Edward Asner

Lowest Rated: 9% The Bachelor (1999)
Birthday: Nov 15, 1929
Birthplace: Kansas City, Kansas, USA
Raised in the only Jewish family in his neighborhood, American actor Ed Asner grew up having to defend himself both vocally and physically. A born competitor, he played championship football in high school and organized a top-notch basketball team which toured most of liberated Europe. Asner's performing career got its start while he was announcing for his high school radio station; moving to Chicago in the '50s, the actor was briefly a member of the Playwrights Theatre Club until he went to New York to try his luck on Broadway. Asner starred for several years in the off-Broadway production Threepenny Opera, and, toward the end of the '50s, picked up an occasional check as a film actor for industrial short subjects and TV appearances. Between 1960 and 1965, he established himself as one of television's most reliable villains; thanks to his resemblance to certain Soviet politicians, the actor was particularly busy during the spy-show boom of the mid-'60s. He also showed up briefly as a regular on the New York-filmed dramatic series Slattery's People. And though his film roles became larger, it was in a relatively minor part as a cop in Elvis Presley's Change of Habit (1969) that Asner first worked with Mary Tyler Moore. In 1970, over Moore's initial hesitation (she wasn't certain he was funny enough), Asner was cast as Lou Grant, the irascible head of the WJM newsroom on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The popular series ran for seven seasons, during which time the actor received three Emmy awards. His new stardom allowed Asner a wider variety of select roles, including a continuing villainous appearance on the miniseries Roots -- which earned him another Emmy. When Moore ceased production in 1977, Asner took his Lou Grant character into an hour-long dramatic weekly about a Los Angeles newspaper. The show's title, of course, was Lou Grant, and its marked liberal stance seemed, to some viewers, to be an extension of Asner's real-life viewpoint. While Lou Grant was in production, Asner was twice elected head of the Screen Actors Guild, a position that he frequently utilized as a forum for his political opinions -- notably his opposition to U.S. involvement in Central America. When Asner suggested that each guild member contribute toward opposing the country's foreign policy, he clashed head to head with Charlton Heston, who wrested Asner's office from him in a highly publicized power play. Although no tangible proof has ever been offered, it was Asner's belief that CBS canceled Lou Grant in 1982 because of his politics and not dwindling ratings. The actor continued to prosper professionally after Lou Grant, however, and, during the remainder of the '80s and into the '90s, starred in several TV movies, had guest and recurring roles in a wide variety of both TV dramas and comedies, and headlining two regular series, Off the Rack and The Bronx Zoo. Slowed but hardly halted by health problems in the '90s, Asner managed to find time to appear in the weekly sitcoms Hearts Afire and Thunder Alley -- atypically cast in the latter show as an ineffective grouch who was easily brow-beaten by his daughter and grandchildren.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Faith, Hope & Love Actor 2019
100% The Garden Left Behind Dr. Cleary 2019
No Score Yet Marsha Hunt's Sweet Adversity Actor 2018
No Score Yet Angels on Tap Actor 2018
No Score Yet Eva A-7063 Actor 2018
No Score Yet Mary Jane: A Musical Potumentary Actor 2018
No Score Yet The Parting Glass Actor 2018
No Score Yet Saving Christmas Rick 2017
No Score Yet Santa Stole Our Dog Santa 2017
No Score Yet Ciao Ciao Bang Bang Actor 2017
No Score Yet CarGo Art 2017
No Score Yet A StoryBots Christmas Santa 2017
No Score Yet Joe's War Actor 2017
No Score Yet Saving Christmas Actor 2017
No Score Yet All of My Heart: Inn Love Vern 2017
No Score Yet Stars In Shorts: No Ordinary Love George 2016
No Score Yet Love Finds You in Valentine Gabriel Morgan 2016
No Score Yet Behind the Fear: The Hidden Story of HIV Actor 2016
No Score Yet Love Meet Hope Actor 2016
No Score Yet Boonville Redemption Actor 2015
No Score Yet All of My Heart Vern 2015
No Score Yet Actor? A Documentary Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Nutcracker Sweet Owl 2015
No Score Yet Compass Cabaret 55 Actor 2015
89% Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas Santa 2014
73% Thunder and the House of Magic Sr. Jeffrey McDonough $1.7M 2014
No Score Yet Audrey Actor 2014
40% The Games Maker Actor 2014
No Score Yet Frozen in Time Actor 2014
No Score Yet Axel: The Biggest Little Hero Actor 2014
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
No Score Yet Second Chances Actor 2013
No Score Yet Christmas on the Bayou Papa Noel 2013
No Score Yet The Trial Of Adolph Eichmann Actor 2013
No Score Yet Let Go Artie Satz 2012
No Score Yet Witness Insecurity Actor 2012
No Score Yet The Home Actor 2012
No Score Yet Hopelessly In June Rabbi 2012
No Score Yet Elephant Sighs Leo 2012
No Score Yet Identical Actor 2011
89% The Desert Of Forbidden Art Artists' Voices 2011
No Score Yet The Heart Specialist Mr. Olson $1.1M 2011
74% Too Big to Fail Warren Buffett 2011
No Score Yet Good Men Actor 2011
No Score Yet All-Star Superman Perry White 2011
No Score Yet Hard Four Nat Segal 2010
No Score Yet Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Actor 2010
93% Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg Actor $0.8M 2009
98% Up Carl Fredricksen $293M 2009
36% Gigantic Mr. Weathersby 2009
No Score Yet Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage Sidney 2008
No Score Yet Generation Gap Bart Cahill 2008
No Score Yet Channels Ed Packard 2008
No Score Yet Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search for America's POWs Actor 2008
No Score Yet Electile Dysfunction Actor 2008
No Score Yet Christmas Is Here Again Krad 2007
No Score Yet The Christmas Card Luke 2006
89% Sir! No Sir! Voice of Col. Heinl 2006
No Score Yet Hard Four Actor 2005
50% Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror Narrator 2005
No Score Yet Extraña Obsesión Jay Roth 2005
55% Sleeping Dogs Lie Sheriff Delaney 2005
No Score Yet Out of the Woods Jack Green 2005
No Score Yet Whispers of Angels: A Story of the Underground Railroad Actor 2004
No Score Yet Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes George Seldes 2004
No Score Yet Missing, Presumed Dead: The Search for America's POWs Narrator 2004
No Score Yet National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie's Island Adventure Uncle Nick 2003
83% Elf Santa $173.5M 2003
No Score Yet Missing Brendan George Calden 2003
No Score Yet The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay Auggie Sinclair 2003
No Score Yet Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure Narrator 2002
No Score Yet The Man Who Saved Christmas Charles Gilbert 2002
No Score Yet The Good Doctor Actor 2002
No Score Yet Here's Looking at You, Kid! Actor 2002
No Score Yet John XXIII Actor 2002
No Score Yet Pope John XXIII (Papa Giovanni - Ioannes Xxiii) Actor 2002
30% The Animal Chief Wilson 2001
No Score Yet In Search of Peace Part One: 1948-1967 Actor 2001
No Score Yet Perfect Game Coach 2000
No Score Yet Common Ground Ira 2000
No Score Yet Above Suspicion Actor 2000
No Score Yet Above Suspicion Thomas O'Claire 2000
No Score Yet Bring Him Home Geza Horvath 2000
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI Actor 2000
No Score Yet Mars and Beyond Actor 2000
No Score Yet Olive, the Other Reindeer Santa Claus 1999
9% The Bachelor Gluckman 1999
No Score Yet O' Christmas Tree Actor 1999
No Score Yet Love and Action in Chicago Taylor 1999
No Score Yet Fumbleheads Charlie Atwater 1999
No Score Yet O' Christmas Tree Nutcracker 1998
No Score Yet The Story of Santa Claus Nicholas Claus 1998
No Score Yet The Long Way Home Actor 1997
28% Hard Rain Uncle Charlie 1997
No Score Yet Payback Producer Executive Producer Lt. Jack Patkanis 1997
No Score Yet Dog's Best Friend Jeep the Dog 1997
No Score Yet Trial of Adolf Eichmann Actor 1997
No Score Yet A Christmas Carol Jacob Marley 1997
No Score Yet Gone in the Night John Waters 1996
No Score Yet Spider-Man: Sins of the Fathers Actor 1996
No Score Yet Celebrating AFI Actor 1995
No Score Yet Gargoyles: The Movie Hudson 1995
No Score Yet Golem of L.A. Actor 1995
No Score Yet Heads Abner Abbot 1994
No Score Yet Jewish Holidays Video Guide Actor 1994
No Score Yet For the Living: The Story of The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Actor 1994
36% Happily Ever After Scowl 1993
40% Gypsy Pop 1993
No Score Yet Cruel Doubt Bill Osteen 1992
84% JFK Guy Bannister 1991
No Score Yet Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus Edward P. Mitchell 1991
No Score Yet Silent Motive Van Drake 1991
No Score Yet Switched at Birth Marx 1991
No Score Yet Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less Harvey Metcalfe 1990
No Score Yet Good Cops, Bad Cops James Quinn 1990
42% Moon over Parador Himself 1988
No Score Yet A Friendship in Vienna Oscar Reikman 1988
No Score Yet Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Scalawag 1987
No Score Yet The Christmas Star Horace McNickle 1986
No Score Yet Katie's Secret Doctor Resnick 1986
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible Actor 1986
No Score Yet Less Stress in 5 Easy Steps Actor 1986
No Score Yet Hanged on a Twisted Cross: The Life, Convictions and Martyrdom of Dietrich Bonhoeffer Actor 1986
43% Daniel Jacob Ascher 1983
No Score Yet A Case of Libel Actor 1983
No Score Yet O'Hara's Wife Bob O'Hara 1982
No Score Yet The Marva Collins Story Narrator 1981
85% Fort Apache, the Bronx Connolly 1981
No Score Yet A Small Killing Actor 1981
No Score Yet The Gathering Adam Thornton 1977
No Score Yet Gus Hank Cooper 1976
No Score Yet The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish Actor 1976
No Score Yet Hey, I'm Alive Ralph Flores 1975
No Score Yet Death Scream Singleton 1975
No Score Yet The Wrestler Frank Bass 1974
No Score Yet The Girl Most Likely to... Det. Ralph Varone 1973
No Score Yet Haunts of the Very Rich Al Hunsicker 1972
No Score Yet Skin Game Plunkett 1971
No Score Yet A Dangerous Friend Fred Reardon 1971
No Score Yet They Call It Murder Chief Otto Larkin 1971
60% They Call Me Mister Tibbs Woody Garfield 1970
No Score Yet Halls of Anger McKay 1970
10% Change of Habit Lt. Moretti 1969
No Score Yet The Venetian Affair Frank Rosenfeld 1967
No Score Yet Gunn Lt. Jacoby 1967
100% El Dorado Bart Jason 1967
No Score Yet The Doomsday Flight Actor 1966
80% The Slender Thread Det. Judd Ridley 1965
60% The Satan Bug Veretti 1965
40% Kid Galahad Asst. Dist. Atty. Frank Gerson (uncredited) 1962
No Score Yet Christmas Classics Actor


87% Dead to Me
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No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • 2018
No Score Yet MacGyver
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90% Bones
Rufus Tucker
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No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
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No Score Yet Today
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No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud
  • 2015
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
Roy Brooks
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96% The Good Wife
Guy Redmayne
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75% Chasing Life
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8% Men at Work
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86% Mom
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No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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54% The Crazy Ones
Mr. Finger
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59% The Glades
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No Score Yet Betty White's Off Their Rockers
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No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
August March
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No Score Yet Regular Show
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No Score Yet The Middle
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No Score Yet The View
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No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
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No Score Yet Independent Lens
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92% Royal Pains
Ted Ted Roth
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
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No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
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No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
  • 2010
48% The Boondocks
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No Score Yet CSI: NY
Abraham Klein
  • 2009
No Score Yet Andy Barker, P.I.
Guest Mickey Wheeler
  • 2007
83% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
Wilson White
  • 2006
96% Justice League Unlimited
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Dead Zone
Marty Bracknell
  • 2005
No Score Yet Center of the Universe
Art Barnett
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Practice
Judge Marcus Winnaker
  • 2004
No Score Yet ER
Dr. James McNulty McNulty
  • 2003
No Score Yet King of the Hill
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85% The Simpsons
  • 2002
  • 1999
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • 2001
No Score Yet Dharma & Greg
  • 2001
No Score Yet Family Guy
  • 2001
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Wild Thornberrys
  • 2001
62% Arli$$
  • 2000
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
  • 2000
0% Ask Harriet
Marshall `Old Man' Russell
  • 1998
50% The Closer
Carl `Dobbs' Dobson
  • 1998
74% The X-Files
  • 1998
No Score Yet Spider-Man
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97% Batman: The Animated Series
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No Score Yet Mad About You
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No Score Yet Gargoyles
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76% Roseanne
Lou Grant
  • 1996
50% Hearts Afire
George Lahti
  • 1993
  • 1992
78% The Trials of Rosie O'Neill
Walter Kovatch
  • 1991
No Score Yet American Playhouse
  • 1986
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
  • 1986
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Guest Host
  • 1984
86% Roots
Capt. Davis Capt. Davies
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Lou Grant
  • 1977
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No Score Yet Rhoda
  • 1974
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Guest Redmond Wilks
  • 1974
  • 1966
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
  • 1972
No Score Yet Ironside
Davis Simpson
  • 1969
  • 1967
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
George Simpson
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Sheriff Malinek Bantam
  • 1967
  • 1965
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • 1962
13% Fish Police
100% Freakazoid!
13% Thunder Alley
Gil Jones