Years, CBS, 1998.

The Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1999.

Voice of Big Daddy, Snowden's Christmas, 1999.

Voice of Mr. Harris, Our Friend, Martin (animated), 1999.

Voice of Elmer's father, The Sissy Duckling (animated), HBO, 1999.

Voice of Santa, Olive, the Other Reindeer (animated), Fox, 1999.

Wonders for Wildlife Honors: Concert for Conservation, 2000.

Narrator, There Once Was a Town, 2000.

Voice, The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story, 2000.

The Great American History Quiz: Pursuit of Happiness, 2000.

Host, Last Stand—The Struggle for Ballona Wetlands, 2000.

Intimate Portrait: Betty White, Lifetime, 2000.

Hollywood, D.C.: A Tale of Two Cities, Bravo, 2000.

Narrator, The Good War and Those Who Refused to Fight It, 2000.

The Great American History Quiz: America at War, History Channel, 2001.

(As Ed Asner) Intimate Portrait: Brooke Shields, Lifetime, 2001.

Intimate Portrait: Sharon Gless, Lifetime, 2001.

Inside TV Land: "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," TV Land, 2001.

Thomas Garrett, Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad, 2002.

The 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2002.

The "Mary Tyler Moore" Reunion, CBS, 2002.

Roots—Celebrating 25 Years: The Saga of An American Classic, NBC, 2002.

Behind the Fame: Mary Tyler Moore/Bob Newhart, The Learning Channel, 2002.

The 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2002.

CBS at 75, CBS, 2003.

Lifetime's Achievement Awards: Women Changing the World, Lifetime, 2003.

(As Ed Asner) The Second Annual TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV, TV Land and Nickelodeon, 2004.

All Access Pass: The TV Land Awards, TV Land, 2004.

Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde, BBC, 2004.

The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases, TV Land, 2006.

The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 2007.

Host, Saving Our Parents, 2007.

Presenter, The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT and TBS, 2007.

Also appeared in Television: Inside and Out, NBC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Frank Benson, The Seekers, televised as "Search for a Dead Man," The Untouchables, ABC, 1963.

Sheriff Muntz, House on Greenapple Road, ABC, 1970.

Chief Otto Larkin, Doug Selby, D.A., filmed in 1969, televised as They Call It Murder, NBC, 1971.

Lieutenant Dave Blodgett, The Police Story, NBC, 1973.

Barney West, The Imposter, NBC, 1975.

Sam Waltman, Off the Rack, ABC, 1984.

President Gordon Knight, Higher Education, 1994.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(Uncredited) Juror, "The Defender: Parts 1 & 2," Studio One (also known as Studio One Summer Theatre, Studio One in Hollywood, Summer Theatre, Westinghouse Studio One, and Westinghouse Summer Theatre), CBS, 1957.

Actor, "The Night America Trembled," Studio One (also known as Studio One Summer Theatre, Studio One in Hollywood, Summer Theatre, Westinghouse Studio One, and Westinghouse Summer Theatre), CBS, 1957.

"Man on the Monkey Board," Route 66, CBS, 1960.

Tyler, "The Golden Carpet," Target: The Corruptors, ABC, 1961.

Lieutenant Tegeler, "The Mud Nest," Route 66, CBS, 1961.

"Shining Image," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1961.

Scully, "The Opponent," Route 66, CBS, 1961.

Lieutenant Vincent Busti, "New York to L.A.," Naked City, ABC, 1961.

"A Hole in the City," Naked City, ABC, 1961.

"The Legacy," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1962.

Keel, "The Dark Sunrise of Griff Kincaid," Outlaws, 1962.

Daniel Stryker, "The Contenders," Alcoa Premiere, ABC, 1962.

Frank, "Elegy," The Untouchables, ABC, 1962.

(As Ed Asner) Warden Bragen, "What Frightened You, Fred?" Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1962.

Jimmy Canada, "The Night They Shot Santa Claus," The Untouchables, 1962.

Lincoln Peers, "Welcome to the Wedding," Route 66, CBS, 1962.

Carl Selman, "Shoulder the Sky, My Lad," Route 66, CBS, 1962.

Dave, "Blues for a Junkman," Cain's Hundred, NBC, 1962.

Fedor Bartok, "The Death Tree," The Untouchables, ABC, 1962.

Frank, "Search for a Dead Man," The Untouchables, ABC, 1963.

Detective Thomas Siroleo, "It Crawled out of the Woodwork," Outer Limits, ABC, 1963.

(As Ed Asner) "The Scapegoat," The Lloyd Bridges Show, 1963.

Tim Sellers, "The Cruel Hook," The Defenders, CBS, 1963.

Jerome Lynch, "Echo of a Silent Cheer: Part 2," Ben Casey, ABC, 1963.

"The Gift," The Nurses, CBS, 1963.

Harmon Stern, "First Year, First Day," Mr. Novak, NBC, 1963.

"Last Summer We Didn't Go Away," Breaking Point, ABC, 1963.

Kapp, "Tigress by the Tail," Stoney Burke, ABC, 1963.

Frank Williams, "Tight Rope into Nowhere," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1963.

George Johnson, "Echo of Another Day," The Virginian (also known as The Men from Shiloh), NBC, 1963.

Jack Stander, "To Catch a Butterfly," Alfred Hitchcock Hour, CBS, 1963.

Max Brenson, "My Name Is Judith, I'm Lost, You See," Eleventh Hour, NBC, 1963.

Walter Perry, "A Troubled Image," The Lieutenant, 1963.

Detective Sergeant Thomas Siroleo, "It Crawled Out of the Woodwork," The Outer Limits, 1963.

Harry Obermayer, "Hero of the People," The Defenders, CBS, 1964.

"Like Father, Like Son," Farmer's Daughter, ABC, 1964.

Max Holte, "Vote for Murder," The Reporter, CBS, 1964.

Oliver E. Wells, "Richard T. Ely," Profiles in Courage, NBC, 1964.

Sergeant Wilks, "Hung High," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1964.

"Hero of the People," The Defenders, CBS, 1964.

Sergeant Slade, "A Case of Armed Robbery," Bob Hope's Chrysler Theater (also known as The Chrysler Theater and Universal Star Time), NBC, 1964.

Frank Radcliff, "Question: What Is Truth?," Slattery's People, 1964.

Sam Chance, "The Verdict," A Man Called Shenandoah, ABC, 1965.

Pablo Vasquez, "Nightmare in the Sun," Amos Burke, Secret Agent (also known as Burke's Law), ABC, 1965.

Roy Malinek, "Three Cheers for Little Boy Blue," The Fugitive, ABC, 1965.

Sheriff Mayhew, "Masquerade," The Fugitive, ABC, 1965.

Aleksei, Brynov, "The Exile," Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, ABC, 1965.

"Hamilton Fish," Profiles in Courage, NBC, 1965.

Paul Berg, "An Elephant Is Like a Tree," Mr. Novak, NBC, 1965.

Barney "Bull" Bradovich, "The Killer Instinct," Felony Squad, ABC, 1966.

Redmond, "Whispering Tree," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1966.

Cappi, "The Committee for the 25th," Run for Your Life, NBC, 1966.

Captain Friedrich, "The Life against Death Raid," Rat Patrol, ABC, 1966.

John Carl Brock, "The Tormentors," The FBI, ABC, 1966.

Alvin Pratt, "My Good Friend, What's His Name?" Please Don't Eat the Daisies, NBC, 1966.

"The Prisoners," Iron Horse, ABC, 1967.

Marlon Davis, "The 14th Runner," Ironside (also known as The Raymond Burr Show), NBC, 1967.

(As Ed Asner) "The Other Face of the Law," Judd, for the Defense, ABC, 1967.

Taugus, "Wall of Crystal," The Invaders, ABC, 1967.

(As Ed Asner) Harry Ferguson, "The Miracle," The Invaders, 1967.

"The Double-O-Nothing Affair," Girl from UNCLE, NBC, 1967.

Bantam, "Run the Man Down," The Fugitive, ABC, 1967.

Furman Crotty, "The Night of the Amnesiac," Wild Wild West, CBS, 1968.

Walter Gretzier, "The Dynasty," The FBI, ABC, 1968.

Pete Zacharias, "The Attorney," The FBI, ABC, 1969.

Nat Congdon, "Sadbird," CBS Playhouse, CBS, 1969.

Matt Balter, "The Legend of Big Foot," Here Come the Brides, ABC, 1969.

Vince Leonard, "The Perfect Image," Name of the Game, NBC, 1969.

Coach, "The Last Ten Yards," Medical Center, CBS, 1969.

Warrant Officer Frank Simpson, "Not with a Whimper But a Bang," Ironside (also known as The Raymond Burr Show), NBC, 1969.

Cesare Marino, "The Inquiry," Name of the Game, NBC, 1969.

Matt Balter, "The Firemaker," Here Come the Brides, ABC, 1969.

George Simpson, "The Mind of Stefan Miklos," Mission: Impossible, CBS, 1969.

"The Poker Game," Insight, syndicated, 1969.

"Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot," Mod Squad, ABC, 1970.

"A Woman of Principle," Insight, syndicated, 1970.

Joe Walton, "Color of Laughter, Color of Tears" Mod Squad, ABC, 1971.

"The Wrinkle Squad," Insight, syndicated, 1971.

(As Ed Asner) Lassiter, "The Connection," Mod Squad, ABC, 1972.

Nick Grainger, "The Fake," Cade's County, CBS, 1972.

Henry, "The Freak," Insight, syndicated, 1972.

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1972.

(As Ed Asner) The Flip Wilson Show, 1972.

Dinah's Place, 1973.

Lou Grant, "Rhoda's Wedding: Parts 1 & 2," Rhoda, CBS, 1974.

Arch Tatum, "A Dangerous Age," Police Story, 1974.

August March, "Wooden Model for a Rat," Hawaii Five-O (also known as McGarrett), CBS, 1975.

(As Ed Asner) Detective Ed Ames, "The Impersonation Murder Case," Wide World Mystery, 1975.

Celebrity Bowling, 1975.

Mantrap, 1976.

Match Game, 1976, 1977, 1978.

Frank Moran, "Three Days to Thirty," Police Story, NBC, 1976.

Dinah! (also known as Dinah! & Friends), 1976, 1977.

God, "This Side of Eden," Insight, syndicated, 1977.

Various roles, "The Good Doctor," Great Performances, PBS, 1978.

(Uncredited) Himself, "Coolidge Goes Hollywood, The White Shadow, 1980.

Today (also known as The Today Show and NBC News Today), 1980.

"Abraham's Sacrifice," Greatest Heroes of the Bible, NBC, 1981.

Robert Sloane, "A Case of Libel," American Playhouse, PBS, 1983.

Host, Saturday Night Live (also known as SNL), NBC, 1984.

Harold, "The Last Assignment," Highway to Heaven, NBC, 1985.

"Samuel ‘Golden Rule’ Jones," An American Portrait, CBS, 1985.

Horace McNickle, "The Christmas Star," Disney Sunday Movie, ABC, 1986.

"Joshua and the Battle of Jericho," The Greatest Stories of the Bible, 1986.

Lucky Jake, "Darlin' Clementine," Shelley Duvall's "Tall Tales & Legends" (also known as Tall Tales and Legends), Showtime, 1987.

"A Day in the Life of Ed Asner," The Popcorn Kid, CBS, 1987.

D.C. Follies, syndicated, 1988.

Himself, "Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo," Reading Rainbow, PBS, 1989.

Voice of Hoggish Greedly, Captain Planet and the Planeteers (animated), TBS, 1990.

The Howard Stern Show, 1991.

Narrator, "The Genius behind the Bomb," Nova, PBS, 1992.

Voice of Charlie the Horse, "Happy Birthday to You," HBO Storybook Musicals, HBO, 1992.

Voice of Grumps, "Seems Like Old Toons," Bonkers (animated; also known as Disney's "Bonkers"), 1993.

Voice of Vern, "Garage Sale of the Century," Animaniacs (animated; also known as Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs), 1993.

Voice of Cat, "Sonic Boom," Sonic the Hedgehog (animated), 1993.

Voice of Vern, "The Warners 65th Anniversary Special," Animaniacs (animated), 1994.

Voice of Mort Sidleman, "The Germ Turns," Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (animated), USA Network, 1995.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of Jack Danforth, "Revelations," Gargoyles (animated), syndicated, 1995.

Voice of Burbank, "The Reckoning," Gargoyles (animated), syndicated, 1996.

Lou Grant, "Call Waiting," Roseanne, ABC, 1996.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of Von Romme and Sentry number four, "Nuclear Netherworld," The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest (animated; also known as Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures), TNT and Cartoon Network, 1996.

Showbiz Today, CNN, 1996.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of General Aranius, "Spins a Web," The Magic School Bus (animated; also known as Scholastic's "The Magic School Bus"), PBS, 1996.

Narrator, Sex and the Silver Screen, 1996.

Zigmund Klarik, "The Finale: Part 3," Mad About You, NBC, 1996.

Zigmund Klarik, "The Handyman," Mad About You, NBC, 1997.

Judge Matlin Pratt, "The Blessing," The Practice, ABC, 1997.

Jeb McKinney, "Next of Kin," Dead Man's Gun, Showtime, 1997.

Voice of Mr. Applegate, "The Kiss Is the Thing," Life with Louie (animated), 1997.

Voice of the judge, "The Trial," Jumanji (animated), 1997.

The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1997, 1998.

Frank Weber, "Yes Sir, That's My Baby," Soul Man, ABC, 1998.

Zigmund Klarik, "The Finale," Mad About You, NBC, 1998.

Nathan Winters, "Angstgiving Day," Maggie Winters, CBS, 1998.

Ed, "How the Ghosts Stole Christmas," The X-Files, Fox, 1998.

Mr. Russell, "Pumps and Circumstances," Ask Harriet, Fox, 1998.

Voice of Mentor, "Hercules and the Disappearing Heroes," Hercules (animated; also known as Disney's "Hercules"), ABC and syndicated, 1998.

Voice of Granny Goodness, "Little Girl Lost: Parts 1 & 2," Superman (animated; also known as Superman: The Animated Series), The WB, 1998.

Voice of editor, "Guess Who's Coming to Criticize Dinner? " The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1999.

Harvey, "The Anniversary," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX-TV, 1999.

Voice of Granny Goodness, "Legacy: Parts 1 & 2," Superman (animated; also known as Superman: The Animated Series), The WB, 2000.

Bud, "Here I Am," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000.

Coach, "The Second Chance," The Hoop Life, Showtime, 2000.

Lenny Crowley, "Last Call," Arli$$, HBO, 2000.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of Fixer, "The Return of XL," Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (animated), Disney Channel, UPN, and syndicated, 2000.

Voice of Frank Hunter, "Anniversary," The Wild Thornberrys (animated), Nickelodeon, 2000.

Voice of Uncle Lou, "Virtual Johnny/Hold That Schmoe/Hunted," Johnny Bravo (animated), Cartoon Network, 2000.

Max Quinlin, "Generations," The Huntress, USA Network, 2001.

Himself, Politically Incorrect (also known as P.I.), 2001.

Earl Tucker, "How This Happened," Dharma & Greg, ABC, 2001.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of Steve Bellows, "One If by Clam, Two If By Sea," Family Guy (animated; also known as Padre de familia), 2001.

Mr. Weiner, "The Acupuncturist," Curb Your Enthusiasm, 2001.

Santa Claus, "Ellen's First Christmas," The Ellen Show, 2001.

Voice of Stinky, "Yankee Hankee," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2001.

Voice of Stinky, "Unfortunate Son," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2001.

TV Land Presents Blast from the Past, 2001.

Voice of Dr. Miller, "The Hansel and Gretel Project/I.Q. Johnny/Get Stinky," Johnny Bravo (animated), Cartoon Network, 2002.

Dinner for Five, Independent Film Channel, 2003.

Voice of Barr, "Keeping Secrets," Spider-Man (animated; also known as Spider-Man: The New Animated Series), MTV, 2003.

Voice of Mr. Voorheese, "Grim for a Day/ChickenBall Z/Max Courage!," Grim & Evil (animated; also known as The Grim Adventures of Bill & Mandy), Cartoon Network, 2003.

Voice of guard captain, "I'm Going to Get You Fat Sucker/Detained Duck," Duck Dodgers (animated; also known as Duck Dodgers in the 24 ½ Century), Cartoon Network, 2003.

"Hollywood Home Game 4," World Poker Tour, Travel Channel, 2004.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of Hephaestus, "Hawk & Dove," Justice League (animated; also known as JL and Justice League Unlimited), Cartoon Network, 2004.

(As Ed Asner) Voice of Granny Goodness, "The Ties That Bind," Justice League (animated; also known as JL and Justice League Unlimited), Cartoon Network, 2005.

(As Ed Asner) "Wacky Neighbors," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

Marty Bracknell, "Coming Home," The Dead Zone (also known as Stephen King's "Dead Zone"), USA Network, 2005.

(As Ed Asner) "Greatest TV Land Romances," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

"Top 10 TV Spinoffs," TV Land's Top Ten, TV Land, 2005.

(As Ed Asner) The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2005, 2007.

Voice of Napoleon, "W Is for Witch," W.I.T.C.H., ABC Family, 2006.

Voice of Napoleon, "U Is for Undivided," W.I.T.C.H., ABC Family, 2006.

Voice of Napoleon, "Z is for Zenith," W.I.T.C.H., ABC Family, 2006.

(As Ed Asner) "Finales," TV Land Confidential (also known as TV Land Confidential: The Untold Stories), TV Land, 2007.

"The Lady Vanishes," Andy Barker, P.I., NBC, 2007.

Television Work; Movies:

Producer, Payback, ABC, 1997.

Executive producer, A Vision of Murder: The Story of Donielle, 2000.

Stage Appearances:

Borkin, Ivanov, Renata Theatre, New York City, 1958.

Dulac, Legend of Lovers, 41st Street Theatre, New York City, 1959.

Prospero, The Tempest, East 74th Street Theatre, New York City, 1959.

(Broadway debut) Face of a Hero, Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 1960.

Duke of Exeter, King Henry V, Belvedere Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Harry Brock, Born Yesterday, 46th Street Theatre, New York City, 1989.

Voice of narrator, Anyone Can Whistle, The Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles, 2003.

The voice of God, Orgasms, Canon Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA, 2003.

Also appeared as Peachum, The Threepenny Opera, Theatre de Lys, New York City; Spinoza, Venice Preserved, New York City; in Woyzek, Volpone, Widower's Houses, Dybbuk, Red Gloves, Murder in the Cathedral, Miss Julie, The Seagull, Peer Gynt, Juno and the Paycock, and Oedipus Rex, all with the Playwrights Theatre Club, Chicago, IL; My Three Angels and My Fancy, both in Chicago; in Born Yesterday, summer theatre production; Hamlet.


Taped Readings:

52 Pick-Up, Simon & Schuster, 1986.

Suspects, Bantam, 1987.

Babbitt, Los Angeles Classic Theatre Works/BBC, 1988.

J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets, 1992.

Skin Tight, 1992.

JFK: On the Trail of the Assassins, 1992.

Hiroshima by John Hersey, Audio Partners, 1995.

(With others) Conversations with God: Book 1, Vol.1 by Neale Donald Walsch, Audio Literature, 1996.

The Brothers Karamazov and The Idiot by Fydor Dostoyevsky, Listening Library, 1997.

Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue by Neale Donald Walsch, Audio Literature, 1999.

American Rhapsody by Joe Eszterhas, New Millennium, 2000.

A Carl Hiassen Collection: Stormy Weather, Tourist Season, Strip Tease, Random Audio, 2000.

Sick Puppy by Carl Hiassen, Random Audio, 2000.

Sphere by Michael Crichton, Random, 2001.

Best of the West: Classic Stories from the American Frontier, New Millennium Audio, 2003.

Video Games:

Voice of Fixer, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, 2000.

Voice of Maser Vrook Lamar, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (also known as Star Wars: KOTOR), LucasArts Entertainment Company, 2003.

Voice of Morlock Healer, X-Men Legends, Activision, 2004.

Voice of Master Vrook Lamarr, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II—The Sith Lords (also known as Star Wars: KOTOR II), LucasArts Entertainment, 2004.



St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000.


Editor & Publisher, July 17, 2000, p. 22.

People Weekly, July 5, 1999, p. 110.