Edward Asner

Edward Asner

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Garden Left Behind (2019)
  • 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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

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
100% 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 The Gliksmans 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
86% 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
50% The Satan Bug Veretti 1965
40% Kid Galahad Asst. Dist. Atty. Frank Gerson (uncredited) 1962
No Score Yet Christmas Classics Actor

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

88% Dead to Me
2019
Abe
  • 2019
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet MacGyver
2016
Saul
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Max Steel
2000-2002
Voice
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
90% Bones
2005-2017
Rufus Tucker
  • 2017
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Celebrity Family Feud
2015
Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
Roy Brooks
  • 2015
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Guy Redmayne
  • 2015
75% Chasing Life
2014-2015
  • 2015
  • 2014
8% Men at Work
2012-2013
  • 2014
No Score Yet Mom
2013
Jack
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • 2013
54% The Crazy Ones
2013-2014
Mr. Finger
  • 2013
59% The Glades
2010-2013
  • 2013
No Score Yet Betty White's Off Their Rockers
2012-2014
Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
August March
  • 2012
No Score Yet Regular Show
2010-2017
Voice
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Middle
2009-2018
Ben
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Hot in Cleveland
2010-2015
Jameson
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Voice
  • 2011
92% Royal Pains
2009-2016
Ted Ted Roth
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
Voice
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
Voice
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Chelsea Lately
2007-2014
Guest
  • 2010
54% The Boondocks
2005-2014
Voice
  • 2010
  • 2005
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
Abraham Klein
  • 2009
No Score Yet Andy Barker, P.I.
2007
Guest Mickey Wheeler
  • 2007
83% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
2006-2007
Wilson White
  • 2006
96% Justice League Unlimited
2004-2006
Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Dead Zone
2002-2007
Marty Bracknell
  • 2005
No Score Yet Center of the Universe
2004-2005
Art Barnett
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
Judge Marcus Winnaker
  • 2004
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Dr. James McNulty McNulty
  • 2003
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2002
  • 2001
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 2002
  • 1999
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
  • 2001
No Score Yet Dharma & Greg
1997-2002
Earl
  • 2001
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Wild Thornberrys
1998-2004
Voice
  • 2001
62% Arli$$
1996-2002
Lenny
  • 2000
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Bud
  • 2000
0% Ask Harriet
1998
Marshall `Old Man' Russell
  • 1998
50% The Closer
1998
Carl `Dobbs' Dobson
  • 1998
74% The X-Files
1993-2018
Maurice
  • 1998
No Score Yet Spider-Man
1994-1998
Voice
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
97% Batman: The Animated Series
1992-1995
Voice
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1994
  • 1992
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
Ziggy
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Gargoyles
1994-1997
Voice
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Lou Grant
  • 1996
50% Hearts Afire
1992-1995
George Lahti
  • 1993
  • 1992
78% The Trials of Rosie O'Neill
1990-1991
Walter Kovatch
  • 1991
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Sloane
  • 1986
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Harold
  • 1986
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1984
86% Roots
1977
Capt. Davis Capt. Davies
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Lou Grant
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet Rhoda
1978
Lou
  • 1974
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Guest Redmond Wilks
  • 1974
  • 1966
  • 1964
No Score Yet The Flip Wilson Show
1970-1974
Guest
  • 1972
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Davis Simpson
  • 1969
  • 1967
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
George Simpson
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Furman
  • 1968
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Sheriff Malinek Bantam
  • 1967
  • 1965
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Bragan
  • 1962
13% Fish Police
1992
Voice
100% Freakazoid!
1995-1997
Voice
No Score Yet Star-ving
2009
13% Thunder Alley
1995
Gil Jones

QUOTES FROM Edward Asner CHARACTERS

Carl Fredricksen
[woke up]
Russell
Uh, I thought you were dead.
Santa
Sorry Buddy but ..... your dad is on the naughty list
Santa
Sorry Buddy but... your dad is on the naughty list.
Buddy
NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
Buddy
NOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Russell
can I come in sir?
Russell
Can I come in sir?
Carl Fredricksen
No! (serious and straight forward, closes door, a second passes) ok come in
Carl Fredricksen
No! [serious and straight forward, closes door, a second passes] Okay come in.
Russell
Can we keep him, please?
Carl Fredricksen
No.
Russell
But it's a TALKING DOG!
Carl Fredricksen
So long boys! I'll send you a post card from Paradise Falls...
Carl Fredricksen
So long, boys! I'll send you a postcard from Paradise Falls!
Carl Fredricksen
So long boys! I'll send you a post card from Paradise Falls...
Russell
(after Carl opened his front door) Good afternoon, my name is Russell. I am a Wilderness Explorer in Tribe 54, Sweat Lodge 12 , are you in any need of assistance today sir?
Russell
[after Carl opened his front door] Good afternoon, my name is Russell. I am a Wilderness Explorer in Tribe 54, Sweat Lodge 12, are you in any need of assistance today sir?
Carl Fredricksen
No.
Charles Muntz
comon fredrickson spit it out
Charles Muntz
Come on Fredricksen spit it out.
Carl Fredricksen
(fredrickson spits false teeth at charles muntz)
Carl Fredricksen
[Fredricksen spits false teeth at Charles Muntz]
Carl Fredricksen
It's just a house.
Dug
I can smell you!
Carl Fredricksen
You can smell me?
Russell
Good afternoon. Are you in need of any assistance today sir?
Carl Fredricksen
No.
Russell
I can help you cross the street.
Russell
I can help you cross your porch?
Carl Fredricksen
Look, why don't we play a game I know? Whoever is quietest for the longest time wins.
Russell
Oh great! My mom loves that game!
Russell
I found the snipe!
Carl Fredricksen
Oh, did you?
Russell
Are they tall?
Carl Fredricksen
Oh, yes. They are very tall.
Russell
Do they have a lot of colors?
Carl Fredricksen
They do, indeed.
Russell
Do they like chocolate?
Carl Fredricksen
Oh, yeah... chocolate? (stares at Kevin) Aagh! What is that thing?
Carl Fredricksen
Oh, yeah... chocolate? [stares at Kevin] Aagh! What is that thing?
Russell
It's a snipe!
Carl Fredricksen
So long, boys!
Carl Fredricksen
Gah.
Russell
Please let me in, sir.
Carl Fredricksen
No. (shuts door)
Carl Fredricksen
No. [shuts door]
Carl Fredricksen
(opens door) Oh, alright.
Carl Fredricksen
[opens door] Oh, alright.
Carl Fredricksen
Tell your boss he can *have* my house.
Construction Foreman Tom
Really?
Carl Fredricksen
Yeah. When I'm dead!
Russell
You were talking to a rock. Hey! That one looks like a turtle. And that one looks like a dog!
Russell
WOAH! It is a dog!
Carl Fredricksen
We have your dog!
Russell
We're not allowed to have dogs in my apartment Mr. Fredricksen...hey. I like dogs!
Carl Fredricksen
I wonder who he belongs to.
Russell
Sit! Hey look! He's trained! Shake! Uh huh...speak!
Dug
Hi there.
Russell
Good afternoon. Are you in need of any assistance today, sir?
Carl Fredricksen
No.
Russell
I could help you cross the street.
Russell
I could help you cross your yard.
Russell
I could help you cross your porch.
Carl Fredricksen
No! [closes the door on Russell's foot]
Russell
Ow.
Russell
Can we keep him, please please pleeease???
Russell
[Kevin screeches] Can we keep him? Please, please, please?
Carl Fredricksen
No!
Russell
But it's a talking DOG!
Russell
But it's a TALKING DOG!
Carl Fredricksen
Let's play a game. It's called "See Who Can Be Quiet The Longest."
Carl Fredricksen
Hey, let's play a game. It's called 'see who can be quiet the longest.'
Russell
Cool! My Mom loves that game!
Carl Fredricksen
I think that did the trick.
Dug
Hi master.
Carl Fredricksen
Afternoon.
Carl Fredricksen
I am nobody's master got it!
Carl Fredricksen
I am nobody's master, got it?
Carl Fredricksen
[points at Dug with cane] I don't want you here! [points at Kevin] and I don't want you here!
Carl Fredricksen
[Points at Dug with cane] I don't want you here!
Carl Fredricksen
[Points at Kevin] and I don't want you here!
Russell
can I tell you a secret?
Russell
Can I tell you a secret?
Carl Fredricksen
No.
Russell
Alright, here it goes
Russell
Alright, here it goes.